Special Features TRAVEL — 30 June 2017
Florida travel, resort, cruise summer deals

By Patti Roth

City & Shore Travel Writer

Whether you’re seeking a resort with activities for the whole family, a quaint inn for a romantic rendezvous or an excursion out to sea, Florida has something for every vacation this summer. As a bonus, many parts of the state are offering off-season rates and packages with extra perks. We’ve done some exploring, and found some very good reasons to get away.

Southeast Florida

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is offering a $100 resort credit with booking of at least two nights until Sept. 30. 3500 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, 866-602-8376, verobeachhotelandspa.com.

Boca Raton Resort & Club, with 15 restaurants, 7 pools and a wave simulator, is offering a summer package for families with assorted perks, including kids eat free deals at select restaurants, an hour a day per person on the FlowRider wave simulator, unlimited golf and tennis and access to youngsters’ camp. 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 888-543-1286, bocaresort.com. 

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, on Hollywood Beach Broadwalk across from the beach bandshell, is offering a family package that includes free breakfast for kids 12 and younger and $25 worth of “summer bucks” per night that may be used toward recreational activities, including the FlowRider surf simulator. Valid until Sept. 30 with a stay of at least three nights. 1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-874-4444, margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com. 

West Florida

Kimpton Hotel Zamora, with a rooftop bar, treats teachers to 20 percent off best flexible rate to Aug. 30. Use booking code TEACH. The teacher discount is offered at other Kimpton properties in Florida including Vero Beach Hotel in Vero Beach, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel in South Beach and Epic Hotel in Miami. 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 888-809-1588, thehotelzamora.com.

Sandpearl Resort, with firepits at the beach, offers a Sunnies & Savings deal featuring up to 20 percent off and breakfast daily for two. Book by Aug. 31 for travel by Sept. 30. Specify promotion OPALSAVE. 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater Beach, 866-384-2995, sandpearl.com.

Opal Sands Resort, with a beachside tiki bar and a sand sculpture in the lobby, offers Florida residents 25 percent off weekday stays and 15 percent off weekends. Use rate code 1RESID-WD for week days and 1RESIDENT for weekends. 430 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, 855-335-1087, opalsands.com.

Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort, a boutique property with 11 suites on the Intracoastal Waterway and a member of the Superior Small Lodging Association, is promoting $89 rates Sundays to Thursdays Sept. 4-15. The price represents a discount of about 30 percent. 4321 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 800-257-8998, plazabeachresorts.com.

South Seas Island Resort, with 20 pools, tennis and a spa, is offering a fourth night free. The deal includes free breakfast for kids with eligible adult purchase. Valid to Sept. 30. 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island, 866-565-5089, southseas.com.

Plantation on Crystal River, with a marina and snorkeling tours, offers Florida residents 15 percent off best available rates Sundays to Thursdays. Resort includes a few pet-friendly rooms, subject to weight restrictions. 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, 800-632-6262, plantationoncrystalriver.com.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, which includes a lazy river and waterslides, is offering a fifth night free. Pets are permitted within weight restrictions, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, 239-444-1234, coconutpoint.regency.hyatt.com.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on the Gulf of Mexico is offering a third night free. Valid to Sept. 30. 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Naples, 800-237-7600, NaplesBeachHotel.com.

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort offers a two-night Relaxation Package with $100 dining credit, access to spa amenities and a beach chickee hut or poolside cabana for one day. Valid to Oct. 30. $419 per night with promo code I24. 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, 239-394-2511, jwmarco.com.

 Orlando & Central Florida

The Shores Resort & Spa offers 25 percent off a stay of three nights, a fourth night free or 30 percent off a stay of five nights. Another deal dubbed Dog Daze of Summer package includes 50 percent off pet fees along with other pet-related perks and treats. 2637 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores, 866-934-7467, shoresresort.com.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, with 1,000 rooms and a lagoon-style pool, provides discounts of up to 35 percent with a stay of at least seven nights. 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, 888-430-4999, loewshotels.com/royal-pacific-resort.

Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel, with 18 rooms, restaurant and piano bar, offers 15-percent-off deals in summer and early fall. Pets are permitted in select rooms. 1601 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, 772-231-7211, thecaribbeancourt.com.

North Florida

Free Night, Any Night promotion on Amelia Island, various bed & breakfast inns and hotels on Amelia Island are participating in a promotion offering either a third night or fourth night free. Participating inns and hotels include Oceans of Amelia, Seaside Amelia Inn, Blue Heron Inn and others. ameliaisland.com/free.

One Ocean Resort & Spa is offering a fourth night free. Valid to Sept. 30. Use rate code PRO4NT. Permits pets within weight limits. 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 904-249-7402, oneoceanresort.com.

