Palm-Flanked Pool and Ocean Views near Daytona Beach Attractions
There’s no shortage of things to do 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.
The resort's palm-fringed outdoor pool overlooks the ocean and stays open year-round. Partial views of the waterfront are available from the balconies of all ocean-view rooms. The ocean-view and oceanfront kitchenette and efficiency rooms have the additional convenience of two-burner glass-top ranges, cookware, and small or full-size refrigerators. If you'd rather leave the cooking to the professionals, check out the onsite restaurant or the range of nearby venues, which run the gamut from big-name chains to seafood restaurants and upscale alfresco eateries.
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.