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From the colorful nightlife to waterfront mansions, fashionable boutiques and art-deco landmarks, the city of Miami beckons visitors to experience Florida's most vibrant destination. The list of attractions covers a range of interests, whether marine life at the Miami Seaquarium, clubbing in South Beach or world-class shopping on Lincoln Road. Resort accommodations are plentiful in this fascinating, seaside destination on the Atlantic.
The elite coastal community of Newport Beach, California, offers an array of ocean-side activities, from strolling the Balboa Fun Zone on the Newport Peninsula to swimming at Balboa Island or watching the famous surf breaks at the Wedge. Whether basking in luxury at the Resort at Pelican Hill or enjoying California-casual accommodations on the pier, Newport Beach offers visitors several upscale lodging choices within close proximity to world-class shopping, dining and maritime opportunities.
When you visit Virginia Beach, bring your pet along to walk with you on the beach. Virginia Beach allows leashed dogs on the beach all year except during the summer season, which runs roughly from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Bella Pizza on the beach has an outdoor seating area for both people and their pets. You can also get a special doggie ice cream treat with doggie biscuits at pet-friendly Bruster's Real Ice Cream. For a small deposit or fee, many hotels in Virginia Beach will welcome your pet.
It’s a tossup whether the biggest attraction in Carlsbad is the seven miles of warm, sandy beaches or the man-made vacation experience called Legoland. There is no law saying you can’t enjoy both. Visit the elaborate collection of giant Lego sculptures, including the water park that opened in June 2010. Come back to your beachfront resort in time to watch the sunset. In addition to the properties near the water, a handful of hotels and motels lie alongside Interstate 5, which runs through town.
If you're heading to sunny Sarasota, you'll find a variety of places to stay, from luxurious resorts to chic boutique hotels. You don't have to spend a bundle to be in the city and near the beaches since several budget properties are available. Most lodgings are within a few miles of downtown attractions, the cultural district and beaches.
House of Blues, located within Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach, resembles an old farmhouse and tobacco warehouse. The eclectic property features a restaurant with nightly live entertainment and is filled with American folk art. Visitors will find a few hotels and resorts within a mile of House of Blues, which also provide convenient access to the Myrtle Beach Mall and miles of golden sand beaches.
It's no surprise that Orlando, one of the top vacation destinations in the country and home to Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios and a slew of other attractions, is chock-full of places to stay. In fact, according to the Orlando Convention & Visitors Bureau website, there are more than 440 lodging choices in the city. Whew. You can make better sense of it and narrow down your choices by pinpointing particular locations, like the International Drive corridor, downtown, Universal Orlando area and Disney World resort.
Coronado Island, wedged between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, is technically a peninsula. It is also a vacation destination, beach town, residential community and home to the U.S. Naval Amphibious Base at North Island. The Coronado Bay Bridge connects San Diego and Coronado. Broad sidewalks line Coronado Village streets, with shops, specialty boutiques and restaurants along the way. Among the hotels and resorts in Coronado, several have the distinction of being AAA three- and four-diamond award winners.
Many resorts in Clearwater Beach sit on public beaches and offer all types of amenities and activities, including water sports such as boating, kayaking, fishing, water skiing or jet-skiing. An aquarium with recovering marine animals, a public park sitting on a white sand beach with sea turtles and a public park with regular live music acts and street performers sit near Clearwater Beach’s resorts. Resorts in Clearwater Beach cater to couples on romantic getaways, offering furnished balconies with ocean views. Other resorts are geared toward families with amenities such as children’s playgrounds.
Virginia Beach, Virginia, offers a range of hotels and resorts suitable for travelers of all budgets. A stay on the oceanfront could lead you to a historic luxury resort or a romantic budget motel on the beach. Downtown visitors may opt to enjoy the convenience of staying in the Town Center, while those looking to experience a bit of the Virginia Beach countryside may choose a getaway at a resort estate.
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is home to the House of Blues, Alligator Avenue, championship golf courses and the Barefoot Resort. The original Barefoot Resort was a small shopping area known as Barefoot Landing in the 1970s. The popular tourist area boomed with business in the 1980s and became what is known today as the 2,300-acre Barefoot Resort.
Beach resorts offer their guests a virtually self-contained Caribbean vacation retreat, so most guests have little need to ever leave the confines of the resort. Even so, not all the resorts on Barbados are equal or offer the same level of amenities. While one resort may come packed with family-oriented amenities or offer peace, quiet and privacy, another offers cheaper prices but less convenient beach access.
Miami Beach, Florida, is well known for its energetic nightlife, Art Deco architecture and miles of coastline that serve as a paradise for warm-weather sports enthusiasts. Many resort hotels in the city, particularly in the South Beach area, aim to take advantage of this lifestyle through customized services and amenities aimed at discerning, younger travelers. In addition, these resort properties offer easy access to many hip neighborhood shops, popular restaurants and major roadways like I-95.
Florida specializes in family beach resorts that keep you so busy you barely have time to get to the ocean. From rental condos to hotels, you'll find a variety of accommodations that offer programs for children while their parents enjoy amenities such as golf and spa treatments. This doesn't mean you take separate vacations -- there are also activities for the whole family.
Any number of resorts in Myrtle Beach will give their guests a complimentary continental breakfast of pastries, cold cereals and beverages. For those who don't particularly want a hot breakfast, this on-the-go meal is more than sufficient. A few resorts in Myrtle Beach offer a more complete breakfast with hot cereals including grits and oatmeal, plus eggs, and sometimes bacon or sausage. If you consider breakfast the most important meal of the day, you might want to stay at a resort that offers a full breakfast free of charge.
As one of the most popular beach destinations in the American South, Myrtle Beach offers a diverse selection of hotels, including a number of resort choices in the affordable, mid-range category. These resorts often have features aimed at traveling families and are set either on or very near to the beach, but visitors to Myrtle Beach should beware of summertime price spikes.
Washington State is blessed with beaches that front the Pacific Ocean from the Oregon border to Neah Bay at the north western tip of the state. The beaches along the Juan de Fuca Strait on the state’s north coast offers beaches that usually don’t have as much wave action as those fronting the open ocean. Beach resorts, some quite remote, have sprung up on both of these coastlines.