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  • Experience Your Best Florida Vacation

    The Sunshine State is about more than Mickey Mouse. The world outside the Magic Kingdom casts its own spells with candy-colored Art Deco hotels, pearly white beaches, and a wide variety of flora and fauna.

    With highlights ranging from the manmade (Walt Disney World) to the all-natural (Everglades National Park), Florida can do no wrong as a destination spot. Its miles of coastline, endless summers and affordable, kid-friendly hotels, mean that it's bound to be on your list of vacation spots at least once. Let Orbitz help you plan your trip, starting with the best time to go, the top 10 attractions and insider tips on all things related to Florida travel.

Flights to Florida

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Cleveland Orlando Mon, Aug 31 - Fri, Sep 4 $78
Dallas Miami Mon, Aug 31 - Wed, Sep 9 $78
Dallas Tampa Mon, Nov 9 - Thu, Nov 12 $78
Cleveland Fort Lauderdale Wed, Nov 4 - Tue, Nov 17 $87
Cleveland Fort Myers Mon, Aug 31 - Wed, Sep 9 $103
Atlanta West Palm Beach Wed, Sep 9 - Thu, Sep 10 $151
Washington DC Jacksonville Wed, Sep 16 - Mon, Sep 21 $137
Tampa Key West Tue, Sep 15 - Mon, Sep 21 $285
Columbus Pensacola Sat, Sep 26 - Tue, Sep 29 $289
New York Sarasota Tue, Sep 15 - Sat, Sep 19 $187
Philadelphia Daytona Beach Sat, Sep 26 - Tue, Oct 6 $184
Baltimore Valparaiso Tue, Oct 20 - Tue, Oct 27 $219
  • To a Floridian, cold is any temperature that dips below 70 degrees. Accustomed to two climates -- hot and hotter -- the locals don't waste the sunshine, but those not familiar with the humidity and tropical temps should stay away during certain times of the year.

    Weather-wise, the mildest seasons are fall, winter and early spring. However, with those cooler temps come the crowds, especially in cities such as Miami and Orlando, a huge draw for spring breakers and snow birds. Summer is a staple for families en route to the theme parks.

    Hurricane season officially covers the period between June and November, but the state has seen storms hit outside these months.

  • Madeira Beach

    Some Florida beaches outlaw public drinking; an exception is Madeira Beach. You can thank me when you're sipping a bottle of Corona in your bikini.

  • Pelican Hotel on Ocean Drive

    For an offbeat, but still highly stylized, South Beach experience, check in at the Pelican Hotel on Ocean Drive. Created by Diesel Jeans, the hotel boasts theme rooms that will truly get you excited about what's behind the door. Executive Zebra, anyone?

  • Ichetucknee Springs State Park

    Want to skip Disney World this year? Plan a trip to Ichetucknee Springs State Park, which is best explored by inner tube.

  • ICEBAR Orlando

    This might just be Florida's most quirky bar: ICEBAR Orlando. Nowhere else in Florida will you get to don a thermal cape just to drink vodka -- chilled, of course -- in a setting where even the bar stools are made out of ice.

  • Blue Spring State Park

    Even in 'winter time' the water temperature is still in the 70s in Blue Spring State Park, also a designated wildlife refuge for manatees.

Orlando

Orlando Hotels

Hotel only $77

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

4 stars
3.8 / 5 33 reviews

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Save 15% on your stay

Tropical landscaping and lagoons create an exotic atmosphere at the recently-refurbished Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive in Orlando, known as the Official Hotel of I-Drive 360 and Home of the Orlando Eye. Relax in the whirlpools or sauna, burn off some... More

Hotel only $80

When booking your stay, ask for a room far away from the elevators to enjoy the quietest space.Odd numbered rooms have a view of Downtown Disney, which is an excellent way to watch the fireworks displays in the area. GeneralWyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, Orlando,... More

