Hotel at a Glance: Daytona Beach Regency
One of Florida’s most iconic stretches of sand is just steps away from the Daytona Beach Regency hotel. While you’re here you can play a game of volleyball, careen down a water slide into the heated outdoor pool, and sip a 32-ounce bucket drink at the poolside tiki bar. The family-friendly Daytona Beach Boardwalk, with its arcades, gift shops, and amusement park rides, is just blocks away.
- Island Breeze Tiki Bar: In addition to tropical drinks, the tiki hut also serves up sandwiches, pizza, and appetizers, including smoked mahi fish dip and popcorn shrimp.
- Go for a swim in the indoor pool or relax in the hot tub.
- One-bedroom condos feature fully equipped kitchens, free WiFi, and private balconies.
- Squeeze in a workout at the onsite fitness center.
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.