Daytona Beach Journals

Winter Therapy in Florida

A February 2006 trip to Daytona Beach by king25

Blue Spring State Park Photo, Orange City, Florida More Photos
Quote: I recently stayed at the Fantasy Island II in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.

Fantasy Island II

Hotel | "Fantasy Island Resort II"

Fantasy Island II Photo, Daytona Beach, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:The Beach acess, resort is on the beach. Some restaurants are nearby, a handful within walking distance, and the rest are a short car drive away.Best Things About the Resort:The Beach! Every unit seems to have an ocean view.Resort Experience:With the beach access, this resort can't be beat if you're looking for a nice, relaxing place on the beach. The beaches are clean and beautiful. I stayed in a two-bedroom unit, and it was very clean and tidy. Everything you would need is there including a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, breakfast bar, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, etc. The resort itself doesn't have an enormous a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Fantasy Island II
3175 S. Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
(386) 788-2928

Aunt Catfish's on the River

Restaurant | "Aunt Catfish"

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We loved Aunt Catfish's! This was about a 10-minute drive (with traffic) from Fantasy Island II.

We went for the "Blue Jeans Sunday Brunch" and it was incredible! There was a made-to-order omelette station, pancakes, french toast, as well as lunch/dinner items like fried catfish, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, veggies, carved turkey, ham, and tons more. Also, a huge salad bar with all kinds of items. Not to mention an array of dessert items, including a chocolate fountain! YUM!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Aunt Catfish's on the River
4009 Halifax Drive
Port Orange, Florida 32176
(386) 767-4768

Crabby Joe's Deck & Grill

Restaurant | "Crabby Joes Deck & Grill "

Crabby Joe's Deck & Grill Photo, Daytona Beach Shores, Florida
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Crabby Joe's is located on Sunglow Pier. We had breakfast which was great, but their lunch/dinner looked really good too.I've heard their crablegs and fish are really good. You can even order fish for breakfast.There is also a bar in the restaurant, and you can also fish off the pier.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Crabby Joe's Deck & Grill
3701 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
(386) 788-3364

Our Deck Down Under

Restaurant | "The Deck Down Under"

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There is a bar on-site, and outdoor dining overlooking Halifax River.
The fish sandwiches are huge, and the hushpuppies are great.

This is a good lunch place, and great for happy hour.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Our Deck Down Under
78 Dunlawton Ave
Daytona Beach, Florida 32127
386-767-1881

Inlet Harbor Marina & Restaurant

Restaurant | "Inlet Harbor Restaurant & Marina"

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There is outdoor dining with a scenic view of the water, boats, and a lighthouse. The outdoor atmosphere is very casual. There was a musician singing Jimmy Buffet type of songs when we went, at around 4pm one evening. It is a good place for a drink and some appetizers.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Inlet Harbor Marina & Restaurant
133 Inlet Harbor Rd
Daytona Beach, Florida
(386) 767-3266

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This place was great! Indoor and outdoor seating. There were bars indoors and outdoors as well, and heated lamps outside!

We ate dinner outside and everything was wonderful. I had crab legs that were decently priced and very good. The mashed potatoes were awesome!

Even the dinner salad I had was great. I highly recommend one dinner at Caribbean Jacks. I think they serve lunch until 4 or 5pm too, which helps the financial situation.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Caribbean Jack's Restaurant and Marina
721 Ballough Road
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
(386) 523-3100

Daytona Beach

Attraction | "Daytona Beach Shores Beach"

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Beautiful, clean beaches! I walked about 1 mile each way (north and south), and it was beautiful each way.

You can also pay to drive your car on the beach, if you so choose.

We collected many pretty shells on the shore as well.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Daytona Beach
Daytona
Daytona Beach, Florida

Sunglow Pier

Attraction

Sunglow Pier Photo, Daytona Beach, Florida
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You can fish at Sunglow Pier without a fishing license.There is also a restaurant (Crabby Jack's) located on the pier, this is who you'd also pay to fish or sight-see on the pier.We caught a couple fish for the few hours that we did fish here. A guy next to us caught a baby shark! (this was around 8pm).

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Sunglow Pier
3701 South Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
(386) 788-3364

Blue Spring State Park Photo, Orange City, Florida
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Blue Spring State Park is really neat. You can see Manatees in the winter months as it's the winter home to numerous manatees; Blue Spring is a designated manatee refuge.

Blue Spring is the largest spring on the St. Johns River. There are trails you can walk on and The Thursby house, built in 1872, to walk through. Riverboat tours are also available.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Blue Spring State Park
2100 West French Avenue
Orange City, Florida 32763
(386) 775-3663