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.
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
- Eglin Air Force Base, af.dodlodging.net/propertys/Eglin-AFB - Valparaiso, Niceville
- Hurlburt Field, af.dodlodging.net/propertys/Hurlburt-Field - Fort Walton Beach
- MacDill Air Force Base, af.dodlodging.net/propertys/MacDill-AFB - Tampa
- Patrick Air Force Base, af.dodlodging.net/propertys/Patrick-AFB - Cocoa Beach
- Tyndall Air Force Base, af.dodlodging.net/propertys/Tyndall-AFB - southeast of Panama City
- 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
- Jacksonville Naval Air Station, ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Jacksonville-NAS
- Key West Naval Air Station, ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Key-West-NAS
- Mayport Naval Station, www.navy-lodge.com/Mayport - Jacksonville
- Navy Support Activity Panama City, ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Panama-City-NSA-
- Panama City Naval Surface Warfare Center, ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Panama-City-NSA-
- Pensacola Naval Air Station, ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Pensacola-NAS
- Whiting Field Naval Air Station, ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Whiting-Field-NAS - Milton
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
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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:
- Best Western
- Choice Hotels
- Comfort Inn
- Embassy Suites
- Hawthorn Suites
- Hilton Hotels and Resorts
- InterContinental Hotels Group
- La Quinta
- Motel 6
- Red Lion Hotels
- Red Roof Inn
- Sleep Inn
You can also check out Florida hotels with military discounts from TripAdvisor:
Many hotels offer military and veteran discounts, even if they aren’t advertised, so remember to ask.
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