A day in the life of a NASCAR fan doesn’t need to be filled with gloom. We take a look at how far Palm Bay is from popular sports complex Daytona Speedway and suggest ways to make the most of your visit.
If you’re traveling by air, you’ll need to consider the lay of the land and which airport to use. The closest airports to Daytona are Daytona Beach International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). The former is roughly 45 minutes away while the latter is 2 hours and 45 minutes. Both airports have nonstop flights to major cities so there’s no reason to stop in Palm Bay. However, if you want to avoid traffic and take the scenic route, you can take the I-75 North to the I-385 East. This will eventually lead you to the Florida Turnpike and take you to your destination.
For those who are driving, the first stop might be the gas station. Once you’re fueled up and on the move, your next stop should be the convenience store to grab some snacks. From the gas station, you can head north on I-95 and get to the point where it intersects with I-75. This is known as The Golden Beach Intersection and you can find lots of fast food joints, gas stations, and dollar stores there. From the intersection, take I-75 South. It’s important to note here that I-75 runs parallel to the beach and it’s a very scenic drive. Once you’re on I-75, it’s only a few minutes from Palm Bay to Daytona Beach. The exit to Interstate 5 (I-5) is directly across from the Sunoco station.
If you’re touring the area by bus, the first step would be to look at the destination. If you’re staying in north Florida, the next step would be to look for Greyhound buses, since a lot of them stop here. From Daytona Beach, you can take a bus to the north or west. There are also a few direct connections from the airport so you don’t need to go through the city. You can also take a bike to the airport and get a free parking pass. This is actually pretty convenient as bikes are permitted in the lot at the airport. If you’re driving, the parking lot will be your first stop once you land. You’ll have to search for spaces since none are reserved for valet parking. Another option is to take a cab from the airport. The fare will be about the same as parking lot parking (which is free after 6 pm).
Any one of these options is workable, depending on your needs. If you’re looking for a beach getaway and some friendly faces, you can always check out one of the many roaming rodeos that take place at the local racetracks.