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15 Best Florida Beach Resorts

As an avid beachgoer, hotel lover, and Florida native, I know that the Sunshine State has some of the best beach resorts in the country. I’ve been to countless beach resorts across the globe, and Florida has the perfect combination of laid-back beach settings and luxe on-site amenities that take your vacation getaway to the next level.

With its white-sand beaches and year-round sunshine, the Sunshine State is the perfect place to escape it all and recharge with a much-needed sunny getaway. Not only will your private oasis be located steps from the state’s picture-perfect coastline, but these top-rated Florida beach resorts also add alluring perks, such as gourmet restaurants, on-site bars, luxury spas, outdoor pools, and private stretches of sand for guests.

The Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach The Don CeSar
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The Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach

Affectionately nicknamed the “Pink Palace,” The Don CeSar is one of Florida’s most iconic beachfront resorts and a popular resort for couples. It not only boasts luxurious beachfront suites overlooking St. Pete Beach, but it also showcases old-world glamour that dates back to 1928. So much so that movie stars and U.S. presidents have stayed here. While staying at this oceanfront oasis, you can take advantage of the poolside concierge service, spa treatments at the 11,000-square-foot Spa Oceana, and sophisticated fare at Maritana. The new 40,000-square-foot fitness center features daily instructor-led classes for gym buffs. Walk off your meal with a romantic stroll along the coast, or satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade ice cream at Uncle Andy’s Market.

Key Amenities:

  • Luxury beachfront suites

  • Swimming pool with poolside concierge service

  • 11,000-square-foot spa

The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach The Breakers Palm Beach
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The Breakers Palm Beach, Palm Beach

Get the royal treatment at The Breakers Palm Beach, a 5-star Italian Renaissance-style resort set on a private beach. It’s set in the heart of Palm Beach, just a 5-minute drive from the string of shops on the famous Worth Avenue. You’ll discover beautiful oceanfront suites at the hotel, a private beach, and multiple oceanfront pools to bask in the sunshine. Reserve a private beachfront bungalow, get pampered at the on-site spa, or make family memories at the 6,100-square-foot Family Entertainment Center. After a day of adventure, raise a glass of bubbly at the elegant HMF lobby bar or indulge in fresh seafood and craft cocktails at the Seafood Bar.

Key Amenities:

  • A private beach

  • Oceanfront suites

  • Multiple oceanfront pools

Omni Amelia Island Resort, Fernandina Beach Omni Amelia Island Resort
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Omni Amelia Island Resort, Fernandina Beach

Nestled on 1,350 acres at the tip of a barrier island, Omni Amelia Island Resort is a top-rated beach resort off Florida’s northeast coast. Expect to find beautiful oceanfront accommodation options, as well as world-class resort pools, two championship golf courses, and a full-service spa. Cool off with a dip in the infinity-edge adults-only pool, then fill up with succulent steak at Bob’s Steak & Chop House, fresh seafood at Verandah or burgers at Falcon’s Nest. The oceanfront resort even features an on-site shopping village with charming boutiques and an award-winning kids’ camp and Nature Center.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site restaurants and shopping village

  • Two championship golf courses

  • Infinity-edge adults-only pool

Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort, Marathon Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort
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Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort, Marathon

Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort is a popular resort in Marathon, nestled in the heart of the Florida Keys. Located just 45 miles north of Key West, you’ll find private beach houses overlooking the Gulf of Mexico as well as multiple sparkling swimming pools. Work on your tan at the private beach or try your hand at fun water sports, then sample local seafood dishes at the on-site Butterfly Cafe. In between your daily activities, take a break to enjoy a smoothie, frozen drink, or smoothie at the resort’s beachside Tiki Bar.

Key Amenities:

  • Private beach houses with Gulf views

  • Multiple swimming pools

  • Beachside tiki bar

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Marco Island JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Marco Island

One of Florida’s most popular beach resorts, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort features Bali-inspired decor and a private stretch of sand for its guests. In addition to upscale rooms and suites that boast beautiful Gulf of Mexico views, you’ll be spoiled with on-site dining, including a steak and seafood restaurant, a gastropub, and a gaming emporium. You’ll have a long list of activities, as the resort boasts two championship golf courses, a 5th-floor bar, and a luxurious on-site spa. Dining is easy here, as you’ll find cuisine around the globe at the dozen restaurants available on-site.

