Hotel at a Glance: Acapulco Hotel & Resort
Acapulco Hotel & Resort sits on a narrow barrier island just a short drive south of Daytona Beach. It’s perfectly equipped for a classic Florida getaway: as you walk around the property, you’ll find an outdoor pool overlooking the ocean and a fire pit where you can make s’mores. Come morning, you can fill up on breakfast at the hotel’s Bohemian Bar and Grill. Friendly bartenders serve up refreshing drink specials later in the day.
- Partial views of the waterfront are available from the balconies of all ocean-view rooms, while oceanfront rooms are close to the water.
- For added convenience: Book an ocean-view or oceanfront kitchenette or efficiency room—each features a two-burner stove, cookware, and a small or full-size refrigerator.
- Walk to nearby restaurants, which run the gamut from big-name chains to seafood restaurants and upscale alfresco eateries.
- Go swimming: The outdoor pool is open year-round, and the waters of the Atlantic are just steps away.
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.