19 of the best Airbnbs in Hawaii on every island for a much-needed tropical vacation

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  • With beautiful weather and stunning beaches, a passport-free trip to Hawaii is always appealing.
  • Hawaii can also be expensive, so booking an Airbnb over a hotel may help trim your budget.
  • We found some of the best Airbnbs on each island, whether you seek sun and surf or rainforest hikes.

With year-round warm weather, beaches framed by swaying palms, and majestic rainforests and volcanos, Hawaii is always a good idea.

And now that Hawaii’s six visitable islands are once again welcoming guests – so long as you present a negative COVID-19 test – a passport-free island getaway is especially appealing.

Enjoy Hawaii’s trade winds and warm sunshine as you sample fresh papaya alongside Hawaiian-grown coffee. Plan a rainforest hike, surf incredible waves, or simply savor a slower island pace. However, with such an idyllic setting, hotel prices may shock your wallet. It’s easy to spend over $500 per night for a standard double room with no character.

Airbnbs, on the other hand, can offer a more affordable option in spacious condos or homes that come infused with local personality. Here are the best Airbnbs in Hawaii you can book.

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These are the best Airbnbs in Hawaii, sorted by price from low to high.

Cheaply priced studio apartment on Oahu

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Book this Waikiki studio on Airbnb

It’s hard to find a bargain in Waikiki, so this studio is an absolute dream for its great rate and amazing location near one of the most famous beaches in the world.

The apartment may be small and standard in terms of amenities, but it provides privacy and partial ocean and sunset views from your own dedicated lanai. 

A calming neutral palette, beautiful wood floors, big windows, and plenty of storage means you won’t miss out on unnecessary square footage. The main space is comprised of a small kitchenette, and a sofa and TV for downtime, backed by a sleeping area with a Queen-size bed. 

Staying here also provides access to the complex’s soothing palm tree-lined pool, outdoor BBQ, guest laundry, and a cute outdoor fitness center. Nearby Diamond Head also provides a serious workout, so take host-provided beach towels to refresh after a morning climb. 

Quiet oceanfront condo on Molokai

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Book this Molokai condo on Airbnb

Social distancing is a breeze at this condo in Ualapue, just outside the town of Kaunakakai. The population is just over 400 on this side of the island, but it’s a short drive to eateries and shops in central Molokai. 

The ground-floor condo is surrounded by a lush garden landscape with easy access to an unpopulated beach. Take advantage of resort amenities such as tennis courts, a pool, and a community recreation center. Hiking trails and waterfalls are also close by. 

Inside, light wooden floors are accented by an open-concept space with a stainless steel equipped kitchen and a King-size bedroom with ocean blue linens. A private shaded outdoor dining and lounge space boasts spectacular waterfront views. 

Condo near Kailua Village on the Big Island

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Book this Kona condo on Airbnb

Staying in this condo means you’ll have the ocean just a block away, waterfront Hale Halawai Park is within a few steps, and wonderful eateries, tiki bars, and local shopping are all in close proximity. Visit nearby Kona Farmers Market for produce, freshly roasted coffee, and tropical flowers to add color to your rental home’s contemporary kitchen. 

This fully renovated condo has gorgeous wooden floors in the bedroom and cool new tile in the upgraded bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower. Furnishings are minimal while island-influenced decor like the ocean-inspired bedding are nice reminders of the surrounding tropical oasis. There is a Queen-size bedroom, though a fold-out sofa offers additional space if needed. 

Sip morning java at the kitchen bar while plotting the day’s adventures, or take breakfast onto the private furnished lanai to enjoy ocean views. Be sure to dip into the on-site pool to cool down, though you’ll also appreciate the rare island find of air-conditioning in this condo.

Private guest house on Maui

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While it seems everyone wants to flock to Maui’s beaches, there’s something to be said for the charm of Lahaina Town. Front Street is bustling with activity and known for its vast array of local eateries and amazing art galleries. You’ll also find the world’s largest banyan tree right in the center of it all, just one block from this rental. 

This upper-level Lahaina guest suite has its own private entrance and comes with a work desk with a parsons chair for digital nomads, though you’ll most likely want to simply lounge with local coffee outside on the furnished private lanai. There is also a smart TV, crisp white bedding, and a modest kitchen.

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Islander’s ocean view condo on Oahu

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Book this Honolulu studio on Airbnb

This colorful studio has a prime location just two blocks from the ocean and is a fantastic deal for a couple or solo traveler. Centrally located in Honolulu, guests are steps away from great local food trucks, restaurants, entertainment, nightlife, and more. 

Chic but whimsical decor will instantly place you in vacation mode from the retro pink couch to the bright turquoise design accents, and leafy bathroom statement wallpaper. The kitchenette is small, but has a vintage mini fridge, and a balcony and with a built-in bar that overlooks the ocean waves. Beach gear, including sunblock, is also provided showcasing attention to detail and small personal touches made by the host.

Beachfront condo with a pool on Molokai

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Book this beachfront condo with pool starting at $130

This oceanfront condo may be small but is packed with all you need for a great stay and is just steps from the beach. From your private furnished lanai, you’ll catch colorful sunsets and views of surrounding islands, and the beachfront pool is equally scenic.

Tasteful island decor shines with Koa wood optic floors, sleek granite countertops, and pops of color by way of accent furnishings and bedding. The apartment is fully stocked with small appliances and a gas stove, while the living room has a flat panel TV with HD cable provided and free Wi-Fi.

Provided beach gear includes an umbrella, beach mats, and towels, and the location is about a mile east of downtown Kaunakakai with local eateries and shopping. On-site coin-operated laundry is available, and gas and charcoal BBQs are free to use. 

Beach paradise condo on the Big Island

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Book this Kona condo on Airbnb

Watch amazing sunsets from your private lanai at this condo rental on the outskirts of popular bar town Kailua-Kona. No rental car is needed; you can walk or cycle to nearby hotspots like Don’s Mai Tai Bar or Alii Sunset Plaza for boutique shopping or to gather groceries. 

The condo has a community pool and hot tub, though a sandy beach is mere steps from the rental, too, so you can enjoy ocean waves day or night. Inside, the decor is a touch dated but features tropical inspiration and you’ll find a nice breeze on the shaded lanai, and east-facing windows bring in fresh air while you relax in the King-size bed. The sofa converts to a full-sized bed and also benefits from its own large windows. 

There is also a full kitchen plus a wide breakfast bar for quick bites and a small dining table perfect for a candlelit dinner. Or take it outside to grill up an island feast on the provided BBQ. 

Charming riverside cottage on Kauai

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Book this Kauai cottage on Airbnb

Only one block from the beach, this riverside canal cottage on the outskirts of Kapaa Town overlooks the peaceful banks of the Wailua River, where guests can paddle with host-provided kayaks and SUPs, or take bikes out for a spin on a lovely path. The river leads to a natural lava rock grotto with waterfalls, an area formerly reserved for Hawaiian royalty but now enjoyed by many.

The plantation-style cottage was built in 1953 but renovated to feature beautiful paneling and beam details, bamboo accents, air conditioning, a vaulted ceiling with fan, sustainable wood floors, and a well-appointed outdoor area with a grill and water views. The lush grounds are home to fruit-bearing trees, so don’t be surprised if the host offers you a taste of starfruit. 

The kitchen is stocked with all the basics, so you’ll be able to sample local coffee and have seasoning on hand to flavor your in-room meals. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also provided, and there’s complimentary guest laundry.

Private guest house on Maui

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Book this Maui home on Airbnb

Some of Maui’s most beloved beaches are located in Kihei and Wailea-Makena, and this one-bedroom cottage makes it easy to take advantage of the waterfront along Keawakapu and Kamaole Beaches where you’ll find food trucks and casual eateries aplenty, along with great people watching.

The space is bright, light, and sparkling clean with a convection oven and enough kitchen space to cook meals. There is also a coffee maker, air conditioning, a memory foam Queen-sized bed, and blackout curtains for excellent sleep. The private courtyard space includes a BBQ and hammock surrounded by lush plant life including organic papayas, mangoes, avocados, lilikoi, guava, lemon, and lime, depending on the season.

Additionally, the living room has a mounted smart TV to stream your favorite shows and movies after a long day at the beach. This guest house is attached to the host’s home, but you will have incredible privacy with a separate entrance and your own dedicated outdoor space. 

Modern remodeled condo at Poipu Beach, Kauai

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It doesn’t get much closer to the waterfront at Poipu Beach than this stunning home.

Fresh off a full remodel, the contemporary space has a cool palette of white and grey, with a stainless fridge and in-counter cooktop, ideal for quick self-made meals. Adorning the walls is a series of island images from a locally renowned photographer, and the fresh, clean design carries throughout the condo.

There is a large bath offering natural light and the main bedroom has a King-size bed and a spacious layout. The living room convertible sofa adds extra sleeping space, and big windows and air conditioning keep the space comfy and cool.

In addition to immediate beach access, the condo property also has an outdoor grill and seating area for meals outside, while guests are also close to popular ice cream shops, casual and upscale restaurants, and great local coffee roasters. 

Bohemian retreat on the Big Island

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Set on an organic mango orchard and surrounded by plumerias, the home is located in Captain Cook and just a mile from Kealakekua Bay, known for some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling and wild dolphins.

Kind of like glamping, this open-air, two-bedroom bungalow merges the comforts of a well-appointed, bohemian-inspired home, with the outdoors. The kitchen and living areas are partially outside and open to the elements, but protected from rain, and eclectically adorned with vintage and tribal-inspired decor.

A lofted bedroom places you eye-level with a lush canopy of trees through floor-to-ceiling windows and a 30-foot stroll down a secluded path leads to an open-air bathhouse. It’s scenic and lovely, like staying in a jungle treehouse, but best appreciated by those who are comfortable with such rustic accouterments, especially given the occasional cameos from birds, insects, and lizards.

But it’s not totally roughing it; modern amenities include Wi-Fi and a washer and dryer, and town is a short 20-minute drive.

North Shore getaway at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu

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Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore is memorable for its jagged lava rock coastline, a wide assortment of sea life ideal for snorkel sessions, and a starring role in the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

At this resort condo, guests may enjoy all the amenities of the popular resort such as a great pool complex, private beach, tennis, grills, dining, and sprawling grounds, while enjoying the privacy and quiet space of a whole home rental. 

