Beachfront Florida Hotels

by Alison Merfeld

Beachfront hotels are easy to come by in Florida, due to the state being flanked by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Many of the white beaches are located on the western side, especially along the Florida panhandle to the north and near the islands around Sarasota to the south. Beaches on the east coast have coarser sand.

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Northwest

Located in Pensacola on the northwestern coast of Florida's panhandle, the 17-story Beach Gulf Front Hotel overlooks the Gulf of Mexico from its private beachfront setting. The spacious rooms offer sitting areas, Internet access and oversize windows with views of the Gulf; suites include balconies. The hotel provides two outdoor swimming pools and three restaurants. Nearby attractions include the Naval Aviation Museum, 18 miles away, where visitors learn about restored war airplanes used by the Marines, U.S. Coast Guard and Navy. Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, the 233 guest rooms in the Holiday Inn Destin on the Beach provide free Internet access, DVD players and kitchenettes. Rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows, small sitting areas and pillow-top mattresses. During your stay, take advantage of the circular outdoor swimming pool, health center and sauna. For children, the hotel offers an indoor swimming pool, a baby pool and organized children activities during the summer months. The hotel is less than 1/2 mile from the Big Kahuna's Water Park.

Southwest

The Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort is an island oasis just outside of Sarasota on the Gulf of Mexico, where bottle-nosed dolphins swim. Surrounded by tropical foliage, the hotel provides an outdoor swimming pool, a white beach and scenic water views. The 102 red-and-tan guest rooms include robes, private balconies, mini-refrigerators and free Internet access. The hotel's prime location allows sailing and fishing right off the beach. Located just south of Sarasota in southwestern Florida, the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Spa in Ft. Meyers is situated on 12 private acres on Estero Island along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel provide a large outdoor swimming pool with fountains, underwater speakers and waterfalls. The guest rooms contain full kitchens, separate living rooms and private balconies overlooking the water. The hotel offers a kids' camp which includes beach activities, games and craft projects. While the kids are at camp, you can relax at the hotel's Aquagene Spa, which offers steam rooms and body therapies. (See Reference #4)

Northeast and Central

Located on Florida's northeastern Coast, the Doubletree Hotel Cocoa Beach Oceanfront is near the Kennedy Space Center, where the space shuttles launch. The 148 rooms offer views of the Atlantic Ocean from private balconies, and include free Internet access and kitchenettes. Enjoy fresh complimentary cookies as you travel back and forth from the outdoor swimming pool or from your beach lounger. The hotel's concierge arranges for deep-sea fishing charters and tee times at the nearby golf course. The hotel is exactly one mile from fishing on both the Banana River and the Indian River. The Shores Resort and Spa offers luxury accommodations in Daytona, which is along the Atlantic Ocean in Central Florida. The plush furniture, four-poster canopy beds and earth tones create an elegant feel throughout the spacious guest rooms. Pillow-top mattresses, private furnished balconies, DVD players and mini bars add to the room amenities. An outdoor swimming pool, fire pits and private cabanas are located on the property.The hotel's spa provides in-room and oceanfront massages, facials and body rejuvenating treatments.

Southeast

The smoke-free Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Bask in the warm Florida temperatures while lying by the outdoor swimming pool, dining at the poolside bar or wind-surfing along the ocean. The 178 light-green and yellow guest rooms offer panoramic views of the ocean and include free Internet access and mini-refrigerators. The Galleria Mall, one quarter-mile west of the beach, and Las Olas Boulevard, one mile west of the ocean, offer restaurants, stores and bars. Beach Place, located directly on the beach, also offers live music, shopping and restaurants. The Courtyard Miami Beach Oceanfront Hotel is situated in South Beach on the Atlantic Ocean. This Art Deco hotel includes open floor plans and brightly colored guest rooms with DVD players and complimentary Internet access. Suites offer balconies, robes and kitchenettes. Located on the main floor of the hotel, Carrabba's Italian Grill provides a casual dining experience. Families may enjoy the Jungle Island attraction, home to birds, penguins and alligators, which is only six miles from the hotel. The famed clubs and restaurants of South Beach are about three miles away.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.

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