10Best: Enjoy Endless Summer with 10 Great Florida Getaways

  • Put Away the Snow Shovel

    These great escapes come courtesy of the Sunshine State, where solar-charged Vitamin D does a body just as good as milk. From sunrise on the veranda to sunset by the pool, a Florida getaway could be just what Dr. Winter ordered. Time to fill that prescription. 

    Photo courtesy of Pelican Grand Beach Resort

  • Pelican Grand Beach Resort - Fort Lauderdale

    Melding Old Florida grandeur with a fun, friendly vibe, this elegant resort boasts 500 feet of private beachfront and Fort Lauderdale's only lazy river, which means couples and families will find a happy coastal home. If you can tear yourself from the cerulean swells, the trendy shops and bistros of Las Olas are just minutes away.

    Photo courtesy of Pelican Grand Beach Resort

  • Orlando World Center Marriott - Orlando

    Jack Frost's icy grip has no power in Orlando, where December temperatures and lower humidity turn the oft-sultry City Beautiful into San Diego for much of the season. It's an ideal time to enjoy this property's 18-hole championship golf course, al fresco spa treatments and the exhilarating effects of its poolside water slides. 

    Photo courtesy of Orlando World Center Marriott

  • Ocean Key Resort & Spa - Key West

    With a prime location between Key West Harbor and the carnival atmosphere of Mallory Square, this 100-room resort offers warm breezes and beautiful views at every turn. Posh elegance combines with the casual, playful aura of the Florida Keys. Add rum, conch fritters and a sunset for an ideal escape.

    Photo courtesy of Ocean Key Resort & Spa

  • Casa Monica Hotel - St. Augustine

    The nation's oldest city is set to celebrate its 450th anniversary next year. Visit St. Augustine's imposing Castillo de San Marcos during your stay at this hotel, the city's only AAA Four-Diamond property. Built in 1888 and beautifully restored in 1999, the Old City's bars, shops and cobblestone streets are right outside the door. Inside, you'll be awash in Spanish romanticism.

    Photo courtesy of Casa Monica Hotel

  • The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club - St. Petersburg

    Glittering bay and city views are a perk at this downtown St. Pete fixture, an historic marina-side hotel that's a haven for art lovers. Walking distance from both the Salvador Dali Museum and the delicate wonder of the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center, you may forget to take a beach day. 

    Photo courtesy of Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club

  • Little Palm Island Resort & Spa - Florida Keys

    There are innumerable things to do in the Florida Keys. One of the best is absolutely nothing, as evidenced by the arguable Eden of the private, five-acre Little Palm Island Resort & Spa. Its magnificent thatch-roofed bungalows are fortresses of subtropical solitude even Superman would envy. 

    Photo courtesy of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

  • The Brazilian Court Hotel - Palm Beach

    Since the 1920s, this lush enclave has been a best-kept secret of the rich and famous. This, despite its location just steps from ritzy Worth Avenue, the East Coast's answer to Rodeo Drive. Pamper yourself in the Frederic Fekkai Salon & Spa, dine al fresco at the award-winning Café Boulud and bronze away your winter white on the glittering Atlantic shore.

    Photo courtesy of Brazilian Court

  • Club Med Sandpiper Bay - Port St. Lucie

    Kids may love snow, but no child could resist a day of adventure amid a tropical lagoon, let alone a water park or flying trapeze! All of this is in store at the Club Med Sandpiper, a sporting family's ideal respite with tennis, 18 holes of golf, a volleyball academy and more, all nestled alongside the St. Lucie River. 

    Photo courtesy of Club Med

  • Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort - Fernandina Beach

    Trade snow tires for cleats with a stay at this 1,350-acre golfer's haven, nestled at the tip of an Atlantic coast barrier island. The Omni Amelia Island features luxurious accommodations, a full-service spa and three challenging championship golf courses designed by masters of the sport. An on-site golf academy will help get your game where you want it. 

    Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels

  • LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort - Naples

    Whether you spend the day building sandcastles or avoiding sand traps, LaPlaya should knock your blood pressure down a few points. This seaside property is posh, but laid-back; Naples is all about its beach culture. Come sunset, you can immerse yourself in it at the hotel's outdoor bar. 

    Photo courtesy of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

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