Hotel at a Glance: Roomba Inn Daytona Beach
This eastern Florida inn overlooks one of the state’s most famous beaches—Daytona Beach, known for its car-friendly expanse of sand and nearby international speedway. Guests of the inn are just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.
- Cool off in the outdoor pool.
- Where you’ll stay: Newly renovated guest rooms come with a microwave, refrigerator, a 32-inch flat-screen HDTV, free WiFi, and ocean or courtyard views
- Grab a bite at the onsite Ocean Deck restaurant, a seafood joint with a deck where you can watch the sunset.
- Within a 15-minute walk: the Daytona Beach Pier, Ocean Walk, Daytona Lagoon water park, and Ocean Center convention 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