Daytona Beach is known as the "World's Most Famous Beach." It is 23 miles of beautiful white sandy beaches. The beach became famous in the very early 1900s when cars first raced on the beach. Speeds were incredible then. The top speed in 1902 was an amazing 57 miles per hour! The last land speed record set on the beach was in 1935 when Sir Malcolm Campbell drove the world famous "Bluebird" 276 miles per hour on the beach! Today, the racing scene has turned to the Daytona International Speedway, where a variety of racing entertains large crowds. The Daytona 500 is considered "America's Race."
Today driving on the hard-packed sand is allowed on 18-miles of the beach during daytime hours and speeds are only 5-10 miles per hour. Five miles of beach are reserved for visitors who wish not to have to share the beach with cars.
Our family enjoys Daytona for several reasons. Our favorite souvenir store is located on A1A. It is on the side opposite of the beach and has a huge shark sticking out of the store front. They have a little bit of everything--shark teeth, gator heads, shell jewelry boxes, beautiful shells, key chains, metal signs, etc. It is called the Big Shark Gift Shop and is located at 2715 North Atlantic Avenue. Their number is 386-677-4041. However, if it's t-shirts you are after, or anything else in the world, we LOVE the Daytona Flea Market. T-shirts are just $1.98! Sure, they're not the greatest, but they are fun. You could literally spend hours at the flea market. They have fresh produce, art work, clothes, cooking supplies, sunglasses, "designer" bags......everything! Hit the flea market first, then get your leftover souvenirs at the Shark shop. Take I-95 south to Daytona. Take the 92 exit west to the flea market or east to the speedway. The flea market is then the first left on Tomoka Farms Road. It's about a half mile down to the entrance. If you are going to the speedway or beach, go East on 92. The speedway and international airport is just a couple of miles down the road.