New Smyrna Beach is one of the few locations where you can drive your vehicle on the beach. Back in the 1800s, beach driving started with horses and buggies. In August 1889, the town's 300-foot-wide stretch of sand was marked "Beach Street" and dedicated for a public highway. The first car was driven on New Smyrna's beach around 1904. There are old photographs that show picnicking visitors standing by clusters of early model Fords - perhaps the first of tailgate parties. In the 1930s, the earliest stock car races whizzed by the water at low tide. NASCAR, founded in 1948, used the wide beach between New Smyrna and Daytona, with its hard-packed sand as fine as flour, for its races until 1959. Vehicles are allowed on five miles of New Smyrna's beaches, and for years beachgoers have enjoyed a leisurely drive on its wide, hard-packed sands. Please be a responsible beach driver by driving only in designated areas and observing the speed limit. The driving areas are designated by signs and wooden posts.
Please watch for pedestrians, sunbathers and wildlife. Parking is allowed east, or seaward, of the posts. The beach is open to vehicles from sunrise to sunset Nov. 1 through April 30, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 1 through Oct. 31. There’s a year-round $20 per day per vehicle access fee to drive on the beach. This includes one same-day re-entry. Volusia County residents are allowed free access to the beach Dec. 1 through Jan. 31.
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