If you are searching for the best resorts in Florida, it can be challenging not to come across ALL the Disney resorts. I mean don’t they think people want to visit Florida without going to Disney? Because I got a little tired of hunting for resorts that didn’t include a Disney package, I put together a list of the best non-Disney resorts in Florida!
10 Best Resorts in Florida
The difference between a resort and a hotel is all in what they offer. A resort is kind of like a little town where you sleep. With scenic surroundings, meals, recreational activities, and all kinds of things for you to do, resorts can make or break your vacation. So, below we have found the 10 best resorts in Florida for you to stay and find your family’s relaxation!
#1 Tradewinds Island Grand Resort
I highly recommend searching Tradewinds Island Grand Resort. Not only are the staff always friendly and helpful, but the resort is a 20-acre playground haven. This resort lets you fly with a jetpack, master stand-up paddleboarding, and party with a pirate. Offshore away is a waterpark for kids, or your kids can enjoy Konk camps where they do crafts and activities all day. If you want to relax on your vacation, you can indulge in a massage, lay on a beachside hammock, or relax by one of the 5-heated pools. No matter what you want, this resort is sure to give it to you. Located in St. Pete Beach, FL.
#2 Beachside Resort Panama City Beach
When you visit Beachside Resort Panama City Beach Hotel, you get an experience you won’t find at any other resort. With southern hospitality, old Florida, and some modern touches, you get the best of all worlds. The beaches are miles of crystal white sand and clear gulf waters for as far as your eyes can see. Located on the western end of Panama City Beach, FL, you are far away from the crowds, but close to all the resorts restaurants, attractions, and nightlife.
#3 B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale
People from all over come to B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale to enjoy the history as well as modern oceanfront destination. With nods of the past, a private beach, and delicious food, you won’t want to go anywhere else. Head to the Wreck Bar to catch a glimpse of a mermaid, or get superior services at the beach-chic rooms. This resort gives you the ability to just be you! If you are looking for free things to do in Fort Lauderdale, check out our post! Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
#4 Islander Resort
Located Florida Keys, Islander Resort is a vacation haven in the sport fishing capital of the world. Each room or suite has a private lanai with lounge furniture, but don’t just hang out there all day. Islander Resort is full of adventurous onsite water sports like snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boats. Or, you can enjoy the two oceanfront pools, hot tub, or take the kids to the splash pad. When you stay here, there are no lack of things to do.
#5 Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Unlike a hotel, Sandestin Golf and Beach resort has a collection of over 1,200 vacation rentals which include: studios, 4-bedroom suites, condos, homes, villas, penthouses, and luxury rentals. You can also choose from 4-different resort areas within the resort. Of course, you can also enjoy activities such as tennis, golf, the kids club, parasailing, kayaking, fishing, and so much more. When you stay here, you may never want to leave the resort! Located in Miramar Beach, Florida.
#6 The Grove Resort Orlando
Although Disney is only a few minutes away, Grove Resort Orlando is not a Disney hotel. However, it is one of the best resorts if you have kiddos. Kids can enjoy numerous activities at the The Springs Pools such as the Surfari Water park. Or, they can head into the Family fun center for the newest and most immersive arcade games that everyone will love. Redeem your winnings for prizes or use them to play a round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf. When you stay here, there is no need to go to Disney for the kids to have fun. Located in Orlando, Florida
#7 Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo
Nestled on 13-acres of Florida’s Bay, Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo is a resort that blends tropical fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The Key Largo resorts has a playground fit for all ages/ Kids and adults alike can take a dip in the sparkling pools accented by beautiful flowing waterfalls, go parasailing, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and more. Not to mention there are always resort activities happening along the shore. Located in: The Florida Keys
#8 Palm Beach Shores Resort and Villas
If you are looking for a nice low key resort, Palm Beach Shores Resort and Villas is the place to be. It’s like its own little Island. There are tons of activities you can do from taking a shuttle to a street party to going on beach walks and playing BINGO, there are tons of things to do that are included in your stay. Don’t forget to enjoy the movie nights as well. If you need a relaxing day to yourselves, you can drop your kids off at the kids club or enjoy an in-house babysitter. Located in Palm Beach Shores, Florida
#9 Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina
Located on the waterfront of Old Town Key West, Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina is your paradise destination. It’s full of relaxation and luxury in the middle of all the excitement that Key West is famous for. Whether you want to enjoy the luxury of the resort with ocean views and pristine pools, or you want to head out on the town, there are tons of things to do. Enjoy museums, karaoke, or action-seeking water sports. Located in: Key West, Florida
#10 Opal Sands Resort
Located in Clearwater, Florida, Opal Sands Resort is exactly what the name suggests. Full of opal sanded beaches, crystal clear water, and luxury that can’t be beat this resort is one of a kind. When you book here, you can enjoy poolside dining, live entertainment, hot tubs, private cabanas, live music at the sandbar, beach sports, and more.
Have you been to a resort in Florida that is list worthy? If you have, share it in the comments below! We would love to share it on our list for other readers.