Vacations seem to fly by. So how can you tell your vacation really happened if you don’t have a souvenir to prove it? Bringing home a memento of your time at Daytona Beach is a wonderful way to relive those fun memories.
From farmers markets to iconic souvenir shops, Daytona Beach is replete with places to find that perfect item. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, or taking a thank you gift home to your pet sitter, here are a few spots you should check out.
Hit the Markets
Located at the junction of I-95 and US Highway 92 (exit 261) the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market teems with local art, estate jewelry, unique boutique items, Florida produce and locally made food items. It’s open year round every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, you can usually catch a special event like the Classic Car Cruise-In or the Arts and Crafts Show.
Popular with locals and tourists alike, the Downtown Daytona Beach Farmers Market is a fun place to secure home baked goods, crafts, paintings and handmade jewelry. It’s situated downtown in the historic Beach Street area. You’ll want to go on an empty stomach so you’ll have room to sample the varied food offerings. Gert’s Country Kitchen Beef and Pork BBQ, The Peanut Man, Herbert’s Bakery and Jeremiah’s Healthy Food are a few to consider.
UNIQUE GIFT OPTIONS
Though it won’t last forever (it’ll likely even be gone before you leave Daytona Beach), a souvenir from Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory is a sweet idea. They’ve been making confectionary magic since 1925. Take a tour of the factory, which is located at 154 South Beach Street. Enjoy free samples and peer through cottage windows to watch the candy artisans make chocolates the old fashioned way. Choose from truffles, crème filled candies, cordial cherries and chocolate covered potato chips among other sweet delights.
Also on South Beach Street, Sister Décor and More is an eclectic shop filled with varied vendors that rotate often. You’ll discover shell themed furniture and home décor, vintage items like Elvis memorabilia and 60s era dishes, as well as locally made art and crafts.
If you want to experience an iconic beach souvenir shop, head to Big Shark Gift Shop on North Atlantic Avenue. Touted as Daytona’s largest gift shop, they offer a huge variety of beach toys, shells, T-shirts, jewelry and special event souvenirs for Speed Week, Bike Week and the Pepsi 400.
No matter what type of souvenir you seek, you’re sure to find it at Daytona Beach. During your stay at the Plaza Resort and Spa, stop in our Ocean Waters Spa for even more gift ideas. We carry a wide array of some of the best natural spa products, skin care and lotions. Choose items from the Farmhouse Fresh Line, Lafco Candles and other notable product lines.