Ready for a beach vacation in Florida? With an ever-expanding array of options at all price points, how does the Florida beach-loving traveler choose? Here are the best waterfront accommodations for couples, families, and group getaways.

The Gabriel Miami South Beach – Miami Beach

The Gabriel Miami South Beach — Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell

Part of Hilton’s Curio Collection of unique accommodations, Gabriel Miami South Beach offers upscale amenities and authentic local experiences in the heart of South Beach, just steps from the ocean. Experience decades of glitz at the site of Desi Arnaz’s big band that continues to host sophisticated revelers.

A glass-bottomed rooftop pool overlooks four stories of art-filled circular hallways. There’s also an infinity pool by the outdoor bar in an attractive contemporary-style seating area – perfect for afternoon cocktails and sumptuous breakfasts, including the tasty Greek omelet.

Spacious rooms and suites are suitable for couples and BFF getaways. Spring for a full-length balcony suite overlooking the green and yellow South Beach bike path. Complimentary beach chairs and a beach bike are available to ride the Ocean Drive trail and beyond.

Hillsboro Beach Resort – Hillsboro Beach

Hillsboro Beach Resort — Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell

Further north, just below Boca Raton, the intimate boutique Hillsboro Beach Resort offers king and queen rooms and suites overlooking the blue-green waters and white sands of the Atlantic.

The sophisticated beach design – inside and out – along with the laid-back, friendly and helpful staff inspire a restful and relaxing holiday, especially suitable for couples and singles.

Rooms and suites — some with balconies — include luxury linens, fluffy terrycloth bathrobes, rainfall showers, 55-inch 4K smart TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffee and Lavazza tea. Rates include free bikes, paddle boards and kayaks.

The attractive Roi restaurant, focused on international tastes, is perched above the beach and caters only to guests. Nearby foodie destinations include Mizner Park in Boca Raton and Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Sonesta – Fort Lauderdale

Lobby, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale HotelLobby, The Sonesta Hotel Fort Lauderdale — Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell

The Sonesta Hotel Fort Lauderdale overlooks seven miles of famous white-gold sands.

Newly redesigned rooms (some with water views) and pool offer all travelers a laid-back beach vacation with the exciting addition of a Caribbean-South Florida fusion restaurant, Steelpan. Start your dinner with a happy hour “Tropical Splash” cocktail and coconut shrimp taco.

On weekends, take part in yoga sessions on the beach or work out anytime in the newly renovated fitness center at this dog-friendly property. Within two miles of the Sonesta, you’ll find Fort Lauderdale’s water taxi network – a visit in itself, as well as museums, shopping, a state park and other great restaurants.

The Diplomat Beach Resort – Hollywood

Suite with Atlantic Ocean View and Balcony, The Diplomat Beach ResortAtlantic Ocean View Suite with Balcony, The Diplomat Beach Resort — Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell

Just south of Fort Lauderdale, The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, with its large rooms and suites filled with natural light, including luxurious amenities and linens, offers views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway.

There really is something for everyone here. Water sports fanatics will appreciate the two pools on the seafront: an infinity edge with a partially glazed bottom placed on the lagoon pool, a Dip + Slide Waterpark. There is also a private beach where you can go jet skiing, kayaking or paddleboarding.

Spa-goers will love the 15,000 square foot paradise of manicures and pedicures, facials, wraps, massages and more.

Foodies and partiers will love the six distinct lounges and restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs, while yachtsmen with dinner reservations berth free for four hours at the Diplomat Marina.

Family-friendly activities are accessible via the Hollywood Circuit shuttle to downtown historic homes and museums, while the water taxi ride stops at Fort Lauderdale attractions.

Postcard Inn – St. Pete Beach

The Postcard Inn, St. Pete Beach, FloridaThe Postcard Inn, St. Pete Beach, Florida — Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell

On Florida’s west coast, the Postcard Inn sits on a popular section of St. Pete Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, with a tiki beach bar, giant colorful Adirondack chairs, and the largest hotel pool in a area filled with restaurants.

This renovated retro motel offers spacious, updated rooms ideal for families and groups, as well as ADA accessible rooms with beach wheelchairs.

The expansive property offers all forms of recreation – indoors and outdoors – in a lovely garden-like setting where you’ll find picnic tables and outdoor games and activities. Books, board games, and billiards are available in the open-air lobby library, while the snack bar offers Italian ice cream.

Tours can be arranged with local businesses while parking, pool towels, beach chairs, and cruiser bikes are all free.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites – Madeira Beach

Holiday Inn Express Madeira Beach, FloridaHoliday Inn Express Madeira Beach, Florida — Photo courtesy of Sherel Purcell

Right by Madeira Beach – via a reliable, free beach shuttle – families, business travelers, groups and couples will enjoy an amenity-rich stay at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites.

Guests are greeted in a large lobby with business center and a sunny indoor/outdoor breakfast room offering free hot breakfasts.

Contemporary, well-designed bedrooms with comfortable beds and blackout curtains ensure a good night’s sleep, while the landscaped exterior is home to a swimming pool, hot tub, barbecue grills and private seating areas, some with propane fire pits of table.

Nearby attractions include John’s Pass Village with beachfront dining and shopping, available via the free shuttle service.