An expert guide to the top Florida beach resorts, including the best for family-friendly services, beach access and rooms with views, in locations such as Vero Beach, Miami Beach, the Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach.
Vero Beach is a delightful stretch of low-rise, small-town development mid-way down Florida’s Atlantic Coast, boasting a compelling mix of natural charms and man-made delights. The beaches themselves are some of the most unspoiled in the state but also boast a smattering of upmarket resorts as well as cute inns. Good shopping isn’t far away, but one of the main attractions is the extensive Indian River Lagoon, with its great opportunities for fishing, kayaking and dolphin watching.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
A beautiful and stylish beach resort on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, with overtones of Disney’s theme park design but none of the crowds, and some seriously sophisticated touches despite its overtly family-friendly nature.
Created out of a swamp around the turn of the last century, Miami is a young, exciting city with a deeply-rooted pan-Latin American culture. As a holiday destination, it is best known for South Beach, a trendy playground of dazzlingly restored Art Deco hotels, stylish restaurants and over-the-top nightclubs flanking miles of pristine beach. This legendary stretch of beach runs from the southern tip of the island to 23rd Street. For something different try Haulover Beach, just north of Bal Harbour. Though it’s the only nudist beach in Miami, the tranquil white-sand strand is also popular with surfers.
The Miami Beach EDITION
A collaboration between American hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott International, The Miami Beach EDITION occupies a restored mid-century grand dame on the Atlantic Ocean with food and drink by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and nightlife offerings that include an ice skating rink and bowling alley.
A sprawling five-star luxury resort in posh Bal Harbour, the 227-room St Regis Bal Harbour offers unparalleled service and amenities. Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is at the helm of the acclaimed J & G Grill. The award-winning Remède Spa is a retreat for the most discerning traveller.