Ponce InletPonce Inlet is a town in Volusia County, East Central Florida.
It is said that in 1513, Juan Ponce De Leon was exploring the land and waters around the inlet that today bears his name. In 1886-87, a 175 foot high lighthouse was built and named after Ponce de Leon.
Ponce Inlet, Florida was named after Antonio Ponce, who was granted land here during the Spanish occupation of Florida.
In 1963, the Town of Ponce Inlet was incorporated. The first Town Council was sworn in at the lighthouse office.
The lighthouse still dominates this small, sleepy town of fishing boats, natural parks, and growing condominiums.
ClimatePonce Inlet offers a humid, subtropical climate that is typical throughout Florida. Winters are dry and mild, marked by a constant series of cold fronts and warm-ups. Temperatures dip into the low 40s and upper 30s (°F) on occasion, although freezes are rare. Snowfall is very rare.
Temperatures in spring are famously pleasant with warm afternoons, cool evenings, and far less humidity. The summers are long, hot and humid, with temperatures frequently in the upper 90s F in July. Thunderstorms are frequent in summer afternoons. Dangers include hurricanes from June until November.
By planePonce Inlet has no local airport. If you need to fly here, you will need to find a commercial flight arriving to either Daytona Beach International Airport (the closest), Orlando International Airport, or Jacksonville International Airport.
By trainAmtrak offers the Amtrak Auto Train service with its southern Terminus located in Sanford (Florida), about 35 miles (57 km) west of Ponce Inlet. The Amtrak Auto Train carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford and Lorton, Virginia, effectively serving as a car-rail link from Florida to the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. You can easily drive your car into Ponce Inlet after departing from the Auto Train.
Amtrak offers regular passenger service with the closest stop being near the city of DeLand. This stop is rather remote and is not recommended as an option.
By carFrom Interstate 95, take Exit 256 to SR-421, east toward Port Orange. Use the Taylor Road ramp toward Port Orange/Daytona Beach Shores. Merge onto FL-421 East. FL-421 east becomes FL-A1A or North Dunlawton Avenue. Turn right on South Atlantic Avenue (Volusia County Route 4075) and drive straight to the Town of Ponce Inlet.
By busGreyhound bus has a stop in Daytona Beach at 138 South Ridgewood Avenue (U.S.-1). You'll need to catch the 17A bus to Ponce Inlet. The nearest bus stop for the 17A is on North Beach Street between Bay and West International Speedway Boulevard. Walk north along Ridgewood avenue, then turn right onto West International Speedway Boulevard. Walk east for two blocks until you reach beach street that runs next to the riverfront park. Turn left and walk towards bay street.
If you are staying at a hotel at the beach south of Granada Boulevard, you can catch the 17A bus south on South Atlantic Ave. Otherwise, you will need to take another bus or walk to the VOLTRAN bus transer plaza at Doctor Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard and North Palmetto Ave near North Ridgewood Avenue (U.S. Route 1) to catch the 17A bus there.
address: Port Orange Causeway, 3501-4900 S. Atlantic Ave.The Lighthouse Loop is a scenic drive, also used by walkers, bicyclists, and runners, which passes through the cities of Port Orange, Daytona Beach Shores, and Ponce Inlet. Check the web site for the exact route.
phone: +1 386 761-1821address: 4931 South Peninsula DriveFlorida's tallest lighthouse at 175 feet (the second tallest in the US) sits at the end of the road south of Daytona Beach. It is one of only 10 lighthouses in the nation designated a National Historic Landmark. Climb the winding staircase for beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax River. The lighthouse keepers' dwellings and other historic light station buildings are now home to a lighthouse museum, which features exhibits on lighthouse life, local history, lighthouse and Fresnel lens restoration, shipwrecks, and the lighthouse keepers and their families.
address: 100 Lighthouse DriveThe Marine Science Center offers an experience where visitors can see some of the rich marine life of the area. One of the main goals of the Marine Science Center is sea turtle rehabilitation. Guests can overlook seven turtle hospital pools from the Turtle Terrace, located in front of the main facility. The MSC turtle rehabilitation area also includes care and treatment of freshwater turtles and land tortoises. There is also a gift shop where you can buy books and posters.
Kay & Ayres Davies Lighthouse Park (City)Situated under the shadow of the historic Ponce DeLeon Light Station, this three-acre park has swings, a slide and a climber and is ideal for picnics and relaxing after climbing the steps of the Lighthouse.
- Lighthouse Point Park (County) - The park consists of 52 acres of pristine land at the south end of the Town of Ponce Inlet. The 52-acre park features fishing, nature trails, an observation deck and tower, swimming and picnicking. A variety of wildlife call the Lighthouse Point Park home, including raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey. Open daily 6a to 9p.
Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Sanctuaryaddress: 100 Lighthouse DriveSince its opening in June 2004, the Mary Keller Seabird Rehabilitation Sanctuary has treated more than 4,500 birds from more than 140 different species. This bird rehabilitation facility is equipped to care and treat injured and sick birds. Upon full recovery, a healthy bird will be released into its natural habitat. Some birds become ambassadors for their species and are a part of education programs and the guest viewing area of the Marine Science Center.
