Great ways to save on a family getaway to Florida
By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach (Shores Resort)
If you’re hoping to score an affordable beach getaway before the kids head back to school, set your sights on the Sunshine State, where many hotels drop their prices as summer rolls toward August. Check out these kid-friendly beachfront resorts where you can snag sweet midsummer savings.
Accommodations at the South Seas Island Resort (South Seas Island Resort)
Where: Captiva Island, Florida
Why: This plush family-friendly resort is set on the tip of one of Florida’s most desirable Gulf Coast islands, offering pristine beaches and a host of kid-pleasing activities on land and sea. Receive your fourth night free, free breakfast for kids ages 12 and under, plus a coupon book with over $250 in savings to local attractions, restaurants, golf, and shopping. Travel by Sept. 30, 2014.
Luxurious Room at Jupiter Beach Resort (Jupiter Beach Resort)
Where: North Palm Beach, Florida
Why: Set in a fabulous location along a stunning stretch of sand, this 168-room beachfront resort offers golf, tennis, basketball and shuffleboard and poolside movie nights. Get your third night free this summer and fall. Available through Dec. 31, 2014.
17 Properties on Amelia Island
Williams House on Amelia Island (Williams House)
Where: Amelia Island, Florida
Why: You should never pass up a free night on beautiful Amelia Island and here is your chance. Book the Free Night, Any Night promo and get your third or fourth night free at 17 different hotels, inns, vacation rentals, resorts and B&Bs on Amelia Island. Available through Dec. 31, 2014.
Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Naples Beach Hotel grounds in Naples (Naples Beach Hotel)
Where: Naples, Florida
Why: This stunning property is set along a seven-mile beach and boasts a multi-pool waterscape, award-winning tennis center, golf course, kids’ club, plus an array of fun watersports. Get your third night free all summer long</a>; over Labor Day weekend, get your fourth night free. Available through Sept. 30, 2014.
The Shores Resort & Spa
Where: Daytona Beach, Florida
Why: This upscale boutique hotel is as kid-friendly as it is stylish, with a spectacular sand-between-your-toes setting right on the “world’s most famous beach,” a fun summer children’s activity program, and firepits on the patio that invite you to make use of the complimentary s’more kits. Book a midweek stay this summer and receive your third night free. Travel by Aug. 31, 2014.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, a family travel expert, contributed this to MiniTime.