When booking Florida's Central East Coast, you are giving clients three destinations in one: the Daytona Beach Resort Area, the Space Coast and the Treasure Coast. And, since traveling between the three areas is simple, book clients at a hotel or resort in the locale most suited to their needs. Short day trips within the Central East Coast - or to other parts of Florida - are easy.
While still drawing its fair share of the spring break crowd, Daytona Beach and its surrounding communities offer more than sun and surf. With its small-town atmosphere and wholesome attractions, the area is perfect for a casual family vacation. Accommodations range from modest, family-run establishments to well-known chain properties offering exceptional facilities and services. Off-season is September through January. Even during the area's high season - February through March and June through August - rates can be considered affordable.
Attractions are a mix of natural and manmade. The Museum of Arts and Sciences is an impressive facility, while visits to the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse or the Spanish Sugar Mill and Griddle House - where patrons make their own pancakes at griddle-covered tables - are sure to please young and old alike.
The most famous of all area attractions is the Daytona International Speedway. The biggest news of late was the opening of the new $47 million dollar Daytona Beach International Airport, whose inaugural flights were October 18th. This state-of-the-art facility ensures air traveler's ease and comfort arriving and leaving Daytona. DAB is served by American, Continental, Delta and USAir.
Few places in Florida have been so enhanced by the arrival of one enterprise. When that enterprise is NASA, however, such impact is no surprise. NASA -landed- in Brevard County some 30 years ago, and it brought with it highly skilled professionals accustomed to more cosmopolitan lifestyles. The end result is Florida's Space Coast. While the nucleus of the Space Coast is Kennedy Space Center and its tourist attraction counterpart, Kennedy Center's Spaceport USA, the surrounding protons and neutrons are an integral part of the Space Coast experience. Ecotourism, performing arts centers, the theater, galleries and museums, antique shops, Port Canaveral - with Premier, Carnival and Europa cruise lines sailing - and a plethora of affordable seafood restaurants have added to the area's wealth as a vacation destination well-suited to diverse ages and interests. The area's fame for offering affordable family vacations is reflected in various attractions' low admission prices, and affordable dining and hotel rates. Accommodations offer a range of styles and prices.
Getting to the Space Coast is easy via Melbourne Regional Airport MLB, served by Delta, American, Continental and USAir. Driving within the Space Coast is uncomplicated via A1A or U.S. 1 north/south, with I-95 located parallel a few miles west. East/west routes are State Roads 50, 520 and 528, commonly called the -Beeline Expressway- and the most direct route to the Central Florida attractions.
Encompassing Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties, the Treasure Coast is not for those seeking thrill-a-minute amusements and various other man-made attractions. Visitors to the Treasure Coast seek thrills via snorkels, fins and masks, chipping a ball into a hole, perfecting a serve or reeling in a big one.
As the name implies, the Treasure Coast is named for the area's high concentration of offshore shipwrecks and reefs. The Fort Pierce/Hutchinson Island area alone offers 10 dive sites within a span of some 30 miles. Natural, recreation and cultural venues also thrive along the Treasure Coast. Area theater guilds, art and history museums, a polo club, and Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and Houston Astro spring training games are all part of a Treasure Coast vacation.
Modest to luxury accommodations flourish throughout the area, and Port St. Lucie is the site of the state's only Club Med property. Vero Beach Municipal Airport is served by USAir Express.