The beach cottage comes with partial ocean views from the living room and the bedroom loft separates you from travel pals who can spread out on the Queen pullout sofa. Decor is crisp and clean with sea blue accents, and a vaulted ceiling is accented by tropical plants and island-inspired artwork. There is also a full kitchen, air conditioning, ensuite laundry, and your own designated parking space. 

Tiny home on a volcanic lava field on the Big Island

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Book this Big Island home on Airbnb

For an only in Hawaii experience, book this custom-built tiny home set on an otherworldly landscape of a volcanic lava field. You might even catch a glimpse of Pele’s orange volcanic glow. 

The home is also loaded with standout decor from steel tub sinks to a brightly painted ocean landscape mural behind the bed. Light pours in through oversized windows and patio doors, brightening the industrial-inspired interiors. The main living area is open and includes a couch, full kitchen, wooden writing desk, while a Queen-size bed is tucked upstairs in a sleeping loft.

This unique rental is in a great location for visiting the national park and nearby Kehena Black Sand Beach, which is less than an hour south of Hilo Airport. You’re also on the right side of the island for sampling local-grown macadamia nuts. 

Modern condo on Kauai

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Book this Kauai condo on Airbnb

Located in a well-kept apartment complex, this Princeville condo offers the amenities of a larger resort with the privacy and personality of a warm home. Located on a quiet ocean bluff, guests enjoy the use of a shared community pool, grills, scenic hiking and cycling paths, and breathtaking beaches. 

The design exudes a luxury lean, with a soothing palette of calming blues and greys that creates a very Zen-inspired feeling. The living room has a smart TV, ceiling fan, and beach views from a lovely patio, while the kitchen is full-size. The modern Queen-size bedroom includes an additional fan, blackout shades, a bathroom with walk-in shower, and the option for a Pack ‘N Play crib if needed. 

Farmers’ markets and great restaurants are located close by. Be sure to sample the taro and juice farm store in neighboring Hanalei, and note there’s even a wine market nearby that offers delivery. 

Tropical cottage on Maui’s North Shore

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For a tranquil stay on Maui’s scenic North Shore, this garden cottage places you amid green grass, waterfalls, and gentle breezes, perfect for lapping up sounds of nature and stargazing. Hookipa Beach is just a 10-minute drive away while the town of Paia isn’t much further.

The one-bedroom space is airy and bright with a smart TV, ceiling fan, convection oven, dishwasher, a washer and dryer, a memory foam Queen-size bed, an additional Queen-size daybed, as well as both a picturesque terrace and a separate, screened porch with ocean views. The backyard overlooks fruit trees, and the host also provides boogie boards, snorkeling gear, and there is the added bonus of an outdoor shower.

It’s worth noting that while this cottage is private there is a shared wall with another home, but only a few guests have noticed neighbor sounds and there are “quiet hours” in place. 

Large plantation-style home on Lanai

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This stunning home in the heart of Lanai is ideal for group travel thanks to its sizeable footprint. The contemporary space is well-lit with high ceilings and includes deluxe appliances and an inviting marble island made for social gatherings. There’s also a private patio, free parking, on-site laundry, free Wi-Fi, and taxes are already included in the nightly rate, making it a great deal for a full-family getaway.

Each of the three bedrooms has a Queen-size bed and the spacious living room includes a plush sectional sofa that converts to a full-size bed. There’s also a daybed if you have even more family members to accommodate. 

For cool pool dips, visit the rec center a mere five-minute walk down the street. Or head to nearby Hulopoe Bay to enjoy ocean waves. 

Three-bedroom designer beach house on the Big Island

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Book this Kona beach house on Airbnb

With three bedrooms, this sophisticated beach home is a solid deal given the excellent location, sleek design, and excellent amenities. It’s just 10 minutes from the closest beach and the bustling tourist town of Kona.

Select a record for the turntable or queue up something to screen on the living room projector and sink into a hanging wicker chair while admiring the serene atmosphere of this beach home with concrete floors, midcentury furnishings, and tropical plants. The neutral design feels curated out of a magazine, with a full kitchen, air conditioning (in all rooms but one bedroom), surf and bamboo accents, essential oil diffusers, and playful palm print wallpaper. Each of the three bedrooms has a Queen-size bed, and a tranquil porch and backyard blend indoor and outdoor living seamlessly.

Other extras include beach gear, a grill, two bicycles, free parking, and a slew of family-friendly perks such as a travel crib, high chair, stair gates, changing table, baby monitor, baby bath, and more, for no added fee. 

Decadent artist’s house on Lanai

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Book this Lanai house on Airbnb

Located in the old Japanese section of Lanai City, this original 1930s plantation-style home has been remodeled with a contemporary chef’s kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances and a sharp-looking range hood. 

A classic neutral color palette emphasizes natural finishes, including warm wood grains in flooring and the dining set, with a plush leather sofa for cozy movie nights. There’s also plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors with a large furnished patio, a tropical garden, and an outdoor shower to rinse off after a fun day at the beach. The two interior full bathrooms offer natural light and ample storage for the whole family, while the main bath also has a jetted tub for soothing soaks. 

A well-known local artist renovated this charming home to reflect modern needs while retaining its roots as a former plantation home. Now the property includes a steam shower, full ensuite laundry, and personality while having easy access to downtown Lanai’s shops, eateries, and cafes. 

Luxury B&B with a pool on Maui

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For something closer to a hotel stay that’s still a standalone accommodation with a private entrance, this B&B offers the best of both worlds.

This guest suite includes a luxurious spa-like ensuite bathroom with a rain shower and a deep soaking tub, plus a King-size bed and golf course views. Right outside the door is a gorgeous swimming pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, a sauna, fitness equipment, and free daily breakfast that is included and served poolside each morning.

While the pool and outdoor amenities are shared with one other listing on the same property, staying here is truly like staying at your own exclusive resort. Plus, for a completely private escape, you can rent out both guest suites.

Award-winning Ka’anapali Beach is just across the street, so you’ll have quick access to incredible soft sand beaches, and a supreme range of local eateries and retail shops. 

FAQ: Airbnb in Hawaii

Where should I stay in Hawaii on Airbnb?

Each island has its own identity, which means you’ll eventually want to experience all the islands for a true sense of the state. 

Oahu is often a first-timer’s choice, as it’s home to Honolulu and Waikiki and cute surf towns. It’s also the most populous island, which means there’s no shortage of attractions, eateries, and places to stay. Here you’ll find a fusion of traditional art and luaus alongside city skyscrapers and contemporary five-star restaurants.  

Maui is known for its laidback beach vibes, though you can also explore lava rocks, watch the sunrise atop a volcano summit, and hike through the rainforest in between surf sessions. It’s the best island for watching migrating humpback whales in the winter, while summers are ideal for seasonal farm-to-table dining. 

The “big island” of Hawaii is hands-down a coffee lover’s paradise. This is where you’ll find famous Kona coffee beans grown on lush hillsides en route to those famous volcanoes. This island is sizeable, so you’ll want to day trip to its various seaside towns to experience all the flavors, like Macadamia nuts on the east side, coffee on the south end, and chef-driven dining in upcountry. 

For outdoors enthusiasts, the island of Kauai is a magical place to visit for its diverse terrain of stunning green valleys and towering cliffsides. Rainforests and cascading waterfalls are a big draw for hikers, too, so pack reliable footwear. Beaches on the South Shore are great for family swims and there are plenty of great snorkeling spots here, too. 

Lanai is only nine miles from Maui and easily accessible by a pedestrian ferry for day trips. The island is known for 4-wheeling and snorkeling spots, and there’s really only one town to explore in the center of it all. In tiny but chill Lanai City, guests savor local coffee at mom-and-pop cafes in between adventurous exploration of rugged island terrain.  

Finally, Molokai is only 38 miles long and while it’s perhaps the least visited island, it offers a different experience with its quiet atmosphere. The highest sea cliffs in the world are found here and lead to Kalaupapa National Historic Park. Though the island is remote, Central Molokai is home to an 80-year-old bakery and a handful of local eateries and shops. Keep in mind there is no direct air service to Molokai Airport, so you’ll need to connect from Honolulu. Once on the island, there is no public transportation, so your options will be to walk, cycle, or rent a car. 

What is the best time of year to visit Hawaii?

Hawaii’s climate is consistently warm, so there’s no bad time to visit when considering the weather. Even during the winter months, the daytime average is a balmy 78° while summer at sea level is in the mid-80s. No matter when you visit, it’s possible to experience some light trade winds or rainfall, but even in the wettest months, which are November through March, the rain passes as quickly as it arrived, so your fun won’t be interrupted for long. 

Near-shore water is consistently welcoming, so any time of year offers a refreshing dip at the beach. Just keep an eye on wave conditions to ensure you won’t face strong currents. When in doubt, swim at a beach with a lifeguard. And be sure to layer on sunscreen as even cloudy days can take your skin by surprise. 

How much does it cost to go to Hawaii?

In shoulder season and for more modest accommodations, Airbnb vacation rentals are easy to find for under $100. But expect to pay a few hundred dollars during popular vacation periods or for homes with plenty of guest space, unique features, and updated design.

Of course, you’ll also want to plan for a decent food and drink budget, which can also be expensive. You can save money on dining by picking up beverages and a few essentials at a local market like Foodland Farms or ABC Stores. 

If you can be flexible with travel dates, there is sometimes a dip in midweek pricing for Airbnbs but know that Hawaii is a year-round popular destination. Shoulder seasons may offer a bit of a price break, so keep an eye on spring and fall prices which may be less than the peak of summer vacation and winter breakers. 

Are there travel restrictions to Hawaii? 

If you are traveling during the pandemic, be sure to review Hawaii’s latest travel protocols and know that entrance requirements change often in response to new health data.

At present, all incoming mainland travelers — regardless of vaccination status — are subject to pre-travel testing to bypass a 10-day quarantine. Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 test to enter, which must be an approved test from specific trusted testing partners, no more than 72 hours before departure to Hawaii.

If you are unable to present an accepted test, you will be subject to a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. A new vaccination quarantine and test bypass program is in development, but not likely to begin until later this summer. 

All travelers must also register with the State of Hawaii Safe Travels program and be sure to stay up to date on the latest traveler guidelines

 Is Airbnb safe?

While there’s no such thing as a safety guarantee, getting fully vaccinated greatly decreases your chance of falling ill near home and while away.

