Hipmunk Hotels: Riding the Waves in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Sarasota, and More

With sunny weather, sandy beaches, and turquoise waves, the coastal cities of Florida are surfers’ paradise. Here is a quick guide to help you select your destinations and hotels in South Florida.

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Fort Lauderdale

Sprawling beaches and wide variety of watersports are the major attractions for tourists in Fort Lauderdale. You can rent a yacht anytime and sail out in the ocean for fishing and dolphin-watching or explore the inland waterways. Adventure lovers can go surfing, snorkeling, or scuba diving in the gulf. If you can take some time off The Strip, there are rollercoasters, airboat ride, and swamp safari to make your vacation even more exciting. While luxury hotels and resorts are aplenty, La Casa Del Mar and Granada Inn are some of the hotels in Fort Lauderdale, FL where you can find the calm and comfort of boutique-style accommodation.

Treasure Island

If you want to experience the charm of Florida beaches without the maddening crowd, Treasure Island is the place to be. Madeira Beach and St. Pete Beach are the major entertainment hubs where you will find many hotels, restaurants, shops, and bars. After a day full of waterfront recreation, take a relaxing walk along the boardwalk at John’s Pass Village. Cruises are widely available here. You can also rent your own speedboat for a thrilling ride to the sea or a fully personalized dolphin-watch tour at your own pace. When it comes to accommodation, there are many hotels in Treasure Island, FL, offering pet-friendly, air-conditioned rooms along with free breakfast and airport shuttle service within $100 a night.

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St Petersburg

St Petersburg boasts of its one of the main cities in the  with the third-largest public waterfront system in America. However, with several fine art galleries, museums, and craft centers St Petersburg also has a cultural side to explore. Sunken Gardens, a beautiful botanical garden at the downtown and the adjacent Great Explorations Children’s Museum are must-sees if you are traveling with kids. There are accommodations for every budget in St Petersburg. The Inn on Third and Cordova Inn Downtown St. Pete are some of the centrally located hotels in St Petersburg, FL, which offer complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking facilities.

Pompano Beach

The heart of Gold Coast, Pompano Beach offers excellent jet-skiing, sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling facilities for adventure seekers. The other major attractions of Gold Coast, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, are also a short drive from the city. The city’s municipal fishing pier with beachside playground and picnic tables is an ideal place for family fun and outdoor relaxation.  With so many things to do, vacation in Pompano Beach can be an expensive affair. Ebb Tide Resort Oceanfront and Clarion Inn are some of the hotels in Pompano Beach, FL that offer non-smoking, air-conditioned rooms and swimming pools at moderate price.

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Sarasota

With beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, and upscale shopping centers, Sarasota has everything you need for a refreshing break. From history to modern art to nature, you will find a variety of tourist attractions in Sarasota.  Whether it is exploring Sarasota Jungle Gardens, watching big cats at Gulf Coast Sanctuary, or learning the history of circus at The Ringling, Sarasota offers plenty of options other than watersports to keep you busy all day. Those who want to splurge, can book any of the several beachfront hotels in Sarasota, FL. On the other hand, Quality Inn or The Inn at Midtown can be your options for low-cost hotels ensuring comfortable rooms with basic leisure amenities and quick access to the famous Siesta Key Beach.

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3 thoughts on “Hipmunk Hotels: Riding the Waves in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Sarasota, and More

  1. Thank you for this tip. I’m gonna visit a friend in Pompano who has a place there, in a condo called Sabbia, so it’s not gonna be too expensive for me. I’ll just have to pay for the activities. I wanna try snorkelling and jet skiing! We don’t have all these here in the UK… and the water is often muddy..

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