Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. The lighthouse tower and museum are located 12 miles south of Daytona Beach and are open to the public year round. The lighthouse is close to Orlando attractions, historic St. Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest lighthouse in the nation. Visitors who climb the 175-foot-tall lighthouse tower are treated to a magnificent view of the Florida coastline and Halifax River from Daytona Beach to New Smyrna Beach.Ponce Inlet leads to the best fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, deep-water reef fish such as Red Snapper, Grouper, Sea Bass, Porgy, Trigger Fish, King Mackerel, Amberjack or even a shark.There are numerous guides available for your angling adventure.Also many choices of lodging.Beach driving is permitted daily seaward of the clearly marked dune conservation zone depending on tides and access ramps being opened.
The beach is open to vehicles:
May 1 through Oct. 31 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Nov. 1 through April 30 from sunrise to sunset
Lifeguards towers are staffed from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Whether you want to take a nature walk, see historic sites and sugar mills, learn more about the environment, or visit museums or cultural opportunities, Volusia County has it all. Plus you can boat, fish, camp, observe wildlife in its natural habitat, sunbathe or participate in more active recreational (courts, ball fields, etc.) activities in Volusia County.