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The CityThe guide was updated:Named after its founder Matthias Day, who built the city's first hotel on the shores of the Halifax River in 1874, Daytona Beach has grown into a major United States tourist destination in the last century. The numbers are really quite staggering–roughly 8 million people are drawn to the city each year. This is probably in part to Daytona Beach's subtropical climate, which can be hot in the summer with daily brief thunderstorms, but dry and mild in spring and summer with highs in the 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Daytona Beach grew up around the Halifax River, which runs through the center of the city. It is surrounded by the towns of Holly Hill and Ormond Beach to the north, and Daytona Beach Shores, South Daytona, and Port Orange to the south.