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Play hard in Florida’s motoring mecca.

August 09, 2012

Relish the gaudy glories of Daytona Beach, a prime example of the classic seaside town in Florida. The town is known for its serious, spring break-fueled party scene, but your best bet is to skip all that in favor of nodding to its NASCAR heritage, which began here in 1947, by driving on the beach, wind in your hair.

McK's Tavern

Guzzle one of 30-plus beers on tap at this unfussy Irish pub.

The Garlic

The menu features pungent Italian food, from garlic-rubbed crostini to rack of lamb.

Ocean Court Motel

Known for its affable British owners, the motel has kitchenette-equipped rooms right on the ocean, plus a heated outdoor pool and even a BBQ area.

Daytona Speedway

The wide beaches here are lounge-worthy, but thanks to Daytona’s role as a motoring mecca for the Daytona 500 (mid-Feb.), driving is permitted on the sands—a rarity in Florida. Pay $5 for the permit, stick to 10mph, and you can enjoy the thrill of cruising by the ocean.

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