The history of beach driving at Daytona beach dates way back to when the area was less densely inhabited. The beach was used for speed runs and record setting up to speeds of 276mph but now the speeds are a little less. Beach driving is limited to certain areas up and down the coast and when on the beach there are some limits on where you can actually drive and park. As it should be in Florida the emphasis is on sensible freedom so cars and beach users are seperated by a notional driveway, this is posted by portable signs and it all works very well. Access to the beach is at organised entry points and booths are manned where you can get your day-pass for your beach driving.
The sand is hard and firm at the top end of the beach and therefore there is no need for 4×4’s or offroad tyres – everyday road=cars are fine and cope well with the sand. Access to the beach in this way enables you to take your family food and drink all the beach toys and accessories down onto the beach for the day which makes for a superb feature. it’s also a little cool to be able to drive on the beach and a great photoshoot with the right car.
Normally the beach is open to vehicles from sunrise to sunset Nov. 1 through April 30, and from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. May 1 through Oct. 31. There is a $5 per day per vehicle user fee to drive on the beach from Feb. 1 through Nov. 30.
For the latest and most up to date details about beach driving head on over to the county website
Some Vids of Beach Driving at Daytona – first some up to date ones.
And now for some video of how it used to be with Nascar running on the beach.