The Walkabout Beach Resort, a Waldorf Astoria resort, a boutique inn with eight rooms, is offering Florida residents discount rates of $159 and $189. The discounts are valid to Oct. 31, excluding holidays. Use promo code SSLFloridaResident when booking by phone. 2500 N. Surf Road, Hollywood, walkaboutbeachresort.com, 954-272-6000.

Postcard Inn Beach Resort in the Keys is offering 25 percent off with a stay of five nights. Valid to Aug. 31. Hotel is pet friendly. 84001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 305-664-2321, holidayisle.com.

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is offering a third night free, valid to Dec. 31. Use promo code 3NFREE. Pets are permitted, with some restrictions. 5 N. Highway A1A, Jupiter, 877-389-0571, jupiterbeachresort.com.

W South Beach is offering Florida residents 15 percent off best available rates, 15 percent off dining at The Dutch, 20 percent off Bliss Spa services and a free in-room movie per day. Valid to Aug. 30. Use rate code RESFLOAT. Resort permits pets within weight limit. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3000, wsouthbeach.com.

Trump International Beach Resort, which is independently owned and operated, is offering a summer package with 15 percent off rooms, $50 daily food and beverage credit, 20 percent off watersports and 20 percent off spa treatments. The kids’ program is included. Other deals include Florida residents’ discounts. 18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 866-628-1197, trumpmiami.com.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is offering summer deals for Floridians featuring weekday rates from $229, and from $269 Fridays and Saturdays. Valid to Oct. 31. Use promo code FLORIDA2017. Resort welcomes pets within weight limits. 100 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, 800-328-0170, EauPalmBeach.com. 

Hilton West Palm Beach is offering a Summer of Fun two-night package with perks that include kids-eat-free deals with eligible adult purchase, free entry for kids at local attractions and a $25 gift card to a local bowling and entertainment venue. The deal also provides a free beach towel designed by a local artist, two gelato vouchers and a bottle SPF lotion. Valid to Sept. 30. 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-231-6000, HiltonWestPalmBeach.com.

The Betsy South Beach is offering Florida residents free valet parking, 15 percent off best available rates and breakfast for two. The offer is valid with a stay of at least two nights if booked by July 31 for travel by Oct. 31. Use reservation code FLRES. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305-531-6100, thebetsyhotel.com.

Hawks Cay Resort offers a fourth night free during summer, with some exceptions. 61 Hawks Cay Blvd., Duck Key, 305-743-7000, hawkscay.com. 

Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a boutique resort with a pool and a lazy-river tubing ride, offers a fourth-night-free deal. Other deals include 20 percent off best available rate for Florida residents and a Happiness is a Beach package, with an oceanfront suite on an upper floor and beachside butler service. Rates for that package start at $299, representing a 15 percent discount and valid to Sept. 30.
2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-568-9431, pelicanbeach.com.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa is offering a fourth night free and $100 spa and dining credit for eligible stays. A different deal for Florida residents, valid to Sept. 30, knocks 15 percent off suites and includes free valet parking, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8020, atlantichotelfl.com.

The Breakers Palm Beach is featuring a summer promotion valid to Oct. 31 with assorted perks, including free breakfast buffet, free meals for kids when accompanied by dining adult, unlimited golf with cart fee and unlimited tennis. 1 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 855-313-8851, TheBreakers.com.


Vacation Like A VIP packages are offered by several luxury hotels and resorts in Broward. Perks include $100 resort credit, a $25 American Express gift card, room upgrade and valet parking. The deals, promoted on the Greater Fort Lauderdale tourism website, require a stay of at least two nights. Extra bonuses include valet parking at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills and a coupon book for the mall. sunny.org/hotels/luxe/vacation-like-a-vip. 

Participating resorts are:

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, which permits pets within weight limits, 1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-874-4444, margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com.

The Diplomat Beach Resort,
3555 S. Ocean  Drive, Hollywood,
954-602-6000, diplomatresort.com.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-4000, marriottharborbeach.com.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa in Pompano Beach, 1200 N. Ocean Blvd.,Pompano Beach, 954-782-0100,

Lago Mar Resort, 1700 S. Ocean Lane, Fort Lauderdale, 855-629-1415,

Pelican Grand Beach Resort,
2000 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale,
954-568-9431, pelicanbeach.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, which permits pets within weight restrictions, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-465-2300, ritzcarlton.com.

W Fort Lauderdale, which permits pets within weight restrictions, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-8200,

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach,
999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.,
954-315-1460, sonesta.com/fortlauderdale.



For those who prefer a floating vacation setting sail from Florida, cruise lines are offering ever-changing deals and incentives. For example, Norwegian Cruise Line is featuring a promotion for up to $500 in onboard spending money for eligible bookings by July 10 for a voyage of at least five nights in a balcony stateroom or higher.

Check the cruise line web sites for the freshest deals or ask the reservations staff.

Norwegian Cruise Line
 866-234-7350, ncl.com.

Royal Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Line
800-764-7419, carnival.com.

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