Sunsplash Park is three and a half acres of fun located at South
Atlantic Avenue and Revilo Boulevard in Daytona Beach, Florida. This park
has an interactive water fountain, in season, with a shaded playground,
picnic tables, restrooms, outdoor showers, two beach access ramps and 95
off-beach parking spaces. In short, this is the place to go.
Sunsplash Park is located at 611 South Atlantic Avenue and its easy to get
to either in a car or on foot from one of the nearby hotels. Drive right
onto the beach. Admission to the park itself is free. Sunsplash is open from
sunrise to sunset, and is a wonderful place to spend a long afternoon.
The amenities here are good for a free, public park. To the right of this
image are reservable picnic shelters; to the left out-of-view are footbaths.
Just a few steps from here, however, is the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Though it
threatened to rain, the temps were quite warm for late December.
This is the promenade where it’s fun just to sit on a bench and watch the
surf or have a sunny picnic lunch. Fishing is also permitted here at
Sunsplash. The large yellow building in the distance is the Volusia County
Lifeguard headquarters. Volusia County has a junior lifeguard program.
A lifeguard is on-duty at Sunsplash Park for most of the day, which on this
date was December 30th, 2015. The lifeguard hut is a mini-weather station,
as the lifeguard posts any relevant information regarding the weather, the
currents, and jellyfish. To the right of the lifeguard hut is one of the two
beach access ramps.
The beach access ramp leads beach-goers right down to the beach. This is a
very easy park to enjoy as it has trash receptacles in which to dispose of
the day’s picnic lunch and the afternoon’s snacks. In general, Sunsplash
Park is a very well maintained facility for all ages.
Sunsplash Park is sandwiched between many hotels on South Atlantic Avenue in
all price ranges; though the priciest hotels seem to be clustered toward the
Boardwalk further north. There are a few knick-knack shacks and pizza stands
nearby, but there are no vendors close to the shoreline.
Here it is . . . the Atlantic ocean at Christmastime. Though no jellyfish
were observed at Sunsplash, the lifeguard seemed to think they were enough
of a concern to post a warning at her guard hut. The lifeguard also
indicated that currents at that time were strong and beach-goers needed to
Because of the hard-packed sand, Daytona Beach is perfect for driving. In
fact, Daytona speed trials were held right here until the mid-1950s,
clocking in at around 100 mph on the fine white sand. Nowadays, the speed
limit on the beach is 10 mph. No texting while driving, please.
This shaded playground is a great place to enjoy Sunsplash without the sand.
This playground is for supervised children between the ages of 5 and 12.
There is a Coca-Cola vending area just to the right of this playground, but
it is only open in-season.
Just a couple of blocks north of Sunsplash Park is a beach ramp for cars.
There is a small fee of $10 plus a few rules. Regardless, it is the best way
to get sunbrellas, coolers, and blankets down to the shore . . . and get it
all back home by sunset.
Just past this skywalk are waterfront restaurants like Bubba Gump’s and
Johnny Rockets. There’s also a movie theater and a few higher-end shops.
There is also a hidden gem up this way too, its hearty fare bathed in cool
neon and hot off the grill.
The Starlite Diner has been at 401 North Atlantic Avenue since 1948,
and is located in what this restaurant calls a “traditional manufactured
diner,” which is manufactured like a mobile home except it uses stainless
steel. Breakfast here is served all day. Patrons might wish to call ahead to
confirm their hours, especially in the winter months.
Arriving at 2 pm on the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year, the crowd
was light but the juke box was playing heavy hitters like Heart and
Fleetwood Mac. The food bill for a late lunch, which included spaghetti and
meatballs, a salad, sodas, three big sandwiches, and a milkshake was $48.00.
The spaghetti and meatballs, with garlic toast and an extra side salad, was
delicious. All the food came quickly. Starlite Diner also has an extensive
take-out menu available. The spaghetti and meatballs plate was $8.39. The
salad was extra at $1.79.
This is the grilled chicken breast sandwich, with included fries, at $8.69.
A philly steak & cheese with included coleslaw was $8.39; while a philly
chicken & cheese with included side was also $8.39. The food was hot and
The Starlite Diner has a dessert menu, which includes chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry shakes at $3.99. There is also a “mile-high cake,” which sounded amazing, right next to the banana split. There is a lot of rock-n-roll memorabilia on the walls, and if those walls could talk, they would surely sing.