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Lighthouse Point Park - Ponce Inlet

 Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Park, Daytona Beach, FL

GPS Coordinates: 29.078043, -80.921839

Location: On Ponce Inlet at the southern end of Daytona Beach. Beach driving ramp for cars located at South Atlantic Avenue and Beach Street, at the 4-way stop just before the park entrance.

Directions: From Daytona Beach, drive south on Atlantic Avenue all the way to the end, about 9 miles or so. You can use the beach ramp for cars at Beach Street, or you can enter the park and use the paved parking lot near the restrooms.

on the boardwalk to the jetty at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Park.

Alternatively, if you’re planning to skip Daytona, and drive straight from Orlando to Ponce Inlet, you can take I-95 south from I-4, then exit at Dunlawton and drive through Port Orange to A1A. Turn right on A1A (S. Atlantic Avenue) and drive south to Ponce Inlet (about 5 miles). This will help you avoid the congestion of the Daytona Beach pier district. You could even stop at the Sunglow Pier, just south of Dunlawton and grab a bite to eat at Crabby Joe’s Deck & Grill. Just an idea.

Cost: $5 per vehicle to enter the park. Separate fee for the lighthouse area.

Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset.

Web site: http://volusia.org/parks/lighthouse.htm

Lighthouse Park is a destination where you can spend the entire day, but you’ll need to bring a picnic lunch since there is no food concession in the park and I didn’t see any vendors on the beach. But, there are restaurants nearby, like Lighthouse Landing, Down The Hatch Seafood Company, and the Inlet Harbor Restaurant.

The main features of this beach park are the huge rock jetty, the gorgeous beach, the large dunes with many boardwalks with covered picnic tables at several scenic locations, and of course, the lighthouse, which is not near the beach. You’ll have to drive over to the bay side of the island to visit the lighthouse, which I highly recommend you do. The view from the top is incredible.

The park also has a dog beach where you can take Snoopy in for a swim.

Fishing on the jetty at Lighthouse Park, Ponce Inlet

Alcohol on the Beach

Alcohol is not allowed on the beach.

Pets on the Beach

Animals are not allowed on the beach or on the jetty. However, there is a designated beach on the inlet side of the park that allows leashed dogs.

Lifeguards

Lifeguards are on duty during posted hours.

ADA Access

The park and boardwalks are wheelchair accessible. A beach wheelchair may be available from the beach patrol. If you’ll need one, it’s best to call in advance and inquire: 386.756.7488.

Amenities:

  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor rinse-off showers
  • Covered picnic tables
  • Fishing jetty (no bait or tackle shop)
  • Paved parking and beach parking (tides permitting)
  • Lifeguards
  • Nature trails
  • Doggy beach
  • Lighthouse

Boardwalks through the tall sand dunes at Lighthouse Point Park, Daytona Beach.

Ponce Lighthouse can be seen from the boardwalks at Ponce Inlet.

Driving on the beach toward the jetty at Ponce Lighthouse Park

Cars parking on the beach at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Park

Covered picnic tables on the boardwalk

restroom and pavilion at Lighthouse Park, Ponce Inlet