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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.

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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
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog It's a Lovely Life®! In addition to traveling 150+ days a year, she also helps new bloggers build successful blogging businesses.


  • Wow what a lovely looking place! i would love to check out this resort what a wonderful place to stay. The view is pretty spectacular too!

  • My husband and son love Jimmy Buffett. They would really enjoy the Margaritaville resort.

  • This looks like a really nice resort. I am a Jimmy Buffett fan, I will have to book a stay here.

  • That buffet sounds amazing. No cereal and bagels there! I mean, unless you wanted them. Trips always feel so much more special to me when the family stays somewhere really nice.

  • I didn’t even know Margaritaville had a resort! I think the restaurants are super fun, so I’d probably enjoy this too.

  • It looks like you guys are having a wonderful time! It’s no wonder you are with a hotel like that to stay in. Staying in a nice hotel can really increase the joy you get form a vacation, because you feel so rested and pampered for the start of the day.

  • I had no idea Margaritaville had a resort but it looks exquisite. There’s nothing better than being right on the beach.

  • I have always wanted to check out this place! It looks like so much fun! You daughters all look like they are having such a great time!

  • What a gorgeous place! Just the view alone from your room is worth the price.

  • Your suite looks so amazing and comfortable. The view was also super beautiful. This definitely looks like a place for a mini vacation.

  • I’m loving the decor in this hotel! The lobby is so nice and very welcoming, and then you enter the bedroom and… wow! The balcony has an amazing view of the sea as well! It’s really beautiful up there.

  • This looks like an amazing resort to visit with the family! I have not been to Florida for years- need to get back soon.

  • I am not a Jimmy Buffet fan but this place looks amazing! If love to enjoy a nice drink on a beach like that.

  • It looks stunning there! I was supposed to go away next weekend to Atlanta but plans fell through. I already booked the time off work so we were actually thinking of going to Florida!

  • I love the no worries feel while on vacation… it makes me want to, well, relax… ha! Love that you were so close to the boardwalk, as well. Very cool place to stay. Thanks for sharing

  • Love that you and your husband are able to work on the road, it is a great way to travel if you are able to. I was born and raised in Florida, it is truly a beautiful place. I no longer live there though, I was just saying at dinner I wanted to go back for a visit – that resort looks like a great place to stay.

  • This resort looks amazing! My husband and I have been contemplating a trip to Florida in the next couple of months but we can’t seem to agree what to do (we both have very different views on how to spend our time in Florida – I’m all about Disney and he’s all about beaches). I should show him this post and maybe we’ll both draw inspiration from it.

  • We are huge fans of Jimmy Buffet. I am so jealous that you go to stay there. Every time we go on vacation, we look up the nearest Margaritaville restaurant. I hope to stay in this resort soon!

  • This looks like an amazing resort. I love the decor and the swimming pools.

  • The water looks so amazing here. This looks like a great resort to stay at. The kids look like they are having a ton of fun.

  • That looks amazing! I love the view. I think this would be the perfect spot for a family vacation. Sounds like everyone is having fun too!

  • I am a big Jimmy Buffet fan and when I lived in FL, I used to see him out and about. His laid-back vibe is awesome. 😉 The Margaritaville decor is absolutely stunning!

  • I love the aerial shot of the pool. And I agree with you on the pre-packaged foods being non-necessary. Fresh is def. better for you and better tasting (breakfast or any time). 🙂

  • What a fantastic place to have a vacation, I would love to go there with the family.

  • It looks like you all had a blast at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. The room looks amazing and it is awesome that the resort is right on the boardwalk too. I would love to stay at this resort some day soon. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience.

  • That balcony view’s just beautiful! There are some places from the pictures that remind me of a movie by Robin Williams where he was a club owner but I forgot what it was, haha. I haven’t followed the previous couple of days with you guys but I assume they’re all fun!

  • I love that you have the view of the beach front, it’s so beautiful and breathtaking. I can stay in that balcony all day and not get tired of the view. The room is very spacious and it’s perfect for families! Good to know that you all had a lot of fun.

  • Oh wow, the view from your room is simply amazing. I don’t think I will ever get tired of that view. The pool and the beach are also inviting.

  • I honestly had no clue until I saw your Facebook pics that this resort even existed!!! I’m going to have to tell hubby about this place. He would love it!

  • Oh my goodness, this place looks AMAZING! Seriously beautiful. I love all the decor, and that view. Lovely!

  • I’ve had my eye on this place for awhile. It’s not too far from us here in Orlando as you know. Can’t wait to see how you liked the Flowrider

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