If you’re wondering if staying at an Airbnb right now is safe, experts largely agree that private vacation rentals are likely safer than hotels due to the ease of social distancing and lack of interactions with other guests or staff.

Airbnb has also implemented reassuring new policies, including the Enhanced Cleaning Initiative, which includes new safety guidelines for hosts, as well as optional booking buffers.

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The 8 best hotels in Fort Lauderdale whether you seek rooftop pools and casinos or a relaxing beachfront retreat

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  • Fort Lauderdale features a great restaurant and bar scene, beautiful beaches, and historic sites.
  • Hotels in and around Fort Lauderdale range from old Florida beach motels to luxury high rises.
  • We chose the best Fort Lauderdale hotels at affordable prices starting from $129 to $399 per night.

Just 45 minutes north of rowdy Miami, Fort Lauderdale offers a more relaxed and often more affordable take on a fun, Florida beach vacation. The cosmopolitan city is infused with old Florida soul and is packed with white-sand beaches, standout dining, historic sites, boat shows, some of the nation’s best discount shopping at Sawgrass Mall, and more.

The landscape of Fort Lauderdale is also wholly unique – within its 36.3 square miles, there are 165 miles of canals, rightfully nicknaming Fort Lauderdale the “Venice of America.”

With so many reasons for travelers to visit, the city is home to an impressive number of hotels designed to meet every traveler’s taste. Knowing this, we’ve combed through the masses to choose the top hotels in the area.

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Read on for the best hotels in Fort Lauderdale, sorted by price from low to high.

Plunge Beach Hotel

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This modern twist on an old, vintage Florida beach hotel offers a quiet, casual beach weekend at an unbeatable price. As you’re driving down El Mar Drive, you can’t miss it — it’s a five-story, all-white building with an all-white pool deck and 163 rooms. The rooms are standard, but very clean, spacious, and (most importantly) just steps from the area’s powder-white sand beaches.

Plunge Beach Hotel has a mix of standard guest rooms and one- or two-bedroom suites. We recommend opting for accommodations with a partial- or full-ocean views to really feel like you’re on the water. 

The most interesting thing about this hotel is its amazing location. Plunge Beach Hotel is in a charming part of the city called Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, a Stars Hollow-esque village that looks plucked from 1960s New England, filled with mom-and-pop restaurants, old-school ice cream shops, old Florida vibes, pedestrian-friendly streets, and buildings no higher than five stories.

You can find COVID-19 policies here. 

The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

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Staying at The Dalmar is a fun, sophisticated retreat done up in a mix of mid-century modern design infused with plenty of tropical accents. Palm Beach-chic bright magenta and greens, palm frond prints, and neon wall messages all brighten the well-designed common areas. Likewise, rooms are large and comfortable with a mix of both city and, in the distance, Atlantic Ocean views. 

The contemporary and glamorous Terrace Grill is a great restaurant, and there’s also a rooftop infinity pool with butler service that guests can request simply by pushing a button on their pool chair.

The lobby area doubles as a trendy lounge, with a communal working table, plush cream couches with palm-printed throw pillows, a glowing marble bar with bronze accents, and a candy-pink Moet champagne vending machine. Head to the top floor and check out the Gatsby-style rooftop lounge, Sparrow, which is the highest rooftop bar in Fort Lauderdale.

You can find COVID-19 policies here. 

The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

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Staying at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort feels like retreating to an effortless and well-appointed beach getaway. Two towering buildings in matching baby blue and white hues are perched right on the sand, with rooms that exude beachy elegance with light woods, wicker furniture, plush all-white beds, and throw pillows covered in bright green palm fronds. Rooms are spacious, with ocean, pool, or Intracoastal views, including the lowest room category, which is a Traditional Guest Room, 1 King. 

If the weather is nice, grab a first-come, first-served pool chair on the oceanfront pool deck. The pool is small, and there aren’t that many chairs, so get there early to make sure you snag one. The hotel also has a fitness room, the Heavenly Spa by Westin™, and one of the best Mexican restaurants in town, Lona Cocina Tequileria. When you eat at Lona, start with the blue crab tostadas, end with the churros and housemade chocolate-dipping sauce, and thank us later.

You can find COVID-19 policies here.  

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

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The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is like entering a pristine compound with so much do, it’s easy to stay on-site for the entirety of your stay. The resort sits on 16 acres of beachfront property with a 22,000 square-foot spa, a tropical lagoon pool, and seven restaurants and bars. 

The rooms are spacious, with even the lowest room category — Interior Room, Guest room, 1 King — measuring a generous 338 square feet. Standard hotel rooms all come with handcrafted wooden headboards, sheer white curtains, abstract art, plush sofa chairs, pillow-top mattresses, and glass showers.

Because of its massive size, great room prices, and long list of amenities, this hotel attracts a mix of guests, from families and friends to business travelers, couples, bachelor and bachelorette parties, spring breakers, and more.

You can find COVID-19 policies here. 

Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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Drive down North Ocean Boulevard, and despite its Easter egg-yellow color and 10+ story building, you might miss the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, which is set off to the side. Thanks to a $7 million guest room renovation in 2019, rooms now have a refreshing mix of whimsical Florida soul coupled with boho-chic design. The hotel is as close to the water as you can get, and rooms are pretty large and come with a private balcony or terrace that includes at least partial ocean views. 

This hotel also has a delicious restaurant, OCEAN2000, a sprawling pool with a lazy river, and a rooftop spa with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that make it appear as if you’re hovering over the sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean. No matter how you spend your time here, post-dinner s’mores by a firepit in the sand are a must.

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W Fort Lauderdale

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If you were priced out of Miami, know that W Fort Lauderdale is a lot like staying on South Beach. The lobby bar, Living Room, is a hot spot for both hotel guests and locals, and there’s an all-glass rooftop WET pool that’s a whole party in itself.

The hotel has a lot of vibrant energy, from its electric pink, blue, orange and green decor to its large Wonderful, Spectacular, Fabulous, Cool, Marvelous, Wow or even Extreme Wow rooms and suites (those are the actual room categories). Wake up and walk straight to the beach or take advantage of the AWAY spa. Whether you get steak at Steak 954, Mexican food at El Vez, or cocktails at Living Room, you’ll enjoy panoramic, floor-to-ceiling views of the ocean just steps away. 

As mentioned, the pool is the main social event here with 360-degree views of Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale Beach, and covered in daybeds available by reservation only. They fill up quickly, so make a reservation early to make sure you don’t miss out.  

Because of its party vibe, this hotel attracts a lot of groups of young friends, bachelorette or bachelor parties, young couples, and solo travelers. It’s a fun, stylish, trendy hotel but it’s not a place for a quiet beach retreat or serene, romantic getaway. 

You can find COVID-19 policies here. 

The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel & Casino

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After undergoing a much-anticipated $1.5 billion renovation and expansion, The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel & Casino finally opened in fall 2019. The all-glass hotel has 638 oversized rooms and is designed to look like two back-to-back guitars, with six illuminated guitar strings on each side. 

The lowest room category, Deluxe King, offers a super spacious 520 square feet, huge marble bathrooms, convertible vanity areas, and direct views of the Bora Bora pool area, which was designed to look like Bora Bora itself. 

The amenities aren’t lacking, and guests can take advantage of 19 restaurants, 20 bars, a luxury co-ed spa with music-inspired treatments, a full-scale fitness center, the Hard Rock Live concert venue, a comedy club, nightly light and music shows, the DAER nightclub and day club complex, an indoor shopping mall, and of course, a casino.

You can find COVID-19 policies here. 

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

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This beachfront hotel offers a pampering, luxury escape, and at certain times of the year, it’s actually pretty affordable, which is a steal for a top-tier brand such as the Ritz-Carlton.

Even the lowest-category rooms — Intracoastal View, Guest room, 1 King, Balcony — come with a lot of space, large marble bathrooms, leather furniture, and a private balcony and view of either the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway. 

There is a $45 daily resort fee but it offers tremendous value, including beach chairs, daily beach umbrellas, Ritz-Carlton water, two signature resort cocktails every day, daily one-hour fitness classes, high-speed internet, two four-hour bike rentals, and a daily water taxi pass.

Spend your days at the beach or by the hotel’s private, heated infinity pool, or book a spa treatment in the 8,500 square-foot spa. If working out is a part of your travel ritual, you’ll love the Ritz’s fitness center with glass windows overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

You can find COVID-19 policies here. 

Our methodology for choosing hotels

In addition to the criteria previously listed above, we considered these additional factors:

Price: We looked for typical starting room rates under $400 per night.

Reviews: In addition to our own first-hand stays, we thoroughly researched reviews and ratings on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, and Booking.com, and took into account the experience and reviews of other recent guests.

Guests: We chose the best hotels in Fort Lauderdale for a wide audience, including families, couples, groups of friends, solo travelers, and more.

Amenities: We looked for beach hotels with standout decor, excellent locations, beach access, pool facilities, delicious restaurants and bars, and other guest perks from golf courses to beachside spa services.

COVID-19 safety: In light of the pandemic, we selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of guests with strict new cleaning policies.

FAQs

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can now safely travel domestically.

Most hotels have implemented strict new cleaning procedures to ensure guest safety. Though you’re more likely to encounter other people in hotel common spaces such as lobbies, restaurants, and pools, experts say that with added precaution, hotels are safe

We also recommend following CDC guidelines and wearing a mask in public, washing hands frequently, and following social distancing.

Where should I stay in Fort Lauderdale?

That depends on what you want to do and, perhaps most importantly, how close you want to be to the beach. You’ll find chic properties, and excellent shopping and restaurants near Las Olas Boulevard, the city’s main drag that runs from the beach to Downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

You’ll want to stick to the coasts if your main objective is hitting the beach or boating. Fort Lauderdale Beach is always a popular choice, though for quieter beaches and hotels with Old Florida charm, consider Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

What is there to do in Fort Lauderdale?

Shop or stroll into a cafe on La Ola Boulevard or bike along the riverwalk. Of course, hitting the beach is a prime activity here. Fort Lauderdale Beach Park and Las Olas Beach are two attractive options for getting your toes in the sand.

Boating and sailing are also especially popular here. If you don’t have your own boat, consider booking a day cruise, sunset sail, or even an airboat tour to the nearby Everglades.

What is the best time to visit Fort Lauderdale?