Hotel only $74

Baymont Inn and Suites

3 stars
3.4 / 5 399 reviews

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Baymont Inn and Suites is a non-smoking hotel with all the comforts of home. For families, there is a free shuttle service to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resorts and SeaWorld Orlando. For business guests, there is an 812 square foot meeting room which... More

Hotel only $48

Seralago Hotel and Suites Maingate East

3 stars
3.2 / 5 945 reviews

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Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel

Visit the guest relations counter to purchase discounted tickets for Disney World, Universal Studios and other attractions.Jump on a shuttle to many of the attractions for a small fee. GeneralSeralago Hotel and Suites Maingate East - Orlando, FL LocationSeralago Hotel... More

Hotel only $111

Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake

4 stars
3.9 / 5 468 reviews

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Settle into a special retreat surrounded by more than 1,400 landscaped acres when you check into the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake. This unique condominium resort spreads family fun through four unique villages that comprise one of Orlando's most beautiful... More

Hotel only $77

Holiday Inn Resort ORLANDO-LAKE BUENA VISTA

4 stars
4.0 / 5 407 reviews

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Save up to 25% off

Built in 1990, the Holiday Inn Resort ORLANDO-LAKE BUENA VISTA offers convenient access to theme parks, entertainment venues and convention centers. This Floridian, central Orlando hotel sports a stylish lobby, spacious guestrooms, and KidSuites that have a... More

Hotel only $164

Walt Disney World Dolphin

4 stars
4.0 / 5 468 reviews

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Just south of the Magic Kingdom, you'll discover a resort that enchants children and grownups alike. Florida hotels promise deluxe accommodations and this remarkable Disney property epitomizes the concept with a stunning architectural exterior opening into a utopia of... More

Hotel only $77

Magical Memories Villas - Disney Area

4 stars
3.6 / 5 352 reviews

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SPECIAL CHECK-IN INSTRUCTIONS

To save time on grocery shopping and preparing meals in your villa's kitchen, give Garden Grocers a call.The market delivers a large variety of grocery items to the Orlando and Daytona Beach areas for an additional charge. GeneralMagical Memories Villas - Disney Area,... More

Hotel only $90

Disney's Pop Century Resort

3 stars
4.0 / 5 590 reviews

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Disney Resort Benefits

Disney groups hotel properties into three categories: value, moderate and deluxe. Pop Century is a value resort, great for families on a budget. Themed around trends spanning the 1950s through to the 1990s, the exterior makes guests feel like they've entered a time-warp... More

Hotel only $128

Take advantage of the concierge service to maximize any discounts or coupons for the theme parks.In terms of more 'grownup' entertainment, Senor Frog's has a fun atmosphere and a full events program - use the hotel's babysitting service if you'd like to cut loose there... More

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Miami

Miami Hotels

Hotel only $100

Miami Beach Resort

3 stars
3.4 / 5 260 reviews

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South Beach  (3 mi/ 4.8 km)Gianni Versace's Casa Casuarina (3.6 mi/ 5.8 km)Bal Harbour Shops (4.6 mi/ 7.4 km)American Airlines Arena (8.5 mi/ 13.7)Port of Miami (8.9 mi/ 14.3 km)Aventura Mall (10.4 mi/ 16.7 km)Coco Walk (14.3 mi/ 23 km) GeneralLeisure activities are... More

Hotel only $162

Royal Palm South Beach Miami, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

5 stars
3.6 / 5 42 reviews

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The Royal Palm South Beach Miami boasts an enviable location on Collins Avenue, just north of the iconic Ocean Drive at 15th Street. With direct access to the beach and boardwalk, the resort is near the most appealing attractions of vibrant South Beach.The resort... More

Hotel only $77

Newport Beachside Resort

3 stars
3.6 / 5 759 reviews

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Collins AvenueSouth BeachViscaya Museum and GardensAncient Spanish Monastery GeneralThe tropical setting at Newport Beachside Resort appeals to couples on a romantic getaway, families on a summer vacation or business people staying in the area. At guests' request, the... More

