Hotel at a Glance: Bahama House
The Bahama House—winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for each of the last five years—welcomes visitors with bright colors, towering palm trees, and inviting tropical decor. The boutique hotel sits just south of downtown Daytona Beach along a picturesque swath of the Atlantic coastline.
- Ocean views from private furnished balconies come with every guest room.
- Start the day right with a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast featuring cereal, freshly baked breads, fruit, yogurt, hardboiled eggs, and more.
- Sip free wine, beer, and cocktails and snack on hors d’oeuvres at a nightly reception.
- Fully equipped kitchens in all efficiency rooms; all efficiencies feature full-sized refrigerator with ice maker, two-burner stove, microwave oven, and pots, pans, dishes, and flatware for four.
- Take a dip in the oceanfront pool or hot tub, or lie in the sun on the hotel’s two-tiered deck.
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.