Is anybody else feeling like the summer came and went in the blink of an eye? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was at a BBQ celebrating Memorial Day, and now it’s almost….October? Where did the summer go?
Well, I feel so lucky sometimes that I do not have to travel far to enjoy warmer weather, summer vibes and beach life. Daytona Beach is only about an hour from my house, yet it feels worlds away. And while Florida does continue to experience warm weather, Daytona Beach is kicking into high gear with festivals and events to celebrate the Fall season. Daytona Beach is full of Warm Holiday Fun. October brings events like the super popular Biketoberfest and the Daytona Beach Blues Festival, while November welcomes the Halifax Art Festival and the annual Turkey Run, now in its 42nd year. Did you know Daytona Beach is known as Florida’s Festival Capital?
I personally am looking forward to the 6th Annual Food, Wine and Brew Festival on November 4th. With over 12,000 rooms, ranging from hotels to seaside cottages to campgrounds, we are never at a loss of somewhere cool to stay. Mr. Beet and I make a weekend out of it, usually booking a room along North Atlantic Avenue (also known as A1A), and waking up to the beautiful sunrise over the ocean.
There are plenty of restaurants to satisfy your appetite, but one of our favorites is Dancing Avocado Kitchen, with their amazing Veggie Burger. And they have the best eggplant bacon. Also the Kale Café, with a location in both Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, offering fresh squeezed juices and a variety of Vegan meals. And the Ocean Deck is my go to spot for the world’s best Jalepeno Poppers.
Spend the day exploring over 23 miles of sand and ocean where you fill find plenty of places to fish, golf and indulge in water sports like paddleboarding and parasailing. Visit Ponce Inlet, home to the tallest lighthouse in Florida, or ride the Sand Blaster roller coaster at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier. Personally, I am less about the roller coasters and more about enjoying the old Sugar Plantations at Sugarmill Ruins or DeLeon Springs State Park. Or find me leisurely walking the beach and eating fresh seafood.
If the roller coasters and water sports didn’t wear you out, spend the evening at one of the dance clubs found in Daytona Beach’s Beachside Party District. Or relax at a comedy club. And if easy chillin’ is more your style, there is no short supply of bars and pubs to grab an adult beverage and enjoy the sunset.
And lastly, if shopping is your thing, Daytona Beach has you covered. From flea markets, gift shops and boutiques to outlet shopping, there are plenty of opportunities to find a souvenir from your beach visit. Daytona Beach will soon be home to its very own outlet mall. Tanger Outlets will open its doors mid-November and offer over 75 stores for your outlet shopping enjoyment.