Hotel only $87

Sophisticated but fun, the Catalina Hotel and Beach Club Miami Beach combines the classic elegance of Europe with the hip vibe of a beach club. The decor is relaxing with soft neutrals and splashes of color. It's resplendent with two pools, four bars and a rooftop... More

Hotel only $76

Chesterfield Hotel and Suites

3 stars
3.5 / 5 253 reviews

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Collins Avenue (0.0 mi/ 0.0 km)Art Deco District (0.0 mi/ 0.0 km)Washington Avenue (0.2 mi/ 1.3 km)Lummus Park (0.3 mi/ 0.5 km)Jackie Gleason Theater (1 mi/ 1.6 km)Lincoln Road (1.1 mi/ 1.8 km) General  The hotel is ideally situated for visitors wanting to be close... More

Hotel only $136

Dream South Beach

4 stars
4.2 / 5 163 reviews

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With an Art Deco exterior enhanced by palm trees, the Dream South Beach in Miami Beach offers comfortable lodging in an atmosphere that combines modern styling with tropical influences. The heated outdoor swimming pool located on the rooftop is surrounded by chaises and... More

Hotel only $259

1 Hotel South Beach

5 stars
3.7 / 5 151 reviews

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4th night on us!

Business6,600-square-foot ballroom and six meeting roomsWi-Fi and hard-wired Internet accessVideoconferencing equipmentPost-conference shipping More

Hotel only $133

Miami Marriott Hotel Biscayne Bay

4 stars
4.1 / 5 188 reviews

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Rate includes breakfast

Pristine views of Biscayne Bay, a picturesque marina and business amenities lure pre-cruise travelers and executives to Miami Marriott Hotel Biscayne Bay, a luxury hotel near the Port of Miami. The 600-room property has 31 floors and size to its advantage. The Miami... More

Hotel only $100

RED South Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.3 / 5 221 reviews

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Miami is all about color and RED South Beach Hotel greets guests with the brightest in the sea, coral red, umbrellas and baroque mirror frames. Hotel highlights include patio restaurant, swimming pool and beachfront right across the street. Refined guests enjoy staying on... More

Hotel only $125

Hotel Astor

4 stars
3.5 / 5 174 reviews

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Stay 1 night, Save 20%

Original 1936 Vitrolite panels light the entrance to this Art Deco jewel in the heart of South Beach. The 42-room hotel is more minimalist than its flashier competitors and has been restored to its initial splendor. The expansive lobby has a tiled floor and dramatic... More

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Fort Myers

Fort Myers Hotels

Hotel only $84

Naples Plaza Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 378 reviews

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Comfortable, spacious rooms with Florida-friendly amenities like balconies and an outdoor pool make the Naples Plaza Hotel a great choice for vacationers and business travelers on a budget. Proximity to swanky Naples, beaches, shopping and attractions seals the... More

Hotel only $142

Diamond Head Beach Resort

4 stars
4.4 / 5 226 reviews

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Stay 2 Nights - Get 15% Off

Unlike chain resorts, the Diamond Head Beach Resort is an independently owned resort hotel on the sugary-white sand beaches of Fort Myers. This all-suite hotel boasts familiar amenities like a heated beachfront pool and day spa, but with a casual, unpretentious vibe.... More

Hotel only $84

Outrigger Beach Resort

3 stars
3.9 / 5 201 reviews

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Free parking and no resort fees!

Continuously owned by the same family for 40 years, the Outrigger Beach Resort offers families an affordable beach vacation. Relax on the beach, read by the pool, sip a cold drink or get involved in a volleyball game. A vacation at the Outrigger Beach Resort is like... More

Hotel only $168

Naples Bay Resort & Marina

4 stars
4.5 / 5 80 reviews

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10% Off - NonRefundable

The Naples Bay Resort feels like an exclusive waterfront village where every amenity and service is a phone call or short walk away. Guests enjoy the finest personalized service, sophisticated accommodations and an ambiance that is like no other in Naples, all with a... More

Hotel only $65

Spacious, comfortable rooms, free breakfast and a heated olympic-sized pool are among the highlights at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Myers Sanibel Gateway, where guests have easy access to Fort Myers and Sanibel Island beaches.... More

