Plaza Beach Hotel
Within a 14 minute-drive of 2 natural parks, this waterside hotel is 11.5 miles from the botanical Sunken Gardens and Great Explorations Children’s Museum.
Colorful studios and suites feature full kitchens with cooktops, pull-out sofas, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Suites add separate bedrooms and private balconies overlooking the Gulf.
There’s a heated pool, a beach cafe, and mini-golf. Activities include watersports and games; equipment rental is available. There’s a BBQ area, a playground, and 2 affiliated properties offering fishing piers and a gym. Parking is free (1 car per room), and a beach trolley stops at the resort (fee).