Going to Disney World but want a break from overflowing Orlando? The comparatively crowdless seaside town of Vero Beach is a two hours’ drive from O-Town’s attractions and offers up clean beaches and affordable places to stay. One, the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa was recently purchased by Kimpton, which means all those perks we love about the punchy hotel brand (kid-sized bathrobes, goodie bags, in-room goldfish)—along with a cocktail hour for adults and a pet-friendly policy—are now in effect.

Pop for one of the suites (one-, two- or three-bedroom), then take in the local amusements—surf lessons on the Sebastian Inlet, naturalist-led tours of the mangroves, and OJ tasting at a nearby grove. (Doubles from $169; suites from $249)

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