It’s no surprise that the oceanfront hotels that line Florida’s 1,350 miles of picturesque coast come at a premium cost due to high tourist demand. However, staying along the beachfront doesn’t have to break the bank, as there are hidden gem hotels that are both affordable and offer access to the white sand beaches, turquoise blue waters and thrilling water sports found at the Sunshine State’s top beaches. If you want to stay near the sand, check out these best budget-friendly beachfront hotels in Florida.
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Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach (Prices & Photos)
Pack your flip flops and stay at Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach. The family-friendly hotel boasts rooms that feature private balconies and terraces and dazzling ocean views, while its alluring on-site pool has cascading waterfalls and a lazy river. Dine on local specialties at Riptides Sports Grill and Beachfront Tiki Bar or get out on the water with a day of fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking and biking.
Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort, Daytona Beach (Prices & Photos)
A Daytona Beach favorite, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort is right on the beach and is perfect for families looking to soak up the sunshine. There are three pools, volleyball, shuffleboard and plenty of other organized fun and games, while each morning can begin with homemade breakfast donuts that are legendary. Its suites include kitchens for when you want to dine in, while family suites come equipped with bunk-beds for the little ones.
Catalina Hotel and Beach Club, Miami (Prices & Photos)
A perfect spot for those looking to party it up in South Beach on a budget, the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club in Miami is a boutique hotel just one block from the beach. Save your money for cocktails by staying at this intimate hotel that boasts Tempur-Pedic mattresses, 300-thread-count linens and goose down comforters. Take advantage of the rooftop pool with plush sunbeds, four on-site bars that offer happy hour specials and complimentary bike rentals.
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach, Destin (Prices & Photos)
Escape to Florida’s Emerald Coast at Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach in Destin, where you can sit back and soak up the breeze under swaying palms. Its oceanfront location is its biggest lure, where you can unwind in spacious rooms and suites after enjoying a rockslide and hot tub, game room and poolside bar and grill. There are even organized activities such as Bingo by the pool, poolside movies, ping pong tournaments and beach volleyball.
Alden Suites, St. Pete Beach (Prices & Photos)
Dig your toes in the white sand St Pete Beach with a stay at Alden Suites, which also features two heated outdoor pools and a 12-person hot tub. It’s 140 spacious suites overlook the Gulf of Mexico, with certain rooms offering balconies and fully equipped kitchens. Relax in the sunshine at the beachfront cabana park, play a game of tennis or shuffleboard, then take a 30-minute drive to enjoy the attractions in Clearwater or Tampa.
Beachcomber By The Sea, Panama City Beach (Prices & Photos)
Treat yourself to spectacular Gulf of Mexico views at Beachcomber By The Sea in Panama City Beach without breaking the bank. It offers complimentary breakfast and discount on the area’s attractions, while the gulf-front accommodations come in standard, jacuzzi and suite room styles. Enjoy a gulf-front hot tub and waterfall pool, then unwind in your spacious abode with a kitchenette and private balcony. Located near Frank Brown Park and Pier Park, you’ve got the best shopping, dining and entertainment at your fingertips.
Tropical Winds Oceanfront Hotel, Daytona Beach (Prices & Photos)
The sparkling oceanfront pool at Tropical Winds Oceanfront Hotel in Daytona Beach is the hotel’s crown jewel. You can ride the waves of the Atlantic Ocean or make sandcastles on the sandy beach, while the hotel’s hearty breakfast offerings and lunch served at the Poolside Cafe ensures you don’t need to venture far. Take in the views from your private balcony or collect seashells along the “World’s Most Famous Beach”.
Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach, Panama City Beach (Prices & Photos)
A full-service hotel nestled on the white sands of Panama City Beach, Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach boasts gulf front rooms surrounded by tropical gardens. You’ve got plenty of dining options on-site, including the SeaGlass Bar & Grill, in addition to a luxurious pool deck with a lagoon style pool and waterfall. Sign up for free kids’ activities or let them loose at Aqualand, a fun-filled water playground.
The Island, by Hotel RL, Fort Walton Beach (Prices & Photos)
A budget-friendly beachfront resort located on the island of Okaloosa off the Panhandle of Florida, The Island, by Hotel RL in Fort Walton Beach is a hotspot for fun in the sun. You’ll have direct access to the beautiful white sand beach, while its family-friendly property also includes five on-site restaurants and bars, a grotto swim-up bar and tropical gardens. The hotel places you within minutes of the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone.
Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort, St. Pete Beach (Prices & Photos)
You’ll find everything you need for a memorable beach holiday at Plaza Beach Hotel – Beachfront Resort in St. Pete Beach without the hefty price tag. You’re within arm’s reach of the alluring white sand beaches at the 39 suites that are family owned and operated. Save money by taking advantage of the kitchenettes, then get a tan at the pool overlooking the beach and lay back in the tranquil hammocks.
Sandpiper Gulf Resort, Fort Myers Beach (Prices & Photos)
Offering the ultimate in relaxation, Sandpiper Gulf Resort in Fort Myers Beach offers access to the sugary white sand on Estero Island. Perfect for couples or families who don’t want to sacrifice on comfort, this budget-friendly hotel features a kid-friendly pool, adults-only pool and a chance to sign up for WaveRunner rentals or dolphin sightseeing tours. Choose from the 63 newly updated accommodations overlooking the Gulf and make the most of the spacious floor plans and kitchenettes.
Delta Hotels Daytona Beach Oceanfront, Daytona Beach (Prices & Photos)
Soak up panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean at Delta Hotels Daytona Beach Oceanfront, located minutes from the heart of Daytona Beach. It’s spacious rooms feature flat-screen TVs, luxurious bedding and ocean views from your private balcony, while the city’s biggest attractions such as the Daytona International Speedway, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Main Street amusements are just a short drive away. Take a dip in the oceanfront pool or soak in the hot tub, then dine in the Ocean Terrace or get a meal delivered to your room.