Hotel at a Glance: Sea Shells Beach Club
The award-winning Sea Shells Beach Club is set right on one of the world’s most famous beaches: Daytona Beach. The resort is designed to give couples and families a classic Florida getaway with everything you might expect—an outdoor pool and views of the ocean—and a few extras, such as bike rentals and free WiFi.
- Brightly decorated suites are equipped with stovetops, blenders, coffeemakers, mini fridges, and microwaves.
- Heated outdoor pool with views of the Atlantic Ocean
- Borrow a boogie board or beach chair from the front desk before walking down to the sand.
- Pedal around town on one of the resort’s beach-cruiser bikes.
- Close to Daytona International Speedway and Ocean Walk shops and restaurants
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.