We understand that between work, family, and school, sometimes we just need a little break; which is why last week we gave you part one of our Top Ten Summer Getaways in South Florida. This week we’re bringing you part two, and when you see the destinations we’ve selected, you will start planning your trip right away! So get ready, because we’ve saved the best South Florida getaways for last:
1. Big Cypress National Preserve
If you love camping and don’t mind getting your feet wet, you have to plan a trip out to the Big Cypress National Preserve. This family-friendly getaway is rich with history being one of the first national preserves established in the United States. Also, Big Cypress has been labeled the most biologically diverse part of the Florida Everglades, but don’t let that fool you because the preserve is filled with gorgeous cypress tress, which is actually how it got its name. So don’t forget your camera this summer when you visit because you’ll want photos of all that beautiful flora scenery and array of wildlife.
2. Marco Island Beaches
Have you been searching for a beach with great kid-friendly activities? Look no further than the Marco Island Beaches, because they cater to all ages! Located on the Gulf side of Florida, Marco Island is the largest of Florida’s 10,000 Islands. This mystical island has white sand beaches, dolphins, and a plethora of water sports you and your family are sure to enjoy. Whether you feel like taking a stroll down one of six boardwalks, try out an electric seaquirt, or maybe rent a few stand-up paddleboards to go exploring, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Marco Island Beaches.
3. Boca Raton Resort
This large resort in Boca Raton, Florida has a long and rich history to explore. Originally opened in 1926, this South Florida resort served as barracks for the U.S. Army in World War II, where they were deemed as “the most elegant barracks in history.” Now, the Boca Raton Resort, owned by Waldorf Astoria, features an extremely relaxing top ranked spa, water activities like snorkeling and scuba diving, and more than 50,000 square-feet of gorgeous architecture. If you are looking for a perfect luxurious getaway experience, the Boca Raton Resort should be at the top of your list!
4. Azul Del Mar
Down on Key Largo in the incredible Florida Keys, there is an exquisite boutique hotel nestled deep in a tropical garden called the Azul Del Mar. This exclusive adult-only hotel has been voted “Best Hidden Gem” in the United States by TripAdvisor, and we know why; it’s the perfect romantic getaway! The grounds of this relaxing retreat feature a lush paradise of tall mahogany canopy trees and a private white sand beach. Does it get any better than that?
5. Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Whether you’re going on a summer vacation with the family, throwing a bachelorette party for your best girl friend, or are taking your one-year wedding anniversary trip, Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel and Spa is the perfect destination for you! There’s something for everyone here at this 20-acre oceanfront hotel that features a 40,000 square-foot Lapis spa, an expansive poolscape with luxury cabanas, beach access to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, endless number of water sports and water activities, some of Miami’s hottest nightclubs, and 12 restaurants, lounges, and bars. With these endless amenities and larger than life hotel structure, it came as no surprise that in 2012, after 2.4 million voters cast their votes, the American Institute of Architects awarded Fontainebleau as the Top Building in Florida. Between the incredible extensive list of incredible features, beautiful architecture, and waterfront access, this South Florida Destination is the perfect place to complete our Top Ten South Florida Summer Getaways.