I decided to check out beaches on both coasts.
In going to Daytona Beach I noticed it is what I consider a ‘beach scene’. Cars allowed on the beach, thousands, upon thousands of people walking, lying, swimming for miles and miles. Kitchie beach stores and quick burger/pizza joints abound.
Clearwater is more refined than Daytona. Where Daytona is one massive beach and you don’t realize when you are moving from one official beach area to another it is just miles and miles of sand. Clearwater down to Treasure Island seemed to have more distinct communities, with less people on the beach.
This may have been specific to the weekend that I checked out both beach but I came to a conclusion. If you want to enjoy some people watching and more going on then head to Daytona Beach. If you want a more relaxing time, with possibly finding your own little area to relax for the day then head to the Gulf side. Which ever side you decide to go to have fun.