Tales of Blue Aweigh travel blog

The arch to the pier next to the promenade....lousy pic!

Driving lanes on the beach

Miles and miles of beaches.

Daytona International Speedway entrance

Petty car on display

Loved, loved, loved this beach! The beach is about 25 miles long, wide and flat with miles of hard packed sand. We bought a pass to drive within a lane on the beach, away from the water. Coolest part – you can ride your bike on the beach for miles and miles. We rode day after day. One day in particular we stopped at the boardwalk filled with restaurants and amusements for a much needed beer after our 23 mile ride. We have found, unlike California, beaches are well used by everyone. They are down right crowded and filled with umbrellas, chairs, ice chests , fishermen and swimmers. I can see why this beach attracts thousands of college kids every year for spring break.

I do wish California had some of the attributes of the warm, clear and white sand of Florida, without the sharks. While Mike and I were swimming here he spotted a shark in the nearby surf. Mike notified the lifeguard. The lifeguard seemed to be aware that a bull shark is frequenting the area lately. This was a little too close for comfort so we watched carefully and left shortly thereafter none the worse for it, luckily!

We drove to nearby Ormand Beach and the Daytona International Speedway for a glimpse but skipped the tour. At least we have a feel for the size of it. A nearby Mexican restaurant that was quite good rounded out our last stop in Florida on a high note.

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