Key Amenities:

  • A private beach

  • Rooms with Gulf of Mexico views

  • Two championship golf courses

  • A posh spa

Beach Club, Boca Raton Boca Raton Beach Club
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Beach Club, Boca Raton

If you’re looking for an oceanfront haven in Boca Raton, the Beach Club offers a long list of attractive perks. It’s part of the Mediterranean-inspired The Boca Raton, and guests can enjoy all the amenities at both resorts. In addition to a lavish on-site spa, guests will find multiple restaurants and lounges, swimming pools and golf courses to keep them busy. Start your day with the soft sand between your toes at the private beach, then wrap up your day in one of the stylish rooms, which feature floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible ocean views.

Key Amenities:

  • Multiple swimming pools

  • A private beach

  • Lavish on-site spa

  • Access to resort amenities at The Boca Raton

Lido Beach Resort, Sarasota Lido Beach Resort
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Lido Beach Resort, Sarasota

Located near one of Florida’s famous beaches, Lido Beach Resort offers access to the renowned Siesta Key. It’s an ideal spot to take in the natural beauty of Florida’s Gulf Coast, featuring a private 300-foot stretch of white sand beach. On-site amenities are plentiful, including multiple outdoor pools, an on-site restaurant, a fitness center and beach volleyball. For a day of shopping, hop on the shuttle service to nearby St. Armands Circle. The family-friendly resort features spacious rooms and condo-style suites with charming Florida-inspired decor, as well as flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes and/or private balconies with beach views. Enjoy a frozen drink at the poolside tiki bar and toast to one of Florida’s beautiful sunsets.

Key Amenities:

  • A private 300-stretch of white sand beach

  • Shuttle service to St. Armands Circle

  • Spacious rooms and condo-style suites

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
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Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan

Located in Manalapan, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is an oceanfront beach resort with a private beach. It’s easy to get used to Florida’s luxury coastal living at the resort-style pool and private Oceanfront Cabanas, while active travelers can sign up for surf lessons. Sign up for pampering treatments at the luxury on-site spa, or satisfy your taste buds with farm-to-fork cuisine at the on-site Angle Restaurant. Afterward, make yourself at home in a stylish suite, which includes a wraparound balcony with ocean views and VIP check-in services. Four-legged family members welcome free of charge with a suggested donation to local dog rescue Big Dog Ranch.

Key Amenities:

  • Oceanfront resort with a private beach

  • Resort-style pool with private cabanas

  • Luxury on-site spa

  • Suites with ocean views and VIP services

Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton - Key West Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
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Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton - Key West

You’ll find the largest private beach in Key West at Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton and a prime location less than a mile from the lively Duval Street. This historic resort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dates back to 1920, but you wouldn’t guess it with the resort’s lavish Mediterranean-style suites that boast modern amenities and ocean views. As of October 2023, the renovated resort will feature a new, tropical contemporary style, transformed guestrooms, an airy lobby lined with windows framing the beach, two activity piers, enhanced food and beverage venues, and more.

Key Amenities:

  • Largest private beach in Key West

  • Mediterranean-style suites with ocean views

  • Oceanfront dining

  • Outdoor pools

*Casa Marina is temporarily closed for renovations until October 2023.

Hammock Beach Resort Golf Resort & Spa - Palm Coast Hammock Beach Resort Golf Resort & Spa
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Hammock Beach Resort Golf Resort & Spa - Palm Coast

Hammock Beach Resort Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Coast offers beachfront luxury on the Atlantic. The popular Florida beach resort is nestled on a stretch of unspoiled beach and features multi-room villas and suites for families and big groups. With this, you can also enjoy resort-style living with the array of luxury perks that are included. Kids will love the on-site water park, where they can splash at the 91,000-square-foot water pavilion, float down the lazy river, or ride down the thrilling water flume. Dining at this resort is easy thanks to its oceanfront restaurants, which serve a delectable list of fresh seafood, while relaxing spa treatments are a must at The Spa at Hammock Beach.

