Relaxed Luxury at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Release your inner Parrothead & experience relaxed luxury at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort near Fort Lauderdale Florida. It is 5 o’clock somewhere—but always here!

Feel your troubles melt away as soon as you you enter the casual but functional lobby of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. The lobby signature centerpiece is a giant blown out flip flop next to a pop top. McCool Travel Warning: that will not be the only Jimmy Buffett lyric and Parrothead reference in this article.

While Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort hosted McCool Travel and picked up the tab for much of this glorious trip, please be certain that my message is carefully crafted for my awesome audience so that you can make informed decisions in order to Travel Happy on future trips.

giant flip flop statue at Margaritaville Hollywood
giant flip flop at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Relaxed Luxury in South Florida

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.

cozy Parrothead decor tropical sitting area
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: lobby seating area

While exploring the Margaritaville property pay attention to the cool design features. For instance, I love the margarita glass light fixtures in the lobby. And the tropical holiday decorations are nice during December. 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. This is a great place to stay after a South Florida scenic drive, perhaps over from Naples or up from Key West.

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.

Hollywood Beach Theatre (Bandshell) in Florida
Hollywood Beach Theatre (Bandshell) at Margaritaville Beach Resort

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.

Margaritaville Beach Resort: view from top floor
Margaritaville Beach Resort: view from top floor
Margaritaville Beach Resort. Photo by FuninFairfaxVA.com
Margaritaville Beach Resort: view from Hollywood Beach. Photo by FuninFairfaxVA.com
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort pool
Margaritaville Beach Resort pool. Photo by FuninFairfaxVA.com

On the 11th floor is an adults and guests only pool area with its own License to Chill bar.

Margaritaville Beach Resort: License to Chill bar
Margaritaville Beach Resort: 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.

Hollywood Beach at Margaritaville Resort
Margaritaville Beach Resort: beach. Photo by FuninFairfaxVA.com

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.

"Life is just a tire swing" sign at Margaritaville
Margaritaville Beach Resort: hall sign

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: clean and comfortable bed
Margaritaville Beach Resort: clean and comfortable bed
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: elegant functionality. Article and photo by Charles McCool
elegant functionality at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

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.

Margaritaville Beach Resort: JWB Restaurant oysters
Margaritaville Beach Resort: JWB Restaurant oysters. Photo by FuninFairfaxVA.com

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.

Margaritaville Beach Resort: JWB Restaurant menu
Margaritaville Beach Resort: JWB Restaurant menu

While my wife had an impeccable filet mignon, I opted for an amazing piece of halibut topped with fresh crab meat.

Margaritaville Beach Resort: JWB Restaurant halibut with crab
Margaritaville Beach Resort: JWB Restaurant halibut with crab
Margaritaville Beach Resort: JWB Restaurant lobster hash browns
Margaritaville Beach Resort: JWB Restaurant lobster hash browns (yes, with real lobster meat)

Across the street—the highway known as A1A, another Jimmy Buffett reference—on the intracoastal waterway, is 5 O’Clock Somewhere.

Margaritaville Beach Resort: 5 O'Clock Somewhere
Margaritaville Beach Resort: 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Along the Broadwalk, you can grab a quick bite at the Floriday’s Airstream Cafe.

Margaritaville Beach Resort Floriday's Airstream Cafe. Photo by FuninFairfaxVA.com
Margaritaville Beach Resort Floriday’s Airstream Cafe. Photo by FuninFairfaxVA.com

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!

Margaritaville Beach Resort: cool beach bicycle
Margaritaville Beach Resort: cool beach bicycle

Experience relaxed luxury at the St. Somewhere Spa in the Margaritaville Resort.

Margaritaville Beach Resort: St. Somewhere spa entrance
Margaritaville Beach Resort: St. Somewhere spa entrance

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.

view from St. Somewhere spa at Margaritaville Hollywood
relaxing view at Margaritaville Beach Resort: St. Somewhere spa

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 on the Margaritaville resort website—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.

Have you been to any Margaritaville property? Want to go? Tell me about it in the comments!

Please also see Fun Margaritaville Locations for Cool and Happy Travelers.

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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Relaxed Luxury in South Florida was originally published on McCool Travel on 24 July 2016.

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30 thoughts on “Relaxed Luxury at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort”

  1. Nice post and photos! The sunlight, the sand, the water, the resort, I felt like I was on vacation already. I do hope to hold a business conference there for once and somehow my teams always ended up in either the West Coast or Southeast Asia…. @ knycx.journeying

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  2. Love the flip flop sculpture in the entrance! Also the one hour bicycle rental is a great amenity to have. Will definitely check it out on my next trip to South Florida.

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  3. Wao, amazing hotel!! I’m in love with the view from the rooftop and the pool!!, when I go to south Florida I’ll definitely visit this hotel! also thanks for sharing the dining options, I’m always looking for good food and now I know I’ll also find it here! Pily Noriega

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  4. What a fun hotel! I love the blue flipflop that welcomes you as you enter, totally Jimmy Buffett worthy. Your Buffett quotes had me giggling and singing in my head, I think I might have Margaritaville stuck in my head the rest of the day.

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  5. I love Hollywood, Florida and I know that this is a terrific addition to the Boardwalk area. I also love how you showcased all the fun decor throughout the property. What is not to love about a royal blue, giant flip flop? And then all I can see are people swinging throughout the property on tire swings! I had a blast in Hollywood and would go back tomorrow if I could. Thanks for sharing all the fun things about this fun property!

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  6. Wait, lobster hash browns? We’ve got to check this place out. We did a tour while we were there for TBEX a few years back. They had just opened. Looks like we gotta go back, and soon!

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