Ocean Views, Nightlife, Pampering and More at Miami's 10 Best Beach Hotels

Nothing complements a stay on the beach more than the perfect accommodations, and Miami's got those in spades. There are certain things you may want to look out for, like private beach access (to avoid the hoards of tourists, especially during certain times of year) and convenient cabanas, towels, umbrellas, and beach chairs; relaxing ocean views right from your room; high-quality on-site dining and pampering; and even nearby or in-house entertainment for those days when the weather is less than perfect (a frequent occurrence during the rainy summer months). 

Hotels like The Palms Hotel & Spa in Midbeach offer guests high-quality service and extensive pampering packages with delicious in-room comforts like plush robes and rain shower heads. 

Guests staying at the Setai will enjoy extras like instruction in yoga and tai chi, various on-site dining options, and beautiful private pools.

The Fontainbleu's reputation as a star-studded hotel precedes it, and visitors always run the chance of rubbing elbows with big name celebs poolside or at their popular on-site nightclub, LIV.

Or maybe you'd prefer to forego the Miami Beach experience altogether but still want a place on the sand that's a bit more laid back. That's why we've also listed the Ritz-Carlton on Key Biscayne, known for its enormous spa, tennis center, and proximity to golf and water sports.

Check out our list for the best beach side hotels; there's sure to be one that's right for you.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel sits on an ideal spot centrally located along seven miles of Fort Lauderdale's golden coastline, across from the tranquil Hugh Taylor State Park and the beautiful Bonnet House and Gardens. Sonesta Fort...  Read More



Acqualina Resort & Spa is based in what some consider Florida's Riviera, a stretch of pristine beaches along Sunny Isles. This high-end destination features 188 residences and 98 rooms and suites along 4.5 acres of Miami beachfront property....  Read More



Travelers seeking a peaceful getaway adore this hotel's serene oceanfront setting in Miami Beach, Florida. Inspired by nature, the hotel offers 215 oceanfront and city view rooms and suites outfitted with soft tones of the sea, chic custom...  Read More



This secluded 205-acre private island, the former winter estate of the Vanderbilts, is accessible only by air or water, so helicopters, seaplanes, and yachts are common sights. Once on the island you may never want to leave, and you wouldn't...  Read More



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The legendary Fountainbleau first opened its doors in 1954, in a Miami Beach that would be unrecognizable today. What started as an 11-story building with 554 guest rooms is now an epic resort housing 1504 rooms and suites; a 40,000 square-foot...  Read More



This sophisticated Miami hotel's location in the Surfside area offers tranquility for adults as well as excitement for little ones. It's the perfect place for a family vacation with proximity to world-class shopping and dining, beautiful...  Read More



As South Beach has a wide variety of hotel options, from the basic to the luxurious, Loews definitely falls into the latter category. With the beach on one side and busy Collins Avenue on the other, you'll never be far from the action. The two...  Read More



Overlooking the oceanfront on South Beach, this stylish hotel, easily one of the most stunning designs on South Beach, is flanked by a 40-foot tower and beautiful Asian-inspired courtyard. Very exclusive, private, and serene, The Setai does not...  Read More


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