Daytona Beach Warnings and Dangers
Daytona Beach is, for the most part, a safe place for tourists to visit. However, there are some dangers and warnings to know about before you go.
Dangers on the Beach
Over the years Daytona Beach has received some bad publicity about sharks. There are sharks in this area but they mostly stay away from swimmers. Most of the bites that have occurred happened close to the piers (but this could be due to the fact people fish off the pier and drop fish and bait into the water). However, while anywhere in the water, always exercise caution. Other things to know:
- Rip currents are frequent. Always swim near a lifeguard and heed any local warnings posted on the beaches.
- Motorized vehicles are allowed to drive on some parts of Daytona Beach, so be careful where you spread out your beach blanket. Don’t be fooled if you are in an area that doesn’t allow cars – there are still beach patrols, ice cream vendors and other vehicles.
- You might see an occasional panhandler asking for money.
Central Florida typically sees a lot of lightning. Always listen to the lifeguards and if you see lightning, seek shelter. The Atlantic shore also is in an area that experiences hurricanes (in 2004, Daytona Beach was battered by three of them), so pay attention to forecasts. Also, if there has been a recent hurricane, as you are making reservations ask specific questions about the condition of your hotel. Accommodations away from the beach are generally OK. Sometimes tourism agencies tend to paint a rosy picture, so be careful.
Spring Break and Bike Week
Daytona Beach can get crazy during spring break. During this time of year the beach isn’t always family-friendly, and you might see some inappropriate behavior or hear some offensive language. If you are bringing the kids to the beach you might want to take this into consideration. It’s also very crowded during this time of year and the merchants and hotel owners inflate their prices. During Bike week, there is usually increased police presence on Daytona Beach, however, the bikers typically come in peace and don’t have any inclination for getting into trouble with the law. It’s usually a safe environment and a fun time.
Drinking alcohol on Daytona Beach is against local law. Glass containers and pets are also not permitted.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Daytona Beach.