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Top Resorts in Palm Beach County

If your perfect Palm Beach Florida vacation features a range of surf and turf activities, we have the ideal resorts for you. These properties offer everything from snorkeling amidst sunken ships to historical tours on beach cruisers to waterside golf.

You’ll find ample opportunities for paddleboard and surfing lessons, state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor fitness facilities and even a 15-mile jogging trail along the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers
The Breakers photo credit: John Cameron

Inspired by the Italian villas of the 1400s, The Breakers Palm Beach is run by descendants of founder Henry Flagler. Guests can do a free, two-hour cycling tour of local historical sites.

Golfers will love the challenging Rees-Jones course, the oldest 18-hole course in Florida. Dating from 1896, the Ocean Course sits on 140 acres overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, adjacent to the 540-room Breakers Hotel.

The Breakers Clubhouse
The Breakers Clubhouse photo credit: John Cameron

After the round, guests head to the Flagler Steakhouse upstairs in the golf clubhouse for excellent steak and seafood dishes.

The Breakers Pool
The Breakers Pool photo credit: John Cameron

Gym enthusiasts appreciate the contemporary 6,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor oceanfront fitness center, while all can enjoy the 20,000-square-foot spa, Mediterranean-style beach club overlooking one-half mile of private beach, four swimming pools, five whirlpool spas, 10 lighted tennis courts and an extensive program of family activities including water sports.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa photo credit:John Cameron

The Eau Resort offers free beach cruisers so guests can cycle three miles north to golf along the ocean and the Intracoastal at the Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course.

Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course
Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course photo credit:John Cameron

The helpful water sports staff can arrange fishing trips or set you up with paddle boards, kayaks and catamarans to explore the marine life or improve your sailing skills.

Divers can see the old A1A highway, 30 feet below the surface, while snorkeling kids can discover schools of fish closer to shore. There’s an Aquanuts program for children ages five to 12 and a COAST Teens Program for ages 13 to 17.

An onsite tennis pro offers lessons on three Har-Tru clay courts, while a state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with personal trainers, offers spinning, yoga and Pilates classes.

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

The Seagate Hotel & Spa
The Seagate Hotel & Spa photo credit: John Cameron

The Seagate Hotel and Spa in Delray Beach is a gold-certified Leed property boasting five beautiful aquariums, including a shark tank. At their ocean club, guests can take a guided snorkeling tour to sunken ships or explore the area in single or double kayaks, paddleboards or rent masks and fins.

Hole 17 Seagate Golf & Country Club Delray Beach, Florida
Hole 17 Seagate Golf & Country Club

Golfers will enjoy a beautifully manicured 18 hole championship course, designed by Joe Lee, playing 6,552 yards from the tips. If you are staying at The Seagate, don’t miss the chance to play this fun course.  Guests also have access to eight Har-Tru tennis courts, a fitness center and a pool.

Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa

Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
Marriott Singer Island Palm Beach photo credit: John Cameron

Rising 21 stories above one of the top five beaches in Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is the only all-suite beachfront property in Palm Beach County.

Marriott Palm Beach Balcony view
Marriott Palm Beach Balcony view photo credit: John Cameron

Each of its 190 suites offers spacious and stylish condo-style living with a fully stocked large kitchen with dishwasher, separate living and dining area plus a washer & dryer.

Marriott Two Bedroom Condo
Marriott Two Bedroom Condo photo credit: John Cameron

A key feature of the Marriott Palm Beach Singer Island is the heated grotto-style, heated outdoor Lagoon Pool with a two-story waterfall and water slide.

Marriott Palm Beach Lagoon Pool
Marriott Palm Beach Lagoon Pool photo credit: John Cameron

Guests congregate here on Friday evenings for the popular dive-in movies on the resort’s big-screen. Beach volleyball and morning meditation classes round out the group activities.

3800 Ocean patio
3800 Ocean patio photo credit: John Cameron

3800 Ocean is the signature restaurant at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island.  It’s always a treat when the chef takes away your menu and says, leave it to me. We were presented with a delicious starter of plump Wellfleet oysters, dredged in a breaded coating, fried and presented in their shell, followed by a duck breast au jus on black olive risotto and a sea bass wrapped in prosciutto, perfectly paired with a California chardonnay.

Every day at 4pm, guests are invited to mix and mingle over bar bites and a complimentary cocktail in the lobby during social hour.

Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort Palapas
Marriott Singer Island Beach Palapas photo credit: John Cameron

Stop by the palapa at the entrance to the beach for your towels and beach chairs. At the water sport rentals desk, you can book a pedal boat tour to nearby Burnt Ridge or sign out a motorboat to explore the waters on your own.

