(Part 4 of 4)
We started this series talking about our stay at Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach, FL, continued it with our dining experiences, then introduced the upscale JWB Prime Steak and Seafood.
We close out the series with an introduction to the area around the new resort and what’s available nearby for vacationers. We have to start with The Broadwalk, which runs right between the resort and the sand leading to the ocean, so the view is of shops and restaurants and resorts or small hotels on one side and the Atlantic on the other. The Broadwalk stays full day and night in warm weather with walkers, bikers, skateboarders, rollerbladers and all types of non-motorized wheeled vehicles such as surreys and lo-riders. There are several bike rental shops.
We checked with visithollywoodfl.org and discovered The Broadwalk runs two and a-half miles oceanside, where you can stop in at any of 50 restaurants and 30 boutiques and shops, as well as three oceanfront parks. Try a bit of paddleball at the Garfield Street courts or join the kids in the dolphin play fountains. Buildings, including small hotels, sport pastel colors reminding you you’re in funky Florida. There’s a free weekly live music series, and when the Margaritaville Resort opened, even Jimmy Buffett played at the Broadwalk Band Shell.
In addition, there’s:
- Arts Park at Young Circle – Featuring 10 acres of lush green space, jogging grounds, a children’s play area and interactive fountain, this revolutionary park is an ideal area to unwind, soak in the sun and enjoy a relaxing picnic.
- Downtown Hollywood – Explore the historic downtown Hollywood area aboard an old-fashioned Trolley. For just $1, explore nature and oceanfront dining in North Beach and shopping/recreation in Central and South Beach.
- Art and Culture Center of Hollywood – Offering contemporary exhibitions, live stage performances and educational workshops.
- Water Taxi – Weave along the Intracoastal Waterway aboard Fort Lauderdale’s renowned water taxi, seeing firsthand why this sunny destination is called the “Venice of the Americas.”
- Gulfstream Park – Filled with restaurants, shops, galleries, horse racing and a casino, The Village at Gulfstream Park is the ideal all-day hangout with options for the whole family.
- Las Olas Boulevard – Check out the posh boutiques along this busy shopping and dining boulevard and people watch at a quaint street-side cafe.
- Anne Kolb Nature Center – With more than 1,500-acres of mangroves, take a boat ride on one of five trails within this incredible nature preserve. You may even spot an endangered species.
Margaritaville Resort by the Numbers
Accommodations reflect colors of the sea, sand and sky: the 349 coastal-luxe, contemporary guest rooms feature sleek, teak-finished furnishings, subtle maritime accents, crisp white bedding and colorful accessories to create a relaxing yet elegant setting.
All guest rooms and suites offer:
- Balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway
- Luxurious bedding with all white linens
- Work desks
- Spacious walk-in showers
- 42” LCD TVs
- High-speed Wi-Fi and data ports
- Bluetooth compatible alarm clocks
- Irons and ironing boards
- In-room safes
The 349 guest rooms and suites include:
- 178 King, 450-600 square feet
- 155 Double Queens, 450-600 square feet
- 12 Suites, 840-2,834 square feet
- Banana Republics Hospitality Suite
- Son of Sailor Hospitality Suite
- The Coral Reefer Suite (Vice Presidential Suite), 2,649 square feet
- The Jimmy Buffett (Presidential Suite), 2,834 square feet
Parking and Rates
- 1,000 parking spots in total
- 600 spots designated for public use
- Monday–Thursday: $3 per hour for the first four hours; everything after four hours is $30
- Friday–Sunday: $4 per hour for the first four hours; everything after four hours is $30
- Overnight guest self-parking: $30 per night
- Restaurant guests (valet only): parking for the first four hours (with validation) is $10; everything after four hours is $35 per hour.
- Paddleboard and kayaking rentals
- Hollywood Beach Bandshell and Great Lawn
- Entertainment Venue
- Retail shops
- 24-hour, state-of-the-art Fitness Center
- 11th-floor pool and License to Chill Bar
Water Recreation Areas
- Three pools and 22 cabanas
- LandShark pool
- Lone Palm pool
- 11th-floor pool – License to Chill
- The Beachfront FlowRider® Double is a surf simulator generates a thin sheet of water which flows over a curved hill to form the perfect ocean wave. It is open to resort guests and the public Cosit is $30 for 30 minutes, $45 for 60 minutes,
If You’re Going: Margaritaville Beach Resort is located at 1111 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019. Nightly rates start at $206. A daily resort fee includes basic wireless internet service, access to fitness center and classes, two beach chairs and one umbrella, in-room coffee and bottled water, and local calls. For info, phone 844-5OCLOCK (844-562-5625) or visit www.MargaritavilleHollywoodBeachResort.com.
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Luxury Travel Examiners Kathy M. Newbern and spouse, J.S. Fletcher, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are earned more than 120 travel writing, photography and videography awards, are members of the Society of American Travel Writers, have visited 70 countries, every continent and reported on 65 cruises.