There is quite a bit of reporting in the news lately about gasoline prices inching towards the $5/gallon mark by summer. This will undoubtedly put a damper on many summer travel plans. Increasing gas prices is not good news for anyone especially for individuals in the midst of a financial downturn or recovery period; but on the brighter side of this unavoidable pain-at-the-pump, vacationing locally or “staycations” will probably see a surge once again and that is good news for hotels and resorts that experience an off-season in the Summer, such as South Florida. Enticing and incentivized weekend and week-long vacation packages will become more creative with the guest in mind. While the vacation of a lifetime may fall out of reach for some because of increased gasoline prices the benefits of vacationing locally will become more appealing. Today we are highlighting six oceanfront resorts from Jupiter (Palm Beach) to Key West all offering good summer rates and getaway packages.
Delray Beach Marriott 10 North Ocean Boulevard Delray Beach, Florida 33483
Overlooking the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean on Florida’s Gold Coast, the AAA Four-Diamond. Delray Beach Marriott is located midway between Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. The 269-room Mediterranean hotel is just steps from Delray’s thriving downtown district, with an array of boutiques, bistros, outdoor cafes, art galleries and evening entertainment. The hotel is Spanish-Moorish in architecture and décor. Oceanfront terraces overlook two palm-lined pools, highlighted by cascading waterfalls. Beach-view dining, and the exclusive oceanfront N. Spa round out the unique experience at the Delray Beach Marriott. The Deals: Spoil Yourself Spa Package, which includes a partial ocean-view room and your choice of up to two services from the following selection: 50-minute Swedish Massage, 55-minute Essential Classic Facial, Warm Oil Scalp Massage, or Express manicure and pedicure combination. Rates from $309. Valid through Sept.30, 2012. Promotional Code: SPA. Summer Romance Package. Enjoy a partial ocean-view suite, breakfast for two each day, one $75 resort credit, and one bottle ofchampagne upon arrival. Rates from $379. Valid through Sept. 30, 2012. Promotional Code: LUV.
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa 5 North A1A Jupiter, Florida 33477
The low-key luxury of the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa gives guests private access to 1,000 feet of Florida’s sparkling coastline. This eco-friendly location is directly situated on the Atlantic Ocean a mere 25 minutes north of Palm Beach. The 168-room resort is surrounded by a selection of activities and amenities, including golf, eco-adventures, world-class shopping, dining, and spa. The Deals: Boomers…..Rock On! The Jupiter Beach Resort invites you to R&R with rejuvenating activities, which include luxury accommodations, breakfast for two each morning, 10 percent discount in the spa, restaurant and daily beach rentals, and two-for-one bicycle rental. Also, if you bring your grandkids, get 50 percent off your second room. Promo Code: BOOMER. Local Backyard Getaway! The package includes, daily breakfast, lighthouse tour for two, and $25.00 per day resort credit. Promo Code: LOCAL
Hollywood Beach Marriott 2501 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida 33019
One of South Florida’s few remaining hidden gems, the Hollywood Beach Marriott is located beachfront between the Intracoastal Waterway and Hollywood’s famous two-and-a-half mile Broadwalk of cafes, restaurants and live entertainment. The property is six miles from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, making it an ideal vacation spot for out of town travelers. Just minutes from sport fishing, diving, boat rentals and sunset cruises, the resort makes the most of its enviable Hollywood Beach location. The Deal: Park and Cruise package is the perfect way to extend your vacation letting you unwind before or after your cruise. The package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, and complimentary covered parking while you are on your cruise. Rates from $129. Valid through Oct. 31, 2012. Promotional Code: PCJ.
Key Largo Marriott Bay Resort 103800 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Just an hour’s drive south of Miami, the Key Largo Marriott Bay Resort rests on 17 acres of lush waterfront on Key Largo, the northernmost island of the Florida Keys island chain. Boasting amenities such as a heated pool, private sunning beach, Pirate Island Divers, and full-service day spa, the resort is a perfect destination for both romantic retreats and exciting family getaways. The Deals: Learn about dolphin behavior and communication and make a life-long friend with the Swim with the Dolphins Package. The package includes breakfast for two adults daily at Gus’ Grille and two Swim with the Dolphins tickets for two adults. Rates start at $294 per night. July 4th Fireworks. Reserve your Bay View Room for this spectacular event. The fireworks are shot off from the Blackwater Sound on the Bayside, right in front of the resort. Rates start at $259 per night.
The Westin Key West Resort & Marina 245 Front Street Key West, FL 33040
Located on the waterfront in the heart of Old Town, The Westin Key West Resort & Marina embodies the distinctive charm of legendary Key West. The resort is located on the sunset side of the island, next to Mallory Square, and is within walking distance of famous Duval Street. With 178 guest rooms featuring Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath®, it is the only full-service resort in Key West to hold the AAA Four-Diamond rating since 1999. In the 37-slip marina, guests will find vendors offering a variety of water sport activities such as fishing, parasailing, snorkeling and sunset cruises. The Deals: Buy 4 Nights, Get the 5th Free! Book five consecutive nights, and you’ll receive the best available rate plus your fifth night free. Simply book a five-night stay now through December 22, 2012. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply. Free night will be adjusted upon check-out. When making reservations by phone, call 877-619-0384 and ask for promo code “FNIGHT.” Stay One Night and the Next is 40 Percent Off. Save 40 percent off every other night in Key West.Check in Saturday-Wednesday for stays now through October 17, 2012. A minimum stay of three (3) nights is required. Book online or call 866.716.8108 and mention rate plan ZB4. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply.
Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort 245 Front St Key West, FL 33040
Located on the 27-acre island of Sunset Key, Sunset Key Guest Cottages is accessible only by a 10-minute boat ride from The Westin Key West Resort & Marina, offering guests a truly secluded hideaway. Each of the 40 custom-designed two-, three- and four bedroom cottages is fully equipped with the comforts of home, plus a variety of amenities. Guests have access to attended beach services with cabanas; a tropical freeform, zero-degree entry pool; spa; two tennis courts; half basketball court; and waterfront restaurant. Unique services include 24-hour launch transportation to Key West and a daily delivery of a continental breakfast basket. The Deals: Two for One. When you stay at Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort, receive a two bedroom Gardenview Cottage for the price of a one bedroom. The best value of the season is available for stays between now and December 22, 2012. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply. Buy 4 Nights, Get the 5th Free! Book five consecutive nights, and receive the best available rate plus your fifth night free through December 22, 2012. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply. When making reservations by phone, call 877-619-0384 and ask for promo code “FNIGHT.” Free night will be adjusted upon check-out. Stay One Night & the Next is 40 Percent Off. Save 40 percent off every other night in Key West. Check in Saturday – Wednesday for stays now through October 17, 2012. A minimum stay of three (3) nights is required Book online or call 866.716.8108 and mention rate plan ZB4. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply.