Not all pools are created equal– some have full service cabanas for a day of pampered attention, some have massive waterfalls with hidden slides and some are wrapped with a beautiful lazy river. Florida is full of fantastic hotel pools because they are all enjoyable year-round. To me, in order for a hotel pool to be awesome it needs to meet the needs of every age group- here is a handful of my family’s favorite hotel pools that we visit frequent! Keep in mind that all of these pools require that you be a guest of the hotel (or purchase a day pass)---so no sneaking in!
Universal’s Cabana Bay
Address: 6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, Fl 32819
By far, my kids favorite hotel pool and my wallets favorite. This reasonably priced resort has two spectacular pools that you will want to skip the theme parks for. The cabana rentals have a great price tag! At the Cabana Courtyard, there is a tower waterslide, kids splash pad, and sandy play yard full of outside games.The Lazy River Courtyard features a zero entry pool with a sandy beach as well as a lazy river with waterfalls and water canons. Both pools have their own poolside bar. READ MORE HERE FROM "OUR FAMILY VACATION TO ORLANDO LAST SUMMER AT CABANA BAY"
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
Address: 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, Florida,34134
There is no lack of water fun at this Hyatt Regency with a lagoon style pool, an adults-only pool a lap pool, a 5,000-square foot Adventure Pool with a140-foot corkscrew slide and a Lazy River complex, featuring three waterslides! The palm-tree lined sun deck offers cabanas, lounge chairs, and a covered pavilion in case you want to escape the sun for some shade.
South Seas Island
Address: 5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924
Enjoy the island life with a pool day at South Seas. There is no better way to enjoy a pool than to also be beachfront! Their three pools, two water slides, luxurious cabanas and tiki bar always creates a fun, memorable day.
Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel
Address: 1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
You will feel like you are in Vegas at this rock star inspired pool. The 4.5 acre lagoon-style heated pool oasis includes a 182 foot high waterslide, waterfalls splashing over mountain rocks, an elevated jetted spa,a hot tub and a poolside restaurant.
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat
Address: 100 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
The newest LEGOLAND resort opened in 2017 with a fantastic beach themed, zero entry pool. The large LEGO® soft bricks floating in the pool are a fun addition. The expansive sandy area is perfect for building sandcastles with a giant play structure for kids to run off some energy. Daily activities like dance parties, bean bag toss and chalk art competitions take place. READ MORE IN MY BLOG "OUR FAMILY PHOTOS AT THE NEW LEGOLAND BEACH RETREAT"
Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
You can choose to play or relax at one or all of the 11 pools at Fontainebleau on Miami Beach. This luxurious resort offers full-service cabanas and premium amenities from any poolside spot. The entire family will think the outdoor area here makes a fantastic water day from the small dipping pools to the large oasis pool or the interactive children’s waterscape with a slide.
Address: 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746
The heated pool at Gaylord Palms features an Everglades-inspired family water park that includes a zero-entry swimming pool with four slides, a multilevel water-fun tree house and an active lagoon where kid-friendly music and games take place daily. There’s also a South Beach Pool that is adult-only with a serene atmosphere and two hot tubs.
Address: 6001 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819
The temperature-controlled swimming pools and lazy river at the Hilton Orlando makes you feel like you are in a paradise located in the middle of a crazy themed park destination. There is over 10,000 square-foot of pool deck with plenty of lounge chairs that guarantee you a spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather. If you are with the kids you will enjoy hanging out at the main pool for its zero entry access and the winding waterslide. If this is an adult getaway, some peace and quiet can be found at the adult only pool. READ MORE. HERE IS MY BLOG " 5 REASONS TO STAY AT HILTON ORLANDO"
These past few days of cold weather had me dreaming of my Summer road trip to Key West. If you are looking for a place to escape of maybe your lost shaker of salt, then I highly suggest taking a roadtrip to Margaritaville Resort & Marina in Key West. It is the perfect hotel for a fun yet relaxing weekend in the sun. From the tropical pool vibes and beautiful outdoor oceanfront dining to the spacious, modern room with an ideal island location, I found myself completely relaxed from the moment we arrived.
THE ROOMS AT THE MARGARITAVILLE KEY WEST RESORT
This resort is beautiful and the rooms are fabulous. Out of 178 spacious rooms, each with a beautiful view of the ocean, pool, or life in Old Town – you can choose which room you prefer. We scored a one bedroom suite overlooking the most perfect sunsets. The view and the breeze felt magical and I know you guys will love it too. All rooms are elegantly styled to put you in vacation mode immediately.
here are the other amenities which are on all of the guestrooms and suites:
THE FOOD AT THE MARGARITAVILLE KEY WEST RESORT
Whether you prefer dining by the pool, watching the sunset, or simply staying in your room – this hotel will meet your wants. The property has 3 onsite restaurants and bars. Dinner at Bistro245 was by far my favorite meal of the entire SUMMER!
