RV - Daytona

Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
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Trip End Dec 07, 2013


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Coral Sands RV Resort

Flag of United States  , Florida
Friday, October 4, 2013

We headed off this morning for a short 1 hour drive to Daytona Beach. We programmed "Virginia" to take us directly to Coral Sands RV Resort at Ormond Beach however we think she went out partying late night last night at "Tini Martini's" bar and took us on a bit of a detour. We exited the Interstate as per her directions and immediately knew something was wrong when the road narrowed and signs appeared showing a low 8 foot clearance. There were many overhanging trees on the road but we managed to go down the middle before finding an area to turn around. Virginia kept insisting for us to continue, however we ignored her and headed back to the highway.

After a bit of protesting, she reprogrammed the route for us. We knew she'd had a few too many to drink when she started slurring her words telling us to "Turn turn left left", and instructed us to get in the right lane before making us turn left. Not sure if  taking directions from a DUI GPS is legal in the States.

Eventually we arrived and set up camp right on the beach. Coral Sands Oceanfront Resort is located on the northern end of the Daytona strip at Ormond Beach. It has rooms and cottages in addition to the RV park, and we are able to make use of all the facilities including the pool.

In the afternoon we walked the 5km along the beach towards the main pier before stopping for a swim and on our return had a swim in the resort pool.

This is the first beach we have encountered so far that resembles our beaches back home. The southern strip around Daytona beach has many highrises overlooking the beach, much the same as Surfers Paradise. The 60 km beach has no headlands and is dead straight from Flagler Beach in the north to Ponce Inlet in the south. Ormond Beach is roughly in the middle and we can see the sand in both directions until it disappears over the horizon. Because it is so straight it also has very little waves.

Daytona's wide beach of smooth compacted white sand in the late 1900's was a mecca for motorsport and the precursor to oval track racing. 
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