Daytona Beach, NE Florida
Daytona is definitely not one of the best beaches in the USA but is special for automobile-race enthusiasts or indeed anyone who wants to fool around with a car or bike on a beach – legally. 18 miles of hard-packed sand is open to drivers for $5 a day, but with a 10 mph speed limit, in a designated traffic lane and only during daylight hours.
However, there is now a one-mile stretch of vehicle-free beach in front of Daytona Beach’s historic Boardwalk, Main St. Pier and Bandshell.
Daytona is a hot Spring Break destination (during March mainly) with plenty of activities organised for the 250, 000 visitors, including pool decks along the Daytona Beach strip. The main action is usually around Main Street Pier. Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 74F and water temperatures around 62F.
Surfing goes well on the north side of Ponce Inlet, while kayaking, canoeing, and parasailing are also popular, but sunbathing in beauty and tranquility? Fergeddaboutit.
Fort Lauderdale’s city beach
Fort Lauderdale beach.
Fort Lauderdale is too commercial to be listed among America’s best beaches but nevertheless it’s a sunny and lively destination and thanks to a recent $25-million renovation including a fine Atlantic City-style boardwalk along Hollywood Beach and a wide, clean, palm-fringed strip of sand, it’s now a busy but attractive beach resort of open-air shops, bars, seaside cafes, spas and high-end accommodation.