Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach, or simply Daytona, is a city of about 73,000 residents in Central Florida on its Atlantic coast. In Volusia County, it is approximately 42 miles (67.6 km) northeast of Orlando, 64 miles (103.0 km) southeast of Jacksonville, and 231 miles (371.8 km) northwest of Miami. It is part of the Deltona–Daytona Beach–Ormond Beach metropolitan area which has a population of about 600,000 and is also a principal city of the Fun Coast region of Florida.

Daytona Beach, Florida
City of Daytona Beach
From top, left to right: Welcome sign when entering Daytona Beach; Daytona Beach Bandshell; Ocean Walk Shoppes; Daytona Beach Pier; Daytona International Speedway
"The World's Most Famous Beach", "The Spring Break Capital of the World"
Location in Volusia County and the state of Florida
Daytona Beach
Location in Florida and the United States
Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach (the United States)
Coordinates: 29°11′24″N 81°5′22″W[1]
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedJuly 1876
  MayorDerrick Henry
  City68.19 sq mi (176.62 km2)
  Land65.59 sq mi (169.89 km2)
  Water2.60 sq mi (6.74 km2)
190.65 sq mi (493.8 km2)
Elevation13 ft (4 m)
  Density1,107.54/sq mi (427.62/km2)
349,064 (109th U.S.)
609,939 (90th U.S.)
3,045,707 (20th U.S.)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
32114–32126, 32198
Area code(s)386
FIPS code12-16525[4]
GNIS feature ID0281353[3]

Daytona Beach is historically known for its beach, where the hard-packed sand allows motorized vehicles on the beach in restricted areas.[5] This hard-packed sand made Daytona Beach a mecca for motorsports, and the old Daytona Beach and Road Course hosted races for over 50 years. This was replaced in 1959 by Daytona International Speedway. The city is also the headquarters of NASCAR.

Daytona Beach hosts large groups of out-of-towners during the year, who visit the city for various events, notably Speedweeks in early February when over 200,000 NASCAR fans come to attend the season-opening Daytona 500. Other events include the NASCAR Coke Zero Sugar 400 race in August, Bike Week in early March, Biketoberfest in late October, and the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race in January.

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