Whether you are operating to Daytona for the races at the speedway this month or any other time throughout the year, it is best to first get an overview of the city. Located on the east coast of northern Florida, this small town of fewer than 65,000 residents grows approximately five-fold in population during the Speedweeks. Planning ahead is key during these peak events.
Daytona is the focal point of the portion of Florida’s coastline known as the “Fun Coast,” which is located just north of the famous “Space Coast” and Cape Canaveral. When operating to Daytona, the main airport is Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB / KDAB). In-flight catering is available at this airport through the Air Culinaire Worldwide Network. Be sure to give advanced notice of catering orders needed during peak season and events.
Being the heart of the Fun Coast leaves no room for anything less than an exciting roster of events. In addition to Speedweeks and the Daytona 500, the speedway also hosts Bike Week – a week full of events for ATVs, motorbikes, dirt bikes and more. On Memorial Day weekend, the speedway will host the Country 500 – a three-day country music festival with the top names in the business. Speaking of national holidays, if you are in town for United States’ Independence Day, you can find everyone celebrating with two more races and plenty of fireworks. Add to all of this excitement the fact that you are right on a beautiful Florida beach (keep in mind, cars are allowed to drive on it) and you can easily see why this is a favorite destination.
If you prefer a slower pace, there are a number of places to spend your time. Daytona Beach has a boardwalk with amusements, rides and an open theater. The Ponce de Leon Lighthouse is a popular point of interest, where you can climb the stairs to the top and enjoy the views. To indulge in the arts, head over to the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. For local history, schedule a tour of Lilian Place or Hotchkiss House.
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