The Best Beach Hotels to Book Near Orlando, Florida

Extend your Florida vacation and enjoy a blissful beach getaway near Orlando
Extend your Florida vacation and enjoy a blissful beach getaway near Orlando | Courtesy of Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, an IHG Hotel / Expedia
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30 November 2021
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There are way too many reasons to visit Orlando, Florida. The City Beautiful itself is an amazing place even before you add in its renowned theme parks. The best part is that the shores of the Atlantic are closer than you think. Roller coasters and rolling waves – who says you need to choose between the two? Have the ultimate Central Florida vacation when you stay at one of these best beach hotels near Orlando, bookable on Culture Trip.

Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, an IHG Hotel, for putting your feet up

A bird's-eye view of swimming pool leading down to the beach at Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa
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After a long day of queuing for the crowded Magic Kingdom rides, retreat to your own personal oceanfront sanctuary at Kimpton. Less than two hours from Mickey’s doorstep, you’ll forget all about your sore feet after a healing arnica pedicure that relieves pain in your feet and legs. You’ll be walking on air, and feeling as light as a feather as you float back to your lanai suite right beside the expansive pool deck.

Costa d'Este Beach Resort and Spa, for drinking in the views

Outside swimming pool at Costa d’Este Beach Resort and Spa with sunset in the background
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Hungry for more after eating your way around the world at Epcot? Costa d’Este has a wave of locally sourced meals for you. Sunday brunch at Wave is an exercise in balance – well, balancing a bellini in one hand and a heavily garnished bloody mary in the other. You’ll always smell the day’s fresh catch grilling in the kitchen and you’ll always find us at the Cabana Bar, deciding which gelato flavor pairs best with flourless chocolate cake and oceanfront views.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, for Florida with the family

Dining area at Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort with ocean in the background
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Trust the kids to know what makes the best beach hotel in Orlando. A clue? Location, location, location. This chic beachside Hilton has that part nailed. It’s across the street from the Daytona Lagoon water park and only a sandy skip away from the Daytona Beach Main Street Pier. Get down there quicker with a bike rental from the hotel, or a boogie board rental if the kids would rather skim their way down the shore.

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach, for rock and relaxation

Outdoor swimming pool at Hard Rock Hotel with sunset and ocean in the background
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Whether you’re riding the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Universal Studios or Hollywood Studios, you’ll be in good company at Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach. Just over an hour from Universal Orlando Resort, you can spend your time rocking out on the ocean. Ask your roadies – erm, we mean the staff, of course – to bring up a Fender guitar and a record player for you to play along with your idols. Who knows? Maybe one of the live musicians will hear your tunes and ask you to join them for a performance.

Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort, for infinity pools and beyond

Outdoor swimming pool at Daytona Grande Oceanfront Resort with ocean in the background
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Does an oceanfront resort like the Daytona Grande really need an infinity pool? Absolutely, and it’s the only one in the city – which is just one of the reasons why this property is one of the best beach hotels near Orlando. They’ve also got a calorie-crushing fitness center in full view of America’s most famous beach. You’ll find panoramic ocean views from virtually every suite, but we can guarantee that the beach cabana has full visibility of the sun, sand and surf in every direction.

DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, for seeing the sights

Outdoor swimming pool and relaxing area at DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
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Get from the actual ocean to SeaWorld in an hour when you stay at DoubleTree in Cocoa Beach. This oceanfront abode will give you more than a fresh cookie as a sweet treat when you arrive. Let them roll your bags up to a balcony suite while you make dinner reservations at Dunes Restaurant. The Sand Break Pool Bar is a fine place to wait out your appetite, particularly with a piña colada in hand.

The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach, for slip-sliding away

Outdoor swimming pool with covered area at The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach
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See another side of Florida that most newcomers to O-town miss when you book a room at the Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach. The only thing more effortless than making day trips to Jacksonville and St Augustine is hanging out at the resort. The kids will have loads of fun in the splash park and on the waterslide, while the adults enjoy the pool and jacuzzi all to themselves.

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, for your very own theme park

Lawn with water fountain and palm trees at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club with ocean in the background
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Sure, Universal’s Islands of Adventure has wizards, superheroes and dinosaurs, but Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has 36 holes of golf right on the ocean. Add in 15 tennis courts, four heated swimming pools and nearly a dozen restaurants, and you’ll wonder why Doctor Seuss didn’t choose this beachfront location for his landing. The kids won’t be bothered being so far from the parks, either; they’ll have their own private playground and nursery to keep them busy.

Fancy something a little more adventurous? Discover our guide to the best campgrounds near Orlando, or for a pet-friendly stay, check out our pick of the best pet-friendly hotels in Orlando, Florida, bookable with Culture Trip.

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