Hotel at a Glance: Tropical Suites Daytona Beach
Being a guest at Tropical Suites Daytona Beach is like staying at a friend’s oceanfront vacation condo. Set right on famous Daytona Beach, these uniquely decorated one- and two-bedroom condos have private balconies and fully equipped kitchens, and there are washers and dryers onsite. Less than 10 miles away is Daytona International Speedway, making Tropical Suites a vacation haven for fans of sun and speed.
- Bring the whole family—condos can accommodate four to eight guests and come with free WiFi.
- Sunglow Pier is right next door, leading the way to casual meals at Crabby Joe’s or drinks at the Calypso Bar.
- Cast a line for flounder, whiting, and pompano at Sunglow Pier, where you can rent a pole and buy bait.
- Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool that overlooks the beach.
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.