Hotel only $210

The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa boasts a great location at the tip of Estero Island, straddling trendy Naples and laidback Captiva and Sanibel islands. The resort offers a comprehensive vacation experience for parents as well as the kids. An on-site sailing school,... More

Hotel only $155

South Seas Island Resort

4 stars
4.1 / 5 99 reviews

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Kids Eat Breakfast Free + Coupon Book with Savings

Resort offers family vacationing at its finest on Captiva Island. South Seas Island Resort, on a secluded Captiva Island is located on a 330-acre Wildlife Preserve. Create a memorable vacation experience by choosing from a broad range of accommodations for families... More

Hotel only $143

Holiday Inn SANIBEL ISLAND

3 stars
4.0 / 5 151 reviews

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Holiday Inn gives guests a lot for their money at this intimate beachfront resort, without the resort fees. Comfortable rooms are well appointed for vacationers who are minding their wallet with free beach chairs, tennis, Internet and a beachfront pool lending extra bang... More

Hotel only $261

Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club

4 stars
4.0 / 5 183 reviews

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No Resort Fee's and FREE parking

The Naples Beach Hotel holds status as Naples' only beachfront hotel with on-site championship golf and tennis, plus 317 remodeled rooms and suites. Guests unwind at a beachfront pool, complete fitness center and luxury day spa. The hotel has four great restaurants,... More

Hotel only $159

Sanibel Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 76 reviews

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Summer Escape – Discounts on Golf & Tennis

The Sanibel Inn is a casual beachfront resort for guests who enjoy a peaceful, nature-filled setting for their vacation. Stroll the beach, hunt for shells and savor the shaded respite of the gardens. It is the best of both worlds at Sanibel Inn. RoomsAll 94 guest rooms... More

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Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Hotels

Hotel only $133

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

4 stars
3.9 / 5 163 reviews

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The Sonesta Fort Lauderdale is a newly renovated hotel offering breathtaking views of Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. This AAA Four Diamond approved hotel offers 240 guest rooms including 23 suites all featuring panoramic views of Fort Lauderdale Beach and... More

Hotel only $78

Sea Club Resort

3 stars
2.9 / 5 34 reviews

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Request a room with a south-facing balcony for the most beautiful views.If you enjoy getting a little theatrical in your sight-seeing - or have kids that do - try a pirate cruise around the coast, complete with costumes and face-painting for the younger ones, and a fresh... More

Hotel only $119

Ocean Manor Beach Resort

3 stars
2.4 / 5 308 reviews

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Ocean Manor Beach Resort channels the best of the South Florida lifestyle, from the beachside tiki bar to the luxury penthouses with sweeping views of the skyline and Atlantic Ocean. Long before a multimillion dollar makeover, the hotel also hosted A-listers like Johnny... More

Hotel only $80

As part of the Best Western chain, the Best Western Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites stands out as favorite for the business crowd. With a free shuttle to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport (FLL), in-room microwaves, free Wi-Fi access throughout the... More

Hotel only $121

Crowne Plaza Hotel Hollywood Beach Resort

4 stars
4.0 / 5 199 reviews

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The Crowne Plaza Hollywood styles itself as a tropical hideaway on the shores of east coast Florida, with an infinity pool that seems to span the horizon. The waterside Lava Tiki Bar serves up Caribbean grilled dishes and umbrella cocktails, and personal treatments are... More

Hotel only $135

One of Fort Lauderdale's most striking waterfront resorts, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, A Noble House Resort delivers 106 oceanfront suites, all with private balconies, for those seeking accommodations with indulgent sea-gazing. With its palm-lined patios and outdoor... More

Hotel only $143

Try to get a room on the west side for Atlantic views that will leave you glued to your window. Though many focal points are walkable, you could save some energy and use the weekend trolley service that runs nearby or catch the Number 40 bus. For those on business, the... More

