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The 2021 Florida Staycation Guide — Central & Northeast Florida and the West Coast

The Palm Beach Post logo The Palm Beach Post 6/15/2021 Janis Fontaine
a beach with palm trees and a body of water: The South Seas Resort on Captiva is a water lover's paradise, with more than 2 miles of pristine beach, pools and water play, boating, fishing and dolphins. © Photo provided The South Seas Resort on Captiva is a water lover's paradise, with more than 2 miles of pristine beach, pools and water play, boating, fishing and dolphins.

Last week, we offered some great destinations — and deals — from Palm Beach to Key West for a drivable staycation this summer and beyond. 

As a reminder, specials are subject to change and/or availability and may have other restrictions like black-out days or advance registration requirements. 

a view of a large body of water with a city in the background: A stay at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach comes with two pools, access to the beach, and golf privileges at the TPC Sawgrass course. © Photo provided A stay at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach comes with two pools, access to the beach, and golf privileges at the TPC Sawgrass course.

Check the hotel’s website for the latest info, and whenever possible book your room through the hotel. Ask questions and be sure to confirm everything.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best offers going in Central Florida, the West Coast. and Northeast Florida. 

Central Florida 

DISNEY RESORT HOTELSThrough July 10, the more you spend the more you save. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers. 

At these Disney Deluxe Resorts, save up to 30%:

  • Beach Club Resort
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Wilderness Lodge 
  • BoardWalk Inn
  • Yacht Club Resort

At these Disney Moderate Resorts, save up to 25%:

  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

At these Disney Value Resorts, save up to 20%:

  • Art of Animation Resort
  • All-Star Movies Resort
  • Pop Century Resort

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a group of palm trees with a building in the background: Floriday's Resort in Orlando is all-suite resort with a full-sized kitchen, living room, dining room, washer/dryer plus a variety of dining options. © Photo provided Floriday's Resort in Orlando is all-suite resort with a full-sized kitchen, living room, dining room, washer/dryer plus a variety of dining options.

FLORIDAYS RESORT ORLANDO12562 International Drive, Orlando. 877-821-3018; www.floridaysresortorlando.com

This affordable, all-suite resort includes a full-sized kitchen, living room, dining room, washer/dryer plus a variety of dining options including The Palm Café, the pool bar and poolside dining.

Florida residents: Save 15% on your stay.

More nights, more savings: Stay three nights and save 25 % or stay four nights and save 30 %. Promo code MNMS. Through Dec. 31.

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a table topped with a blue umbrella: Water park lovers will hit the jackpot with a stay at The Grove Resort in Orlando. © Sammy Todd Dyess Photography Water park lovers will hit the jackpot with a stay at The Grove Resort in Orlando.

THE GROVE RESORT & WATER PARK ORLANDO14501 Grove Resort Ave., Winter Garden, 34787. 407-545-7500; www.groveresortorlando.com

Six miles from Disney with daily transportation or stay on-site at Surfari Water Park with water slides and a lazy river, plus Flip Flops Family Fun Center, which are free for guests of the resort. Two-bedroom family suites start at $219.

Florida residents: Take 10 % off your room rate.

Stay longer and save: Stay three nights and take 10% off room rates; four nights and save 15%, five or six nights save 20% and seven nights or more earns a 25% discount.

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HOLIDAY INN RESORT LAKE BUENA VISTA13351 SR 535, Orlando. 407-239-4500; www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/orlando/mcoes/hoteldetail

A pet-friendly resort minutes from Walt Disney world, with easy access to other parks  plus world-class golfing and shopping. There are a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker in every room and the signature Express Start Breakfast, plus 24-hour tea and coffee service.

Family suite deal: Get one king bed and a separate space with bunk beds with an XBOX and TV starting at $146 per night or two bunks starting at $160 (weekend rates in June.) Keurig coffee in room. Ask about a free drink at the tiki bar for Florida residents. The $24.95 Amenity Fee per night includes self-parking; children's movie theater; pool games and daily activities program; fitness center and business center access.

