Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Aku Tiki Inn
Best Western Plus Aku Tiki Inn is an award-winning, renovated hotel located right on the hard-packed white sands of Daytona Beach. This upscale Best Western is decorated in a luxe tiki style, with dark bamboo furnishings and hibiscus plants. Rooms feature private balconies that look directly over the hotel's enormous heated pool and the Atlantic Ocean.
- Rise and shine with the complimentary hot breakfast buffet set out each morning—it includes coffee, eggs, pasties, and sausage or bacon.
- Retail therapy at Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach, just 3 miles away
- Zoom over to Daytona International Speedway, 6 miles from the hotel.
- Take a dip in the gigantic outdoor pool, which looks out over the Atlantic, or head to the beach to rent a WaveRunner or standup paddleboard.
- Tee up with the onsite golf concierge, who helps guests book tee times at Daytona's numerous championship golf courses, including LPGA International and Halifax Plantation.
Daytona Beach, Florida: Racing Legacy and a Famed Lighthouse
At the turn of the 20th century, motorists began racing on the packed sand of Daytona Beach out of practicality: the beach had a wide, unobstructed stretch and a smooth surface ideal for high-speed sprinting. Today, stock-car racing has moved to nearby Daytona International Speedway, but it’s still possible to park your car along the oceanfront here—one of the few beaches in the world where you can do so.
Hundreds of thousands of racing fans visit Daytona International Speedway each year to watch world-class champions such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Stock-car, sports-car, and motorcycle events round out the calendar all year, highlighted by the Daytona 500 in February—the first race of the Sprint Cup Series and typically regarded as the most prestigious. On various behind-the-scenes tours, you can explore the speedway's elevated press boxes, banked infield turns, and decadent hot tubs filled with motor oil.
At Daytona Beach itself, cars toting beach gear roll across the hard-packed sand through oceanfront driving zones; there are also traffic-free areas. South of town, you can see the Ponce de León Inlet Lighthouse. There, a spiral staircase winds up to the top of a 175-foot tower, where you can overlook a 52-acre park filled with armadillos, shore birds, and native wildflowers.