BEACH INFO

If you've come to relax, you've definitely come to the right place! The World's Most Famous Beach -- a breathtaking 500 feet wide at low tide -- has an ocean park atmosphere second to none, and it's open year-round.

You can drive your vehicle during daytime hours on a specially designated 18-mile stretch of hard-packed sand, accessible via a series of clearly marked access ramps. The speed limit is 10 mph, and the daily charge of $5 per vehicle (from February through Labor Day) includes unlimited re-entry for that day. During other times of the year, admission is free!

Don't forget to pack light when you head for the beach. You can rent just about everything you need -- from water floats, lounge chairs and umbrellas to bicycles and motorbikes -- from vendors right on the beach. And enjoy the convenience of ordering cold sodas, hot dogs, ice cream and other tasty foods from nearby oceanside concessionaires. You can even buy tee shirts, sunglasses and sunscreen -- without ever having to slip on your shoes!

Lifeguard towers are strategically stationed along the beach for the safety of our residents and guests. Always swim near posted lifeguards, and be aware of any rough seas or undercurrent situations.

Volusia's Sea Turtles

From April 15 through October 31, the area beaches host an unusual marine visitor - the sea turtle. These magnificent animals emerge from the surf at night to lay eggs in nest dug into the dry sand and then return to the seas. Two months later, approximately 100 hatchlings emerge from each of these nests and crawl to the ocean. This amazing cycle of Mother Nature is thousands of years old.

Local governments have taken several steps to protect these gentle creatures and the fragile dune area. Beach driving and parking are prohibited west of an established dune conservation zone and beachfront lighting at night is limited. The tiny hatchlings can be confused by bright lights and stray west onto busy Highway A1A.

Handicapped Services

The VOTRAN public transportation system offers door-to-door paratransit service for disabled persons who are unable to use the regular bus service. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance. For more information, call (386) 322-5100.

The 23 miles of beach in the Daytona Beach area are easily accessible to handicapped travelers. In many areas, you can park your vehicle right on the beach -- and there's never an access charge for vehicles with handicapped stickers or plates. Specially-adapted beach wheelchairs are available at many of the lifeguard stations on the beach. Call the Volusia County Beach Management Department at (386) 239-SURF for more information.