Hotel only $120

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort

3 stars
3.3 / 5 291 reviews

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The hotel's north-facing rooms give shy travelers the quietest stay, while view-seekers will adore the 9th floor.Check out the selection of Mediterranean-inspired restaurants on the fishing pier, or head toward the city center along Commercial Street for favorite grills... More

Hotel only $63

Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port

3 stars
2.8 / 5 375 reviews

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Stay 1 Night get 30% Off

Dubbed the grand lady, the Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port holds a prominent spot in local history. Built in 1925, the Hollywood Beach Resort Cruise Port was designed to mirror the classic Mediterranean revival style. After extensive renovations, the hotel's interiors... More

Hotel only $189

Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton

3 stars
4.3 / 5 151 reviews

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Rate includes breakfast

Chic, oceanfront retreat in Hollywood, Florida with indulgent amenities and unforgettable views.Easy to access from Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports, the Diplomat is perfect for leisure and business travelers alike.With a luxurious spa, beachfront pools, private cabanas... More

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Tampa

Tampa Hotels

Hotel only $195

TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

4 stars
3.9 / 5 304 reviews

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20% off your stay

This tropical beachfront resort is a playground for both kids and kids-at-heart. The Island Grand is surrounded by meandering canals and miniature golf greens. The grounds have so much built-in entertainment that guests never have to leave the 20-acre property. There are... More

Hotel only $121

Sailport Waterfront Suites is Tampa's only all-suite waterfront destination, overlooking the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, visitors will find the resort convenient to all area attractions, including Busch Gardens, Adventure... More

Hotel only $113

Alden Suites

3 stars
3.9 / 5 146 reviews

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NO RESORT FEE, FREE PARKING!

The Alden Beach Resort is the Right Place on St. Pete Beach! Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on five lush acres this beachfront resort offers a perfect combination of comfort, value and recreation. All suites feature: fully equipped kitchenette with microwave,... More

Hotel only $133

Wyndham Garden Clearwater Beach, located directly on pristine Clearwater Beach, has 500 feet of private beach to host numerous activities and drink service for an unmatched Florida vacation.  Catch some shade in the beachside cabanas or listen and dance to your... More

Hotel only $174

Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort

4 stars
4.0 / 5 186 reviews

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Added Booking Bonus

Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort is nestled on the pristine shores of St. Pete Beach, where vacationing couples and holidaymakers can view the 33,500-gallon aquarium at RumFish Grill. Enjoy various water activities like stand-up paddleboards, fishing and... More

Hotel only $97

Beachcomber Beach Resort Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 225 reviews

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Free Room Upgrade & No Resort Fees

The Beachcomber Beach Resort and Hotel, located directly on St. Pete Beach, provides a resort style atmosphere on 5.5 acres of lush tropical landscaped gardens and private sand. The resort is perfect for a fun-filled family vacation or weekend getaway. Catch fiery sunsets... More

Hotel only $118

Sirata Beach Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 250 reviews

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Located on 13 acres of sugary sand on St. Pete Beach, the Sirata Beach Resort combines warm Gulf breezes with famous West Coast sunsets. Guests can stroll along the sandy beaches, swim in the pools and whirlpools or, if they are lucky, catch a glimpse of wild dolphins... More

Hotel only $105

The Resort and Club at Little Harbor is part of the residential village in Ruskin known as Little Harbor. The community, filled with Anglo-Caribbean architecture and lush tropical landscaping, offers restaurants, lounge, tiki bar, secluded beach, marinas and recreational... More

Hotel only $105

Bilmar Beach Resort

3 stars
4.0 / 5 223 reviews

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Save 15% Off - Stay 3 Nights

Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island, Florida is located in a picture-perfect location, offering the best of the area's recreation, shopping and entertainment with a complete selection of accommodations and amenities. The spacious studios, efficiencies, penthouses and... More

Hotel only $128

Treasure Bay Hotel and Marina

3 stars
4.0 / 5 44 reviews

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Everyone needs an escape from the daily routine Come visit us at the Treasure Bay Hotel and Marina to relax and recuperate. Boat owners will love our prime location on Boca Ciega Bay and new marina that is able to accommodate a wide variety of watercrafts. If you are here... More

