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10 Reasons to Be at Jeep Beach

No other coastal destination mixes motorsports and sandy beaches quite like Daytona Beach, Florida. While NASCAR’s Daytona 500 laid the foundation for man and machine, every April, Daytona Beach becomes home to one of the country’s largest Jeep-only events. Now in its 17th year, the annual Jeep Beach event has become a staple for those looking to combine their love for the seven-slot brand with a little R&R on the historic shoreline.

We’ve been attending for years, and in just a few weeks (April 22-28, 2019), we’ll be heading down again for a week of fun. If you’re unsure if this is worth your while, we’ve put together 10 reasons together showing you why you have to give it a go.

Jeep on the sand at Jeep Beach

1. You Get to Drive on the Beach

Daytona Beach is one of the few places in the U.S. that you can drive on the sand. Unlike the sand dunes you’ll find out west, this oceanfront strip is extremely hard packed. So, it’s unlikely you’ll get stuck. From sun up to sun down, the shores of Daytona are open for you to drive and park beside the warm Atlantic Ocean.

Jeep driving on the sand a Jeep Beach

2.Endless Jeeps

Since the event is Jeep-only, that’s what you’re going to see. From classic Flat Fenders to brand-new Jeep Wrangler JLs, you’ll see it all. Just stopping to grab a bite to eat in town looks like an impromptu Jeep show.

World War II Jeeps at Jeep Beach

3. Jeep Is There

You know all those cool concept vehicles Jeep builds each year? Well, they want you to check them out in person, too! This means you’ll get to be up-close and personal with an assortment of the company’s latest concepts and even some killer throwbacks that are fan favorites.

Jeep Concept on the sand at Jeep Beach

4. You Can Do It on the Cheap

Daytona Beach isn’t Hawaii, and you don’t have to stay on the shore to be close to the action. With so many hotels in the area, you can find quality lodging to fit even the tightest budgets.

Jeeps in front of a hotel next to the beach at Jeep Beach

5. Family Friendly

While Daytona Beach can be as lively as you want it to be, we’ve met many families throughout the years that use the week-long event as a family vacation. Given Jeep Beach is extremely family oriented, it’s a nice place to haul the kiddos down and mix it up with like-minded Jeepers in a stress-free atmosphere.

Large, yellow Jeep with a family inside at Jeep Beach

6. Daytona Speedway Is Awesome

Our inner Ricky Bobby gets excited every time we cross under the stands and into the Daytona International Speedway. The infield access alone is a cool experience. We’ve been there a few times where cars are running the track for a test-and-tune session.

Jeeps out side Daytona International Speedway at Jeep Beach

7. There’s ‘Wheeling!

Yes, there is actual ‘wheeling. If you want to showcase some of your Jeep’s off-road potential, you have a couple of options. The first is for earlier in the week where the Jeep Club hosting the event sets up off-site trail rides for those to get a taste of Florida ‘wheeling. The second is for those who don’t mind an audience, as each year there is an obstacle course set up in the infield of the speedway.

Jeep driving through the mud in the Daytona Speedway infield at Jeep Beach

8. Talk With Manufacturers

Have a question about a set of new Nitto Ridge Grapplers or not sure which suspension lift is best for your Jeep? You’re in luck. Hundreds of aftermarket parts manufacturers are in attendance and ready to give you the rundown face to face. No emails or hold times, just good old fashioned human interaction.

Synergy Mfg representative talking to a fan at Jeep Beach

9. Free Swag

Who doesn’t like free stuff? In addition to free gear being handed out left and right, there are raffle prizes, which have totaled more than $150,000 in the past.

Nitto sunglasses next to the beach at Jeep Beach

10. Non-Stop Action

Daytona Beach is far from a sleepy little coastal town and Jeep Beach does great job at having a full roster of events every day. From social gatherings to Jeep parades, you won’t be bored.

Large crowd in a street at Daytona Beach

Still unsure? Take a look at our gallery from last year and see some of what you are missing!

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