Right now, around 500,000 motorcycle riders have roared into Daytona Beach, Florida, for the annual Spring Bike Week. But after a day or two of wheel-to-wheel traffic, you’ll probably want to get out of town and ride. Thankfully, there’s a wonderful escape route featuring ocean breezes.
In Daytona Beach, Atlantic Avenue is the main north and south road on the beach side of the Halifax River. It’s also Florida State Road A1A. At Main Street, the avenue is divided into North Atlantic Avenue and South Atlantic Avenue. No matter which way you turn, you’ll find yourself away from the Bike Week traffic jam.
The ride on South Atlantic Avenue is the shorter of the two routes. Ponce Inlet is 11.5 miles away. The little community is a nice place to park your bike and walk around. You can visit the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and Museum, find a bite to eat, or just relax at the beach.
For a longer escape from the Bike Week shuffle, head out on North Atlantic Avenue towards St. Augustine. It’s just over 50 miles to this historic city. Founded in 1565, it’s the oldest European established settlement in America that’s been continuously occupied.
A 40-mile ride north from St. Augustine on A1A brings you to the ferry crossing of the St. John River in Mayport. If you take the ferry, you can follow A1A another 22 miles to Amelia Island and Fort Clinch State Park, the furthest north you can go along the Florida coast.
No matter which way you turn, you’re sure to be guaranteed some beautiful sights, unique places to visit, and a relaxing ride along the water.
Till next time ride safe!
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