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Daytona Beach: It's Not Just for Spring Break Anymore   by Jennifer Weiss

Although widely known as a favorite spring break destination among high school and college students, Daytona Beach appeals to a broad spectrum of visitors with its diverse selection of amusements and gorgeous sandy beaches. No matter what has drawn you to this pristine region along the central Atlantic coast, an entertaining and exciting getaway awaits when you set your vacation compass for Daytona Beach, Florida.

With unparalleled beauty that seems to stretch on forever, a stop by Daytona Beach's famous sands is always the perfect way to spend an afternoon. The 23 miles of white sand beaches allow visitors to pursue any recreational activity that appeals to their senses, including swimming, sunbathing, shelling, fishing, running, and numerous others. The most famous and distinct pursuit, however, is driving along an 18-miles stretch of smooth, hard packed sands along the shore. Vehicles are allowed on Daytona Beach, tidal conditions permitting, from one hour after sunrise until one hour before sunset except during sea turtle nesting season.

If you need to stretch your legs a little and want to experience some old-fashioned beach fun, head to the Boardwalk Amusement Area located behind Ocean Avenue between Main Street and Auditorium Blvd. Go-karts, arcades, delicious snacks, souvenir shops, and a variety of thrill rides await while the stunning Ocean Pier, which stretches a quarter-mile into the ocean and features restaurants, fishing, and gondola skyride, is just a short walk away.

A must-see on any trip to the area, Daytona USA is a unique motorsports attraction that is specifically designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and levels of racing knowledge. Featuring hands-on activities, such as the Richard Petty Driving Experience, and one-of-a-kind sights on the Speedway Tour, visitors can get a feel for what it is like to race at Daytona International Speedway in addition to learning more about the history and technological advancements in the sport. Get under the hood and behind the sheet metal at the DuPont Technology of Speed attraction and then step inside the world of elite drivers and teams at the Pepsi IMAX Theatre for a well-rounded, action-packed day.

Always a popular historical attraction, visitors can step back in time at the nearby Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum when they "Climb with the Keepers" and learn about the history and construction of the light all while climbing to the top of the tower. At the top of the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of the tallest in the country, you will find a breathtaking view of the Florida coastline from Daytona Beach to New Smyrna Beach that is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.

Whether you plan on spending your Daytona Beach vacation spread out along the shores of the Atlantic or visiting all of the historic and entertaining attractions, you can experience the getaway you always imagined with a spacious and luxurious vacation home rental. Daytona Beach rentals are ideally located throughout the city so you can stay close to everything you love about this area without giving up any of the amenities and comforts of home. To realize the relaxing, sun-filled getaway you have been dreaming about all winter, begin your search for Daytona Beach vacation rentals today.

About the Author has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, consider Daytona Beach vacation rentals for your next trip to Florida's Atlantic coast.

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