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HARD ROCK HOTEL  — 918 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. 386-947-7300; www.hardrockhotels.com/daytona-beach

It’s a dream vaca for anyone who always wanted to be a rock star. Get your workout anytime from the 24-hour Body Rock Fitness Center, dance to live music at Wave Terrace, regenerate at the Rock Spa & Salon, lounge in a private cabana by the oceanfront pool, then borrow a Fender guitar to play in the privacy of your own room. Rooms start at $222 per night.

Third night free: Buy two nights and get the third night free.

Toast & Jam: Hard Rock’s Bed and Breakfast package features upscale amenities, breakfast for two daily, two welcome drinks and late check out at 1 p.m.

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HUTCHINSON SHORES RESORT & SPA3793 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach. 877-502-4653; www.hutchinsonshores.com

Miles of secluded, nearly untouched beaches waits just an hour or so north. Coastal-inspired, pet-friendly rooms, direct beach access, two outdoor pools, oceanfront dining and a full-service spa are on site, plus there’s tons to do in downtown Stuart.

Florida residents: They call it the “good neighbor discount.” It means you get up to 30% off best available room rates.

Third night free: Purchase two nights and receive a third night free.

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LEGOLAND FLORIDA RESORT One Legoland Way, Winter Haven. 888-690-5346; www.legoland.com/florida

Choose from three resorts: Pirate Island Hotel, LEGOLAND Hotel or the Beach Retreat. Every room includes breakfast at your hotel daily, a separate kids’ sleeping area and nightly themed entertainment. Divide your time between the Legoland Theme Park and the Water Park with a wave pool, lazy river, 14 slides, and interactive LEGO play areas. Deals are good through Aug. 14.

Second day free: Includes 2-park tickets for your second day and a daily in-room treasure hunt with a Lego souvenir. From $164 per person.

All-Inclusive Package: Two-park tickets; meals from check-in through check out; free valet parking; a DigiPass Photo Package; a Coca-Cola Souvenir Cup with free refills at both the parks and hotels throughout your visit; Florida’s Wild Side Mini Golf; a daily in-room treasure hunt with Lego souvenir. From $215 per person.

Book Early & Save Package: Get your third night free with the purchase of two nights, plus free admission to the theme and water parks the third day. This offer must be booked at least 90 days in advance and must include 3 nights. From $75 per person.

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a kitchen with a dining table: The Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville Resort boasts modern rooms, plus entertainment, shopping, dining, and transportation to Orlando's major theme parks. © Photo provided The Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville Resort boasts modern rooms, plus entertainment, shopping, dining, and transportation to Orlando's major theme parks.

MARGARITAVILLE RESORT ORLANDO8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee. 407-939-2759; www.margaritavilleresortorlando.com

This Jimmy Buffett-themed resort has modern rooms, plus entertainment, shopping and dining, all within walking distance, and complimentary transportation to the major theme parks included. Guests enjoy lagoon-style pools, the Signature St. Somewhere Spa and Teen and Kids’ Clubs. Best available rates start at $209 for summer.

Florida residents: Get 25% or more off the Best Available Rate, plus two complimentary cocktails at Euphoria restaurant or lounge.

The “Come Monday” Deal: Stay Friday and Saturday and save up to 50% off Sunday night.

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WESTGATE COCOA BEACH RESORT3550 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. 321-783-2230; www.westgateresorts.com/hotels

Two-bedroom suites with kitchens and living areas have plenty of room for the kids, and Cocoa has plenty to do. The Wakulla Falls Water Park is open daily until 8 p.m. Food is available on-site at Aloha Tiki Bar & Cafe; or take the trolley down to the Cocoa Beach Pier, which stretches 800 feet and is home to restaurants, bars, gift shops and live musical entertainment.

Florida residents: Save up to 15% off best available room rates.

Three Day Cocoa Beach Special: A three-day, two-night getaway including tickets to Kennedy Space Center is $199.

Book early and save: Book your stay at least seven days in advance and get a discount of 20% off room rates.

West Coast 

THE COVE INN ON NAPLES BAY 900 Broad Ave., South Naples. 239-262-7161; www.coveinnnaples.com

The boutique style of this bayside hotel in historic Old Naples — close to the beach and Naples' best shops, restaurants and attractions — boasts chic accommodations and water views from the private patio of the serene waters of Naples Bay.

Florida residents: Save up to 10% on best available rates.

