AMA Pro Racing in the Community
NEWS March 12, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2013) – As if Bike Week, the legendary Daytona 200, and the rest of the upcoming AMA Pro Racing event schedule weren’t enough for fans to flock to Daytona Beach this week, the entire Volusia County area, which covers Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach and everything in between, is widely regarded as the place to be during this particular time of the year. The list below is a brief index for newcomers to the area that are interested in learning more about some of the must-do activities while visiting the historic east coast region of central Florida.
Bike Week 2013 Events – Things to do, places to go
Main Street – Also known as party central, this is the place to be if you’ve got a hot ride to show off or to go for people watching. Motorcycles line the curbs, while a constant parade of bikes and pedestrians flow through Main Street. It’s truly a spectator’s buffet of sights, sounds and tastes. Over five hundred thousand motorcycles migrate from all around the world with riders from all walks of life to join in the festivities.
Destination Daytona – Bruce Rossmeyer’s spirit lives on at the “World’s Largest Harley-Davidson Dealership.” Destination Daytona is a mini-rally within the rally. It goes above and beyond your typical dealership with a hotel, restaurants, the Saints & Sinners Pub, a tattoo parlor, a J&P Cycles shop and more all on-premise. Then you get a host of top-brand vendors which set up shop there, too. There’s always plenty of live music, food vendors, special appearances by the Budweiser Clydesdales, and a Mardi Gras-themed beer garden. They’ve also set up the new Museum Store at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Original Daytona Harley-Davidson on Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach. The museum and store has memorabilia from Bruce Rossmeyer’s personal collection along with historic Harley-Davidson items in its variety of displays.
Broken Spoke Saloon – This is a great place to stop by after hitting up Destination Daytona since you’re already out on U.S. Route 1 in Ormond Beach. The Broken Spoke Saloon is a Bike Week institution as the party rages there nightly. Amazing tribute bands tear it up on stage nightly, several magazines generally hold parties and bike shows there and the biker-themed decor of the bar has to be seen to be appreciated.
Iron Horse Saloon – Home of the Moonshine Campground, you can pitch a tent and stumble out to all the action. This spot is arguably the most exciting place to visit during this time of year.
Ride the Loop – When the traffic around Main Street and Daytona International Speedway begins to grind on you, get away from it all with a peaceful spin on “The Loop.” Take John Anderson Drive in Ormond Beach past the ritzy houses and you’re soon out of town under moss-draped trees in the midst of Florida’s verdant waterways. Old Dixie Highway will take you by Bulow Creek State Park through ancient oaks before a relaxing run on North Beach Street brings you back into town.
Impressive Array of Motorcycles at the Speedway –Just about all the top manufacturers will be set up at Daytona International Speedway over the duration of the week, from Harley-Davidsons to sportbike kings like Yamaha, Honda, Triumph, Kawasaki, and Suzuki.
Ride your bike on the beach – The number of places you can ride right on the beach is dwindling these days, but Daytona Beach is still one place you can take a leisurely ride over fine white sand. Pack a lunch, pull over and throw down a blanket to enjoy the sights and smells of salt water in the air and waves breaking on the beach. Riding on the beach is always a little nostalgic, too, considering they used to race on the sand back in the day.
The World’s Most Famous Beach(es)
People have been flocking to the beaches in this city for decades on end, partly because they are some of the best beaches in the country. When you're not hanging out at the Daytona beaches, there are plenty of other sandy stretches up and down the north-central Florida coastline that are also worth giving a look. The main beach in Daytona Beach actually extends for some 24 miles, connecting with beaches in nearby communities that share the same coastal peninsula. This coastal peninsula is actually a barrier island, which is separated from the Florida mainland by the Intracoastal Waterway.
Whether you're looking for a busy beach with a lot of action or a quiet beach where you can truly relax, the Daytona Beach beaches have you covered. The main beach in Daytona Beach connects with the beach in Ormond Beach to the north and with the beach in Daytona Beach Shores to the south. Wide and flat in most parts, these beaches are conducive to driving on the beach, which you can still do in certain spots. Parking your vehicle on the sand at the beaches in Daytona Beach has its advantages, as you won't have to lug your beach gear from a distant parking area to your spot in the sand.
In Daytona Beach, Main Street and the historic Boardwalk that leads off of it provide excellent beach access. At the end of Main Street is the Daytona Beach Pier, which is the longest pier on the U.S. East Coast. The beaches in Daytona Beach are quite picturesque, and the hard-packed sand that characterizes most of them used to attract car and motorcycle drivers who were more interested in setting land speed records than checking out the views.
Ronin Sushi & Sake Bar – 111 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
Ocean Deck Restaurant & Beach Club – 127 S. Ocean Ave., Daytona Beach
Caribbean Jack’s Restaurant & Bar – 721 Ballough Rd., Daytona Beach
Joe’s Crab Shack – 1200 Main St. Daytona Beach (on the pier)
Chart House – 1100 Marina Point Dr., Daytona Beach
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