Though a great year-round destination, the best time to visit Fort Lauderdale is October to May, since you’ll avoid the humid, rainy summer season, as well as hurricane season which runs from June to November.

Fort Lauderdale is also often very crowded during peak times like spring break, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. Keep this in mind and expect to pay more if you plan to visit during the most crowded times.

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The 10 best Airbnbs in Key West including a yacht, a cottage with a hot tub, and an oceanfront condo

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Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo steps from Duval, $250

  • Key West is one of the most popular US destinations thanks to its laid-back, tropical vibe.
  • Its stunning beaches are family-friendly, but it’s equally great for couples and solo travelers.
  • We rounded up some of the best Airbnbs in Key West, ranging in price from $147 to $447 per night.

As a long-term Florida resident, my family and I love to take the three-hour road trip down from Miami to Key West. It’s one of those places that we find ourselves returning to year after year thanks to its beautiful beaches, historic attractions, and fantastic food.

Some of our favorite beaches are Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor Beach, which is a National Historic Landmark and home to a Civil War fort.

Key West is only about four miles long and two miles wide, and most of the shopping, dining, and nightlight is situated on Duval street, the main road that runs down the middle of the island, from the Gulf to Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you want to be at the heart of the action or opt for a more tranquil beach getaway will largely dictate the best location for your stay.

Regardless of where you’re based, you won’t want to miss dining at Blue Heaven and Santiago’s Bodega in the Bahama Village, and no trip is complete without stopping in for a slice at the Southernmost Key Lime Pie Shop on Duval. Get a dose of culture at The Key West lighthouse and The Key West Museum of Art and History, or do as we do and take your kids to Mallory Square to watch the various street performers and the sunset celebration that takes place every night.

While Key West offers a tropical paradise with no passport necessary, it’s important to remember that there’s still risk involved with traveling during the pandemic. It’s always important to follow guidelines from the CDC, wash your hands, wear a mask, and social distance. Also consider if you’re traveling to or from a hot spot area and take extra precautions if so.

With that in mind, if you do decide to soak up some sun in Key West, Airbnbs can be a safer option for travelers right now because of the added space and limited interactions with others.

We rounded up the best Airbnbs in Key West based on the following criteria:

  1. All listings are for the entire home, per current expert safety recommendations.
  2. All listings have at least a 4.7 rating and excellent recent guest reviews.
  3. We’ve chosen properties that range from $147 to $447 per night, but beware that through the end of March is considered peak season for this area, when prices tend to be at their highest.
  4. While all of the properties listed have some availability as of the time of publishing, keep in mind that because of its popularity, properties in Key West are often booked months in advance, so be sure to plan as far in advance as you can to snag the best spots.
  5. These properties are located close to the beach or within walking distance to popular Key West attractions on Duval Street.

Here are the best Airbnbs in Key West, sorted by price from low to high.

Central-based studio one block from Duval, $147

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Central based studio one block from Duval, $147

Book this central studio starting from $147 per night

Located just one block from Duval Street, this studio apartment is an ideal base for a quick getaway. There’s also a private parking spot, which is a serious perk when visiting Key West as parking comes at a premium. 

This first-floor studio is small but well laid, with a Queen-size bed and a separate kitchen and dining area, complete with granite countertops. A large wooden wardrobe easily allows travelers to unpack and settle in. The unit is part of a historic building and though simple in decor, it has all the necessities and even boasts a deck with a small sitting area. Past guests rave about the property’s cleanliness and its proximity to many of Key West’s major attractions. 

Visit the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar, opened in 1933, or the nearby Key West Butterfly Nature Conservatory. You’ll also find plenty of shopping and restaurants right nearby. 

This spot is popular, but has a few scattered dates open over the next few months.

Oceanfront studio on a private beach, $199

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Book this oceanfront studio starting from $199 per night 

This second floor, oceanfront studio is a rare property in Key West at this price point, which means that bookings fill up quickly. The condo has a King-sized bed and a large balcony that overlooks the Atlantic ocean. As an added bonus, the home also includes access to the pool and hot tub on the property grounds, though these are shared amenities. 

Visitors will get the best of both worlds with the beach and nightlife right at their fingertips, as this condo is just a five-minute walk to Duval street. There’s also a free garage parking spot that comes with a unit. The studio sits on its own stretch of private beach, so guests can go for a swim or lay out on lounge chairs that are provided by the property. 

Inside there’s a collection of wood and wicker furniture and a plush armchair in soft, pastel tones. The bedroom has four plantation shutters that look out to views of the ocean and ample closet space to unpack. There’s also a small fridge and microwave at your disposal, though there isn’t a full kitchen. 

This listing books up well in advance. While there are a few scattered dates open over the next several months, you may want to consider booking a winter trip now. 

Sailing yacht, $224

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Three bedroom sailing yacht, $224

Book this sailing yacht starting from $224 per night 

One of most unique properties in Key West, this spacious yacht is ideal for adventurous travelers. Nicknamed “The Someday Soon”, the yacht features three sleeping areas with a setup that’s especially ideal for families, including a Queen size bed in the aft cabin, a Full-size bed in the midship, and two Twin beds in the forward cabin. 

The yacht is a vintage Mason boat with a mid-century modern interior that includes turquoise accents, carved wood trim, and polished wood floors. The eating area has a comfy breakfast nook and large windows that open up to let in the light. If you want to eat your meals on board, there’s a four-burner gas stove, an oven, and a refrigerator and freezer in addition to a grill on the deck. 

The full-size bathroom has a shower and lots of storage space under the sink. While the vessel is roomy inside, there’s also lots of seating outdoors. The cockpit is furnished with taupe and turquoise cushions and pillows, making it an ideal reading retreat.  

As an added option, the booking comes with a day sail, and the marina can provide a captain at an extra charge. Guests are also welcome to use the marina amenities like the heated pool and the gym. 

This boat has a few open dates in May and June, with more dates opening up starting in July.

Modern townhome right on Duval, $225

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Two bedroom townhome in the heart of Key West, $225

Book this modern townhome starting from $225 per night 

This large townhome puts guests at the heart of the action, thanks to its location right on Duval. Large spaces at this price point are hard to come by in Key West, so this property is a gem for families or larger groups. The inside has been recently renovated with calming neutral tones and standout features include two comfy couches with pops of colorful pillows and a round wooden dining table that seats five.  

There’s a parking spot included, although you probably won’t need your car during your stay since many of the most famous Key West restaurants, like DJ’s Clam Shack, are only feet away. 

The lower level of the townhomes includes an open floor plan with a kitchen, dining room, and full bathroom. Upstairs, the pitched roof makes the bedrooms extra cozy and there’s also a sitting nook. 

This home has some availability in May and June, but fully opens up starting in July.

Cozy cottage with a hot tub, $243

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Cozy cottage with a hot tub, $243

Book this cozy cottage with a hot tub starting from $243 per night 

A great property for families, this large cottage is loaded with rustic charm, from the wood paneling throughout the kitchen to the retro bathroom fixtures. Each bedroom is outfitted with a plus, King-sized bed, and the living room boasts a comfy sofa and side chair along with a dedicated workspace.

The home has a fenced backyard with a beautiful garden area. The outdoor oasis includes a private hot tub, a bamboo enclosed outdoor shower, and a patio dining set that seats four. 

It’s tough to beat the location, just one block from Duval street, and there’s a parking spot included. The cottage is also walking distance to Mallory Square, which is home to the best street entertainers and sunsets in Key West. If you’re a pet owner, you can bring your pooch to this dog-friendly property. 

This popular listing has limited availability over the next few months, but availability is subject to change.

Colorful condo steps from Duval, $250

Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo steps from Duval, $250

Book this colorful condo starting from $250 per night 

The huge deck and central location make this condo in downtown Key West a prime choice. Aptly named Bella Vita, or “good life,” the property has a wrap-around porch with white Adirondack chairs for relaxing or some good old-fashioned people watching during downtime.  

The interiors are decorated in bright, cheery colors, including orange and turquoise walls, a red leather sofa, and blue accent pillows. The large master bedroom has a King-sized bed, a desk/vanity space, matching bedside tables, and a sound machine to enjoy a peaceful sleep. and the bathroom has an indulgent frameless glass walk-in shower. The galley-style kitchen includes bar seating at the kitchen counter. 

The ground-floor condo is also close to nearby bike and scooter rentals, so you can cruise around the island in style. 

This home has availability starting in July. It typically books well in advance, so it’s worth planning ahead and booking a late summer or even a fall or winter trip now.

Cheerful condo near Mallory Square, $280

Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo near Mallory Square, $280

Book this cheerful condo starting from $280 per night 

With a large, shaded balcony overlooking the nearby cluster of Victorian-style homes and located within a quiet gated community in the Truman Annex, it’s no surprise that this listing gets a near-perfect rating. 

The inside of the condo is painted in bright yellows and blues, creating a sunny vibe that matches its location. The living area is found upstairs and includes plenty of seating options for lounging around, including a contemporary sofa lined with oversized pillows and a velvet armchair.   

The dining area seats up to five, and the kitchen was recently updated with white shaker cabinets and gray stone countertops. There’s a porthole above the kitchen sink that gives it a slight maritime theme, which continues with seascape art and a floor-to-ceiling bookcase filled with model ships and starfish. 

The historic Hemingway house, Maritime Museum, and Truman White House are all close by. The condo is also a short walk to Zachary Taylor Park, one of the top public beaches in Key West. Bike rentals are only a block away, and the condo includes bike storage for guests.

Currently, the owners require a 28-day rental commitment, though that may change in the coming months.  

Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach, $304

Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach, $304

Book this tropical bungalow starting from $304 per night

Step inside this breezy bungalow located in between Key West’s Art Gallery District and the Historic District, two pedestrian-friendly areas of Key West. 

The interior of the unit is bright and airy, decorated in complementary shades of coral, lime green, and blue. The main living area has an open floor plan and the kitchen has a two-tier island that overlooks the living room. Relax on the cream-colored couch that’s adorned with palm leaf printed pillows under a palm leaf fan to really get into beach mode. 

A matching palm leaf fan is found in the bedroom, which also boasts an elevated deck with a hot tub and high-top dining setup. Back inside, the bathroom has a spacious walk-in shower, and there’s a full-size washer/dryer in the hallway. 

There’s a shared courtyard space with a pool and a grill, and the property is also less than a mile from the beach, so after you settle in, you can make a beeline for the warm waters.

