Places to Stay in Florida that offer Military and Veterans Discounts

    By Lauren Tjaden

    Military families are often on the move, whether it’s a military relocation, a trip to reconnect with family and friends, or that most glorious of reasons—a Florida vacation to a sandy beach or a theme park.

    Economical places to stay can make these journeys much more affordable. From the emerald-hued waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the rolling waves of the Atlantic, here are some places to stay that offer military discounts.

    Shades of Green Resort, Orlando

    Shades of Green Resort is arguably the best-known Armed Forces Recreation Center (or AFRC) in the World, an affordable, full-service resort hotel that’s available to service members and their families. Walt Disney World in Orlando encompasses the Resort, which is situated between two PGA golf courses and only minutes away from Disney World Theme parks.

    Besides the great room rates, visitors enjoy complimentary bus transportation to the Disney World Theme parks, and discounted tickets for Disney World venues and dining. The rooms are spacious and comfy; their rates are based on rank, pay grade, duty status, room size, and/or room location. Make sure to book early because the Resort is popular.

    Shades of Green salutes our veterans too, offering all military veterans who have received an honorable discharge a chance to vacation there during January and September. 

    Installation Lodging

    The majority of military installations offer temporary, space-available accommodations for inexpensive rates -- for instance, Navy Lodges, Air Force Inns, Army Lodging, and Inns of the Corps. They’re ideal for service members traveling on orders, or for families who are moving to a new station. Reservation policies vary so be sure to phone ahead for more information.

    Here’s a list of active Florida military installations and their accommodations.

    Air Force Bases

    Army Posts

    • Program Executive Office - Simulation, Training & Instrumentation – Orlando

    There are no on-base temporary lodging facilities at PEO STRI; here are nearby hotels: military-hotels.us/florida/peo-stri-fl.html

    Coast Guard Bases

    • USCG Station Destin

    There are no on-base temporary lodging facilities at Coast Guard Sector Destin; here are nearby hotels: military-hotels.us/florida/uscg-station-destin-fl.html

    Naval Bases

    Search Installation Lodging by City

    Here’s where you can search all Department of Defense lodging across all Military brands by city or zip code: www.dodlodging.net/default.aspx

    Military Campgrounds

    Up for some outdoor adventure? These Florida RV parks, campgrounds and cottages might be exactly what you’re looking for.

    ·  Fort Benning - Destin Army Recreation Area

    ·  NAS Pensacola - Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area

    ·  Camp Blanding RV Park & Campground

    ·  MacDill AFB - Coon's Creek Recreation Area

    ·  Eglin AFB - Post 1 Point FAM Camp

    ·  Eglin AFB - Robbins FAM Camp

    ·  NAS Jacksonville - RV Park

    ·  Maxwell-Gunter AFB - Lake Pippin Recreation Area

    ·  Patrick AFB - Manatee Cove FAMCAMP & Beach House

    ·  Marathon Recreation Cottages and RV Park

    ·  NAS Pensacola - Oak Grove RV Park and Cottages

    ·  Panama City Beach MWR Outdoor Recreation/Marina

    ·  Sigsbee RV Park

    ·  Tyndall AFB - FAM Camp

    ·  Eglin AFB - Hurlburt Field FAM Camp

    ·  Mayport NS - Pelican Roost RV park

    aerial view of Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

    Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, located smack-dab on the Atlantic on Amelia Island, is a B and B that offers a military discount-- part of the 'Seaside Salute.'

    - Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

    Seaside Salute

    Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, nestled against the Atlantic Ocean in the northeast corner of Florida, offer the "Seaside Salute," which is a group of special rates from area hotels, B&Bs, attractions and more. Active duty, reserve and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families can enjoy savings of up to 20 percent through the program. You can learn more here: ameliaisland.com/Special-Offers/Seaside-Salute

    Hotel Chains that Offer Military and Veteran Discounts

    The following hotel chains, located all over Florida, offer military discounts:

    You can also check out Florida hotels with military discounts from TripAdvisor: 
    tripadvisor.com/Florida-Hotels-With-Military-Discounts

    Always ask

    Many hotels offer military and veteran discounts, even if they aren’t advertised, so remember to ask.

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