Palm-Flanked Pool and Ocean Views near Daytona Beach Attractions
Along Daytona Beach's 23-mile stretch of sun-kissed coastline, parasailers soar above the ocean, scuba divers delve beneath the surface, stock cars zoom around the track at the Daytona International Speedway, and families stroll past glittering amusement-park rides on the Daytona Beach boardwalk. Acapulco Hotel & Resort sits on a narrow barrier island just a short drive south of Daytona Beach, offering easy access to the area's fun-filled attractions and beaches.
If you need a break from the sand, you can take a dip in the resort's palm-fringed outdoor pool, which overlooks the ocean and stays open year-round. You can also take in partial views of the waterfront from the balcony of your ocean-view room. The spacious rooms exude a tropical vibe; double beds are topped with brilliant-red bedspreads decorated with colorful blooms. Each ocean-view kitchenette room has the additional convenience of a two-burner glass-top range, cookware, and an intimate two-person breakfast nook.
If you'd rather leave the cooking to the professionals, visit the hotel restaurant, where you can savor breakfast amid warm lighting and comfy leather chairs. The restaurant is open for limited hours, so you may want to check out the range of nearby restaurants, which run the gamut from big-name chains to seafood restaurants and upscale alfresco eateries.
Daytona Beach, Florida: Racing Legacy and Renowned Coastline
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 the Daytona International Speedway, but it’s still possible to park your car along the oceanfront—one of the few beaches in the world where you can do so.
Hundreds of thousands of racing fans visit the speedway each year to watch world-class champions such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jeff Gordon. The calendar's main event is 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.
Meanwhile, on 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 visit the 175-foot Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, where a spiral staircase leads to views at the top of a 52-acre park filled with armadillos, shore birds, and native wildflowers.