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Monday, September 6, 2010

Fall in love with these cheap Florida hotels

Royal Palm South Beach

Soak in the rays in Miami's Royal Palm South Beach.

By Maria Mora

Fall is hands down my favorite time of year to visit Florida, and it’s not just because of the great rates at cheap Florida hotels.  The temperatures drop to a lovely degree, the crowds thin out and good deals are easy to find . We like to spend this exploring new Florida beaches and attractions with our friends and kids.

Here are some of the best cheap Florida hotels we’ve found on our fair weather Florida adventures.

Exotic views in Miami
The Royal Palm South Beach captures the spirit of Miami’s vibrant beachfront community. Pairing art deco design with modern amenities, this fun hotel puts guests right in the middle of Miami’s nightlife and gorgeous beaches. Want to fit in with the natives? Bring your skimpiest bathing suit.

High energy in Orlando
With rates dipping as low as $70 a night, villas at the Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake are a steal. This family-friendly resort has so many amenities, we were tempted to just stay and play on site last time we visited. Perfect for longer trips to Orlando, this resort gives the entire family plenty to do between trips to the local theme parks and attractions. Don’t miss the Gatorland Alligator Show for a taste of old Florida.

Beachside fun in St. Pete/Clearwater
I’ve been visiting the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort on St. Pete Beach since I was a little girl. Thanks to recent room renovations and an active program for kids, this resort tops my list of favorite St. Petersburg and Tampa resorts. In the fall, the breezes kick up in the evenings, providing gorgeous sunsets and perfect beach weather. The property is only a short drive across the bay, so I prefer it over landlocked Tampa hotels. Kids get a kick out of the giant slide on the beach, while adults will love the generous frozen drink sizes from the poolside bar. Save 30% off each night through December 31, 2010.

Historic luxury in Ft. Lauderdale
The Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort isn’t your average chain hotel. Built in 1925, this expansive resort is fondly referred to as the Grand Lady. Renovations done in 2008 restored the hotel to her original glory, with fantastic antique lighting and furniture. The fairy-tale luxury of this hotel pairs well with the walk-able hometown feel of Hollywood Florida. After the sun sets, head out on the boardwalk for live music and dozens of great bars and restaurants.

Roomy suites in Key West
Families and groups love Sunrise Suites Resort Key West for the roomy two bedroom condo-style accommodations. When I’m traveling with my kids, I prefer to be a convenient distance from the bars and clubs. Thanks to the central location, Sunruse Suites Resort is close to all the quirky attractions Key West has to offer—without being too close to the nightlife. Save money on your Key West vacation by picking up some light groceries and having breakfast and lunch in the fully equipped kitchen. Save 30% off your stay if you book before October 27, 2010 for travel between now and October 28.

Maria Mora is a memoir blogger and wannabe photographer. She travels extensively throughout Florida and the Caribbean with her two young sons.

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