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Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

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Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

Hi we are thinking of visiting Daytona beach for 2.5 weeks from end August - we are 2 28 year old Scottish girls - is 2.5weeks too long to spend in this resort and is there enough activities and nightlife to keep us entertained? Recommendations on accommodation by the beach would be appreciated also. Thanks :-D

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1. Re: Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

Daytona Beach has a history of catering to what was once called stock car racing (now NASCAR), motorcycle enthusiasts (biketoberfest and bike week), and families of moderate means. It does a reasonably large trade in conventions and competitions for school groups. One week when I was there, a high school rifle-twirling competition was coming up. Signs assured everyone that the "weapons" to be twirled were harmless, unless you got bonked on the head.

Here's a centrally-located entertainment venue:

http://daytonabeachmainstreet.com/thebank/

And close by, the Ocean Deck, which occupies a narrow sliver of oceanfront, but is indeed the only truly oceanfront place to eat:

http://www.oceandeck.com/daytona/

And in the same area, the Peabody Auditorium has a summer schedule:

www.peabodyauditorium.org/eventschedule.html

I'd think 2.5 weeks is quite a bit too long, partly because the central beach neighborhood of Daytona Beach is still a slum in the traditional sense--houses cut up into cheap apartments, with the landlords paying scant attention to what the tenants do. Ormond Beach to the north and Daytona Beach Shores to the south offer more prosperous neighborhoods.

You might also look at New Smyrna Beach to the south (probably short on nightlife--it's largely a residential area) and maybe Cocoa Beach. The Gulf coast beaches of Pinellas County (Clearwater Beach and the St. Petersburg beaches) seem to be popular with British visitors. They are part of a very spread-out metropolitan area of some 4 million people. August would be "low" season for Miami Beach and the other southeast Florida beaches, although there is some hurricane risk. The probability of a hurricane increases quite a bit as you go south from Daytona to Miami. That's one reason it's "low" season.

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2. Re: Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

Thank you very much for your information, this is much appreciated :-)

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3. Re: Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

Thanks. Take a look at recent discussions on Daytona and perhaps some other beaches.

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4. Re: Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

I agree that 2½ weeks is too much time. If you have a car, consider driving one hour north to visit St. Augustine. In addition to the historical sites (America's oldest city) they have nice beaches too, particularly Crescent Beach just north of Palm Coast. beacherslodge.com/images/content/mapofstaugu…

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5. Re: Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

Blue Russo mentioned Cocoa Beach. If you will have a car, you could stay there, right on the beach, and easily drive over to Orlando when you want to take advantage of the many attractions and shopping there. The drive takes about 45-60 minutes via the Beachline Expressway, and makes it possible to decide on the spur of the moment whether to stay on the beach or at the pool, or visit an attraction in Orlando, that day.

The same concept would work for Daytona (60-90 minutes) or St. Augustine (2 hours), but only for less frequent trips because of the longer distance. If you have 2 1/2 weeks, you could even divide your time between a couple of places. I would agree that you might regret staying so long in just one place unless you have a car to be able to make day trips.

Cocoa Beach is considered a family tourist destination, but is also the beach of choice for the teens and twenty-somethings in Orlando, and certain beaches are very popular with the younger set, especially on warmer weekends. There are a number of outdoor activities available, including kayaking, jet-skiing, sky diving, zip-lining, parasailing, air boats into the swamps to see alligators, sailing, deep sea fishing, etc. The area is considered the surfing capital of the US east coast, and there are always surfers around the Cocoa Beach Pier, and the flagship store of the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop chain is there. You could even take surfing lessons!

Also, the Kennedy Space Center is there -- you can see the site where men left for the moon and the space shuttle was launched (there are occasional rocket launches even now). The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the adjacent Canaveral National Seashore are worth a visit if you want to see a wide variety of wildlife. There are boat tours on the lagoons, and twice-daily cruises out on the ocean on a ship with bars, dance club, buffet and casino. You can also watch the big cruise ships sailing in and out from the Caribbean from Port Canaveral, the second-largest cruise port in the world. See www.visitcocoabeach.com for more information.

Wherever you go, have a great time in Florida!

Edited: 10:05 am, May 29, 2013
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6. Re: Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

Daytona is larger and has more to do than Cocoa...

I would say that Daytona Beach would be the perfect base for a 2.5 week visit.

Great beach location. exercise, tan, go to spa, clubs, live musioc, bars, restaurants...shopping.

Plenty to do whether you stay for the entire time or spend time going on Daytrips to closeby towns.

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7. Re: Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

Say if you will have a car or not.

No car, 2.5 weeks in Daytona will be too long.

Where are you flying in and out of?

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Reported.

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10. Re: Daytona beach suitable for young Scottish girls?

I wouldn't stay in Daytona for 2.5 weeks with or without a car. Cocoa is more my style, but I also think 2.5 weeks would be a little long there too. There isn't a huge amount of night life in Cocoa Beach either. If you want activities and night life, look at Clearwater Beach, St Pete Beach, and Ft Myers Beach for something a little lower key.

I have done some bar hopping in St Augustine too, and that was fun.

Miami has the reputation for night life.

Edited: 12:53 pm, June 10, 2013