There is so much to do without going far. Margaritaville's marina location and close proximity to Duval street (an easy 5-minute walk) makes it the perfect home-spot for your Key West adventures. But if you're the type who prefers to spend your getaways sitting poolside sipping margaritas, this place is also for you. I am somewhere in the middle, so our ideal property offers both- and that's exactly what we found in Margaritaville!
For more information to help you plan your next Key West road trip, visit www.margaritavillekeywestresort.com
If you are looking for a fun, country music festival then Tortuga should be on your list. This three day beach front festival always has a great lineup and 2020 is no exception!. With a variety of ticket options, there are a few things to consider before deciding which is best for you.
Plus here are tips on how to make the most of the Tortuga Music Festival.
What is the Tortuga Music Festival?
Each Spring, music takes over the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park with a perfect oceanside setting, The Tortuga Music Festival is a 3-day, multi-stage music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country, rock and roots music.
It is an unforgettable beach weekend pairing live music with marine conservation awareness!
Tortuga Music Festival works hand in hand with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education, and ocean conservation initiatives. According to their website, over $2,000,000 has been given back to our Conservation Village partners as a direct result of ticket sales and donations from Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival.
Which TOrtuga Music Festival Ticket SHould You Buy?
Regular or VIP? Well obviously money is a huge deciding factor. But if you can handle the price tag that goes with VIP and you love the lineup then I highly suggest going with a VIP Pass because your experience will be much more enjoyable, stress free, give you great views without the crowd and full of complimentary adult beverages!
Which ever pass you choose, you will have an unforgettable weekend full of music, sand and sun!
PICS FROM VIP AREA OF TORTUGA
If you enjoy planetariums then this one will be one not to miss. The Frost Science Museum Planetarium is an upgrade compared to other planetariums I have enjoyed. It is one of only 13 like it in the world! The shows range from space trips to deep dives and feel so real.
- 250 seats
- Six 3D-capable projectors
- It uses a 16-million-color 8K visual system
- The dome is tilted forward at 23.5 degrees, allowing a 67-foot span to fill your field of vision, creating a nearly 360-degree view of the screen
1. Tickets are $29 adults, $20 kids ages 3-11 and free for kids 2 and under
***Get your tickets online to save money & avoid really long lines
the ticket line was easily an hour wait the day we went
** If you are a Miami-Dade County resident you get a discount
2.Parking is additional & expensive-remember, it’s Miami!
3. Museum hours are 9:30am- 5:30pm every day of the year
Kids Night at The Museum: Feb 2nd!
So I decided to go back for a full weekend to see how a couples getaway vacation at The Diplomat would be. I am happy to say that it was a lovely staycation that I highly recommend you all experiencing!
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Rooms at The Diplomat Beach Resort
Pools and Beach at The Diplomat
The Restaurants at Diplomat Beach Resort
On the first night, we dined at Monkitail. This beautiful restaurant located right off the lobby offers sushi and meats in mostly tapas form. We got over stuffed with a specialty menu customized by the chef that gave us an overview of the entire menu: from sushi to duck tacos and steak I cannot wait to dine here again! Everything was delicious and perfectly crafted even my chili-pepper margarita!
Then day two, we grabbed breakfast sandwiches at Counter Point, the quick service spot off the lobby, before heading to our cabana, then we enjoyed lunch with a view at La Playa during our pool day. Guacamole, Tacos, burger & fries with cold beer! And later that night, we had a divine dinner of salads, clam chowder, fish and steak at Point Royal.
The Spa at The Diplomat Beach Resort
Spa Services Menu â View Menu Here
The Diplomat is Good For Kids Too
The Perfect South Florida Staycation
I took the kids as a last hooray for summer break. Since school was literally starting the next day, I planned to stay only 5 hours but we were having so much fun we shut the park down - that was 10 hours of water park fun!
A few things to know before you go:
Parking is FREE (that never happens)
You can rent lockers for valuables
The food is basic but expensive, however you are allowed to bring in coolers for picnics
Water shoes would be useful because you will walk on hot concrete ALOT
They have child life jackets but you can also bring your own
1534 Blizzard Beach Drive,
Orlando, FL 32836
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Hi, I'm Mandy!
I share fun things to do in the in and around the Fort Lauderdale area plus host monthly events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am Regional Marketing Manager for Sky Zone, a freelance writer, Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.
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