Enjoy a relaxing couples Swedish massage, perfectly executed by the skilled team at Sisi Spa. Post massage, relax on a heated mosaic spa beds, which are more comfortable than they look.

Waterstone Resort & Marina

Waterstone Resort & Marina
Waterstone Resort & Marina photo credit: John Cameron

In Boca Raton, the Waterstone Resort and Marina, popular with boaters, has 139 guest rooms with private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway or Lake Boca.

The polished chrome against whitewashed teak wood millwork both indoors and out creates a seamless transition between the main floor and waterfront promenade. Easy access to water activities on all three include reef snorkeling trips, fishing charters, boat rentals, surfing lessons, jet skis, ocean kayaks and paddleboards.

The Boca Raton Resort & Club’s award-winning amenities include two 18-hole championship golf courses, 30 tennis courts, seven pools, a 32-slip marina with full fishing and boating facilities and a half-mile of private beach with water sports and family activities.

Previously published on USA Today 10 Best

Margaritaville Beach Resort, Hollywood

Located in the heart of Hollywood, Florida, Margaritaville Beach Resort Hollywood invites guests into the laid-back beach life of Jimmy Buffet.

Lobby Parrot graphic

Buffet’s loyal fans are known as parrotheads and colorful parrot images can be found throughout the Margaritaville resort. Lyrics from Jimmy Buffet’s hit songs adorn the hotel walls as totems of his gone fishing carpe manana beach lifestyle. Margaritavilles’s carefree vibe even extends to the wearable room key on your wrist.

Margaritaville’s spacious guest rooms are filled with natural light and offer wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal or both. These rooms bring the beach vibe inside with bleached, sand-colored wood floors and sky-blue accent notes.

The Jimmy Buffet Suite at Margaritaville Beach Resort
The Jimmy Buffet Suite photo credit: Sherel Purcell

Where to Eat at Margaritaville Beach Resort

Guests can dine at JWB Prime Steak and Seafood – upscale dining in a casual setting or party at Jimmy Buffett’s famous Landshark Bar & Grill. They can breakfast at Margaritaville restaurant, or dine with their toes in the sand at 5 o’Clock Somewhere on the Intracoastal Waterway.

JWB at Margaritaville
JWB at Margaritaville

JWB, named for James William Buffet, is a great steak and seafood restaurant with superb service. Start with one of their inventive cocktails.  If you like Mojitos, try the popular Caribbean Amphibian, made with pineapple vodka or a Perfect Partner – Hendricks gin with cucumber-infused watermelon – a refreshing take on a martini.

For starters, try the signature jumbo lump crab cakes, accompanied by a coleslaw, spiced with cumin, curry and golden raisins. Or the pan-fried oysters, presented in the shell on a bed of creamed spinach.  Both pair well with a dry Sancerre.  The JWB surf and turf gives you a great taste of both sides of the menu:  an eight ounce filet and a broiled lobster tail.

For dessert, try the caramel macchiato, where a chocolate bar meets a cocktail in a glass.

Things to do at Margaritaville Beach Resort

Lone Palm pool at Margaritaville Beach Resort
Lone Palm pool photo credit: John Cameron

Swimmers have the choice of three pools: The Lone Palm Pool, the adults only rooftop pool and the Landshark Pool which features a kid-friendly waterslide and tiki-style cabanas. There’s also a FlowRider, where pro surfers offer neophytes a lesson.  Resort fees also include chaise lounges set up on the beach in front of the Margaritaville resort and presided over by lifeguards.

Waterway Adventures at Margaritaville Beach Resort
Waterway Adventures at Five O’ Clock Somewhere photo credit: John Cameron

Next door to Five O’Clock Somewhere, Waterway Adventures guides kayak tours of the secluded mangroves on the Intracoastal. Paddlers enter a peaceful world that has not changed much since Ponce De Leon. It’s so quiet one can hear the pop of pistol shrimp. Watch out for the small black jumping crabs that also pinch: the larger the crab, the bigger the pinch.

Anne Kolb Nature Center
Anne Kolb Nature Center photo credit: Sherel Purcell

At the Margaritaville Activities Desk, sign out a bicycle and cycle north along the Hollywood Boardwalk to Anne Kolb Nature Center West Lake Park, one of the largest parks in Florida. Tour the wetlands on raised boardwalks to see a variety of birds, like the white ibis, osprey and peregrine falcon. A tower accessed by stairs or elevator provides good views of the surrounding area and waterways. You can sometimes spot manatees from here too.

For guests who want the ultimate in relaxation, try the St. Somewhere Spa, with eleven treatment rooms, steam rooms, scrub room, and rainfall showers. The 50 minute Swedish massage is highly recommended.