Anyone live in/have experience with Daytona Beach, Florida?

posted 3 years ago in Florida Panhandle
  • poll: Is Daytona a nice place to live?
    No, Daytona is horrible! : (2 votes)
    17 %
    Yes, Daytona is wonderful! : (2 votes)
    17 %
    Daytona is okay. : (8 votes)
    67 %
    Daytona is fine, but the job/housing market isn't what you're looking for. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

    @chickspartan:  bah, I live in Orlando, but I don’t know much about Daytona, as I’ve never been there. Sorry. 🙁

    Post # 4
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    2305 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    My parents own a condo on Daytona Beach Shores and it really depends on what part of Daytona you’re in.

    I actually love spending time there and most of the time if you keep out of the ‘icky’ areas it’s really nice. I think New Smyrna Beach is ‘cleaner’ but there are lots of nice parts of Daytona Beach, too.

    Only time I’d *definitely* avoid it is during Bike Week. Stay out of the touristy places during that time. So loud and crowded!

    Post # 5
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    2052 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I put Daytona is Okay.

    I visit often..it’s not as ‘party central’ as St. Augustine and more affordable.  Not as much to do though…If you are looking for a slower pace to life this is it!

    Post # 6
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    182 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @chickspartan 

    Ormond beach is the answer for you. It is just north of Daytona (literally the next town over). It is MUCH nicer and seems to not attract the bike weekers/spring breakers AS bad as the Daytona area. I am looking to move to the area myself. New Symrna is ok too. Do NOT go to Holly Hill. It is heavily industrialized (at least from one I have seen).

    Post # 8
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    262 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @chickspartan:  My family and I go on summer vacation in Daytona shores nearly every summer! Personally, I LOVE Daytona Shores. Up the coast, in the main tourist-y Daytona Beach area, people can be a little crazy…but the Shores is MUCH more low-key and very beautiful. Not nearly as crowded either. It just depends on where exactly you are! But overall I love it. And it’s VERY close to Disney World, my favorite place on Earth…..I am jealous!!!

    Post # 10
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @chickspartan:  It’s okay.  Better than Iowa unless you live in a major city up there.  The weather is beautiful and the cost of living is low (no state income taxes helps a lot!)  However, it’s not cosmopolitan at all and areas are even considered rural.  As for spring breakers and Nascar fans, it depends on what part of town you live in as to whether you have to deal with them and even then it’s only for part of the year for spring breakers and only a few weekends out of the year for Nascar, Bike Week, and Biketoberfest.  The best part is that it isn’t difficult to get friends and families to come visit you since you’re at one of the most famous beaches in the world and less than 2 hours from Disney World.

    Post # 11
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    31 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I was born and raised in Daytona. I agree with the PP who said Ormond beach was a better location. There are tons of cheap places in the Daytona Beach, but they are SCUMMY. You can find an apartment for 500ish, but you are also living next to drug dealers/rapists/etc. New Smyrna is also nice.

    I would check out Port Orange if I were you. That’s where I work, and SO and I are moving to a condo there too after checking out all of the other apartment complexes. Port Orange is really family friendly and where we are moving is 5-10 minutes away from the beach. Actually, if you go south along the beach it goes: Ormond -> Daytona Beach Shores -> Daytona -> Port Orange -> Ponce Inlet -> New Smyrna. As far as the jobs go, if you’re willing to travel 20 or so minutes you can find a decent one. There’s a big hospital here where SO works, and I work at an assisted living and we both make good money. Plus you can always find something to do! 

    Daytona is SUPER busy during bike week/race week but if you avoid those areas (mainly International Speedyway Blvd.) you’ll be fine. I say go for it, but live in PO/Ormond 🙂

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