Where to Stay in Florida
Why do people flock to Florida by the millions every year for a vacation? Beaches, beaches, beaches! The Sunshine State boasts 8,000 plus miles of coastline of white sandy beaches that make it a top vacation territory – that and the mesmerizing sunsets and tranquil, warm waters. Florida is unique in many ways; it has 10,000+ miles of rivers, 7,700 lakes, and over 700 freshwater springs. It is also the world capital of fishing and boating and has achieved over 900 world fishing records – that is more than anywhere else in the US and world. You throw in Disney World, and it’s the perfect vacation spot.
However, there are so many different destinations to select from in Florida, it can be difficult choosing the best place to take your next holiday. It all comes down to what kind of vacation you are looking for: resting and relaxing, theme parks, exploring nature, playing tennis or golf - did you know that Florida has more golf courses than any other state in the country? This list is endless. Another important factor is accommodation. Do you want to stay in a hotel or maybe a vacation rental is the better option? The budget is usually the big decider with this question.
Florida can go from glitzy and glam to serene and natural in the blink of an eye which makes it a paradise for holidaymakers. Because of this diversity, there is a wide selection of places to stay, from uber-chic boutiques, family-oriented hotels, to smaller, more romantic vacation rental homes. Following is a list of just some of these places.
WHERE TO STAY
There are few places on earth that compare to the animated spirit and wonder of Miami. With its fabulous beaches, action-packed nightlife, world-class restaurants, and renowned art deco architecture, you won’t want to leave.
- Viceroy Miami: a luxurious and chic hotel located in the financial district of Miami. With a 300- foot pool and over the top furnishings, it’s so Miami.
- Casa Claridge: set in the middle of the animated district of Miami, it is a boutique hotel that mixes Mediterranean charm with old-style décor.
- Surfcomber: if you’re traveling with little ones, this oceanfront boutique hotel is a good choice. With a pool and restaurant, the kiddies will be entertained all day while you sip your troubles away at one of the two bars.
- The Angler’s: only a couple of minutes from South Beach, The Angler’s has all the essential modern conveniences with a large mix of room options: family suites lofts, studios, villas, and bungalows.
- 1818 Meridian House: if budget is a concern but you want the Miami Beach experience, 1818 Meridian House is your answer. The accommodation choices are numerous; spacious studios and suites, and for lower than average prices.
Orlando is obviously known for Disney World and a host of other theme parks from big entertainment names, Disneyland and Paramount, making it the number 1 family destination. However, the city has much to offer in the way of good food, nightclubs, and sporting activities.
- Villas of Grand Cypress: a luxury retreat set in the heart of central Florida, it’s all about golf. The Grand Cypress Academy of Golf will teach you the skills of the famous golf legend Jack Nicklaus on a uniquely designed 45-hole course.
- Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World: chances are if you’re in Orlando, you are there with your family to visit one of the many amazing theme parks and attractions. Close to the park but tucked away in a residential setting, your kids will have a 5-acre water park while you enjoy the adult-only pool and spa.
The Keys are ideal for a couple looking for a bit of romance. A cluster of islands that stretch out approximately 120 miles from the southern-most tip of the Sunshine State, between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the Florida Keys offers lots of outdoor activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and water skiing. The nightlife is also amazing.
- Casa Morada: nuzzled in a cozy area of Islamorada, Casa Morada is a lovely 16-suite boutique hotel located approximately 1 and ½ hours north of Key West and the Miami International Airport. It makes for a great stay for families and couples alike.
- Coconut Palm Inn: just like Bogie and Bacall, you’ll fall in love with this hotel in Key Largo. Listed by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the world’s 40 secret hideaways, this property is 450 feet of beachfront paradise with 19 lush suite and guest rooms, each with engaging views of the Florida Bay.
