Daytona Beach Shores was first organized in 1960 by local business leaders convinced that a smaller community could provide better services to its residents. The City was incorporated on April 22, 1960, and is located between unincorporated Wilbur-by-the-Sea to the south and Daytona Beach to the north.

In the 1970s and the 1980s, the City enjoyed a massive condominium building program. Now about 90 percent of the residents live in high-rise condominiums that stretch along the Atlantic Ocean. A similar building boom occurred in the early 2000s. Currently, several new and remodel projects for hotels are at various stages in the planning process.

A resort and retirement community, the City has no schools or manufacturing industry, but caters to visitors year-round with miniature golf courses and other family entertainment, including a privately-owned Par 3 golf course and City owned tennis and recreation facility. Both are open to the public. According to the latest Census, the City has about 4,300 residents.