Ponce Inlet, FL
Ponce Inlet is a Volusia County town located approximately ten miles south of Daytona Beach. It is a local favorite for surfing, fishing, dining and winding down. If driving on the beach is not for you, or if you are traveling with young children, one of the natural beach zones exists from Emilia Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores to Beach Street in Ponce Inlet providing a stretch of beach free from parking and driving.
Must See in Ponce Inlet
Surfers recognize the area north of the Jetty in Ponce Inlet as one of the premiere locations to catch a wave. The paved, rock Jetty extends out into the ocean and allows for some premium fishing time, as well as a good view of marine life below. Lighthouse Point Park is a 52 acre preserve of largely undisturbed land making it an excellent place to spot wildlife.
Where to Stay
Ponce Inlet is a mere ten miles from Daytona Beach, so visitors will have a sea of options for lodging. Choices include large upscale and budget-friendly hotels, bed and breakfast Inns, as well as private condominium and house rentals. There are also several RV and camping areas nearby. Guests with a taste for nightlife will enjoy Daytona Beach.
If you prefer the tranquility of the inlet, a private rental may be your best option. But be prepared; the savory smells coming from Down the Hatch Seafood Company plus the live music from Inlet Harbor Restaurant, Marina & Gift shop are sure to entice you out of cozy quarters.
Best and Worst Times to Go
Unless you're visiting the beaches for one of the special events such as Bike Week, Biketoberfest, or Race Week, anytime is a good time to visit. Arrive early for prime parking spots. Crowds are greater on weekends and holidays.
Where to Get Lost
Everyone in your party, can easily enjoy the entire day and evening in Ponce Inlet, even beyond the beach. Fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers will want to wander the jetty and the well-maintained boardwalk, observation deck and trails. Grill your fresh catch or picnic at one of many available pavilions. (You can also reserve them for parties and special occasions.) The Marine Science Center, with its stingray touch pool, is a fun stop for all ages. Get your exercise by climbing to the top of Florida's tallest lighthouse, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.
Transportation and getting around Town.
Private transportation is recommended.
Visitors traveling from Daytona International Airport will find major rental car providers inside the main terminal.
Tip for Visitors
Your teens and adventurers may find the many boating and water sport activities appealing. Parasailing, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, banana boats, echo cruises, charter boats and more are available at Ponce Inlet Watersports.
Traveling with your Dog
The rock fishing Jetty divides the ocean beach from the Intracoastal Beach at Ponce Inlet. Leashed dogs are allowed only on the Intracoastal beach.
Author's bio: Edie Schmidt is a freelance writer in Central Florida. She has lived there since she first got sand in her shoes in 1993.