Lighthouse Point Park - Ponce Inlet
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.
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.
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 are on duty during posted hours.
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.
- Outdoor rinse-off showers
- Covered picnic tables
- Fishing jetty (no bait or tackle shop)
- Paved parking and beach parking (tides permitting)
- Nature trails
- Doggy beach