- Havana Cabana at Key West: a boutique resort with a Latin influence, Havana Cabana hosts the largest freshwater pool in Key West; and the newly renovated rooms come equipped with all of the modern amenities, private balconies, and stunning Gulf views.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico side of the state, Tampa is the economic hub of west Florida. It’s a cultural hodgepodge with neighborhoods like Ybor City, founded by Spanish and Cuban factory workers, and boasts fantastic Cuban food and seafood.
- Epicurean Hotel Autograph Collection: if you want luxury, make your way here. Located in southern Tampa, this amazing property offers a little extra something with private cooking classes for those who want to expand their culinary horizons and showcases the best-of-the-best in-room accommodations and amenities.
- Le Meridien: it will feel like you are time-traveling when you visit Le Meridien. This boutique hotel was built from an old federal courthouse with the courtrooms serving as event and conference rooms. The 100 rooms and suites exude a mixture of old-school and modern-day style.
Otherwise known as the “Venice of America” for its winding canals, Fort Lauderdale is a buzzy city that has become popular for its beaches that attract spring-breakers from all over the country.
- The Pillars: this up-scale property overlooks the Intercoastal Waterway and is a mere 3 minutes from the beach. A converted Caribbean colonial house, its charm stems from the art-deco style and the casual elegance of the rooms.
- AQUA Hotel: one of the top boutique hotels and part of the North Beach Resort Collection, AQUA is located 2 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale beach. It mixes elegance with casual in a 2-story setting and is perfect for business or pleasure.
There are a few choices if all you are looking to do is soak up the Florida rays: for a quiet atmosphere, head to Boca Grande, and Vero Beach. For surfing and water sports, Marco Island, and Cocoa Beach. If you want sun but a little more action, Naples and Palm Beach are for you.
- The Brazilian Court Hotel Palm Beach: this exclusive and opulent boutique hotel is an intimate 80- room property with a 20s flair known for its colonial Spanish architectural style, courtyards, and fountains.
- Gasparilla Inn & Club Boca Grande: called by the town folk as “the Inn”, the Gasparilla Inn is a far cry from the artsy, fashionable feel of Miami hotels. Instead, it is a grand manor house built in 1913 that evokes a return to the “genteel” world of old Florida with old-style private villas and cottages.
- Marco Beach Ocean Resort: Marco Island, the largest of the Ten Thousand Islands, was voted #1 Island in the United States by TripAdvisor’s Readers Choice Awards and is known as the “Gateway to the Everglades”. Marco Island Beach Resort is a superb beachfront property that offers a 5-star experience, featuring 103 1 and 2-bedroom suites with Gulf or garden terrace views, excellent cuisine, and top-notch service.
ANOTHER OPTION: TIMESHARING
Life can be stressful, with work, kids, older parents… and sometimes the best way to de-stress is to take a vacation. Time away also allows you to bond with your family and create lasting memories.
As we know, Florida is the perfect choice for that vacation, and the choice of accommodation is vast. But what if you didn’t have to think about that whole side of your holiday every year? What if you knew that you had somewhere to go and that the cost would never change? That would involve a timeshare, and it is becoming an appealing choice for many families.
Timesharing means sharing the cost of a property with others to guarantee time there every year. It is more affordable than actually purchasing a property and you know what you are getting, and Florida is the ideal place to buy a timeshare for a few reasons:
- There are plenty of timeshare options, including resorts and hotels, whether you desire peace and quiet or lots of activity. You can choose a beach or city location or one next to the many theme parks, like Disney World or Animal Kingdom.
- There is so much to see and do. Florida has something for every age group. So, whether you want to lie on the beach all day and drink margaritas, explore the cultural city of Miami or run and play at a theme park, Florida has it all.
- The weather! Weather is the principal reason people go to Florida. With over 2,800 hours of sunshine per year and balmy, tropical temperatures, over 1,000 people choose to move to Florida every year. Although it does tend to rain frequently, the months of November to April are considered the dry season, so you won’t need your umbrella.
- Since Florida is one of the vacation capitals of the country, timeshares have excellent resale potential. So if you feel like moving on after a few years to another timeshare location, you will not have any problem re-selling it.