This home still has a few dates open in May and June, with more dates opening up in July and August.

Secluded hideaway with a private hot tub, $311

best Airbnbs in Key West - Secluded "mango" hideaway with a private deck, $311

Book this secluded hideaway starting from $311 per night

Tucked away in historic Old Town, this quaint cottage is great for those who want want to be close to the action on Duval Street (only half a block away), and who also value their privacy. 

The space is decorated in a tropical theme with green and turquoise linens and dark wood furniture. The kitchen features new cabinets, granite countertops, and full-sized stainless steel appliances. There’s also a deep brown leather sofa bed in the living room that’s within eyesight of the open-plan bedroom. Both the bedroom and the living room have large French doors that lead out to the deck, creating a relaxing indoor/outdoor setup when fully open. 

The spacious deck is the real selling point of this property, with a four-person jetted hot tub,  rattan patio seating, and a grill for making meals al fresco. The property even includes a large mango tree that has been lovingly preserved by being integrated into the design of the deck. 

There’s also a shared pool about a block away, and the cottage is within walking distance to the famed Cuban Coffee Queen and the free Duval shuttle bus. 

This home still has a few dates open in May and June, with more dates opening up in July and August.

Historic Key West suite in Old Town, $447

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Historic Key West suite in Old Town, $447

Book this historic Key West suite in Old Town starting from $447 per night 

Guests staying at this property get to experience a piece of Florida history. This suite is part of a property in Old Town that was built in 1889, and it’s only three blocks from Duval Street. 

Though technically a guesthouse suite, the first-floor accommodation has its own entrance and is entirely private. The kitchen has modern appliances, warm recessed lighting, and a dining area with an expandable table. In the sitting area, there’s a loveseat that can fold out into a bed and a folding screen that can be used to create a private sleeping space.

Outside, there’s an expansive deck and a wicker patio set with a coffee table and an ottoman, ideal for sipping coffee in the morning or cocktails in the afternoon. The grounds of the yellow guesthouse feel like a secret garden, with a brick path winding around the tropical landscaping to a pond. Guests can also access a pool that’s shared with other units. Past guests have described this listing as a “tropical paradise.”

This home still has a few dates open in April and May, with more availability in June and July.

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The best beach hotels in the US

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Best beach hotels in the US

The novel coronavirus continues to spread across the US, with many states currently seeing big upticks in cases. However, with pandemic fatigue at an all-time high, the snowy winter months setting in, and vaccines beginning to roll out, many are still looking for a sunny, domestic getaway for some R&R.

If you’re wondering if it’s safe to travel and stay in hotels, it’s important to understand the risks. While vaccinations are underway, there is still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now. It continues to be crucial to follow guidelines from organizations such as the CDC, wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing. Additionally, check current state travel restrictions before booking, assess your own risk levels, and consider whether you are traveling to or from a hotspot so as not to increase infection rates. Finally, be sure to stay up to date on new policies from major hotels.

However, if you’re looking to escape a winter cold snap and hit the beach while social distancing, there are plenty of great options across the US for a closer-to-home vacation. Whether located on paradisaical islands or romantic, windswept coastlines, beachfront hotels that overlook the waves act like surgical glue for the soul.

We chose top beach hotels in the US based on the following criteria:

  1. Every hotel on our list boasts ocean views, plentiful activities, and of course, beautiful stretches of sand. Some also come with extra perks and amenities like spa treatments, dining offered beachside, included chairs, umbrellas, towels, and oceanside food-and-beverage service.
  2. Our best coastal vacation resorts cover a wide variety of geographies so you don’t necessarily need to hop on a plane if you’re not yet comfortable doing so.
  3. They are also well-rated and reviewed on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor, Booking.com, and Hotels.com, with a minimum of 4 out of 5-stars on the former and an 8.2 out of 10 on the latter two.
  4. Our options begin around $150 per night and accommodate a wide range of budgets. However, all properties jump in high season, and some have daily resort fees. But even the ones with the highest sticker shock are worth it for the solace they bring when we need it the most.
  5. All hotels also feature enhanced COVID-19 policies, which we outline below.

Keep reading for the best beach hotels in the US, by state: 

These are the best beach hotels in the US, sorted by state and price.

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Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa – Pacific City, Oregon

Headlands Lodge Oceanfront Cottage

Book Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa starting at $420 per night

Whether you want to catch crabs and fish from the bracing Pacific or simply enjoy them by the fire at signature restaurant, Meridien, Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa is delighted to oblige.

As the name indicates, you really couldn’t get closer to the water than here, where the Nestucca River meets the Oregon coastline. 

Choose from one of the 33 King or Double Queen rooms, all of which have 440 square feet (or more, if you request a corner room) and poetic views of Cape Kiwanda’s waves and Haystack Rock through picture windows. With luxe rustic furnishings, cast-iron tubs, gas fireplaces, and amenities that range from a Bonavita brewing system to a Bluetooth lantern speaker, there’s no need to upgrade to a two- or three-bedroom cottage unless traveling with a group.

While Tidepools Spa, which has an outdoor hot tub, and the restaurant are sophisticated, everything here is about the natural world, the adventures to be had in it, and the relationship with the small, unpretentious Pacific City community. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 3 hotels in Pacific City

Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Pros: A full calendar features activities aplenty, from clamming to kayaking to earning a free pint by cleaning up the beaches. The lodge is also dog-friendly, so ask for those rooms if you’re bringing your pet along.

Cons: Guests who didn’t research the region are sometimes surprised by the isolation and lack of entertainment options. The hotel is two hours from Portland, so you will need a car. Also, the glass-walled showers in the King rooms are designed to provide a view of the ocean even while you bathe — which offers anyone else in the room a view of you. For more privacy, ask for a Double Queen room, which has a different setup.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open. Many services and amenities have been updated to ensure the well-being and safety of guests, team members, and the community. These new measures include:

  • All team members will wear masks and shifts begin with a wellness check, including a temperature check.
  • Guests are asked to wear face coverings in public spaces and makes will be provided upon request.
  • The hotel has implemented a rigorous schedule of sanitation for all guest rooms, public spaces, and team member areas.
  • New signage has been placed to help maintain proper social distancing, and hand-sanitizing stations have been placed throughout public spaces and team member areas.
  • Check-in and check-out services have been redesigned for efficiency.
  • Reservations are required for dinner in Meridian Restaurant & Bar, with table spacing in the dining room. Guests must wear masks while moving about the dining area. Other meals may be delivered to guest rooms.
  • Private adventure outings are available with physical distancing in place and group activities are capped at six guests.
  • The spa reopened for treatments on  June 5, but the hot tub, steam room, and showers will remain closed.
  • The fitness area and yoga studio are available for guest use with a maximum occupancy of four. Personal training sessions and private classes with social distancing in place are available.
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Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Po’ipu Beach – Kauai, Hawaii

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Book Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Po’ipu Beach starting at $340 per night

Ideal for a romantic getaway, this award-winning resort is known as Kauai’s closest waterfront lodging. “Po’ipu” translates to “crashing waves,” and this south shore beach resort is one of the sunniest spots on the island, and consistently recognized by Trip Advisor and travel magazines for its 121 rooms that are only steps from the sand.

The Spa at Ko’a Kea incorporates island clay, indigenous nut oils, locally grown sugar, coffee, and floral essences in products. Try a treatment in the outdoor seaside cabana room; you’ll never want to go back to an indoor spa again. And, if you upgrade to a suite, the spa can provide an extraordinary in-room floral bath experience designed to restore and improve your immune system.

With executive chef and Kauai native Noelani Planas at the helm, the highly-rated Red Salt restaurant provides local and seasonal dishes, including ahi tartare and vanilla-scented Mahi. Sushi nights at Red Salt Lounge offer an alternative to the regular menu.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 of 7 hotels in Po’ipu Beach

Hotels.com Rating: 9.4

Pros: Romantic resort that makes it easy to hit the beach, book surfing lessons, or learn how to paddle a Hawaiian Outrigger Surfing Canoe on-site through Hoku Water Sports.

Cons: Some guests complain about customer service as well as small or outdated rooms.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open with new protocols, including:

  • Face masks are required in common areas.
  • All guests must adhere to federal regulations including the practice of social distancing at all times, including hallways, pool, ocean lawn, and dining spaces.
  • With restrictions on businesses, there may be changes to availability and operating hours of dining and spa options. 
  • The cleaning team has been briefed and trained on proper cleaning procedures to ensure the prevention of the COVID-19 virus.
  • Public facilities will be cleaned more frequently than recommended by CDC guidelines and include enhancing and increasing the frequency of sanitation of commonly touched objects.
  • Comprehensive cleaning and sanitization of guest rooms between stays.
  • Additional signage throughout the hotels reminding guests and employees of healthy practices.

Wailea Beach Resort Marriott, Maui – Maui, Hawaii

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Book Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui starting at $625 per night

This 22-acre playground is a terrific family-friendly beach resort, whether taking a whirl down the longest water slide in Maui (325 feet!) or nesting at the adults-only infinity pool that overlooks waters so blue you ache to paint them. Bypass the pools to walk to Wailea Beach and Ulua Beach Park.

Rooms with private balconies (also known as lanais) are spacious, beginning at 437 square feet, and are soothing with marble bathrooms and palettes of white and wheat rather than clichéd tropical hues. 

Views are stunning from wherever you are on property, but particularly from the Mandara Spa, which overlooks the Molokini crater and the island of Kaho’olawe. You can also experience the grandeur of the three championship 18-hole golf courses — the Wailea Golf Club is considered one of the best in the country — or get SCUBA dive-certified.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 5 of 9 hotels in Wailea Beach

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: The views are incredible and the spa even offers services for children. There are a variety of dining options available to cater to all tastes, from a food truck and a Starbucks to a Roy Yamaguchi venue.

Cons: The whole resort might feel a little bit Disney-ish and rooms are outdated. If you’re a stickler for authenticity, this might not be the resort for you. Past guests have complained about too-few lounge chairs at the adult pool, along with premium prices for low-quality fare.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open with policies put in place by Marriott’s ‘Global Cleanliness Council,’ which include the following:

  • Face coverings are required in all indoor public areas.
  • New cleaning technologies that include electrostatic sprayers allow for touchless disinfecting capabilities and cleaning processes, along with and new regimen changes. 
  • In public spaces, surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants, and cleaning is done with increased frequency. 
  • In guest rooms, Marriott has added detailed cleaning practices requiring all surfaces be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. Disinfecting wipes will be placed in each room for guests’ personal use.
  • Signage in lobbies will remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols.
  • Marriott is planning to add partitions at front desks to provide an extra level of precaution and hand sanitizing stations will be added as well.
  • Touchless services will be added via Marriott’s mobile app.
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Tower23 Hotel – San Diego, California

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Book Tower23 Hotel starting at $208 per night

Sleek and modern, with a distinct minimalist architectural style, Tower23 takes its moniker from the lifeguard tower near the hotel. 

