Who can pass up hitting the open road on a sunny day with the wind in your hair? If that’s your jam, consider a road trip to Daytona Beach for Bike Week.
For over seven decades, crowds of motorcyclists have made an annual pilgrimage to Daytona Beach in March for Bike Week. With our ideal climate and lots of biker-friendly shops and restaurants, it’s no wonder almost 500,000 people return each year for it.
Known as the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event”, Daytona Beach Bike Week treats visitors to ten days of concerts, motorcycle races, festivals, rallies, bike shows and manufacturer showcases. Sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association, events include both road ride and racing in several disciplines.
This year marks the event’s 76th anniversary, and takes place the week of March 10 through 19. Bikers will cruise along historic Main and Beach streets, on the Ormond Beach Scenic Loop or down AIA. Venues for varied races and events include the Daytona International Speedway, the Ocean Center, Riverfront Park and the World Center of Racing.
The Fastlanes Motorcycle Swap Meet Extravaganza, in its 13th year, is a big lure for Bike Week attendees. Hundreds of vendors span the Volusia County Fairgrounds to offer deals on rare vintage motorcycle parts and accessories, goggles, patches, jewelry and varied other items. There are also daily bike shows, giveaways and food vendors. The lighting of the Burning Bike, a giant wooden motorcycle sculpture, is a big hit, too.
In addition to a full schedule of fun events, there’s a varied selection of local restaurants to sample. Check out Caribbean Jack’s, located on Ballough Road. Dine waterside on the deck in one of the sheltered glider booths and enjoy nightly music. Touted as Daytona Beach’s largest oyster bar, the Oyster Pub Sports Bar and Grill on Seabreeze Boulevard boasts more than 45 TVs and an extensive selection of fresh oysters.
Carve some time out to hit the Daytona Beach Ale Trail, a tour of local craft breweries and tap houses. Each location is unique in its offerings, and all are owned and operated by folks who really know their craft beer. Some serve small plates or full meals, others encourage you to visit area restaurants and bring your meal in, picnic-style. Daytona Beach Brewing Company, Odd Elixir Meads, Ormond Brewing Company and Seabreeze Taphouse are just a few stops on the tour.
Whether you visit Daytona Beach for Bike Week or are planning a future getaway, the Plaza Resort & Spa is an ideal home base for all your Daytona Beach activities. Give us a call to book your Daytona Beach vacation today!