Hotel at a Glance: Bahama House
Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2102 and 2013, and owned and operated by 3rd-generation hoteliers, the aptly named Bahama House welcomes visitors with bright colors, towering palm trees, and an inviting tropical decor. The boutique hotel sits just south of downtown Daytona Beach along a picturesque swath of the Atlantic coastline.
- Ocean views: northeast, southeast or due east from private furnished balconies in every guest room
- Start the day right with a complimentary continental breakfast featuring cereal, fresh-baked breads, fruit, and more.
- Sip free wine, beer, and cocktails at a nightly reception with light hors d’oeuvres.
- Fully equipped kitchens: in all efficiency rooms
- Take a dip in the oceanfront pool, the jacuzzi, or the ocean, guests can also sunbathe on the hotel's two-tiered sun 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 and banked infield turns.
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.