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    Daytona Beach is America's favourite family holiday destination for good reason. With 23 miles (37km) of fine grain sandy Atlantic beaches, this city is a staple attraction for holidaymakers, even during the winter months. Without moving from the beach you can surf, jet ski, go boating, parasailing, go fishing, bicycling, and even take a drive in a hired beach buggy. Daytona's hard-packed sands have provided for speedsters ever since the early 20th century, when Sir Malcolm Campbell set and broke records motoring on the beach. Today, speeding is reserved for the world-famous Daytona International Speedway, where the annual Daytona 500 Nascar race is held.

    With so much to do on the beach, it is difficult to find the motivation to move off it. Those who do are greeted with numerous recreational facilities and attractions in the string of towns along the intracoastal waterway and on the mainland. Try truly adventurous Floridian cuisine, like fried gator tail, and shrimp and scallop pie at one of the many restaurants along the Halifax River. Visit the home of John D. Rockefeller or the ruins of the first steam-powered sugar mill in Florida to understand the city's history. From archaeological sites to mini-golf, museums to haunted houses, and planetariums to chocolate factories, there is never a dull moment in Daytona Beach.

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    Daytona Beach has holiday weather all year round, with temperatures ranging between 90°F (32°C) at the peak of summer, and 46°F (8°C) in mid-winter, with a humid, subtropical climate. Typical of Florida, there are two season in Daytona Beach, with the warmer, wetter season (May through October) and the cooler and drier season (November through April). Thunderstorms are common between May and September, offering some respite from the heat. Summer is hurricane season, between June and November.

    Daytona Beach International Airport
    Location: The airport is located four miles (6km) southwest of Daytona Beach.
    Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: The Votran municipal bus service stops at the airport regularly on weekdays and Saturdays, with a more limited service on Sundays. An adult bus fare is about $1.75.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. Car hire desks are located inside the terminal, opposite the baggage claim area.
    Airport Taxis: There are taxis from multiple companies available at the east end of the terminal, located just outside the baggage claim area.
    Fascilities: Airport facilities include shops, restaurants, a meeting room, ATMs, postal services, and a lost and found.
    Parking Short-term parking facilities, located adjacent to the main terminal, offer 15 minutes free parking and thereafter charge $1 every 30 minutes, up to a daily maximum of $14. Long-term parking costs $11 per day. Weekly parking is available for $65. There are free shuttles operating to the terminal.

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    While it is fairly easy to drive in the Daytona Beach area, it is possible to get around using public transport. The city is pedestrian friendly and bicycles can be rented at most major tourist stops. Votran provides trolleys and buses along the hotels and all major attractions. There are also city-wide bus services that are the same fare as trolley fares. Taxis and rental cars are also available and those hiring cars will find that Daytona Beach is easy to navigate and provides plenty of public parking.

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