Tower23 also takes its position as a place to sleep seriously. White goose-down duvets almost guarantee that once you retire for the night, you’re going to have a hard time getting up. The rooms themselves are uncluttered and painted in deep blues and aqua hues, and suites come with living rooms.

Still, whether you start or end the day with a sea-inspired spa treatment, the friendly resort staff knows their role is to get you out to the beach. The proximity to those Pacific Beach sands and the frothing surf is a large part of the hotel’s appeal, which is why the rooms face the west and bikes and beach accouterments are included. Even the highly regarded JRDN features a 70-foot long “wave wall” that reflects the famous sunset every night.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 of 292 hotels in San Diego

Booking.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10

Pros: Hotel staff are lauded for being both down home friendly and superbly professional at this beachy enclave where even the pool comes with ocean views. 

Cons: Some guests complain about the area, which may see some homeless people hanging around. Others don’t appreciate the austerity with furniture.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations, but in accordance with California’s Public Health Order, the hotel cannot accept out-of-state guests unless their reservation is for a minimum of 10 days and the guests quarantine during that period or they are traveling for essential travel as outlined in the health order. The following new cleaning policies are in place:

  • Increase the already stringent frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitation in all public areas, guest rooms, and office space. The process includes EPA approved disinfectants and allocating extra time for housekeepers to focus on high touch areas.
  • Rotating in use guest rooms to allow more time between guest and staff entering rooms for cleaning.
  • Provide additional training for all employees on safety and illness prevention, with a strict “don’t work sick” policy for all employees.
  • Employees are required to wear masks when they come within six feet of other people as required by San Diego County. Guests are asked to do the same.
  • Implement contactless check-in plus temporary reduced services such as modified and/or suspended food and beverage, in-stay room cleaning, valet parking. 
  • Continuous monitoring and adherence to all recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the San Diego County Public Health Order.

Sanctuary Beach Resort – Monterey, California

Sanctuary Beach Resort

Book Sanctuary Beach Resort starting at $246 per night

Pretty and romantic, this eco-efficient resort is ideal for couples or a group of friends. Aptly named, the Sanctuary Beach Resort is burrowed into the Marina Dunes of Monterey Beach and presents amazing opportunities from whale-watching trips to learning from local artisans.

Housing is in water-facing bungalows where rooms start at 380 square feet and come with a private patio or deck, as well as French slip covered chairs, and binoculars for the aforementioned whale and other wildlife watching. A natural gas-fueled fireplace provides warmth, and beds are made up with Harbor Linen’s Monocle Collection that provide a spectacular night’s sleep.

Tour around town on specially made Dutch-inspired Republic bicycles, and revel in complimentary nature walks, led by local guides through the Marina Dunes Preserves, every Saturday and Sunday. Complete the experience with a picnic basket on the beach from the hotel’s signature restaurant, Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 of 9 in Marina

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: The proximity to nature, wildlife, and water is idyllic. Salt Wood’s chef also makes a daily salt exfoliation rub out of local and seasonal ingredients for the spa.

Cons: Bathrooms are outdated, and spa facilities are un-noteworthy, though treatments are unique. In some bungalows, the view of the ocean is blocked.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently accepting essential travelers only through January 11, 2021.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel – Santa Monica, California

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Book Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel starting at $405 per night

Dependable and reliably upscale without being pretentious, the Loews hotel brand always performs well in popular markets. Parked on Santa Monica Beach next to the Pacific Park Amusement Park, the Loews Santa Monica is no exception.

The contemporary interior design couldn’t say “Southern California” more. The double-story lobby’s floor-to-ceiling windows frame each inch of beach and ray of sun. The 347 rooms and suites, recently refreshed, are done in creamy tones of white and tan with wave-patterned carpets and sky-blue accent pillows. Views alternate between the beach and palm trees, or the fourth-floor pool deck and fire pits.

Have a light meal next to one of those 13 oceanfront fire pits, or take advantage of a more elegant al fresco opportunity on the terrace of Ocean & Vine, the celebrated coastal California cuisine restaurant. The daily resort fee includes beach and pool amenities, so be sure to allow the pool concierge to pamper you with fruit smoothies and spray Evian mist as many times as you require.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 14 of 38 hotels in Santa Monica

Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Pros: Loews is a trusted luxury brand offering a consistent high-end experience with great pool and beach facilities. Extras like beach volleyball, footballs, soccer balls, or other sand sport fixtures are all easily provided by the concierge. Plus, Venice Beach is only two miles away and complimentary shuttle service makes it easy to visit without the hassle of parking. 

Cons: Not all extras are included in the pesky resort fee. Bikes will cost extra, as will boogie boards, scooters, skateboards, and Rollerblades.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently accepting reservations, but in accordance with California’s Public Health Order, the hotel cannot accept out-of-state guests unless their reservation is for a minimum of 10 days and the guests quarantine during that period or they are traveling for essential travel as outlined in the health order. The following new cleaning policies are in place:

  • When physical distancing is not possible in common areas, staff and guests are asked to wear masks. Based on role and responsibility, some staff will be required to wear gloves as well. All vendors will wear masks and gloves when inside the hotel.
  • All staff and vendors will undergo temperature checks before entering the hotel.
  • Improved standards for cleaning guestrooms, meeting rooms, outlets, corridors and public areas with a Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant, an EPA approved product created by Ecolab, which is effective against emerging viral pathogens and COVID-19
  • This includes the frequent cleaning of “high touch areas” such as telephones, remote controls, door handles, light switches, elevators, and tabletops, among others. 
  • High alcohol content hand sanitizer stations have been added to front desks, spas, fitness centers, meeting rooms and other high traffic guest areas. There are also increased protocols for team member handwashing.
  • Contactless experiences will be offered that includes an app to control the television, chat requests for room service, concierge, or valet; and dropping new linens and towels in a sealed bag at the door instead of servicing the room.
  • When and wherever possible the hotel will leave occupied guestrooms vacant for 48 hours, upon checkout, before thoroughly cleaning and checking in a new guest.
  • The number of passengers will be limited in each elevator ride and lobby attendants will clean the elevator area frequently.
  • Many bars, lounges, and restaurants will be closed until proper social distancing guidelines are in place. Service will be offered as takeout and delivery.
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The Westin Jekyll Island – Jekyll Island, Georgia

The Westin Jekyll Island

Book The Westin Jekyll Island starting at $154 per night

With a manicured lawn in front and a beach in the back, this LEED-certified, pet-friendly resort represents both the south and the raw beauty of Jekyll Island to a T. Lushly landscaped with palm trees and tropical plants, the hotel offers nature, tranquility, and immediate access to seagrass dunes and sandy beaches, where birds, sea turtles, and other wildlife abounds.

Clean and modern, with updated technology and complimentary Wi-Fi, the business-accessible rooms are generously sized with at least a partial view of the water and a balcony. Some have inland views and no balconies, though, so be specific when you book. Westin’s trademarked Heavenly bedding is especially comfortable, and the rainforest showerheads are comforting.

Dining options include The Reserve Steak House, which features native Georgia seafood in addition to meat. Before or after a meal, perch at Harry’s Lounge for a craft cocktail and look over the dunes. A 20-mile bike path that stretches in front of the hotel is a terrific alternative to working out in the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, even though it is nicely outfitted and open 24/7.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 4 of 10 hotels in Jekyll Island

Booking.com Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Pros: The expansive grounds are well-kept and inviting, and electric car charging stations are a nice perk. 

Cons: Because everyone has to drive to get here, parking can be a problem. Also, don’t expect easy access to ride-sharing services. If you don’t need to drive to pick up an item, don’t; Jekyll Island Beach Village is next door for all your shopping needs.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. They are following new policies put in place by Marriott’s ‘Global Cleanliness Council,’ which include the following:

  • Face coverings required in all indoor areas.
  • New cleaning technologies that include electrostatic sprayers allow for touchless disinfecting capabilities and cleaning processes, along with and new regimen changes. 
  • In public spaces, surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants, and cleaning is done with increased frequency. 
  • In guest rooms, Marriott has added detailed cleaning practices requiring all surfaces be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. Disinfecting wipes will be placed in each room for guests’ personal use.
  • Signage in lobbies will remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols.
  • Marriott is planning to add partitions at front desks to provide an extra level of precaution and hand sanitizing stations will be added as well.
  • Touchless services will be added via Marriott’s mobile app.
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The Diplomat Beach Resort – Hollywood, Florida

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Book The Diplomat Beach Resort starting at $208

This lavish Hollywood resort is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, bridging the land between the beach and the Intracoastal, so it’s essentially surrounded by water.

After a $100 million renovation that was completed in 2017, the hotel emerged with 1,000 rooms and suites, most of which have views of the waves. Rooms have either a sunrise or sunset color scheme, depending on which side of the resort they face. The lobby is dramatic, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows at the back where the indoor-outdoor wraparound Hotel Bar is located. That lobby also contains eight noteworthy restaurant concepts that range from Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal to the Diplomat Prime Steak House.

While the beach offers jet skiing, ocean kayaking, and paddleboard rentals, younger family members also appreciate the Dip + Slide water park, where the slides end in a lagoon pool. There, parents can keep sight lines on the kids while enjoying poolside spa and lunch service. The kids’ club, Ocean Ambassadors, relieves parents of duty so that they can enjoy The Diplomat Golf Club and The Diplomat Tennis Center, too.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 14 of 79 hotels in Hollywood

Booking.com Rating: 8.2

Pros: The hotel is only a mile from Hollywood Beach’s Broadwalk, where dozens of restaurants and cafes offer service. You can also head there for bicycle and water sports rentals if the hotel’s beach gets too busy. Across the street, The Marina at Diplomat Landing provides extra venues for dining and entertainment.

