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Wilbur-by-the-Sea - South Daytona Shores, Florida

Photo by Sam Prepelka

     Not long after Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage to the New World, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sailed along Florida's east coast. Today, the Ponce Inlet, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Halifax River, echos Ponce de Leon's name. The inlet was further explored by Captain Antonio de Prado in 1569, and appropriately named Los Mosquitos.
     Today, the mosquitoes are under control and this quiet stretch of beautiful white sand beach is just a few miles from the center of attention at Daytona Beach. Only one access road spans the length of the peninsula and ends at the north jetty. that juts out from the inlet. Here at Lighthouse Point Park, park-goers enjoy fishing, surfing, swimming and the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Ponce Inlet, once a treacherous central Florida inlet, is now a popular recreation site and attraction.

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