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Two Chi-Town Gals on Daytona Beach, Florida

Posted by Jody on September 17, 2012

Today’s Featured Writers are Mary Hilgart and Linda Kolman

Daytona Beach Shores, Florida (Photo by Mary Hilgart)

I had a wonderful opportunity last week when an old friend of mine asked me to join her in Daytona Beach.  We stayed in a condo in Daytona Beach Shores, which is very residential.  There are many high-rise rentals and a few hotels.  This area is a bit south of the touristy area of Daytona Beach proper.

Photo by Mary Hilgart

From one side we could see the Atlantic Ocean, and the other side was the Halifax River.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse (Photo by Mary Hilgart)

A short distance to the south is Lighthouse Point Park and Recreation Area.  There is a nice lighthouse that you can tour for $5 per person.

Photo by Mary Hilgart

There is also a turtle refuge nearby and a jetty on the beach which attracts many surfers just waiting for the right wave.

Photo by Mary Hilgart

Oh, looks like they found one!

Crabby Joe’s Deck & Grill on the Sunglow Pier in Daytona Beach Shores (Photo by Mary Hilgart)

Another popular attraction to this area is Crabby Joe’s Deck & Grill.  This is a very large pier that stretches over the ocean.  On the opposite side of this structure is a bar, restaurant, and a gift shop.

North Turn (Photo by Linda Kolman)

There are many places to eat along the shore or on the river.  North Turn had a great outdoor deck with a beautiful view.  We got caught in a little rain, but there is also a large covered open air space that is just as nice.

Photo by Mary Hilgart

The thing that makes Daytona Beach different from any other is that you are allowed to drive your car on the beach!

This area is a very beautiful and peaceful one.  The sand on this beach is fine and packs easily, without too many shells.  So, it makes it easy to walk, run, or even ride a bike!

Photo by Mary Hilgart

The best thing of all is that you can catch the most beautiful sunrises on the beach.  I’m sure the birds agree, as they have all come out to be spectators!

Childhood friends: Authors Mary and Linda (& Jody)

St. William School, Class of 1972

8 Responses to “Two Chi-Town Gals on Daytona Beach, Florida”

  1. Jody said

    Looks like a fun trip! Thanks for the great post!

  2. Looks like a good place for a girls getaway!!

  3. Jody, Thanks for posting this! Sure looks warm. Just what I needed tonight when it’s cold outside! Marsha 🙂

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