On the mainland, Daytona Beach's main riverside drag, Beach Street, is one of the few areas in town where people actually stroll. The street is wide and inviting, with palms down its median, and decorative wrought-iron archways and fancy brickwork overlooking a branch of the Halifax River. Today the stretch of Beach Street between Bay Street and Orange Avenue offers antiques and collectibles shops, galleries, clothiers, a magic shop, a historical museum, and several good cafes. At 154 S. Beach St., you'll find the home of the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory (tel. 386/252-6531; www.angellandphelps.com), which has been making candy for more than 75 years. Watch the goodies being made (and get a free sample)!
"Hog" riders will find several shops along Beach Street, north of International Speedway Boulevard, including Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley- Davidson (tel. 866/642-3464; www.brucerossmeyer.com), a 20,000-square-foot retail outlet and diner serving breakfast and lunch. It's one of the nation's largest Harley dealerships. In addition to hundreds of gleaming new and used Hogs, you'll find as much fringed leather as you've ever seen in one place. For Harley fanatics, check out Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona, 1635 N. U.S. Hwy. 1 (www.destinationdaytona.com), a virtual Harley theme park with motel, Hog-themed bars, and restaurants. Rossmeyer, incidentally, was killed in a motorcycle accident en route to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota in July 2009.
The Daytona Flea and Farmers' Market, 2987 Bellvue Ave. (tel. 386/253-3330; www.daytonafleamarket.com), is huge, with 1,000 covered outdoor booths plus 100 antiques and collectibles vendors in an air-conditioned building. Most of the booths feature new (though not necessarily first-rate) wares along the lines of socks, sunglasses, luggage, handbags, jewelry, tools, and the like. It's open year-round Friday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Admission and parking are free.
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