Key Amenities:

  • Multi-room villas and suites

  • On-site water park with a lazy river

  • Oceanfront restaurants

B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale Beach
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B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale

Experience oceanfront bliss on the private beach at B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale. Its spacious, beach-chic rooms are so luxurious that they have been luring in American icons throughout the years, such as the iconic Marilyn Monroe. Catch a mermaid show at the famous Wreck Bar, dip in one of the swimming pools, or hop on a bike and cruise the area on two wheels. Naked Crab Seafood Kitchen serves locally-sourced seafood, while Salty Siren serves tasty burgers and lobster rolls poolside or to the private beach.

Key Amenities:

  • Oceanfront hotel with private beach

  • Mermaid shows at on-site bar

  • Swimming pools

Amara Cay Resort, Islamorada Amara Cay Resort
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Amara Cay Resort, Islamorada

Embrace the laid-back persona of Islamorada at Amara Cay Resort, a beloved Florida beach resort with an inviting private stretch of picture-perfect beach. Aside from its sandy coastline, you can take advantage of the oceanfront pools and hammocks dotting the shoreline. Relax and recharge in one of the charming island-themed rooms, where you can step out on the balcony and marvel at the striking ocean views. Enjoy tropical cocktails and fish tacos at the lively Tiki Bar for dinner. If you want to fill your day with activities, see what makes Islamorada the Sport Fishing Capital of the World on a fishing excursion. Alternatively, opt for a leisurely day enjoying the complimentary bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards.

Key Amenities:

  • A private beach

  • Oceanfront swimming pools and hammocks

  • Island-themed rooms with ocean views

  • Complimentary bikes, kayaks, and paddleboards

Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples Naples Grande Beach Resort
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Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples

Boasting 23 acres of waterfront property, Naples Grande Beach Resort is one of the top Florida beach resorts with a Par 72 championship golf course, 15 clay tennis courts, and a day spa. All ages are catered for at this luxury getaway, from an adults-only pool to a kid-friendly pool with a 100-foot twisting slide, while chaise loungers and umbrellas await at the private beach. Foodies can appreciate the range of Gulf Coast flavors on the menu at The Catch of the Pelican, while tropical cocktails at the beachfront Rhode’s End complement any meal. For a sweet treat on the go, enjoy gelato or coffee at Spressi Marketplace.

Key Amenities:

  • Championship golf course and tennis courts

  • Kid-friendly pool with slides

  • Private beach with loungers and umbrellas

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
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The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Delivering the 5-star luxury you’d expect from its brand name, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples features luxurious spa treatments inspired by the sea and 36 holes of championship golf. Savor Gulf of Mexico views from an elegant room or suite, then bask in the Florida sunshine at one of the outdoor pools. Wrap up your day with sunset views at Gumbo Limbo or sample fresh sushi at Dusk restaurant, which features a terrace overlooking the Gulf. Don’t miss the frozen cocktails at the Poolside Cafe, while all ages can partake in fun at Vue, a modern high-tech entertainment lounge with video games. Kids will also love the children’s splash pool and interactive environmental exhibits in the on-site environmentally-focused program Nature’s Wonders.

Key Amenities:

  • Prime location on Florida’s Gulf Coast

  • World-class spa

  • Heated outdoor pool

  • High-tech entertainment lounge with video games

South Seas, Captiva South Seas
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South Seas, Captiva

One of the best resorts in Florida with a private beach, South Seas is a sprawling oceanfront property on Captiva Island with a long list of amenities. In addition to access to Sunset Beach, a private stretch of natural sand with excellent shelling opportunities, the 330-acre family-friendly property boasts a fire pit for s’mores and family games and activities on its Marina lawn. The Yacht Club Marina has short and long-term dockage, while renowned fishing and boating charters are available, as well as eco-cruises and nature tours. Post-hurricane Ian, the hotel now has refurbished accommodations of varying types, each steps from the pristine Gulf of Mexico, including beach villas and beach homes. Future plans include a new 12-hole Beau Welling re-designed golf course and three family-friendly pools with waterslides, chaise lounges, private cabanas, and a poolside bar. On-site dining will include a redesigned market with to-go options, food trucks, and a new Redfish Grille with outdoor seating and Florida Gulf Coast specialties. 

Key Amenities:

  • Set on a private beach

  • World-renowned fishing, boating, and yachting

  • Beachfront accommodation, including beach villas and beach homes

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