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Best parking spot for the day?

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Best parking spot for the day?

Hi there. Curious the next parking garage to use for the day? Somewhere center to see most of the area and especially the beach. Thanks

Vero Beach, Florida
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1. Re: Best parking spot for the day?

What are you intending to do? Central Daytona Beach hasn't a great deal to do other than the beach (there's a parking deck across from a complex with movie theater, restaurants, and a few other activities).

If interested in the beach, I'd suggest one of the excellent beach parks. From north to south, Andy Romano Beachfront Park in Ormond Beach; Sun Splash Park in Daytona Beach, next to Volusia County Beach Safety Headquarters; and Frank Rendon Park.

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2. Re: Best parking spot for the day?

Thanks for the reply David. If we just want to walk along the beach and suntan all day which beach that you mentioned would be the coolest? Thanks.

Bedford, Indiana
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3. Re: Best parking spot for the day?

I Dont think it really matters.

If you come in on International, just go straight across A1A, pay at the little booth and drive onto the beach and turn right, pick a spot and you're set.

If you come in on Dunlawton, drive straight across A1A, pay at the booth an drive onto the beach and turn left or right.

You could drive south on A1A and get on the beach down near the jetty for a little less people. Still have to pay.

you pay once a day, then you can leave the beach and reenter that same day until closing if you keep your permit.

Have fun!

Melbourne, Florida
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4. Re: Best parking spot for the day?

If you dont want to park directly on the beach there is a parking garage next to the Ocean Center and very near the Boardwalk area. You will have the boardwalk and its arcades and a few rides and several restaurants and a couple shops to choose from when you want a break from the beach. Keep in mind tho, if you want sun find a place away from the hi rise hotels and condos as the afternoon sun will be blocked by them.

There is also a pay parking lot at the boardwalk but it fills up quickly.

Metro Orlando
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5. Re: Best parking spot for the day?

Yep. As mentioned, the parking garage at the Ocean Walk complex would be the first place to consider. The biggest concentration of restaurants and other entertainment options is right around there. If you're looking to just relax on the beach you can rent lounge chairs and an umbrella for the day out behind the Hilton. Just find one you like without a name on it and take it. An attendant will stop by after a little bit to accept payment and put your name on it. I wouldn't leave valuables unattended there, but you can certainly leave towels and things. Shadows from the hotel aren't really a problem there, because they don't hit until the afternoon, when you'll probably be over the sun anyway.

Another more laid back alternative are the above-mentioned parks and parking areas. Daytona Beach is 26 miles long, but has areas with different characters. Sun Splash Park is a parking lot with a few minor facilities a mile or so South of the Ocean Walk. It's more laid back, but still relatively close to things.

If you're interested in a fairly quiet area you can drive South to Ponce Inlet. There's a park and parking area right by the jetty, as well as parking over by the lighthouse. You might consider parking by the lighthouse (although on weekends it might be full) and walking over to the jetty and beach. Then, hit the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill for lunch or dinner. There's also a place right there that rents wave runners and offers other tourist type excursions.

And you can also park on the beach, although large sections are closed off to driving. Daytona probably has the most publicly accessible beach in the world, so you can see way more of it. The catch is that it's dependent on ocean and sand conditions. If the tide's high they won't let you on, and if they did you'd probably get stuck anyway. You might also need to move your car when the tide starts coming up, and definitely when the sun starts going down.

Unfortunately, there are companies and organizations working hard to stop beach driving, so it's something to be taken advantage of while you can. I've actually driven the entire length of the beach in Volusia County, 51 miles, but those days are long gone.

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6. Re: Best parking spot for the day?

I like Andy Romano park. Plenty of free parking, beach access, restrooms & showers. Plus, it's next door to a nice beach bar/restaurant called Beach Buckets. It's 3 miles north of the Ocean Walk shops on A1A. There are several other similar beach-front parks w/ free parking and restrooms within a couple of miles as well.

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