The Daytona 500 is probably the most famous race in NASCAR, and my excitement about getting the chance to attend it for the first time AND visit “The World’s Most Famous Beach”, Daytona Beach, was unparalleled! Finding hotels near the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway was crucial for us, but we also wanted to be in a hotel right on the beach so that we could enjoy as much time in the sun and the sand as possible while not out at the track. The Aku Tiki hotel, which is located directly on Daytona Beach, was absolutely perfect.
From looking at pictures of its beautiful, bright, and modern looking interior online, we fell in love with the hotel and all it has to offer. Jane, who works at the front desk, was immediately available to answer our questions about places to eat, shop, and explore nearby. She also gave us tons of helpful tips about the Daytona 500 itself, including how early to arrive and activities at the race track that we shouldn’t miss.
This year, the Daytona 500’s Budweiser Pre-Race Show featured Kid Rock, so we were totally excited to purchase tickets to that part of the event… and rock he did! Our Sprint Fanzone Pre-Race wristbands allowed us pre-race access to the track itself, opportunities to take souvenir photos at the start and finish lines, the ability to ask two of our favorite drivers, Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya, questions during a fan forum before the race, and more! IT. WAS. AWESOME. For true fans of NASCAR and The Daytona 500 itself, the Pre-Race wristbands for the Daytona 500 are not to be missed out on.
At the end of a busy, long, and exhilarating day at the track, it was wonderful to have a comfortable bed and an extraordinarily clean room to return to at The Aku Tiki.
According to my husband, the pillows at The Aku Tiki are more comfortable than the ones we have at home! We loved enjoying the complimentary continental breakfast each morning before heading out to busy, racing filled days at The Daytona International Speedway and coming back to a free cocktail hour each evening for a relaxing break between activities. On our final night in town, we headed to The Daytona Taproom for a delicious meal – a pulled pork quesadilla, onion rings, and a pumpkin cider for me, and burgers and fries for the rest of our group. This place is not to be missed – their beer selection is unbelievable! It was the perfect setting for our “farewell meal” in Daytona Beach after a fun week filled with racing and beautiful views of the beach at The Aku Tiki.