Things to Do and See in and around Daytona
Daytona has been a tourist destination for a lifetime. There have been many changes over the decades that have made it a hot spot at times and sadly, a destination that has seen better times. My opinion today is that Daytona Beach, and the area, is on an upswing and will continue to get better and better. There are some great places in the area and until the hurricane of 2017, the widest and best beaches in Florida were in the Daytona area. The hurricane of 2017 caused a lot of beach erosion, so the beaches are not as wide as before. In time, nature will replenish them to what they once were.
The listings that follow will help a visitor to the area who is not familiar. These are the places that I visit and have found to be to my liking. The restaurant listings are all local establishments. If you are in Daytona, you should experience what is unique to the area. You have ample opportunity to visit the national chains anytime. If a national chain restaurant is your preference, do your internet search and have at it.
Grocery Store – Publix This grocery store chain is everywhere, and they handle quality products. The closest one to the house is in the shopping center on the northwest corner of Williamson road and Taylor road. This is just one block west of Exit 256 of I-95 and a 5 minute drive to the north on Williamson Road from the housing subdivision.
1660 Taylor Rd
Port Orange, FL 32128-6753
Car Wash – Superwash Express A good $5 carwash. This is on the southside of Dunlawton a few blocks east (toward the ocean) of I-95.
1786 Dunlawton Ave.
Port Orange, FL
Walmart (24 hour) Follow the link for info about this store location. This is at the southeast corner of Dunlawton and Clyde Morris.
1590 Dunlawton Ave
Walgreens (Closes at 10:00pm) This is one business south of the southwest corner of Williamson Road and Taylor Road. Follow the link for info about this store location.
1625 Taylor Rd
Port Orange, Florida 32128
South East Museum of Photography [click here]
Daytona State College is the parent organization of the Southeast Museum of Photography (SMP), one of the largest photography museums in the nation and one of fewer than 13 such museums in the country. SMP presents more than 12 exhibitions annually, organized around such interdisciplinary themes as “Women’s Worlds”, “Time and Space” and “Behind The News.”
Exhibit home page [click here]
721 Ballough Road
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
On the waterfront with a small marina
Aunt Catfish’s On The River
4009 Halifax Drive
Port Orange, FL
386-767-4768 for call ahead seating
Southern Cooking on the intracoastal
1665 Dunlawton Ave. #111,
Port Orange, FL 32129
Daytona Beach Shores
Our Deck Down Under
78 E. Dunlawton Ave.
Port Orange, FL 32127
3218 S Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach Shores, Florida 32118
Best Pizza in the area
Off The Hook at Harbor Inlet
133 Inlet Harbor Rd
Ponce Inlet, Florida 32127
New Smyrna Beach
556 E. 3rd Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Great Italian restaurant, They do not take reservations. If you show up on a Friday or Saturday evening at the normal dinner time. Be ready to wait… and wait some more.
On the Water in the Daytona Beach Area
Beach Weather Forecasts [click here]
Beach Rules [click here]
Driving on Daytona Beach brochure [click here] (pdf)
Driving on New Smyrna Beach brochure [click here] (pdf)
Personal Water Craft (PWC) on Volusia County Beaches [click here]
Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist [click here] (pdf)
Coast Guard Suggested Supply List [click here] (pdf)
National Hurricane Center [click here]
National Hurricane Center Preparedness [click here]
Florida Disaster [click here]
Volusia County Shelters [click here]
Volusia County Evacuation Plan [click here]
Evacuation Routes [click here]
Traffic monitoring by the State of Florida