When I think about booking my family a little getaway, Jimmy Buffett isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. Now frozen margaritas on the other hand…they’re a vacation staple! Taking inspiration from Buffett and one of his most popular songs, Margaritaville Beach Resort (the closest location to Boca Raton is in Hollywood) is celebrating its seventh anniversary this year. And, let’s just say you won’t mind spending some time searching for your lost shaker of salt if you book a visit during the beautiful winter months ahead. In fact, Jimmy might just jump to the top of your “travel must list” going forward!
Far underrated in comparison to its neighbors Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the City of Hollywood, Florida is home to seven miles of beaches, 60 parks, seven golf courses, a historic downtown, the famous Broadwalk offering eateries and shops that pair particularly well with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, and so much more. In its center is the aforementioned Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, a slice of Florida paradise that operates as a community staple for hospitality, entertainment, business, community, and fun for guests and locals alike.
My 9 year-old daughter, 5 year-old nephew and I were hosted at a cabana for the day at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach during one of those random teacher work days this fall and were immediately impressed by how new and modern the facilities were. Having just come off a visit to Hawks Cay in the Florida Keys which happens to feel more “lived in”, it was a bit of a shock to the system…in a good way!
Upon entering the lobby, the kids immediately spotted Margaritaville’s signature blown-out flip flop sandal sculpture in bright blue. It appears at every property and even at sea on Buffett’s cruise line. We also found musicians who played catchy island tunes at various times throughout the day. Just past the lobby (and souvenir shop and stairs that lead up to the Resort’s St. Somewhere Spa) are the double doors that open directly out to the pool and beach area.
The kids had one goal that day: going down the waterslide as many times as they possibly could. I, on the other hand, wanted to lounge in our fancy cabana.
Accessible by wristband only are two unique pools, one with a waterslide, waterfall and a variety of lounging options including the full-service cabana we had booked. The other is island-inspired and has a large hot tub. There is also an adults-only 11th-floor rooftop pool with a seagull’s view of the ocean. Clearly, I did not get a chance to experience it on my day there with the kids.
You can get access to the pools one of two ways—by being a Margaritaville Beach Resort guest or by booking a day pass through ResortPass. I think either option is wonderful for locals. It is only a 45 minute drive from Boca Raton, after all!
However, if there is one aspect of the Resort I would challenge any parent and their kids to try, it’s the FlowRider® Double facing the beach and Broadwalk. What a fun, challenging and hilarious experience it was for us all to attempt to stand up on the surfing simulator! We all (but mostly me) epically wiped out causing endless laughter around the lunch table later on that afternoon…with consolation margaritas for me of course.
Speaking of lunch, there are eight casual and upscale dining and entertainment venues at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. We enjoyed Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville for lunch, eating inside for this visit. The décor and menu are especially on theme, encouraging guests to take a bite out of paradise. It’s nice that there are so many different dining options available right on property for food and beverage. And most of them are poolside!
Like many Boca residents, I am counting down to the heated pool and cool, breezy beach days of winter ahead. I’m also more than happy to be the “woman to blame” if it means heading back down to Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort for another visit.
Michelle Olson-Rogers is a mom of one and the founder of Modern Boca Mom, an award-winning lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. She can also be found on Instagram at @modernbocamom.