Hotel At a Glance: Atlantic Ocean Palm Inn
The southern end of Daytona Beach is comparably quieter area than the neighboring stretches. Atlantic Ocean Palm Inn sits directly on this quieter stretch of sand, and the rooms with nice ocean views. Feel free to splash into their large pool or wander along the beach right outside your door. The inn's been praised by guests on TripAdvisor.
- Right on the beach: You're only steps away from the sand.
- Spacious rooms feature partial ocean views, mini fridges, and microwaves.
- Oceanfront pool is spacious and ringed with deck chairs for lounging in the sun
- 90 minutes to Disney: You'll be within day-tripping distance to the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios
- 5 miles from Daytona Beach boardwalk and close to restaurants, golfing, and nightlife
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.