St. Augustine to Daytona Beach - Cruising the Atlantic Coast

    By Gary McKechnie

    This is the second time I’ve written about a Florida road. The first time was when I bragged about Highway 399 along the Gulf Island National Seashore south of Pensacola. Now I’ll direct you to another one of my favorites that begins just south of the fabled Bridge of Lions--driving from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach.

    If you haven’t ridden the stretch of A1A south from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach, give it a shot. There are sites to see in the 50-some miles but the standout is the Atlantic Ocean. A1A largely hugs the coast and you’ll be just about 10 feet above sea level as you pass Anastasia State Park Fort Matanzas Marineland the iconic Pier in Flagler Beach and mile after mile of oceanfront cruising. This is a rare experience and the sight of the ocean and sound of the engine is pure gold. The nice thing is after you reach Daytona Beach you can turn around and do it again.

    When you’re on the right road you can’t go wrong.

    St. Augustine to Daytona Beach - Main Street Pier

    The Main Street Pier ferris wheel offers fantastic views of the Daytona Beach area.

    Julie Fletcher for VISIT FLORIDA

    St. Augustine to Daytona Beach - Daytona Beach Boardwalk

    Daytona Beach Boardwalk

    Julie Fletcher for VISIT FLORIDA

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