Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo is a research facility-turned-undersea hotel set in a mangrove lagoon 21 feet below the surface among tropical fish and a re-created Spanish galleon wreck. Dive down to this unusual lodge, where you’ll be served by a mer-chef and treated to amazing views of the tropical sea life from huge windows in every room.
A stay at Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach is like vacationing in the home of a glamorous friend. This historic property in the lively El Cid district is intimate, stylish and affordable.
Sarasota’s funky Hotel Ranola is a local favorite, tucked away on a lovely downtown street among galleries and shops.
Think Orlando can’t be relaxing? Try Eo Inn & Spa on Lake Eola, where you can de-stress by cocooning in the spa or just hanging out in the whirlpool on the rooftop.
Camping on the Gulf
It's just like it sounds. Park your camper right on Destin’s beach at this full-facilities campground or stay in one of the cabins. Score a spot at this sought-after park a year in advance, and when you get there, enjoy everything from two gorgeous pools to the business center.
Sure, it’s old (est. 1791), but St. Augustine’s St. Francis Inn is all modern luxury. Breakfast in the courtyard surrounded by Spanish-Colonial architecture, which looks very now.