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Weekend Getaways In The South Florida Area

March 3, 2013 9:00 AM

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Azul del Mar (Source: www.azulkeylargo.com)

Azul del Mar (Source: http://www.azulkeylargo.com)

Living in Florida, particularly South Florida, sometimes it’s easy to forget that we live among some real travel destination gems. The good news is, these gems make for excellent destinations for a weekend getaway. Some offer a prime beach experience, while other spots offer a Florida experience that’s new, unexpected and off the beaten path. Whether you’re looking to see the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, check out some of our top locations for a weekend getaway in and around the South Florida area.

The Clewiston Inn
108 Royal Palm Ave.
Clewiston, FL 33440
(863) 983-8151
www.clewistoninn.com

This hotel has been in business for more than 85 years and effectively maintains the feel of Old Florida and pleasures of southern hospitality. It’s registered as a National History Site, providing a lodging experience offers both comfort and connections to Florida’s rich history. There are 57 guest rooms and suites on the property. Some of the hotel’s amenities include complimentary breakfast, an onsite fitness center, wireless internet access and cable TV in the rooms.

Hampton Inn Winter Haven
202 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880
(863) 299-9251
www.hamptoninn.hilton.com

Rated number one on TripAdvisor’s list of Winter Haven hotels, the Hampton Inn Winter Haven offers cozy and comfortable accommodations to its guests. During their stay, guests can enjoy a free hot breakfast, high-speed internet access and access to an indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center as part of the amenities package. Equally appealing is its close proximity to Legoland; the hotel is only three miles away. For extended stays, the hotel is just a short drive from Tampa and Orlando, giving guests access to other popular destinations.

Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
1451 Middle Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
(239) 472-4151
www.sunny.org

Among the features of this popular resort that make it so attractive is the access to a full mile of beautiful Gulf beach, prime indoor and outdoor dining options, state-of-the-art fitness and spa facilities, top-rated concierge services and acces to exciting water sports. Guest can choose from four different rooms options (studio, one, two or three bedrooms). Many offer spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico, the onsite garden and the beach adjacent to the resort. Also available onsite are six tennis courts and the Environemntal Coastal Observatory Center.

Related: Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip To Tampa

Azul del Mar
104300 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 451-0337
www.azulkeylargo.com

Blending art deco design with modern touches, Azul del Mar is unparalleled in its intrigue and appeal. This upscale, boutique hotel option features lush outdoor aesthetics with stylish interior design and ambiance. Guest suites are exquisite, offering upscale accommodations. Some of the available amenities are in-suite kitchenettes, high-end linens, an in-suite entertainment lounge area and an onsite barbecue. Ocean or garden views are an added bonus to many of the available suites on the property.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort
480 S. Collier Blvd.
Marco Island, FL 34145
(239) 393-1400
www.marcoresort.com

This highly rated resort is arguably the best option in Marco Island for a full encounter with modern elegance. Its remarkable Mediterranean design and opulent surroundings are pleasing to all the senses. This full-service resort offers a wealth of amenities. High-end wood furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors are some of the finishes that add that opulent touch to the space. Guests can enjoy maid service two times a day, around-the-clock concierge services and world class golf among the substantial list of amenities at the hotel. Many of the rooms offer incredible views from the attached balcony or private terrace.

Related: Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip To Daytona Beach

For nearly 20 years, Shawanda James has been actively involved in creative writing in Miami, Florida. In addition to her work as a freelance writer, she is actively seeking publication for her debut novel and collection of poetry. Her work can be found at Examiner.com. http://www.examiner.com/user-sf-james

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