Select saver: Book now and save up to 30%, with rates from $109 night on select dates, through December. Alter dates or cancel without charge up to 72 hours before arrival. A minimum length of stay of 3-nights for Friday arrivals and 2-nights for Saturday arrivals applies.

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LAPLAYA BEACH & GOLF RESORT9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples. 800-237-6883; www.laplayaresort.com

Voted the most romantic resort in Naples, La Playa has everything you could want and some offerings you didn’t even know you wanted.

Florida residents: Get up to 20% off your room rate, plus a reduced resort fee and reduced valet parking.

Work from Hotel Deal: Enjoy the view while you work, plus a reduced resort fee of $25 daily, reduced valet parking and a daily $25 resort spending credit. A two-night minimum stay is required. A 72-hour prior cancellation policy is in place.

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LIDO BEACH RESORT700 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota. 941-388-2161; www.lidobeachresort.com

Pet-friendly guest rooms with kitchenettes and condo-style suites with kitchens on Sarasota’s white sand beach.

Florida residents: Book online and save up to 18% off the best available rate Code: FLARES

Opal Collection Romance Package: Luxury accommodations, strawberries and champagne upon arrival, breakfast and dinner at Drift Kitchen & Bar and Dinner (not including alcohol). Code: OPALROM

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LOVERS KEY RESORT8771 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. 888-704-6411; www.loverskey.com

Your private balcony looks over some of the most beautiful shoreline in Florida, where nature is protected at the state park and nature preserves. Located on a small island, the hotel offers luxury accommodations, fine dining on-site at what some call “the most intimate hotel on Estero Island.”

Florida residents: Take 15% off room rates.

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a hotel room filled with furniture and a large window: Opal Sands Resort offers spectacular views of the blue Gulf waters of Clearwater Beach. © Photo provided Opal Sands Resort offers spectacular views of the blue Gulf waters of Clearwater Beach.

OPAL SAND RESORT 430 S. Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach. 855-335-1087; www.opalsands.com

From the natural beauty to the casual beachfront luxury of the zero-entry pool, the spa and the evening sunset cocktails from the Sandbar, a relaxing beachfront escape or an activity-filled getaway on Florida’s Gulf Coast await.

Florida residents: Save up to 25% off. Code: Neighbor.

Stay and save: Stay three nights and save 30%. Code: STAY3.

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THE PINK SHELL RESORT275 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, 33931. 855-923-7372; www.pinkshell.com

Set right on the flat, shell-filled beach, you’ll find aquatic adventures including parasailing, kayaking, fishing, sunset cruises, dolphin tours. Incredible sunsets are celebrated each night from the Pier.

Florida residents: Get 15% off the best available rate. No expiration date. Packages, plus your $39 resort fee, include valet parking, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, steam room access; breakfast at Jack’s; daily beach lounge chair and umbrella setup; Wi-Fi and access to resort amenities, including on-site dining, pools and the beach.

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, NAPLES280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples; 239-598-3300; www.ritzcarlton.com/naples

Celebrate the sunset, an official event, from the impeccable view, plus two pools, golf, the Ritz Kids program, 447 luxury guest rooms, including 35 suites, a spa with 30 treatment rooms.

Stay longer and save: Stay three nights and receive 15% off; stay four nights and receive 20% savings. Through Dec. 30.

Spa Escape: Deluxe accommodations, a $200 per day spa credit and valet parking. Starts at $529 per night. Through Dec. 30.

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SAFETY HARBOR RESORT AND SPA 105 N. Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. 888-237-8772; safetyharborspa.com

Florida’s only natural mineral springs resort spa is also a historic landmark. Access to the 50,000-square-foot spa and fitness center includes the Spa Sanctuary and Tranquility Garden where fitness classes are held.

Staycation: Guest room, breakfast, dinner and beverages (unlimited daily cocktail special, coffee, tea, soft drinks and spa mineral water; $2 well brands, house draft beer and wine) each day, and one spa service per person (25-minute facial, massage, herbal wrap or aroma therapy mineral bath). Add a $16 per night resort amenity fee.

Bay Breeze: A special rate on a guest room, full buffet breakfast each day of stay and choice of spa service.

