With year-round sun and mile after mile of sandy beaches it’s little wonder visitors flock to this part of Florida’s coast.
Daytona Beach’s area code (386) literally spells ‘fun’ and the resort is famed as a major Spring Break destination. It’s also the home of Nascar and the Daytona International Speedway race track, which hosts the Daytona 500, and that has made the city a popular destination for bikers and motor heads.
But there’s another less hedonistic side to Daytona Beach, with sea turtles returning each year to lay their eggs, and an array of sea and birdlife in the region.
Peak season in Daytona Beach begins in late-fall as visitors from the north begin to arrive in search of some winter sun. It reaches a crescendo in February with the Daytona 500, which is soon followed by Spring Break season. Prices are at their highest between January and April, so if you plan to book a cheap flight then booking well in advance is essential.
It’s easier to find Cheap Flights to Daytona Beach during the summer months, which are low season. At this time of year it can get hot and sticky, with temperatures reaching 90°F, but there is still plenty to enjoy.
Daytona Beach has its own airport and is just an hour’s drive from Jacksonville and Orlando, which makes getting there easy, and there are plenty of ways to increase your chance of grabbing a cheap fight when you search with Orbitz.
Use the ‘Nearby airports’ option, under your chosen departure and arrival airport when your search results are returned, to explore deals from alternative locations.
Having some leeway in your schedule helps when booking a vacation to Daytona Beach. Click the ‘My dates are flexible’ box when making your search to compare the cheapest fares on different days for your outbound and return flight.
The ‘Show options’ drop-down lets you filter and sort results to list flights by price or duration. You can compare direct or connecting flights from different airlines and airports, limit your results to refundable flights or look for flights at different times of the day.
Optimal flight times from US cities to airports serving Daytona Beach include:
Daytona Beach International
Situated next to Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach International Airport lies just three miles from downtown. It handles more than 700,000 passengers a year and there are direct flights from New York, Charlotte and Atlanta. All major car rental companies have a presence here.
The biggest airport in Florida, Orlando International greets 44 million passengers a year and many visitors to Daytona will arrive here. It lies 55 miles south west of Daytona Beach and is just an 80-minute drive away. There is also a shuttle bus service available.
Another major airport within striking distance of Daytona Beach is Jacksonville International, 90 miles north of Daytona Beach and a two-hour drive away.
Airlines that fly to Daytona Beach International airport include:
There are regular bus services to Daytona Beach for passengers arriving at Orlando and Jacksonville airports.
Once in Daytona Beach there are bus and trolley services and taxis are plentiful. But driving is the most convenient way to get around Daytona Beach and the surrounding area, and all the major car rental companies have a presence at the airport.
Cars and bikes are central to life in Daytona Beach. Visitors pour into the city for the Daytona 500 in February and bikers descend on the resort for festivals in March and October. There are events at Daytona Beach Speedway throughout the year.
Stroll along the Daytona Beach Boardwalk where bars, restaurants, entertainers, rollercoasters and other thrill rides await.
The Loop is 34-mile scenic route that showcases the natural beauty around Daytona Beach, taking in Tomoka State Park. There are no shopping centers or traffic lights along the way. It is popular with bikers, but also makes for a great cycle ride or a leisurely drive.
Daytona Beach is just an hour from the theme parks of Orlando and other attractions like the Kennedy Space Center. It makes a great base to explore Florida from.
Summer is high season here, and though it brings temperatures in the sweltering 90s, that doesn’t discourage millions of families from making this their go-to summer vacation.
If you travel during late spring or early fall, when school is in session, you can get balmy temperatures with a fraction of the crowds. As an added bonus, you might witness sea turtle season: Toward the end of May, mama turtles climb out of the ocean at night to lay their eggs in the dunes that border some of Daytona’s wilder beaches. In the fall, baby turtles ditch their “cribs” and head back into the surf.
Even with a crackdown on spring break hijinks (Daytona now attracts half the college crowd it once saw), March can still be hectic. So, if you’re a coed looking for camaraderie, early spring is still the ticket. Want a different kind of party? The beach town has become wildly popular with motorcyclists in recent years, hosting two massive biker-fests, Biketoberfest in October and Bike Week in March. Beware: Hotels tend to increase prices for this group, so plan accordingly.
If you think Daytona Beach doesn’t have a winter, you’re mostly right. Temperatures rarely dip below 50, even in January, and sun is practically guaranteed. The Daytona 500 is in February, bringing with it thousands of race fans and their own cultural contributions (beer helmets, wraparound sunglasses). If you’re not interested in that kind of race, consider the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, which includes a lap around the Daytona International Speedway in addition to long beachside sections of the course.
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