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Authentic American Adventures at Daytona Beach

Located on Florida’s east coast, Daytona Beach might be best known as the home of Daytona 500 and as the birthplace of the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, however, beyond the roar of engines and the screech of tires, there’s plenty for families and couples to enjoy. Hotels in Daytona Beach give you convenient access to all that this superb city has to offer: from the thrill of the speedway to world-class golf courses and exciting theme parks.

The Beaches

There are approximately 35 miles of sun-bleached sands along this part of Florida’s coast. Most Daytona Beach hotels are perfectly positioned to make getting to the beaches easy. While each beach has its own character, what they all have in common are golden sands, warm, clear seas and plenty of sunshine. The Ponce de Lion Inlet beach is probably the best for families, offering an array of water sports, a spectacular lighthouse, some exciting nature trails and excellent fishing. The picnic areas are pet-friendly; perfect for those who can’t bear to leave their four-legged friends behind. If you’re wondering where to stay in Daytona Beach with your dog, you’ll find there are some Daytona Beach hotels that welcome animals.

Get into the Swing of Things

With year-round sunshine and some of the best links in the world, the world-class golf courses have been attracting golf fans for years. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned pro, there are some superb courses to help you up your game. With courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, it’s no wonder that Daytona Beach has been voted among the top 15 places to play golf in the USA.

A Day at the Races

Those with a need for speed can get their motor running with a day at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway. For anyone who wants to feel what its like to race a stock-car, there are trolley rides around the circuit. To learn more about the history of the race-track that’s inspired innumerable video games, the Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum is within walking distance from most hotels in Daytona Beach.

Other Entertainment

Families staying at Daytona Beach hotels will find they’re perfectly positioned to take advantage of other attractions in the area. Less than an hour’s drive away is the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, Orlando. Home to Walt Disney World, the Universal Studios and SeaWorld, it’s an easy and exciting way to spend a day. Budding scientists and astronauts-in-the-making will enjoy a visit to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Events

Floridians like nothing better than an excuse to party, and the calendar in this part of the States means they can all year round.

Book your rooms early for February’s Speedweeks, as hotels in Daytona Beach sell out fast. With more than 200,000 people rolling into town to see the qualifying races for the Daytona 500, you’ll enjoy seven high-octane races: from the mighty Advance Auto Parts Clash to the intense competition of Daytona 300.

Music fills the air in November, when Daytona’s Greek Festival gives visitors opportunity to immerse themselves in the colorful culture of Greece. Over three days, you can sample authentic cuisine, take part in traditional folk dancing, and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a Greek market.

The Keys and the Everglades

The Everglades National Park is an iconic part of the Floridian landscape and well worth a visit. Take a ride on an airboat along the grass-strewn rivers and see if you can spot alligators slipping into the water.

While it’s quite a jaunt from Daytona hotels, the Florida Keys are a superb place to visit, particularly if you want some secluded sun, sea and sand. Blessed with spectacular beaches, these islands are home to a turtle hospital and wildlife in abundance. It’s also the birthplace of the world-famous Key Lime Pie!