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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Relaxed Luxury in South Florida
We recently stayed at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida and loved the relaxed luxury vibe. The property is cool, fun, and still has a new resort feel (it only opened in November 2015).
You will feel your troubles melt away as soon as you you enter the casual but functional lobby.
The lobby signature centerpiece is a giant blown out flip flop next to a pop top. Parrothead Warning: that will not be the only Jimmy Buffett lyric and reference in this article.
Take a break from watching the sun bake all of those tourists (covered with oil) and relax in the cozy confines of one of these super comfortable lobby cabana areas.
While exploring the Margaritaville property pay attention to the cool design features. For instance, I love the margarita glass light fixtures in the lobby. Let me know your favorites.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Location
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is located in Hollywood Beach, Florida, only a 15 minute drive from Ft. Lauderdale airport. The resort stretches all the way across the thin island, from the ocean to the intracoastal waterway, and is very near the center point of the famous Hollywood Beach Broadwalk (yes, it is called Broadwalk, instead of Boardwalk).
The Hollywood Bandshell (also known as Hollywood Beach Theatre) is on the edge of the resort and features live music from South Florida bands on Wednesday through Sunday evenings year round. When the Margaritaville Resort was being built, they also refurbished the Bandshell. The entire block is now modern and relaxed luxury at its finest.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: The Grounds
The Margaritaville Beach Resort features two giant pools. One pool (LandShark) features a waterslide, a Flowrider surf simulator, and the LandShark Bar and Grill. The other pool (Lone Palm) is more mellow, with a hot tub, outdoor tiki bar (called Lone Palm Beach Bar, which is also open to the Broadwalk public), and borders Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Both pool areas have cabanas for rent and complimentary lounge chairs.
On the 11th floor is an adults and guests only pool area with its own License to Chill bar.
Walking across the Hollywood Broadwalk from the pool area, you can immediately remove your flip flops and dip your toes into the pristine beach sand. The beach is groomed every morning and it is one of the nicer stretches of Hollywood Beach.
In addition to the Bandshell, the Margaritaville Beach Resort has three other venues for live music.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: The Rooms
Wooden signs with a different Jimmy Buffett lyric welcome you at each elevator stop. While I was tempted to visit every floor and take a picture of each sign, I decided I would leave that quest for another trip.
The Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort rooms are a quiet oasis from the common areas. I was very impressed with the quality of the room experience—very comfortable bed and pillows, elegant but comfortable wood decor, two adirondack chairs on the balcony.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Dining
In addition to the previously mentioned pool options, here are several other Margaritaville dining options.
JWB Prime Steak and Seafood is a concept restaurant appearing only at this Margaritaville property. It is a magnificent setting to experience fine dining but with a casual vibe. Perfect for my relaxed luxury theme.
The ingredients at JWB, especially the fish, are extremely fresh. I mean really, the menu lists the name of the diver who caught the fish of the day.
While my wife had an impeccable filet mignon, I opted for an amazing piece of halibut topped with fresh crab meat.
Across the street (the highway known as A1A), on the intracoastal waterway, is 5 O’Clock Somewhere.
Along the Broadwalk, you can grab a quick bite at the Floriday’s Airstream Cafe.
Inside the Margaritaville Resort lobby, next to the deadly gift shop (fun!) and very popular in the morning, is the Margaritaville Coffee Shop. It is open all day and is another convenient place to grab a quick bite, on your way to your beach chair.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Amenities
The daily Margaritaville resort fee covers towels, beach chairs, one hour bicycle rental, and a bottle of water for each guest, along with access to the pool areas.
I enjoyed my ride along the Broadwalk, on the coolest bicycle in town. Squeeze the parrot horn to make the loudest sound on the Hollywood Broadwalk. OK, sometimes you just have to, because people unconsciously walk in the bike lane. Durn tourists!
Experience relaxed luxury at the St. Somewhere Spa in the Margaritaville Resort.
In addition to having a full range of spa and salon services—including the Lost Shaker of Salt scrub—St. Somewhere offers healthy lunch options in a private space overlooking the pool area.
The 9th floor of the Margaritaville Resort has over 30,000 square feet of meeting space. McCool Travel Tip: encourage your company to have their next conference here and invite me to speak to the group.
If you have young ones, they (and you) will enjoy a full or half day program in the Parakeet Kid’s Club.
Across the street at 5 O’clock Somewhere is the place to rent a kayak or a SUP board for some local waterway exploration. They can also arrange fishing trips and offer guided mangrove kayak trips. McCool Travel Tip: the Margaritas and Mangroves tour on Saturdays cost $20 less than the regular mangrove tour PLUS includes a free margarita.
McCool Travel Tip: Look for specials like Stay 4 nights and get 1 free, 20% off 3 nights or more, and special rates for Florida residents, and members of AAA, AARP, and the military.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Contact Info
Address: 111 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida (between Hollywood Blvd and Sheridan Street)
We were hosted guests of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort but this content is carefully crafted with the McCool Travel audience in mind. Fins Up!
Have you been to any Margaritaville property? Want to go? Tell me about it in the comments!