Hotels in Florida

The property has low-slung cottages set on manicured lawns next to a beach with some of Florida’s most surf-friendly waves.

A half-hour drive from Lake Okeechobee, the 80-year-old Iris Wall runs the curious Seminole Inn and a nearby ranch with cattle, horses, and a restaurant featuring tasty frog's legs and fried green tomatoes.

Opened recently within the last several years, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is an all-suites venture with ocean-view balconies. Swing by the spa for a treatment or shop at the Saks Fifth Avenue at the nearby Galleria Mall.

Massive columns and soaring ceilings in the entrance hall mark the entrance to the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove. Each of the 115 guest rooms and suites is adorned with a private balcony and oversized windows for the best views of the city and Biscayne Bay.

This all-suite, 24 room property has three quaint "houses" with one- and two-bedroom suites, each with a porch or balcony where rocking chairs or hammocks can be found.

This six-room hotel with a collection of seven waterside cottages is located along a pocket-size beach on Cabbage Key. This tropical island in the Gulf of Mexico is accessible only by boat, which is arranged by the hotel.

A 1940’s fishing camp has been transformed into this tranquil retreat with just the right amenities (Wi-Fi; alfresco breakfasts; mangrove-ready kayaks) and an authentic old Florida Keys feel.

Just past the Everglades is this six-room 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.

This 109-suite hotel at the southern tip of Ocean Drive (the quieter end of South Beach) couldn’t be closer to the ocean. The sumptuous suites, only 10 per floor, come with kitchens or kitchenettes, marble bathrooms, and gilt- and-upholstered headboards.

With the lagoon-style pool, complete with beaches, palm trees, and an abandoned prop plane, the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando brings the South Pacific to life. Yet steps from the resort is easy access to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Citywalk.

The hotel has the advantages of a Disney property (i.e., early entry to a different park each day) but more flexible pricing.

The time: 1940. The place: Walt Disney World's version of the Jersey Shore, complete with a boardwalk, surrey bikes, and saltwater taffy. The rooms: think old-fashioned floral.