Volusia County is one of the few places in the country that allows beach driving, a tradition that gave birth to NASCAR and the Daytona 500.
Beach driving is possible in the Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach areas because of their hard-packed sand. In some areas of the county, however, the sand is too soft for driving.
Volusia County uses three classifications for its beaches: Natural, Transitional and Urban.
Public driving and parking is not allowed in the Natural beach zones, which exist from the North Peninsula State Recreation Area to Granada Boulevard in Ormond by the Sea; from Emilia Avenue in Daytona Beach Shores to Beach Street in Ponce Inlet and from 27th Avenue in New Smyrna Beach to Canaveral National Seashore in Bethune Beach.
The Transitional zones have a mixture of natural dunes and some beach seawalls. Public driving and parking is allowed in the Transitional zone 30 feet seaward of the dunes or seawall.
The Urban zones are areas where the concentration of people is the most intense and the surrounding area is the most developed. Public driving and parking is allowed in these areas 15 feet seaward of the dunes or seawall.
These maps show you where cars are allowed on the beach and where they are not:Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun