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Room rates here are among the most affordable in Florida. Some lodgings have several rate periods during the year, but generally they are somewhat higher from the beginning of the races in February to Labor Day. Rates skyrocket during major events at the speedway, during bikers' gatherings, and during Spring Break. Even if you find a room, there's often a minimum-stay requirement.

A slew of hotels and motels line Atlantic Avenue along the beach, many of them family owned and operated. The Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau distributes a brochure that lists "Superior Small Lodgings" for Daytona Beach, Deland, and New Smyrna Beach. All of the small motels listed below are members.

If you're going to the races and don't care about staying on the beach, some upper-floor rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach Airport, 189 Midway Ave. (tel. 877/944-4001 or 386/944-4000), overlook the international speedway track.

Thousands of rental condominiums line the beach. Among the most luxurious is the 175-unit condominium hotel Wyndham Ocean Walk Resort, 300 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32118 (www.oceanwalk.com; tel. 800/649-3566 or 386/323-4800), which is part of the Ocean Walk Village redevelopment. Near the Main Street Pier, it's in the center of the action and has one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with full kitchens, washers and dryers, and all of the usual hotel amenities, plus a wondrous computer-golf simulator, a "lazy river" in one of the three outdoor pools (there are also two pools indoors), an island putting green, and much more. Rates are $170 to $399. One of the largest rental agents is Peck Realty, 2340 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118 (tel. 800/447-3255 or 386/257-5000; www.peckrealty.com).

In addition to the 6.5% state sales tax, Volusia County levies a 6% tax on hotel bills.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.