Cons: Because this is a popular convention hotel, it’s crowded when fully booked, and can become competitive for spa times and pool loungers. Also, the high-rises in the area block the sun by mid-afternoon depending on daylight savings time.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently closed through April 1, 2021.

South Seas Island Resort – Captiva Island, Florida

South Seas Island Resort

Book South Seas Island Resort starting at $256 per night

A combination 330-acre wildlife sanctuary and resort, South Seas dominates Captiva Island. It’s a family-friendly Gulf Coast resort that offers a variety of rooms, multi-bedroom villas, and private houses where you very much feel at home — if your home comes with sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, and long-legged water birds of various hues.

This former key lime plantation now caters to a variety of families, groups, and couples all looking for the same things: relaxation and beachside entertainment. Fortunately, it’s easy to find, given that rooms in the Harbourside Hotel are close to nine restaurant options, the resort’s interactive pool complex, the Gulf-side golf course, the marina, and the beach. Jet-Skis, fishing charters, sailing lessons, banana boat rides, parasailing, and kayak tours are just a few of the on-site activities that are available to book. If that’s not enough adventure and exercise, check out the beach and paddleboard yoga classes. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 4 of 4 hotels in Captiva Island

Booking.com Rating: 8.2

Pros: The pools are large and varied and the beaches are filled with shells, unlike the fine white sands on the northwest and east coasts of Florida. Looking for sharks’ teeth is another great, free activity for kids.

Cons: This is a huge resort and it’s easy to get lost. You’ll need a car, golf cart, or catch the provided trolley to get around. Depending on the room, villa, or home that you rent, you might have issues with upkeep or maintenance as some are timeshare units and in need of renovation. As such, design and decor can vary dramatically from unit to unit.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. They are following new policies that include:

  • The vast majority of outlets are operational, however, some may have reduced hours or limited services.
  • Masks are required at all indoor public spaces.
  • Standards for hygiene, cleaning, and safety have been elevated to follow CDC guidelines, and as such, the hotel will not offer any early check-in or late check-out requests until further notice.
  • Training hotel staff on cleaning and sanitizing procedures developed by AIMClean, the hotel’s proprietary robust cleaning and sanitizing certificate program that includes best practices from in-house and outside experts, such as Ecolab.
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and special sanitizing using EPA-approved products throughout all public areas of the hotel, meeting spaces, guest rooms, and work areas with a focus on high-touch areas and hard surfaces.
  • Providing food and beverage offerings in a grab and go format or touchless delivery.
  • Physical distancing throughout all areas of the resort including public areas, fitness centers, meeting spaces, lobby, pool, beach, and other retail outlets.
  • Hotel staff must use PPE such as face coverings, temperature checks, with increased personal protocols for handwashing and wearing gloves.
  • Encouraging all guests to utilize touchless services, from check-in to making payments.

Omni Amelia Island Resort – Amelia Island, Florida

Omni Amelia Island Resort

Book Omni Amelia Island Resort starting at $260 per night

The versatility of the well-named Omni brand is legend. It can work as easily for a corporate retreat or destination wedding as it can for a couples’ getaway or family vacation. That’s because the resort, with 402 oceanfront rooms, sprawls over the tip of this barrier island, and includes everything from a conference center to a chapel.

Done up in pastel blues, aquas, and creams — with a patterned or red accent thrown in — the rooms start at a liberal 425 square feet. Beachy decor (think cane back chairs) extends to the balconies. The beds are particularly comfortable, with 330-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets over pillow-top mattresses.

If you don’t want to take advantage of the 3.5 miles of beach that beckons right outside the window, check out what the venue calls its “multi-tiered pool deck.” For adults-only, the infinity-edge pool is highly tempting, and for families, the 10,000-square-foot splash pool and water park is just as exciting. On cool nights, cozy up to two oversized fire pits.

Omni Amelia Island Resort is renowned for its two golf courses, one designed by Tom Fazio and the other by Pete Dye. Park the kids, if you have them, at Camp Amelia and head out for a round or two. Or take them with you. There’s instruction for all ages available.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 10 of 14 hotels in Amelia Island

Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Pros: Sweeping views and stunning grounds with a mind-boggling array of dining options from 10 different restaurants that range from steak to seafood to Southern-inspired fare.

Cons: Cleanliness and maintenance issues pop up among customer complaints from time to time.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. Omni Hotels & Resorts has enacted the ‘Stay A Part of Clean’ initiative, which includes new cleaning guidelines and additional processes and procedures to ensure the health and safety of guests. That entails:

  • Daily health screening, including temperature checks for staff, as well as frequent sanitization of all common areas, thorough re-training on proper hygiene, and best practices including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Increased frequency of sanitization with EPA-certified cleansers that are CDC-compliant, additional guest sanitization stations in public areas, increased cleaning of HVAC systems, and replacement of air filters.
  • Signage and distance indicators will be used throughout the hotel in high-traffic areas to allow for and encourage proper social distancing.
  • Custom menus will focus on quality ingredients that limit contact in kitchen prep, with attendant-only served buffets, plated meals, receptions, and coffee stations. Hotels will use single-use, individually sealed food and cutlery items, where applicable.
  • Cleaned and disinfected guest rooms will have an “Omni Safe & Clean” seal of approval sticker upon completion with single-use amenities provided in each guest room, as well as enhanced disinfecting of high-touch items, and requested items delivered in a contactless manner.

WaterColor Inn & Resort – Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

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Book WaterColor Inn starting at $325 per night

Fair warning: WaterColor Inn & Resort is situated in the prettiest part of Florida Panhandle, where the award-winning beaches are so white and fine that you can’t help but think of cake icing. 

David Rockwell designed the 60 rooms starting at 500-square-feet with Adirondack chairs on the balconies and cabana showers on the patios. The 500-acre setting includes long leaf pine forests for hiking and biking, a coastal dune lake for kayaking and canoeing, and a 1,400-square-feet of private beach. The hotel is also next door to Grayton Beach State Park, where you can make good use of the property’s complimentary bicycles, kayaks, and canoes. 

Renovated in 2019, the resort also offers local seafood, Southern, and family-friendly fare via FOOW (formerly known as Fish Out Of Water) and a terrific collection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails. The spa and fitness center provides plenty of distraction, as do beach bonfires and outdoor movies.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 of 3 hotels in Santa Rosa Beach

Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Pros: The location might feel remote, but satellite and cable flat-screen televisions and comped Wi-Fi keep you connected seamlessly. And Santa Rosa Beach and the small towns that surround it all feature plenty of restaurants and boutiques.

Cons: Occasionally, nature gets in the way — the dunes can block the view, for example. Santa Rosa is also difficult to get to from certain parts of the country.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. New policies include:

  • Enhanced sanitation procedures and frequency throughout WaterColor Inn.
  • Enhanced hotel housekeeping protocols,
  • Access to hand sanitizer in key locations around the hotel with physical-distancing procedures in all communal spaces, including beach access.
  • Community pools are monitored by the WaterColor Community Association; chairs and tables are set in line with physical-distancing guidelines. 
  • Touchless entry to hotel and hotel facilities, when possible.
  • Making mask and gloves available to guests, upon request.
  • Thermal temperature controls for all team members and guests, as needed.
  • Wristbands will be issued and required to enter the Beach Club. Lounge chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart and sanitized after each use (please do not move furniture). Towel service will not be available and any towels left unattended will be removed and sanitized.
  • To adhere to group size limitations, pool entry will be based on a first-come, first-served basis, and monitored to ensure limited occupancy is maintained. Towel services will not be available and pool decks will close in phases for proper sanitation procedures beginning at 5 p.m. daily.
  • The public beach is open but the only permitted activities are sunbathing, walking, jogging, fishing, swimming, paddleboarding, boating, and surfing. All guests need to vacate their beach chairs promptly at 4 p.m. to allow for proper sanitation. 
  • The gym and spa are open but no couples massages are permitted at this time.
  • Dining will be available but with modified service.
  • Complimentary bicycles are available for guest use; please return prior to dusk. Bicycles will be sanitized after each use.

The Miami Beach EDITION – Miami Beach, Florida

Miami EDITION

Book The Miami Beach EDITION starting at $559 per night

With a bowling alley, an ice-skating rink, and a nightclub all in the lowest level alone, this hotel practically screams fun. But that doesn’t mean it lacks luxury. The tropical greenery and sleek midcentury modern decor stuns from the moment you walk into the posh lobby.

Custom and exclusive are two words that guide you through the EDITION experience, from the La Labo bath products to the fragrance made just for the hotel. Sip creative craft cocktails and trendy bites at Matador Bar or outdoors at Tropicale. Follow with a dip in the serene pool to soak up Miami’s Art Deco feels and beach breezes. Finish with an exquisite pan-Latin meal at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room. 

Standard rooms, larger than average for the region, are tastefully decorated in hues of driftwood and white with marble bathrooms, wood paneling, and a variety of natural textures. Feather mattresses with pillow tops and duvets ensure an excellent night’s sleep.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 12 of 222 hotels in Miami Beach

Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10

Pros: Rooms are larger than average for the region, which helps justify the higher price. Happy hour oysters, welcome drinks, beach attendants, and Marriott Bonvoy upgrades all add to the sophisticated appeal of staying here.

Cons: The overbuilding on the beach in this area has created a wind tunnel. Be prepared for the breeze to be super strong at night. When it’s full occupancy during holidays and school breaks, guests complain about noise and slow housekeeping service.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. They are following new policies put in place by Marriott’s ‘Global Cleanliness Council,’ which include the following:

  • Masks are required in indoor common spaces.
  • New cleaning technologies that include electrostatic sprayers allow for touchless disinfecting capabilities and cleaning processes, along with and new regimen changes. 
  • In public spaces, surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants, and cleaning is done with increased frequency. 
  • In guest rooms, Marriott has added detailed cleaning practices requiring all surfaces be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. Disinfecting wipes will be placed in each room for guests’ personal use.
  • Signage in lobbies will remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols.
  • Marriott is planning to add partitions at front desks to provide an extra level of precaution and hand sanitizing stations will be added as well.
  • Touchless services will be added via Marriott’s mobile app.
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The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Kiawah Island, South Carolina

The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Book The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort starting at $240 per night

Kiawah Island is more known for its stately residences than hotels, but one of the few luxury hotels available is the elegant Sanctuary Hotel. It’s also the only hotel located directly on the island’s 10 miles of beachfront property. 

