That dream Florida Vacation may now be affordable!!
I think it is a safe bet to say that all of us are getting a little stir crazy hunkering down and being safe at home. But at some point, and hopefully, sooner rather than later, the US government will open the nation back up again, and when it does, Florida will be more than ready.
One of Florida’s largest industries and what you could say is it’s bread and butter is, of course tourism and because of the pandemic shutdown, the businesses supporting the tourism industry has suffered incredible losses. As of February 2019, there were approximately 439,000 hotel rooms in the State of Florida spread out over 4,500 different properties and a good majority of them had to shut down during the Covid19 pandemic due to government orders or low occupancy rates.
Once the nation gets back to a more normal situation and the government deems it safe to leave our homes, many people will be ready to get out and travel. However, since many families have also suffered financial loss during the Covid19 crisis, funds to travel will be less readily available.
It is my belief and the belief of many of the travel experts that with the average tourist having significantly less to spend on travel, paired with the fierce competition for the tourist dollar that will go on within Florida’s travel industry, come summer we may see some of the deepest discounts for lodging and attractions than we have seen in years.
I started doing some research to put this theory to the test and yes, it is true, as I am finding hundreds of awesome deals available, especially in some of the lesser known but equally as fun Florida destinations.
Here is my first list of 10 sweet deals with more lists to come in the near futures as I continue to search out these awesome summer vacation savings for you.
NOTE: IF YOU DECIDE TO BOOK A STAY DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES, PLEASE BE SURE TO ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND CANCELLATION POLICIES.
Gorgeous Lido Key, a barrier Island off the coast of Sarasota, may be lesser known than it’s ever so popular neighbor Siesta Key, however this low key destination offers just as much beauty and fun, but at a value price.
Just blocks away from Lido Beach is the popular and sophisticated shopping and dining destination of St. Armands Circle and approx. 2 miles away are both Mote Marine Aquarium and Siesta Key Village.
There are many lodging options on Lido Key, however, my pick is The Sandcastle Beach Resort. Averaging at a price range from about $150 – $200 per night, this resort includes, pool, restaurant, beachside pool bar and more. Of course, the best amenity is the stunningly beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
Lido Key is 7 miles from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
Of course Daytona Beach is world famous with tourist which makes it a perfect destination to find a bargain vacation. Because of it’s popularity there are many hotels here and they are all in a battle for your dollar.
My Pick: Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach – All the amenities of a 5 star luxury hotel stay, at a 3 star price – base price ranges anywhere from $150 a night on up.
Daytona International Airport served by Delta and American Airlines and from Canada Sunwing Airlines
Sand Key – Clearwater Beach
Just across a Bridge from the ever so popular Clearwater Beach, you will find the laid back and relaxing salt life of Sand Key. A stay on Sand Key would normally be out of this gal’s price range, however there are some exceptional value prices being offered right now making it more of an affordable possibility.
My Pick: Sheraton Sand Key Resort – A marvelous property on the pristine waters and sugary white beach sand of the Gulf of Mexico. Numerous amenities on this property would make this a luxurious dream vacation for sure. Average summer 2020 price is somewhere around $250 per night.
Nearest airport: St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE) 15 miles
Downtown Saint Augustine
On Florida’s East coast, St. Augustine is known for being the oldest city in the United States, it is also known for being an historic city jammed packed with family fun attractions.
My Pick: Villa 1565 – For an authentic historic stay. Located adjacent to the Ponce De Leon Fountain of youth attraction and within walking distance to many other St. Augustine attractions and trolley service. Average summer rate is anywhere from $120 to $150 per night. Breakfast included
Jacksonville international airport (JAX) is approx. 1 hour north of Saint Augustine
Historic Ybor City
Just a free trolley ride away from the attractions of Downtown Tampa, the Ybor City Historic District provides a multitude of entertainment and restaurant options in itself and all wrapped around the history of the multicultural cigar manufacturing city of yesteryear.
Short drive from Tampa International Airport away from Tampa International Airport (TPA)
My Pick: The Hilton Garden Inn in the heart of Ybor City. Average summer rate starts at around $120 per night
Indian Harbor Beach – Melbourne
A quiet getaway on Florida’s Central East Coast. South of the more popular Cocoa Beach, Indian Harbor – Melbourne Beach provides a less crowded, off the radar beach vacation. Visit the nearby Brevard Zoo or drive the short 37 miles to Kennedy Space Center.
Nearby Airport: Orlando/Melbourne International Airport (MLB)
My Pick: Radisson Suite Hotel Ocean Front with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and all the amenities of a great family beach vacation. Average summer price starts at around $140 per night.
Lake Buena Vista – Orlando
Located 14 miles from Orlando city limits, Lake Buena Vista is a city best known for being the city in which the Walt Disney World Resort is actually located. A great central location to all of the excitement and fun of the Orlando and Central Florida attractions and theme parks.
Airport of Choice: Orlando International (MCO)
My Pick: Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista/Orlando Waterpark Suites A Great family hotel with a waterpark on site!! Some suites have kitchenettes and this summer the price is right with prices starting at the $100 per night range. A great family fun in the sun value vacation.
Key Largo – Florida Keys
The first of the Florida Keys and Home to the world’s largest artificial reef, the 510-foot USS Spiegel Grove, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the African Queen. The Everglades National Park is just a 45 minute drive away. Fishing, snorkeling and diving are all popular activities in Key Largo
Airport of choice: Miami International Airport (MIA) 62 miles away
My Pick: The Pelican Key Largo Cottages A perfect place to relax and take in the sun right on Florida Bay. Average rates for waterfront and kitchenette is around $210 per night
Hutchinson Island/Jensen Beach
On Florida’s Treasure coast, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Indian River on the other, Hutchinson Island offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. Boating, fishing, surfing, wildlife viewing or just playing in the Atlantic Ocean. A wonderful location for an active family vacation.
Airport of choice: Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) about an hour away.
My Pick: Courtyard by Marriott Hutchinson Island Oceanside/Jensen Beach Rates starting at 184 per night
South Beach Miami
Sometimes called the American Riviera, South Beach in Miami is one of Florida’s best known and most glamours beaches. Art Deco architecture is the thing here as is celebrity inspired restaurants, outdoor cafes’ and a happening nightlife. It is not unusual to have a celebrity spotting here either. A luxurious stay here does not come cheap, however summer 2020 just might be your chance to find a somewhat affordable way to cross South Beach off your bucket list.
My Pick: Hotel Victor South Beach – Upscale luxury at a more affordable price!! On South Beach no less!! Rooms starting around $200 per night
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Be on the look out for the next list of deals where I will be posting about some great finds at budget hotels near some of Florida’s best attractions.
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