Hotel at a Glance: EconoLodge Oceanfront
At this family-friendly Daytona Beach hotel, you’re steps away from the ocean and a short drive from the boardwalk and Daytona International Speedway. In addition to its convenient location, the hotel offers recently renovated guest rooms and a complimentary breakfast each morning.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms feature free WiFi and flat-screen TVs; some look out onto the beachfront.
- Recent recognition: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Breakfast is served: Fill up on complimentary fresh coffee and muffins before starting your day.
- Distance to Daytona International Speedway: less than 5 miles
- Heading to the parks? A day trip to the Orlando is easy—the theme parks are less than 90 minutes 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.