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Daytona Beach Facts

Anyone who’s been to Daytona Beach knows what a special place it is. How else would you get the moniker “The World’s Most Famous Beach”? You know about the ties to NASCAR and you’ve probably heard about Bike Week. While these things are great, there is so much more to our city. Hopefully these facts will highlight some things you didn’t know before reading this article.

Daytona Beach was founded in 1870 and is located in an area that used to be inhabited by Timucuan indians. Daytona Beach is made up of the former cities of Daytona, Seabreeze,  Daytona Beach and Kingston. The city experienced a huge boom in 1886 when the St. Johns & Halifax River Railway arrived. Daytona Beach has been on the rise since then.

Daytona Beach is home to three major colleges: Bethune-Cookman University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Daytona State College (which also includes the University of Central Florida’s North Campus).

Mary McLeod Bethune had a profound affect on the Daytona Beach area but most importantly by founding what became Bethune-Cookman University. She had the idea of creating a private school for African-Americans in 1904. Her contributions to this community are the main reason Daytona Beach is such a culturally diverse and accepting one.

Embry-Riddle, located right next to the Daytona Beach International Airport, is one of the world’s most renowned aeronautical universities. Students flock to Embry-Riddle from all over the world to major in all things aeronautical. Embry-Riddle can count many of the most influential people in the field as alumni.

The hometown newspaper is the Daytona Beach News-Journal, started in 1883. They are also the namesake of the ‘News-Journal Center’, one of Daytona’s performing arts venues.

These are just a few of the many, fun facts about Daytona Beach. This is a city rich with culture and history. Make your way down to Daytona Beach for a visit. We have a feeling you’ll want to make it a more permanent stay!