World's Most Famous Beach
By foot, bike or car, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Daytona Beach's warm sunshine, hard-packed sands and beautiful ocean.
The beach is accessible and free for pedestrians and bicyclists 24 hours a day, depending on tides and weather conditions. Driving and parking on the beach is open to vehicles from sunrise to sunset from November 1 through April 30 and from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm from May 1 through October 31.
- There is no cost for pedestrians and bicyclists to access the beach.
- There is a $20 per day per vehicle user fee to drive on the beach. There is no cost for Volusia County residents in December and January.
- Annual beach passes are $25 for Volusia County residents and $100 for non-residents. For further information regarding beach passes, please visit www.VolusiaBeachPass.com or call the County's beach toll vendor, Faneuil, at (866) 398-6352
Trained lifeguards are posted along the beach to keep beach-goers safe. Information such as water temperature, tide times and surf conditions are posted on lifeguard stands.
Daytona Beach has 26 beach access points (PDF) for pedestrians and/or vehicles within 5 miles.
Hang ten in Daytona Beach. There are designated surfing areas in effect between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from the Saturday before Memorial Day (late May) through Labor Day. The areas are as follows:
- From the centerline of the Plaza Drive approach to the north city limit of the City of Daytona Beach.
- From the centerline of the Hartford Avenue approach to the centerline of the Seaview Avenue approach.
- From the centerline of the Main Street approach to 600 feet north excluding the 300-foot no water activity area.
- From the centerline of the Main Street approach to 700 feet south excluding the 300 foot no water activity area.
All other times of the year surfing is allowed in all areas of the beach, except within 300 feet of the Daytona Beach Pier.
While the beach is accessible to pedestrians 24/7, beach driving is restricted to specific areas (PDF) (weather and tides permitting) from one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset. During sea turtle nesting season, May 1 through October 31, driving hours are set from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The posted speed limit is 10 miles per hour and traffic lanes are clearly marked. While driving, a vehicle's headlights must be on and at least one front window down.
One-way traffic patterns are enforced in three areas:
- Granada Boulevard south to Cardinal Drive in Ormond Beach
- University Boulevard south to Seabreeze Boulevard in Daytona Beach
- International Speedway Boulevard south to Silver Beach Avenue in Daytona Beach.
Motorists may drive north to south in these areas.
Here are some ways you can make the beach safe and enjoyable for everyone:
- Always swim directly in front of a lifeguard.
- The 10 mph speed limit is strictly enforced. Violators will be fined $116 and up.
- Alcohol and glass containers are not allowed.
- Pets are not allowed on the beach except guide dogs accompanying visually impaired persons or hearing ear dogs accompanying hearing impaired persons.
- Music or noise which can be heard from more than 50 feet of the source is illegal.
- It is illegal to disturb dune vegetation.
- Driving or parking in the conservation zone is prohibited.
- Personal watercraft operators must stay in the proper zones and wear a helmet at all times.
- Please help us protect the beach environment.
- Don't disturb a turtle that is crawling to or from the ocean or laying eggs. Watch from a distance.
- Avoid shining lights on the beach at night as this may frighten away nesting females and interfere with the baby turtles' ability to find the sea.
- Avoid walking or cycling in places posted as nesting areas.
- Immediately report any injured or dead sea turtle to the nearest Volusia County Beach Safety employee.
- Do not disturb markers or protective screening over turtle nests. These nests are being studied and protected.
- Avoid walking on the dunes along the beach.
- Don't disturb nesting sea birds.
- Don't litter. Cigarette butts, fishing line and other trash can harm the animals and birds along the beach.
- Do your part to spread the word about environment-friendly habits on the beach.