As winter slips into spring, walks in the crisp evening air under clear skies and countless stars while listening to the gentle lulls of the Atlantic Ocean bring a sense of anticipation. Each year, Daytona hosts two thrilling weeks of excitementSpeed Week and Bike Weekbut aside from those times, the world's most famous beach affords great values for winter escapes for golf, culture and rejuvenation from sand and waves.
This is a quieter time on the beach, as the kids are in school and the crowds have thinned. Winter golf is in full swing, and the performing arts season is blooming. The 7th Annual Daytona Winterfest, presented by the Daytona Beach Symphony Society, takes place in late January, before giving way to the Boston Pops in early February. And it's hard to resist the blissful feeling of cool sand between your toes, as Daytona Beach always is in season.
Daytona's popularity peaks during Speed Week and Bike Week. Daytona International Speedway celebrates Speed Week 2007 this February 10-18 with numerous events, including the Budweiser Shootout, the Daytona 300 Busch Series race and, of course, the 49th annual Daytona 500.
If you prefer the driver's seat to the bleacher seat, then saddle up and ride to Daytona Beach's Bike Week, March 2-11, 2007, now in its 66th year. Bikers come from every walk of life, and from all over America. They're doctors and lawyers and professionals just like you, and Bike Week is when they come together to celebrate the thrill of riding. (Leather jackets are optional.)
Whether you visit during the thrilling weeks or the quieter weeks, rejuvenation requires beachfront pampering. The historic Plaza Resort & Spa offers the perfect venue. Having entertained guests for more than a century, the Plaza Resort & Spa was recently renovated and boasts spacious guest rooms and outstanding amenities. The Plaza Resort & Spa also offers true relaxation at the Ocean Waters Spa, the only full-service European-style spa in central Florida.
Other beachfront properties to escape to include: the Plaza Ocean Club, where every room has a private balcony; the La Playa Resort & Suites, featuring the popular Bonkerz Comedy Club; the Boardwalk Inn & Suites, just south of the historic Bandshell and Ocean Walk Shoppes; the Acapulco Hotel & Resort, ideally located in the southern part of Daytona Beach; and the Palm Plaza Oceanfront Resort, a Florida Certified Green Lodging.