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SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT 5400 South Seas Plantation Road, Captiva Island. 239-472-5111; www.southseas.com

Besides luxury lodging, you’ll find more than 2 miles of pristine beach, seashells, the waves, pools and water play, 330-acre preserve, biking, boating, fishing, dolphins. Whether you crave quiet seclusion or activity 24/7, it’s here.

Florida residents: Take 15% off regular rates plus receive a coupon book with more than $250 in savings on family activities, restaurants, golf, spa services and merchandise.

Luxuriate Longer: Stay 3 nights or more and save from 10% to 15% off regular rates plus receive a coupon book with more than $250 in savings on family activities, restaurants, golf, spa services and merchandise.

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Northeast Florida

a room filled with furniture and a large window: Beacher's Lodge offers private suites overlooking the ocean in St. Augustine. © Photo provided Beacher's Lodge offers private suites overlooking the ocean in St. Augustine.

BEACHER'S LODGE6970 A1A S., St. Augustine. 800-527-8849; www.beacherslodge.com

In operation since 1986, this condo-hotel on Crescent Beach has pet-friendly individually owned rentals that have been renovated and modernized. Oceanfront suites have private bedrooms, sleeper sofas, kitchenettes and patios or private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the view from the oceanfront heated pool.

Florida residents: Take 10% of room rates. Also available to AAA and AARP members and the military with ID.

Stay longer deal: Pay for three nights at rack rate and get the fourth night free.

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RESIDENCE INN AMELIA ISLAND — 2301 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach. 904-277-2440; www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/jaxar-residence-inn-amelia-island 

Studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom suites with free wireless Internet; a 55-inch TV; a full kitchen. Start the day with free "grab-n-go" breakfast and end it sitting by the fire pit. Two blocks from the beach. Rooms start at $250 a night.

Senior discount: If you’re 62 or older, save at least 15% on your room rate.

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PONTE VEDRA INN AND CLUB200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 888-839-9145; www.pontevedra.com

This 300-acre beachfront AAA five-diamond rated resort can trace its roots to 1928. Its 250 rooms have patios or terraces overlooking the beach, lavish four-poster beds with luxury linens. This resort offers golf and tennis, and wellness and beauty treatments at the luxury spa. There’s a wealth of dining options on site including the highly rated Surf Deck Grille and the Seahorse Grille.

Commit to Love Package: Through the end of 2021, the Inn & Club is offering a  special romance package featuring oceanfront king bed accommodations for two nights in the New Ocean House or Peyton House, dinner for two; one 90-minute couples spa treatment including lunch and Champagne; one hour of private golf or tennis instruction for two. $2,800 including resort tax and gratuity. Book at 844-798-6557.

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SAWGRASS MARRIOTT GOLF RESORT & SPA — 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. 904-285-7777; www.marriott.com/hotels

Just three miles from the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, this large, spacious Marriott has an agreement with the TPC Sawgrass golf club next door, so if a round of golf sound goods, the hotel has privileges. The resort has two pools, plus cabana pool with access to the beach, but you must take a shuttle to access it.

One of the pools has the SurfStream Wave Machine that offers seven wave types and can handle all skill levels. The hotel has seven restaurants and a full-service spa. Rates start at $179 a night. Rates do not include the daily resort fee of $25.

Florida residents: save up to 20% off retail rates, free self-parking. Through Sept. 30. Code: FR6.

Romantic getaway: Champagne and strawberries, $50 daily food credit, valet parking. Through June 30. Code: ROM.

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a house with bushes in front of a building: Steep yourself in history at the Southern Oaks Inn in St. Augustine. © Benjamin D. Bloom Steep yourself in history at the Southern Oaks Inn in St. Augustine.

SOUTHERN OAKS INN2800 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. 904-342-2354; southernoaksinnstaug.com

Beautifully landscaped grounds and historic charm, beautiful beaches, a downtown shuttle, spacious and pet-friendly accommodations await.

Buy Two Get One Deal: Stay two nights Sunday through Thursday and get the third night free through June 30. Code 3FOR2.

Heroes deal: Military, emergency services and government employees get 10% off their stay as a thank-you.

This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: The 2021 Florida Staycation Guide — Central & Northeast Florida and the West Coast

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