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Atlantic Coast, excluding Kennedy Space Center.

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There are hundreds of miles of coastal towns, cities and beaches.  Some are great to visit, others better missed.  It is well beyond the scope of this web page to go into details of the many attractions on Florida's Eastern Seaboard, so I am sorry, guys, you will have to do your own research.

We will however mention a couple of locations you may wish to visit. 

St Augustine is a TWO hours drive along I-4 East to Daytona Beach and Hwy 1 to St Augustine.  This is the nation's oldest city.  Places to visit are:

Castillo De San Marcos.  Throughout its history, the Castillo de San Marcos has been closely intertwined with the city and the neighbouring structures which served as the city's outer defences for many years - Fort Mose to the north and Fort Matanzas to the south. The Castillo and the town serve as outstanding reminders of the might of the early Spanish empire in the New World.

Fort Mantanzas.  Built 1740-1742, represents a well-preserved masonry watchtower fort built by the Spanish. By providing a perch to observe enemy vessels approaching from the south, the fort played a strategic role in warning St. Augustine of potential enemy advancements via the Matanzas River.

As with any location steeped in history, there are many exciting museums located in the area.

If you love to golf or play tennis, then this is the place for you! There are many golf courses and tennis resorts located in the area. Ponte Vedra, home of The Players Association (PGA) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) are a 20 minute drive from the Down Town historic district.

The many marinas dotted around the area make boating access ultra convenient by sea, river or inter-coastal waterway.

Fishing, diving, surfing, parasailing and other water sports are abundantly accommodated.

The town also boasts 43 pristine miles of beaches. There's the right type of beach for everyone: some permit vehicles while others allow only pedestrians. Some of the area beaches produce abundant shelling opportunities, while others are covered only in luxurious fine, golden sand.

From single vantage points in town, you can experience both the joy of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean horizon and the peacefulness of the sun setting beyond the salt marsh along the inter-coastal waterway.

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Daytona Beach is on the way to St Augustine and is well known for it Nascar races.  There are other attractions in the area.

Beachside & Mainland

North - Ormond-by-the-Sea and Ormond Beach are located at the north end of the Daytona Beach area. The Ormond Beach area was once home to the Rockefellers and the Flaglers, as well as the early automotive pioneers who tested their inventions on the hard-packed beach. Today Ormond Beach features attractions like the Casements and Tomoka State Park. Visitors seeking a quieter part of the beach can find it in the Ormond Beach area. In fact, beach driving is not allowed at the northern end of Ormond Beach or in Ormond-by-the-Sea.

Central - Daytona Beach, made famous as the "World Center of Racing" and home of NASCAR, is the best known of the seven area communities. Although the wide stretch of white sandy beach is still the biggest attraction here, the Ocean Center convention complex, the new Daytona Beach International Airport, the new Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golf course, and the Halifax Harbor Marina hail the renaissance which has been taking place in Daytona Beach over the last several years. Historical sites like the Main Street Pier, the Oceanfront Boardwalk and the Clocktower in Oceanfront Park add to the appeal of this exciting city.

South - Daytona Beach Shores was formed in 1960 by a group of moteliers who called themselves "2,000 Cottages." This relatively new city was incorporated in 1967, and stretches for 5 1/2-miles along the Atlantic Ocean. At the southern tip of the peninsula is the scenic fishing village of Ponce Inlet. Local charter fishing boats are located here, along with several of the area's best seafood restaurants.


North -
Ormond Beach extends across the Halifax River from the Beachside and is the very first Daytona Beach area community reached when travelling south on Interstate 95.

Central -
Holly Hill is bordered by the Halifax River on the east side, Ormond Beach on the north side, and Daytona Beach to the south. According to the Halifax Historical Society, Holly Hill was given its name by William Fleming, a farmer whose land had many holly trees on the west bank of the Halifax River. Also located in the central part of the area are parts of Daytona Beach and South Daytona. Each of these communities has giant oaks and other foliage traditional to Southern river landscapes.

South -
Port Orange is the fastest growing city in the Daytona Beach area. Located primarily between the Intracoastal Waterway and Interstate 95 in the southwest region of the area, it is home to Sugar Mill Gardens, exclusive Spruce Creek Fly-In, The Gamble Place at the Spruce Creek Environmental Preserve and many scenic parks and pathways.

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Last modified: 07/30/04