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Tour Of Florida Day 3 Hollywood Margaritaville Resort

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We started day 3 by having another amazing breakfast at Omni Orlando. The buffet at Trevi’s is one of our favorite hotel breakfasts we have ever had. I wish more resorts would stray away from prepackaged food and go back to fresh offerings like the Omni does. 

After breakfast, it was time to say goodbye. We loaded up the Toyota Highlander for the three and a half hour drive to Hollywood. The drive was not that exciting but flew by quickly just the same, as I worked on my laptop throughout the drive. The Highlander is roomy and made it easy for me to get work done. We stopped once for lunch and for Pete to take a conference call. This working on the road is getting easier as we develop more systems to make it so smooth. Planning calls around stops is just one of them.

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We are staying with our travel partner, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort for the next leg of our Florida tour and I can’t even tell you how happy we are to be here. I’m a long time Jimmy Buffett fan. I’ve been to dozens of his concerts… before the girls were born, and I know pretty much every word to every song he sings. When I met Pete, I assumed that everyone knew all of his songs, but I quickly realized it had more to do with the fact that I grew up in Newport Beach than it being a common thing. Regardless, Pete has become a fan too since meeting me. I wouldn’t call him a Parrot Head, but he does enjoy the music. After being here less  than a day, Pete now likes more than just the music….he likes the lifestyle of the Jimmy Buffett brand, and he LOVES this resort.

If I had to describe it in just a few words I would say “Beach vibe, Casual luxury, family friendly, and Jimmy Buffett”. It has as much Buffett as you want. I have been walking through the halls singing along to the songs as I see the lyrics on the walls, but a non super fan might just enjoy the beach resort feel and not really notice the subtle references.  This makes it a great place to stay for everyone.

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Emmy is already on her way to Parrot Head status!

family room

Our suite is a two bedroom overlooking the ocean. It is a little piece of heaven!

refreshment bar

welcome gift

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This balcony! I’m in love!


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Some of the rooms have either an Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway view. You can’t go wrong with either.

intercoastal view

We plan to explore the pools more, but here is a quick look at one of them, and how close they are to the beach!

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After we were settled in to our suite, we headed out to explore. The resort is right on the boardwalk with almost three miles to walk up and down. Everything around here has that “no worries” feel. Everyone is in relaxation mode and the people that work here go out of there way to be a part of the relaxation mode.

family beach time


We had dinner at a charming Italian restaurant (there are three that we saw to the North of the resort) while people and beach watching.

family friendly beach resort

We stopped for ice cream and then enjoyed the live entertainment on the boardwalk that is right outside of the resort. There is a performance almost every night, and the resort will give you a schedule at check in. We could even listen to it from our balcony. Emmy started to get tired so we headed back up to our suite, and then Pete and I sat on the balcony and enjoyed the rest of the concert.

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The pools are closed at night, but they are still fun to see as they change colors. Locals are welcome at the resort to enjoy a meal or cocktail at the many bars. Of course, I Wwould highly recommend a margarita. We are of course at Margaritaville! 

night time pools

I’ll be back tomorrow with more to share. I have a massage scheduled and Pete and the girls are going on the FlowRider®….plus we re planning some beach time too!

Here is our day three video:

Are you a Jimmy Buffett fan?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • WOW these pics are amazing! We only live about 20 mins away from here, Im think this could be a great staycation destination for a weekend for the kiddos.

  • Wow, what a neat place to visit and so much to do. I bet the weather is just wonderful too. Someday I would love to take my grandchildren to visit Florida. I think they would enjoy and love seeing the ocean too!

  • This looks like an awesome place to stay. I love how blue the water looks too. I love the cute hotel room too. I can’t wait to hear more about your trip.

  • Looks like such a blast! I love family vacations, not only seeing and experiencing something new but allowing the kids to do so too..these experience mattered to me, and the hotel room is gorgeous!

  • My goodness, that looks like a gorgeous resort to stay in with lots of amazing features around. The balcony is quiet amazing that I would sit there for hours all alone. The pictures are so exciting enough to go for a stay at one such great resort.

  • This looks like an amazing trip! The hotel looks gorgeous, the view is incredible and it looks like there are tons of things to do!

  • Truly amazing place for the whole family. The view is incredibly fantastic too!

  • These pictures are amazing! This looks like a great place to stay. I love being close to the ocean when we go for a beach vacation.

  • This looks like a wonderful place to stay! We love going to Florida, I’ll have to keep this in mind, thanks for the review!

  • “Changes in Attitude, changes in Latitude”….it looks super wonderful. Everyone should “Escape to Margaretville”

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