I'm delighted to report that as east central Florida continues to be a beacon for people tired of the cold, as residents, they no longer have to settle for traveling to south or west Florida to see a show, hear the opera or visit a first class Museum.
From Palm Coast to New Smyrna Beach, shopping has sprung up in the form of neighborhood, boutique plazas rather than huge malls and it works. No longer do many Mom and Pop motels line the beaches. They have given way to first class condominiums and hotels. Litte Daytona Beach has grown up.
And so too has its cultural offerings-one thing people do not want to give up when they move south for the good weather and slower pace. Here are a few of my favorites:
I hear it all the time - "The Daytona area is like Naples FL of 20 years ago." I know what they mean when they say that. Naples used to still have a small town feel-no heavy traffic, restaurant dining without a reservation, decide to go to a movie ten minutes before it starts.... You can still do all that here. Want some acreage 5 miles from the beach to keep a couple of horses-we have it. Golf communities with multi-million dollar homes dotting the greens-we have them. Intracoastal homes with boat house and dock-we have all of that. Easy commutes to larger airports or use Daytona Beach International. (You can park your car and walk to the terminal without need of the shutlle!)
I can't really say enough about the strength of the community's commitment to the arts and the availability of an unhurried, delightful existence in our grown up beach town. Visit and see for yourelf.