King bedrooms begin at 520 square feet with custom-made mattresses outfitted with matelassé bed covers. Lounge on them in the Italian linen robes provided, or just savor the stunning bathrooms with marble walk-in showers, double vanities, and soaking tubs.

If the beach begins to pall, visit two separate pools, one for adults and one for families, which are tended by beach concierges. To continue your workout routine, enjoy LCD flat-panel touch screens on cardio equipment, followed by a dip in the indoor pool. Or choose private Pilates and yoga sessions with personal instructors. Play outdoors on any of the five world-class golf courses or tennis on the 22 courts in the famous Roy Barth Tennis Center, now directed by Roy’s son, Jonathan.

As guest after guest notes, you get what you pay for at The Sanctuary Hotel. A room might not come cheaply, but the experience lingers.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 3 hotels in Kiawah Island

Hotels.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10

Pros: The Sanctuary Chapel opened in 2019, making destination weddings even easier. In other helpful news, the resort has partnered with Volvo and maintains a fleet of new vehicles for first-come, first-serve use (see the concierge).

Cons: Some regulars say service has declined in the past year. Regardless, it’s best to stay in the hotel. While villas and rental homes are also available, these are part of the resort holdings as a whole but not part and parcel of the hotel, which offers guests separate privileges.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. New policies include:

  • Once a guest has checked into their room, staff will not enter the room for the duration of the guest’s visit, including daily housekeeping services. Fresh towels and bath amenities will be delivered anytime to a guest’s door upon request. Nightly turndown service is also currently suspended.
  • Chair and umbrella service will be available with seating restrictions at both the outdoor pool and Sanctuary beach access.
  • The Sanctuary pools and fitness center are reserved for hotel guests only, and will operate with restricted use, and require reservations.
  • Bike rentals, beach chair and umbrella service, and youth programs are by reservation only. 
  • Select retail stores are open with restricted occupancy, allowing for safe social distancing.
  • Guest temperature checks are implemented at all restaurants throughout the resort, using a contactless thermometer.
  • Golf courses and tennnis courts are open.
  • The salon and spa are open, however, many amenities are suspended.
  • Dining is available at many restaurants, with modified services.
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Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa – Montauk, New York

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Book Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa starting at $295 per night

The embodiment of the Hamptons, Gurney’s is the only hotel in Montauk that’s open year-round. Stylish, sexy, and focused on service, the resort is a crowded, see-and-be-seen hot spot during the summer season when prices spike. But booking May through September gives you access to the 1,000-square-foot private beach, with its array of lounges and daybeds, as well as The Beach Club for food and beverage service. However, some seating is reservation only, so be sure to inquire about where you’re allowed to sunbathe. 

Standard rooms feature natural cottons and linens and a crisp, nautical palette of white, beige, gray, and navy. Don’t let the bathroom’s vintage brass fixtures fool you — the rainfall showerheads are as up-to-date as they come.

If you like steam rooms, you’ll love the Finnish Rock Sauna, Russian Steam Room, and Roman Bath at the Seawater Spa, which offers Thalasso therapies. The indoor-outdoor seawater pool is a draw, too, as are the five dining-and-drinking options, including a sibling to Manhattan’s renowned Scarpetta.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 11 of 39 hotels in Montauk

Booking.com Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Pros: Gurney’s is one of a few luxury hotels in the area, offering an upscale alternative to many of the renovated motels along this stretch coastline that charge a similar pricepoint for less of a resort feel. Also, the Seawater Spa offers bridal services, so destination weddings are easy to arrange.

Cons: The standard rooms and bathrooms are tiny for the money, and guests complain that they can be worn out and have climate control problems.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. New policies include:

  • New steps to ensure safety, from check-in to check-out, including the addition of rigorous cleaning protocols, increasing the frequency of cleaning, and placing hand sanitizing stations, wipes, and masks throughout the property.
  • Self parking upon request and valet options.
  • Arrival package inclusive of your room key, letter from your Resort Manager, and details on in-room programming offerings, which are expanded to include in-room dining menus, kids activity kits, and curated playlists.
  • Utilization of additional outdoor spaces throughout the resort.
  • Scarpetta Beach outdoor dining now open, reservations required. The Beach Club, The Firepit, and Tillie’s are open to resort guests only. Reservations required.
  • Due to state regulations the fitness center is closed and the spa is currently closed as well.
  • Travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days from these states (subject to change): Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah Washington D.C. and Wisconsin.
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Wequassett Resort and Golf Club – Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Book Wequassett Resort and Golf Club starting at $550 per night

Cape Cod has a certain captivation that exerts a pull like a magician on a rabbit’s ears. And the 22 historic buildings that comprise Wequasset Resort and Golf Club are Cape Cod incarnate, with beachside rooms and villas replete with plush armchairs, white wicker dining sets, gas fireplaces, and marble bathrooms.

Twenty-Eight Atlantic is not only the resort’s iconic restaurant, but it attracts foodies from all over the Cape. Chef James Hackney’s fluke crudo with salmon roe or his lobster carbonara served on Limoges china, explains why. After, enjoy cocktails under a pergola at LiBAYtion, which features stunning views of the water.

The neighboring par-72, 18-hole Cape Cod National golf course is one of those courses that is always and forever beloved by serious golfers. But for casual players, it’s also one of the prettiest places to play (even if you will tee off into the trees). Four Har-Tu tennis courts provide another option. But don’t forget why you’re here. If you want to get onto the water, Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals will arrange any kind of kayaking, sailing, or fishing tour or charter.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 of 5 hotels in Harwich

Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Pros: Stunning Cape Cod scenery with a full slate of resort programming, including a children’s center, supervised splash park, and playground that makes it especially family-friendly.

Cons: The beach and pools are crowded in the summer season, and guests complain about cleanliness and upkeep issues in certain rooms.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations, but there is a two-night minimum stay. New policies include:

  • The hotel will communicate with you prior to arrival to determine your housekeeping preferences, dining reservations, and planned activities and encourage you to use their texting platform for communication prior to and during your stay.
  • Check-in will be offered curbside and staff will use contactless credit card devices. Guests will be directed to an assigned parking space. Bell service will be available, but optional. Luggage will be left at the entrance to guest room and luggage handles will be disinfected.
  • Concierge service will be available virtually or by appointment.
  • Social distancing practices will be observed, and staff will wear face coverings and gloves.
  • You may depart remotely; a guest folio may be reviewed on your television. 
  • Housekeeping services will be provided based upon guest preferences with the option to receive daily service and nightly turn-down service or to have linens, towels, and amenities delivered to the room or left at the entrance instead in a sealed bag.
  • All staff will wear masks and gloves and changed frequently when cleaning guest rooms and bathrooms.
  • Staff has been trained to properly address high touch points and avoid any possible cross-contamination when cleaning.
  • When possible, guest rooms and suites will be left vacant for 24 hours between check-out and check-in.
  • A letter will be placed in each guest room noting the specific policies and protocols the resort has adapted for cleanliness and sanitization.
  • All restaurants and bars will follow the guidelines set by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. In-Room dining will be available to guests and other meals may be enjoyed on patios, decks, or other outdoor areas to allow proper social distancing. Restaurant dining will require a la carte menus and reservations, with stringent cleaning practices.
  • The pool area seating capacity has been redesigned to accommodate social distancing policies. Cabanas will be available with upgraded food and beverage selections. All lounge and beach chairs will be thoroughly sanitized after each use. Prepackaged sunscreen and twice daily refreshments will be offered. The public jacuzzis will remain closed per the state.
  • Additional seating will be offered on the private beach with beach chairs, umbrellas and towels provided.
  • The main fitness center has a maximum capacity of five guests.
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Inn by the Sea – Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Inn by the Sea

Book Inn by the Sea starting at $179 per night

Located in Cape Elizabeth, just seven miles north of Portland, Maine, the ecologically friendly Inn by the Sea commands a mile of sand on Crescent Beach that guests access by strolling through lush nature. The entire 61-room and suite property, which is also landscaped with indigenous flowers and bushes, attracts native birds and butterflies and is an Instagram lover’s dream.

Because Crescent Beach is spacious and the property limited, the beach never gets crowded, though there is also a pool. On cooler evenings, it’s also extremely pleasant to sit out on the expansive patios and balconies that rim the rooms and suites, which are decorated with a variety of lush textiles, metallic accents, and marble countertops. 

A spa provides ocean-inspired treatments that use seaweed, salts, oils, and marine peptides. Dinner at Sea Glass, one of the best restaurants in the area, is an inventive adventure in seafood, especially if you order the tasting menu. The chef also is a whiz with vegan menus as well as gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free dishes.

Trip Advisor Ranking: No ranking of hotels (it may be the only one of its caliber in Cape Elizabeth) but 4.5 stars out of 1,610 reviews

Booking.com Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Pros: There’s plenty to do with regular calendars that provide information on activities ranging from family movie nights to mixology classes. The resort is also pet-friendly.

Cons: While the property provides some activities and games like bocce, it doesn’t offer a ton of recreation. It’s best used as a base to explore Portland and the surrounding area.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. New policies include:

  • Touchless curbside check-in. Guests may pre-register and receive key packets without entering the inn.
  • Enhanced housekeeping services to ensure the safety and well-being of all guests and hotel staff. 
  • Expanded space between tables both indoor and outdoor at dining venues.
  • Social distancing will be observed at the pool, outdoor decks, and throughout the resort.
  • All team members will wear face masks and receive training on COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols that will also be supplemented with various in-state certification courses.
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Items will be available for guests upon request, such as gloves and masks, and each guest room will be pre-stocked with hand sanitizer.
  • Each guestroom will be carefully inspected and overstocked with various items to ensure a safe and seamless arrival experience. 
  • Upon request, housekeeping will access your room to provide service and restock linens and amenities. Guests requesting limited service should coordinate in advance. It is preferred that the room be vacant when staff enter/exit. Fresh linens and towels along with any other requested amenities will be packaged and placed at your door upon request
  • The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on frequent contact surfaces. In addition, the frequency of air filter replacement and HVAC system cleaning has been increased and fresh air exchange will be maximized.
  • All pool chaise lounge chairs have been preset in groups of two, with one table and umbrella offering a total of 24 available seats, all set six feet apart.
  • Beach chairs and umbrellas will be sanitized before and after each use and set six feet apart.
  • The spa and fitness center are now open, with reduced hours and new policies to protect associates and guests.

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