Luxurious Oceanfront Hotel on Quiet Barrier Island
The day doesn’t end when the sun sets over The Shores Resort & Spa. At night, fire pits blaze beside a tiki bar as guests of all ages gather around to make s’mores. Inside the AAA four-diamond hotel, you can enjoy fresh seafood, prime meats, and regional vegetables in the elegant dining room at Azure. The nightlife is a nice bonus after a long day on Daytona Beach Shores, the quiet stretch of beach right outside the resort.
In between beach visits, you can also relax at Indulge. The onsite boutique spa offers high-end services such as raspberry-and-chocolate massages, and its signature package dedicates more than four hours to massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures.
The river-view and oceanfront rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with nice views of the surrounding scenery: the river-view rooms look out onto the Intracoastal Waterway, and the oceanfront rooms invite in the blue tones of the Atlantic Ocean. Rooms feature four-poster beds washed in brightly colored comforters, as well as doorless Italian-marble showers in the bathrooms.
If you want to explore the surrounding area, the hotel offers complimentary shuttles. They make daily trips to the Ocean Walk Shoppes & Movies, Ponce de León Inlet Lighthouse, the Marine Science Center, and more.
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, shorebirds, and native wildflowers.
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