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Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach Hotels

Hotel only $91

Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center

4 stars
4.0 / 5 368 reviews

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Summer Savings

The recently refurbished Daytona Beach Resort & Conference Center sits on the north end of Daytona's spectacular 23-mile stretch of white-sand beach. Condo-style suites include kitchens and views of the Atlantic or the picturesque Halifax River. A variety of water... More

Hotel only $63

Daytona Beach Oceanside Inn

3 stars
3.3 / 5 221 reviews

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Located a couple miles south of the Daytona strip, this full service oceanfront resort immerses its guests in comfort, serenity and natural beauty. The spectacular beach is wide, silky-soft, and stretches as far as the eye can see. Spend days splashing in the surf, biking... More

Hotel only $103

The Shores Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 183 reviews

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The Shores Resort & Spa is a few miles south of the Daytona Beach strip, an appropriately remote location for this sophisticated, stylish retreat. From the soothing full-service spa to the romantic gourmet restaurant, this resort oozes comfortable elegance. Spend days... More

Hotel only $96

Plaza Resort & Spa

4 stars
3.8 / 5 247 reviews

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A longtime fixture on the Daytona strip, the Plaza Resort & Spa provides the ultimate family beach getaway. The towering structure rests on Daytona's world-famous beach, and serves as a haven for swimming, sunning, bike riding and fishing. Private balconies provide... More

Hotel only $91

Royal Floridian Resort

3 stars
4.0 / 5 64 reviews

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Free WIFI and Parking

The Royal Floridian Resort is an upscale oceanfront property located on the shores of Ormond Beach, Fl. The properties ideal location and array of amenities make the Royal Floridian Resort a perfect place to stay while vacationing in the Daytona Beach area. The resort... More

Hotel only $83

The Cove On Ormond Beach

3 stars
4.1 / 5 87 reviews

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Loyal patrons return to The Cove on Ormond Beach year after year for its friendly service, spacious condo-style accommodations and peaceful setting well north of the more bustling Daytona strip. Guests flock to the wide, 23-mile long beach for sunning, swimming, walking... More

Hotel only $102

Wyndham Ocean Walk

4 stars
3.8 / 5 73 reviews

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It's a good thing Wyndham Ocean Walk's condominium-style suites are suitable for extended stays. Getting the kids to leave won't be easy. In addition to the World's Most Famous Beach, the resort features a Kids Program and an elaborate pool complex with a lazy river. All... More

Hotel only $71

BEST WESTERN Castillo Del Sol

3 stars
3.5 / 5 91 reviews

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Appropriately named the “Sun Castle,” sun, sand and a breathtaking ocean are the main attractions at this Ormond Beach hotel. Several miles north of Daytona Beach, Ormond is quieter and less crowded, but still close to attractions and entertainment. Guests flock to the... More

Hotel only $96

Daytona Beach Regency

3 stars
4.1 / 5 158 reviews

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The Daytona Beach Regency is the perfect location for a Florida beach vacation. Just steps away from the boardwalk, this well equipped all-suite beachfront resort offers spacious accommodations, organized activities and an indoor and outdoor swimming complex complete... More

Hotel only $63

El Caribe Resort and Conference Center

3 stars
3.4 / 5 202 reviews

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With its plush lawn, palm trees and soft green paint scheme, guests feel the vibe of the Caribbean the moment they arrive at the El Caribe Resort and Conference Center. The magnificent beach and warmly decorated rooms only enhance the vibe. Beach lovers and water sports... More

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  • Walt Disney World

    Walt Disney World, a collection of parks that include the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, Disney's Blizzard Beach, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, is the template that all other theme parks attempt to duplicate. Behind those iron gates are dreams come to life and memories to be relived: that first picture of Cinderella's Castle, donning a pair of embroidered Mickey ears, parading with kids on your shoulders along a Main Street studded by ice cream parlors and trinket shops. This, indeed, is a magical kingdom.