- Ponce Inlet Jetty - The Jetty is an outcropping of rock built up at the south end of the Daytona Beach Peninsula, which stretches about half a mile into the Atlantic Ocean. A paved walkway lets visitors walk out about half the distance of the Jetty to sightsee or go fishing. Dolphins can frequently be seen from the Jetty. The surfing is smaller than nearby New Smyrna Beach but has a nice swell.
Ponce Preserve (City)The Ponce Preserve is the town's largest park with approximately 41 acres stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Halifax River. Sitting at the heart of this park is the Green Mound State Archaeological Site, an ancient Indian midden.
Timucuan Oaks Botanical GardenTimucuan Oaks Botanical Gardens is an 8-acre site. Four natural communities can be found in this park: shell mound, maritime hammock, salt marsh and mangrove swamp.
Town Hall Park Complex (City)This park is next to the Fire Department and is the hub of much activity with its playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts.
Critter Fleetaddress: 4950 S. Peninsula DrCritter Fleet offers bottom fishing 15 to 35 miles out in the ocean. Full and half-day party boat excursions include equipment and bait. Private charters available.
Fin-Addict Chartersphone: +1 386-547-4053Capt. Chris offers half-day, full-day and big game gulfstream charters aboard a 32-ft custom contender, complete with an onboard restroom. Bait, tackle, ice and fishing license are included, and fish cleaning and mounts are available.
address: 133 Inlet Harbor RdOffshore fishing has been a Nelson family tradition since 1955. Choose from half-day, full-day or night charters. Docked at Inlet Harbor Marina.
First Class Chartersphone: +1 386-788-3469Deep sea sport fishing for up to six passengers.
Fish with Capt. BarryCapt. Barry specializes in back water fishing on the Tomoka River, Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River and St. Johns River. Fish for trout, redfish, snook, bass, crappie and tarpon.
Fishin' Magician Guide Servicephone: +1 386-767-5299Try inlet fishing for trout, snook, reds or bass from the Daytona Beach area to Mosquito Lagoon. This family-oriented guide can accommodate up to three people.
Island Spirit Deep Sea Fishingaddress: 133 Inlet Harbor RoadThe Island Spirit is a 46-ft Hatteras offering offshore fishing trips from 4 to 10 hr. This tournament machine can comfortably accommodate up to 6 anglers in air-conditioned comfort. Powered by twin 525-hp John Deere diesels she's fast & ready to fish.
Knot on Duty Sportsfishing ChartersFish aboard a spacious 29-ft boat with Penn and Shimano reels, star rods and the latest electronics. All bait, tackle and licenses are included. Half-day and full-day gulf stream trips are available. Special river, inlet and bay trips are also available.
Sea - Ya Charters & Guide Service, Inc.phone: +1 386 547-3680Sea - Ya Charters offers 4- to 12-hour deep sea fishing trips, specializing in bottom fishing and trolling.
address: 133 Inlet Harbor RdSea Spirit offers full and half day party boat fishing trips and private charters for up to six for 4-10 hours. All bait & tackle is provided for a great day on the ocean whether bottom fishing for Snapper or Grouper, or trolling for trophy Dolphin or Sailfish. Reservations recommended.
Adventure Yacht Harbor Inc.address: 3948 S. Peninsula DrDaily 10AM-10PM. Fishing and sailing charters are available for adventure. Pontoon boat rentals and bait are available. 150-slips. Overnight docking. Fuel and pump out service also available.
Inlet Harbor Marinaaddress: 133 Inlet Harbor RoadSport fishing charters, marine store with bait and tackle. Restaurant, bar and gift shop. Designated a Clean Marina.
Sea Love Marinaaddress: 4884 Front Street
Boondock'saddress: 3948 S Peninsula Dr
Down the Hatchaddress: 4884 Front St
address: 133 Inlet Harbor Rd
Lighthouse Landing Restaurant
- Jerry's Pizza & Italian Restaurant with Tiki Bar
address: 4511 S. Atlantic Ave. Ponce Inlet FloridaOn the Atlantic Ocean. The historic location is where Nascar ran its first sanctioned races. The restaurant walls are lined with vintage racing photo describing the history of racing. The cuisine is wonderful along with the service. Music nightly starting at 6PM. Outdoor 5000-sq-ft oceanfront deck.
The ZIP code in the town of Ponce Inlet is 32127.
AgenciesThe Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 126 East Orange Avenue. Tel: +1 386 255-0415, fax: +1 386 255-5478. The official sales and marketing organization for Ponce Inlet. .
InternetIt is common for many of the larger hotels and lodgings in the area to offer free internet access for their guests.
Tourist areas rarely have violent crimes, but theft is an occasional occurrence. The 911 number for fire and police emergencies is in effect in Ponce Inlet.
- Daytona Beach - Ponce Inlet's famous neighbor about 10 miles to the North offers NASCAR racing and other special events.
- Daytona Beach Shores - A quiet, small city just north of Ponce Inlet along the beach peninsula.
- New Smyrna Beach - South of Ponce Inlet on the next barrier island. New Smyrna Beach lays claim to the best Florida offers - excellent backwater and offshore fishing, golf, historical sites, cultural events and eclectic shopping and dining experiences along historical Flagler Avenue and Canal Street.
- Port Orange - A quiet, but rapidly growing city northwest of Ponce Inlet on the mainland, where you can enjoy golf and tennis.