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Where to Stay in Daytona Beach
Whether you're visiting Daytona Beach for business, beaches or racecars, you can find a variety of discount and luxury hotel accommodations. For those looking to stay conveniently close to the motorsport action, search for rooms along International Speedway Boulevard. Located just blocks from the Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), these hotels provide guests with easy access to the adjacent Daytona International Speedway, the site of the annual Daytona 500. Budget, mid-range and extended stay lodging options are available. Beach bums should consider booking reservations along Atlantic Avenue. This long stretch of white-sand beachfront boasts a wide selection of luxury resorts and intimate guesthouses. Travelers looking to vacation on the cheap will also find many motels and discount accommodations along this popular strip. The Atlantic Avenue area is also home to shopping centers, eclectic restaurants, a vibrant nightlife scene and the Ocean Center, Daytona Beach's largest convention facility. Finally, those planning to travel to nearby beach communities, including Port Orange, Ormond Beach and Palm Coast, can compare rates at the many hotels located along Highway 1. Besides providing convenient access to a main thoroughfare, the majority of these establishments are about a mile drive from the beautiful beaches along Daytona Beach's Atlantic coast.
Daytona Beach Hotel Tips
The most popular time to visit Daytona Beach is in February. This is when the town hosts the annual Speedweeks, a series of races that last over several weeks. More than half a dozen events culminate in the Daytona 500, attracting thousands to the Daytona International Speedway. Hotels fill up well in advance, so it is highly recommended that you search for discount rates as far ahead as possible.
Likewise, if you're visiting in the winter, you'll also need to start your hotel search early. Daytona Beach experiences its peak tourist season during the winter and spring, when travelers seek sanctuary from the cold. Resorts along the popular Atlantic Avenue strip see a dramatic influx of guests during this time, so make sure you check for vacancies months ahead of time.
Finally, if you're a budget traveler who wants to avoid the seasonal crowds, compare Daytona Beach flight deals and hotel rates during the summer and fall seasons. Granted there are no special events, hotels usually reduce their prices during these low periods to attract guests.
Daytona Beach Hotel Recommendations
Located along the beautiful white-sand beaches of the Atlantic coast, the historic Plaza Resort and Spa has been providing its guests with a comfortable and elegant Daytona Beach setting for more than a century. The expansive hotel boasts 323 oversized guestrooms with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax River. There are also 20 suites, each equipped with private balconies. There is also an oversized pool with a spacious oceanfront pool deck, a European-style full-service spa, a Jacuzzi, steam rooms, a fitness center and several on-site dining options. The hotel is also conveniently located within walking distance from the Ocean Center and the Ocean Walk Shoppes.
If you're looking for an affordable, family-friendly resort, consider booking reservations at the Sun Viking Lodge. Located on the Atlantic oceanfront, this budget-minded hotel offers an array of free activities and entertainment options. Amenities include access to the nearby beach, indoor and outdoor heated pools, a hot tub, a kiddie pool, a playground and shuffleboard. Cook up your own food using the hotel's gas barbecue grills, or book a room with a fully equipped kitchen. Guestrooms are simply and tastefully appointed, and all feature microwaves and refrigerators. The hotel also hosts a range of kid-oriented activities, including bingo, scavenger hunts and poolside games.
For those visiting Daytona Beach for Speedweeks, you'll want to compare prices and availability at one of the handfuls of hotels located near the Daytona International Speedway. Choose from a variety of mid-range hotel offerings, including a Residence Inn, a Hampton Inn, a Hilton Garden Inn and a Quality Inn. There are also several extended stay accommodations for those planning on a longer trip. Extended stay options include Homewood Suites, Suburban Extended Stay and Extended Stay Deluxe. For the most convenient access to the speedway, search for rooms at the Ramada Inn Speedway. Situated across the street from the motorsports facility, the Ramada Inn Speedway provides clean and spacious rooms with up-to-date amenities, including upgraded bathrooms and free wireless Internet. The hotel also sports an outdoor pool, a business center and a restaurant.
Daytona Beach Transportation
As you'd imagine, the majority of people that visit this "World Center of Racing" opt to explore the city by car. Roads are wide and clearly marked. Atlantic Avenue and Highway 1 are popular thoroughfares. All major car rental companies have outlets in Daytona Beach. The city also hosts major motorcycle events throughout the year. If you're visiting during Bike Week, held annually at the beginning of March, and want to take part in the festivities, consider renting a motorcycle from one of several motorcycle rental agencies. Taxis are also available. A cost-effective alternative is to ride Volusia County's bus network, which serves the Daytona Beach area. There is also a trolley that operates along Atlantic Avenue during the peak vacation months.