  • St. Augustine

    Thank Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles for landing on the shores of this Northeast Florida town, also called the Old City. Remnants of the conquistadors linger everywhere, including the most famous fort in Florida: the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the United States. Notably, the city is also where Ponce de Leon is said to have stumbled upon the Fountain of Youth. Want a drop? Visit the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park to sip from the legendary spring, then find a mirror and watch for signs that it worked.

  • Ybor City

    Tampa doesn't really need a downtown: It has Ybor City. While the former checks out at 5 p.m., Ybor is just getting started, amping up with a global soundtrack of hip-hop clubs, reggae, Top 40, blues and indie music. Along La Setima, or 7th Avenue, visitors also get a taste of Tampa's immigrant past. Stroll by restaurants and brick buildings that once employed cigar workers. In the Centro Ybor section, catch a movie or improv show or, browse the shop before your authentic Cuban meal at Columbia Restaurant.

  • Florida Keys

    It's fitting that there's only one road into the Keys: Highway 1. After combing miles of crystal sand and diving into reef-rich azure waters, who would be in a rush to leave? Home to Jimmy Buffet and Ernest Hemingway, the Keys consist of more than 400 islands filled with cute bungalows and beach bars. Begin your aquatic journey during a snorkeling trip off Key Largo, and don't forget to round out your trip with a picture by the Southernmost Point in the continental U.S.

  • South Beach

    The eye candy comes in all colors here, an area known to the rest of the world as America's Riviera. This is where the moneyed, hard-bodied and couture-bedecked come out to play. What other zip code -- besides Hollywood, of course -- counts so many celebrities as residents? A typical day in SoBe might start with brunch at a cafe on Ocean Drive, watching models in Lummus Park and lining up to get into the hottest club to see the latest and greatest European DJ. Perhaps the most fun, though, is hotel hopping in this historic Art Deco District. Like a true singleton, you'll never be happy flirting with just one.

  • Siesta Key Beach

    Dr. Beach, the foremost expert on beaches in the United States, chose Siesta Key Beach as his No. 1 pick for the Top 10 beaches for 2011. We can't argue with him. With heavenly, pure white sand and turquoise waters as far as the eyes can see, Siesta Key Beach will remain a perennial favorite for those hunting for that perfect sunset or seashell.

  • Florida Panhandle

    The Panhandle, almost a country of its own, is a loose term applying to the Northwestern region of Florida. Its proximity to Alabama dashes Southern flavor on the landscape and the residents, from live oaks to twangs. While South Florida heats up come fall and winter, the opposite rings true for the Panhandle, which draws more tourists during summer. Immaculate condo hotels and less-crowded beaches have made it popular with the stroller set.

  • Daytona International Speedway

    There's a reason why Daytona International Speedway's grandstands are packed to the hilt with more than 150,000 fans. Everyone is an adrenaline junkie. Race cars of every make -- stock cars, go-karts and more -- zoom by, fueling a love for an all-American past time. If you'd rather be behind the wheel, try the Daytona 500 Experience, an interactive simulator that brings to life the bumpy, jarring ride. Is the game too wimpy for you? Book an actual ride during the three-lap Richard Petty Driving Experience to call yourself a speed demon.

  • Universal Studios

    Orlando wouldn't be Orlando without theme parks, and this one certainly keeps fueling the fantasy. At Universal Studios, which covers Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure, kids of all ages feed their adrenaline rush aboard rides such as the Men in Black: Alien Attack, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman and Shrek 4:D. Skip the soda and sweets; if this place doesn't leave you buzzed, then maybe you need to meet Harry Potter.

  • Everglades National Park

    Equal parts fantastic and creepy (in the good way), the third-largest national park in the United States blows the mind with 1.5 million acres of waterways, mangroves, endangered species, flora and fauna. The 100-mile wildlife habitat beckons adventurers to go on nature walks, canoe rides and wet hikes through the precious ecosystem. It's chock full of wonderment from start to finish, especially upon that first sighting of an American Alligator.

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