My family and I have enjoyed Daytona Beach for literally decades as our vacation destination. For years we would choose the "Week of the Fourth" as the chosen time for vacation and the huge crowds were explainable given the support and excitement generated by NASCAR. We also chose other times to visit and Daytona was still buzzing with much activity and above average crowds. Daytona Beach generated crowds and interest in the area for the beach alone and its related activities not to mention the bolster that racing adds to it more than twice a year.
In very recent years we have noticed what seems to be a real crash in Daytona's economy. Buildings, from small businesses to the large beach front motels stand empty and abandoned. "Mom and Pop" motels seem to be taking the hardest hit along with many local restaurants. Is this just a result of the overall bad economy or is Daytona winding down as one of the most popular vacation destinations in the USA ?Edited: 9:29 am, September 07, 2011