Driving on the Beach
Driving on the Beach
Driving on the beach is one of the fun things that make Daytona Beach & New Smyrna Beach stand out from other beaches. One of the main reasons Daytona Beach has been named the “World’s Most Famous Beach” is the 23 miles of hard-packed sands. The same sands that welcomed in the first automobile and motorcycle racing that began back in 1902. Hard-packed sands made maneuvering easy, no matter the number of wheels.
While Modern beach-goers can’t race on the beach, they can enjoy a leisurely drive on the wide, hard-packed sands. It has become a tradition- driving on the beach while on vacation while enjoying the sun, sand & surf. What’s not to like about that?
In an effort to conserve our natural resources, beach access is limited to specific sections of the beach and is dependent on tide conditions. Make sure to check for designated driving areas by signs & wooden posts. You should also be aware of your surroundings and watch for sunbathers, pedestrians and even wildlife.
Driving on the beach does come with a price though- a small fee, which allows for an entire day of beach driving and parking. Annual passes are available for those who visit our beaches more often. The fees are as follows:
Beach Tolls (Beach vehicular access fees) are $10 for a daily pass, $25 for a permanent county resident annual pass, and $100 for a nonresident annual pass. A daily pass will allow the purchaser to re-enter the beach once without additional charge.
The fees will be collected year-round, but permanent county residents will continue to have free access in December and January.
Daily fees for parking at Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce Inlet and Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach are $10, and an annual park pass is $20. Both of these parks are dog friendly!
Note: The beach is always open and free to pedestrians and bicyclists depending on tides and access ramps being opened.
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