Where to Stay on the Beach

A sampling of Gulf-front lodging, from lux to low-key.

By Chelsey Lucas December 1, 2015

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The Resort at Longboat Key, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, (941) 383-8821,

Nightly rate: $279-$799 offseason; $499-$1,999 in season

Rooms: Range from 415-square-foot rooms to 1,260-square-foot two-bedroom suites

Amenities: 410 acres of lush grounds and beachfront, golf course, tennis courts, spa, eight restaurants/lounges

Claim to fame: Luxurious, exclusive, only area beachfront resort rated AAA 4-diamond

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Holiday Inn Sarasota – Lido Beach, 233 Ben Franklin Drive, (941) 388-5555,

Nightly rate: $169 offseason; $409 in season

Rooms: 135 newly renovated rooms, seven floors

Amenities: Heated pool, tiki bar, fitness center, business center, dining room, lobby bar

Claim to fame: Across the street from beautiful Lido Beach and a stroll to St. Armands shopping and restaurants

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Bungalow Beach Resort – Bradenton Beach, 2000 N. Gulf Drive, (941) 778-3600,

Nightly rate: $219 offseason; $339 in season

Rooms: 15 cedar, 1930s-style bungalows, from one-room studios to three bedrooms

Amenities: Beach loungers with umbrellas, private beach access, grills, fire pit, pool

Claim to fame: Cozy, retro-style cottages on picturesque Anna Maria Island

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Turtle Beach Campground – Siesta Key, 8862 Midnight Pass Road, (941) 349-3839,

Nightly rate: $32-$42 offseason; $45-$60 in season

Rooms:  39 campsites

Amenities: Electrical service, water, and sewer at all sites. Free WiFi. Restrooms, showers, laundry, picnic area and grills, next to park with playground, kayak launch, volleyball court

Claim to fame: One of the few places in Florida for RV camping on the beach

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