VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Volusia County is one of only two counties in Florida where you are allowed to drive vehicles on the beach. Which means you can use a Segway to tour some beaches.
One man has figured out a way to travel on the sand for anyone who wants to experience Daytona Beach in a unique way.
Steve Gooch, of Fun Coast Tours, takes riders out every day and teaches them how to operate these unique machines safely.
“You normally know how to balance yourself just fine. Now you have a new machine, and it has its own sense of balance, so you must find the equilibrium between you and the machine,” said Gooch.
Gooch says the only requirement is that you must be at least 14 years old.
“Anyone can do this. These really are cool machines,” said Gooch.
Gooch, who started giving tours about four years ago, believes Daytona Beach is perfect for people who love the beach and want to have a special experience.
“This hard-packed sand is almost like riding on a road, without the dangers of being on the road,” he said.
His Segway tours are part history lesson where riders will learn about Daytona Beach’s past.
They will also get to see firsthand the damage Florida’s hurricanes have had on the coast by riding past buildings that remain damaged by storms.
“Many places have still not been rebuilt since the hurricane,” he said.
Gooch was in sales for 25 years and got tired of his profession and wanted to do something different, so he created Fun Coast Tours.
The tour guide says he is surprised by the fact that Segways have not caught on in cities as a mode of transportation.
He says Segways have had a rough time over the years due to notable accidents that include the owner of the company driving off a cliff to his death.
“Some famous people have gotten hurt so it scared people from these machines over the years,” he said. “These really are safe electric devices. You get to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time in a very safe way. I think our beach is beautiful.”
Tours are offered seven days a week at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The price is $60 and you must be 14 years or older.
Guests can book by calling 386-312-7433 or by email.