Updated November 29, 2022: Even though Florida has experienced hurricanes, we bounce back fast! While some harder hit areas recover, there are still many Florida beach destinations to visit. These 9 beachfront resorts and hotels have great ratings. They can give you a needed break from winter blues. Check out the list below.
Best Beachfront Resorts in Florida this Winter
Margaritaville Beach Resort Hollywood FL
If you've ever been to a Margaritaville property then you know it's top notch all the way. This branded beach resort delivers on the premium experience of sand, sea and service. The resort is focused on "chill" relaxation. Guests will experience live music, beautiful decor and a beachfront location only 7 miles from Fort Lauderdale airport. Included in the resort fee are beach chairs and umbrella, bicycle rentals, bottled water, beach towels and fitness center. There are 8 bars and restaurants and a relaxing spa on the resort, although these are not included in the resort fee and may require reservations. Guests report that this Margaritaville resort is very clean and service is excellent. It provides a great Florida vacation spot for all ages, families and couples. For more information click here.
The Henderson Beach Resort Destin FL
If a private beach and old world charm appeals to you then choose The Henderson Beach Resort in Destin. Kayaking, biking and complimentary access to stunning Henderson Beach State Park make this the perfect Destin location for a family or couples getaway. The rooms are clean and spacious and you can park in a covered garage (for a fee). Pools are heated (perfect for cool winter days). Multiple restaurants make dining easy. You can book a hotel room or complete condo depending on the size of your group. The private beach is a bit of a walk so be prepared if you have children carrying toys. For more information click here.
Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
Located on secluded Amelia island, this oceanfront resort is very luxurious. Golf, a spa, indoor and outdoor pools are some of the amenities this resort offers. First class food and service are what the resort is known for and visitor reviews reflect this. Visiting north Florida in the winter months is very special. The weather is warm during the day and cool at night. Perhaps not the first choice for people wanting a hot, Caribbean climate vacation, it nonetheless is a relaxing, high-end experience. If you visit in January, you can take part in the annual restaurant week (January 20-29, 2023). This culinary showcase features the island’s most popular dining spots with something for every taste. Learn more about this beach resort by clicking here.
Postcard Inn Islamorada Florida Keys
Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina is just minutes from Key Largo and not far from Marathon. It embodies the true Florida Keys spirit of relaxation and all-day fun. Rooms and cottages have balconies, coffee makers, min-fridge, wi-fi and more. Tuscan food, Starbucks coffee, raw bar and a Tiki bar are some of the dining options offered. This little resort has its own private beach and two pools, open 7am–10pm year-round. They often have vacation specials and resort credits. We can't wait to go back to the Postcard Inn! Click here for more information. If you have a lower budget, check out the Hampton Inn Key Largo which has its own private beach. More pictures here.
Southernmost House Key West
A Key West hotel that offers breakfast for a low resort fee? Yes! The Southernmost House is not only famous but offers oceanfront rooms in the traditional Florida style. Island style is front and center at this one-of-a-kind location in Key West. This historic mansion has hosted 5 United States Presidents and celebrities. On the quiet end of Duval Street, this clean and private residence turned resort hotel is a gem for any Florida Keys visitor. The only downside may be the lack of a real beach. There’s a public beach adjacent to the hotel, but it’s public and can get busy. If exploring Key West is more important than a beach vacation, then this hotel might be just right. It's hard to find a good beach in the Florida Keys due to mangroves and seaweed. The hotel does offer beautiful ocean views and sunsets. Learn more about Southernmost House by clicking here.
The Roth Hotel Treasure Island FL
Treasure Island is a short drive from St. Pete Beach. It's easy to rent a car after flying into Tampa. The white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico are hard to beat. Unique and full of unique hotels and restaurants, it has plenty to do for families, small groups and couples. We chose The Roth Hotel, a family owned and operated that feels like your own island home. The beautiful accommodations include water views. Dolphins are known to visit the hotel dock regularly. Sit outside, enjoy some fine wine and watch the boats sail by. The hotel owners will help you find cruise tours, snorkeling, and watersports. Cross the street and enjoy Sunset Beach with crystal clear water and fine, white sand. Just thinking about it is so relaxing! Click here to find out more about The Roth Hotel.
Eden Roc Miami Beach
The Eden Roc Miami Beach offers a Tropical Winter Escape package that gives you resort credits to help offset the cost of food. This Collins Avenue hotel has 418 over-sized rooms and suites. A soothing experience is provided with complimentary wi-fi, luxury amenities, and 24-hour room service. Pools, hot tub and various bars and restaurants complete the experience. Walk right out to the boardwalk and beachfront. At night enjoy a DJ party or Ocean Social. It's dog friendly too. Take the free citywide trolley down to South Beach or anywhere else in Miami Beach! Get more information about this hotel here. For more information on visiting Miami beach read this post.
Shores Resort & Spa Daytona Beach
This hotel is open after the hurricane! The pool and fire-pits are available after December 1, 2022. Enjoy casual, coastal-chic luxury at The Shores Resort & Spa on the oceanfront of Daytona Beach Shores. This upscale resort has special offers for families and couples. As part of your winter getaway you can enjoy a beachfront bonfire. Eat, drink and relax on the Atlantic Ocean while you decide what to do next. There is always something fun to do in Daytona Beach. Museums, live shows, music and more can be found in the area, as well as the Daytona International Speedway. Premium outlets are nearby. The ocean will be a little cool in the winter but some folks still go in! The flat, firm sand is perfect for miles of walking, jogging and biking. Find out more about The Shores Resort here.
Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor
Coming in 2023, this new Fort Myers area waterfront resort offers 785 guestrooms ranging from Charlotte Harbor-inspired premium hotel rooms to luxurious long-stay suites. Opening in 2023, it will offer world-class restaurants and bars, a spa, retail shops and a championship golf club. This is the first resort by Allegiant, the airline building the concept. Here's a list of amenities from their news release:
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