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SpringBreak in Daytona Beach 2009

SpringBreak in Daytona Beach 2009

Daytona Beach, is still a part of the “Spring Break Tradition”, but you need to make sure you stay in the right beach location.

Daily events are normally found at the hotels where booking is provided by tour operators or near the Bandshell located at the end of the boardwalk.

The three largest tour operators for Daytona Beach are SpringBreakTravel or Student City who offers bus service for large groups. Many of the hotels are also booking directly, so do your best to get a competitive price. Remember, that traffic will be a *&#*&^* , so check the location of the hotel you are evaluating to the clubs and the boardwalk.

Activities each year include about a half a dozen concerts mid-March located at the Bandshell or at the Plaza hotel. There are generally some daytime activities like giveaways and contests by corporate sponsors. There are also scheduled Spring Break parties at several of the nightclubs. You will want to get a “Gold Party Card”, to get entry to the parties, along with free cover and express entry to the clubs.

If you are up for making day trips, Daytona, is close to Disney World, Seaworld and Universal. ICP used to have scheduled bus trips from their hotels to the Orlando Theme Parks. Daytona also has DaytonaUSA, a local attraction celebrating the history of NASCAR and the Daytona International Speedway as well as the Kennedy Space Center just down the road.

HIstory of SpringBreak in Daytona

As Spring Break in Ft Lauderdale, began to attact national attention because of the 1960 movie classic “Where the Boys Are” the city of Daytona Beach decided to get its fair $hare of this new form of tourism. The city fathers may have been mislead by the wholesome behavior of the actors in the film. College students are not required to meet the guidelines of behavior dictated by the Hayes Commission or the MPAA’s Guidelines for film ratings. Despite the stories of bozing and sex and the hassles created for beachside residents, the economic impact of Spring Break made it an important event for the city.

In the early 80’s, MTV made its first trip to Spring Break in Daytona. By the mid ’80s Daytona had become the “Capital of Spring Break”, with over 500,000 students visiting the city and tripling the population each March. Law enforcment was streched-and local residents were complaining, but the city’s businesses had a sellers market. The price for hotel rooms increased along with the demand for space. Spring Break in Daytona Beach, had evolved to a point where both the students and the locals were unhappy with the situation.

Students began to look for alternative locations that would be more receptive. The pied piper of satellite music delivery and tour operators like BreakAway Tours helped to lead the parade to Florida’s northern gulf coast beaches. Once MTV started broadcasting from Panama City Beach, it was clear that the migration of Spring Break to PCB had begun.

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