27 Affordable Beach Resorts
Azul del Mar
Key Largo, Florida
WHAT IT'S LIKE: Just past the Everglades is the six-room Azul del Mar, Art Deco villa. The husband-and-wife owners stay behind the scene—breakfast (papaya yogurt, tropical fruit pastries) is delivered to your door, and guests can barbecue on the two outdoor grills. The property is decidedly quiet, thanks to its small adjacent private beach and an adults-only policy. Book the Garden Suite Caribe, for its Jacuzzi-jet bathtub and private patio. The Aquamarina and Celeste rooms, with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of Florida Bay, tie for second place.
WHAT TO DO: Snorkel in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park—which includes part of North America's largest living reef, located just beyond the hotel's wood-paneled dock. —Sarah Kantrowitz