Published: July 2nd 2012June 29th 2012
Entrance to lighthouse at Ponce Inlet
Summer fun in Daytona Beach
The weekend before the Fourth of July 2012 was spent at Daytona Beach. The first thing we did was to visit the lighthouse at Ponce De Leon Inlet, which is located at the Southern most point in the Daytona Beach shoreline. The lighthouse is one of the tallest in the nation and the tallest in Florida. There are 203 steps to the top deck and definitely worth the climb up. Once at the top the view is breath taking. There are lighthouse keeper’s houses on the premises as well as a little movie area and a walking path (should bring bug spray!). It’s a beautiful area and a fun inexpensive thing to do. (5.00 adults/1.50 kids)
Our hotel for the weekend was the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn. This place was fabulous! We had lots of family with us and there was stuff to do, for all. There are shuffleboard courts, a small basketball area and ping pong. Many tables are scattered around the area as well as ample lounge chairs. In the daytime the tiki bar opens and music plays on with lots of beach-like tunes such as Buffet
Lighthouse - Ponce de Leon Inlet, Daytona
and the Beach Boys. Definitely gets you in a happy mood here. The lobby is great too if you want a little solitude. In the evening it’s free (really!-just leave tips) happy hour in the hotel Lounge/Restaurant from 5:30 to 6:30. We also ate dinner there with our huge family by putting 4 tables together. The fish and chips were great and very reasonably priced. The staff were so accommodating to us and they were all so friendly and nice. Every morning there was the free continental breakfast which BW hotels are known for.
We also went to the board walk located a couple miles north of the hotel. The grandkids had such a great time at the arcade, watching people catch fish on the pier and watching the manatees and stingrays in the water. There was also a huge ferris wheel (5.00 ea) which was nice and gave a great view of the surrounding area. In the evenings there are fireworks which we could see from the hotel.
When we go again we will also take advantage of the many mini golf places, the museum, the candy store (Angel and Phelps) and ride
Lighthouse stairwell at Ponce Inlet
the trolley. We just ran out of time to do it all.
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