Sandals Resort in Florida

We have had a lot of request to do a review of the top sandals resorts in Florida then here we go.  I should start off by saying there are not any Sandals resorts in Florida in the sense of the Sandals brand at present. If Sandals all inclusive resorts do decide to build a resort in Florida you will find out here and we will continue to list Sandals resorts in the locations they do exist. 

One of the attractions of Sandals resorts is that they are located on the best beaches in the Caribbean (video below). But what if you were looking for a lookalike Sandals all inclusive resort in Florida or a great Florida beach resort

Here are our links to some reviews on their resorts in the Caribbean as well as great all inclusive adult only resorts everywhere.

  • Antigua  (Sandals and all inclusive resorts)
  • Jamaica ( six Sandals or all inclusive resorts)
  • Montego Bay Sandals resorts and more all inclusive resorts (Jamaica)
  • Bahamas Sandals resorts
  • Barbados Sandals resorts
  • Exuma resorts including Sandals (Bahamas)
  • St Lucia all inclusive resorts compared to Sandals

All inclusive Resorts in Florida

There are more than a couple of reasons people choose Sandals Resorts. The quality of luxury service is awesome. Few other luxury resort chains are able to sustain such high satisfaction and approval ratings across their range of resorts and destinations for such a sustained period of time. Management is surely doing something right!

But apart from those irreplaceable things that make Sandals Resorts stand out should also check out our reviews of the top Florida Luxury Resorts  which have Sandals like butler and all-inclusive features.

A few that's all. For the remainder of this page this let's have some fun comparing Florida family resorts and attractions to Sandals resorts in the Caribbean. If only to really work out what makes Sandals a special brand. 

Sandals Resorts in Miami Florida 

When I think of Miami I think of the all inclusive aspect. While Miami tends not have all inclusive resorts that offer dive and things like green fees and lots of action on the water there is that same vibe of adventure. Here is what all inclusive adventure  looks like from a Sandals perspective

If you are looking for an equivalent All inclusive Sandals resort in Florida then Miami is a good place to start. The beaches are great and there are scores of all-inclusive style resorts here (although not with the meals, drink and activities and luxury included format). One ideal resort is the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort(image below) but there are many more. Here are more choices of Sandals like all-inclusive accommodations and Miami Resorts.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach ResortFontainebleau Miami Beach Resort

St. Petersburg and Clearwater

Clearwater has some white sandy beaches reminiscent of the Sandals all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean. Although unlike the Sandals resorts most of these are a little more family focused.

Comparatively, when it comes to white sands and crystal clear water Sandals Exuma (see our Exuma reviews

You will find a smaller beach at Clearwater, so sometimes it can be a little more crowded. However, everything in Clearwater is in walking distance, which is nice. St. Petersburg is more spread out with larger beaches.

You will find a smaller beach at Clearwater, so sometimes it can be a little more crowded. However, everything in Clearwater is in walking distance, which is nice. St. Petersburg is more spread out with larger beaches.

The Sandpearl Resort at Clearwater is a lovely resort with the pool at beach level and in easy walking distance to the Pier 60/marina area. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa has rooms with fully equipped kitchens, and provide excellent dining as well. Their pool has been described as “kid friendly”. 

If you’d like to see some dolphins, take the “Encounters with Dolphins” tour. Of course, no one can guarantee that wild dolphins will show up on cue, but if you don’t see any, your next trip is free. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit working animal hospital with shows, exhibits and activities for all. The Sunken Gardens is a beautiful 100 year old garden with cascading waterfalls, a beautiful place to visit.

Orlando Family Vacation Resorts!

Orlando – the land of Epcot, Universal Studios and Disney World. You could spend all your time in these three places, I think.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort is within walking distance of Epcot and is a fun place to stay, even if you weren’t going to Disney World. Go to the best Disney Family Vacation Resorts Bliss List.

I can see some similarities with Sandals resorts in the way visitors are transported back to 17th century New England while some Sandals resorts have period villages. 

But Orlando is not on the beach while Sandals resorts are always located on pristine and amazing tropical beaches from St Lucia to the Bahamas. While Sandals  have unlimited gourmet dining, crazy styled and different bars serving premium liquors and wines, Disney is more catered towards family vacations.

Look how differently Sandals positions itself compared to Disney when it come to entertainment:

Disney has themed attraction s while Sandals offers lots of different land and water sports,  green fees are included at their golf resorts and most Sandals resortsoffer certified scuba diving. Also Sandals stands out for weddings and honeymoons over Disney. 

The Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld is also a favorite. Staying there will make your holiday a pleasure. Go to the Best Orlando Vacation Resorts.

Other things to do with your kids include the water park at Blizzard Beach, Gator Park or play a game of crazy miniature golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf.

Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach is known for the hard packed sands which allowed over 50 years of racing on the beach. Now the races are at the International Speedway. If you love races and crowds, this is the place to be – at certain times of the year. If you like it quiet, you can still come, just check the racing calendar first!

I'm going to compare Daytona to Sandals Montego Bay where the party never stops according to this video below! Remember this is a fun excersise. 

The Tropic Shores Resort with its spacious rooms is right on the beach with a pool, boogie boards, shuttle board and various activities for everyone.

The Beach Quarters Resort is an older property and well maintained, with lovely gardens, view of the ocean and a little more economically priced but has slipped away in quality in recent years.

Jacksonville Family Vacation Resorts, Florida

Not everyone heads directly to the great Florida beach resorts. Jacksonville also really has something to offer in the way of family vacation resorts.

A different kind of holiday can be had at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.

This is one resort on the scale of Sandals but to see the others visit our Jacksonvale resorts page.

 The Island Green Villas are perfect for your entire family; they’re spacious and have full kitchens. There is both championship golfing and spa facilities, or take the complimentary shuttle to their private Cabana Beach Club just minutes away.

You can take the kids to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens or the non-profit “Hands-On Children’s Museum” for interactive and fun playing/learning.

South Florida Sandals All Inclusive Resorts

Many people have been asking are there any South Florida all inclusive resorts or Sandals resorts in South Florida. There are not any that truly fit this category.

But id you’re considering a vacation at a south Florida family resort and wondering about those extra driving hours. I am her to tell you the drive is worth it.  Much better than flying in Post COVID times! Some of the best resorts in the Country are in South Florida and you can find great options for families on the best South Florida resorts reviews.

South Florida Weather

First, it’s a little warmer in the south of Florida. This is important to someone like me from Canada. In January, I want warm. Miami averages 5 degrees warmer than Orlando. This is good.

And the beaches! Miles and miles of gorgeous beaches.

VIDEO: Top Travel Attractions, Miami (Florida) - Travel Guide

West Palm Beach Family Resorts

In West Palm Beach there are a few large scale resorts but none that have the Sandals luxury all inclusive format.

West Palm Beach has ideal weather during the winter, warm and mostly dry with an average high of 75 – 82 degrees F (24 – 28 C). Sounds perfect to me! From May to October, it is hotter, humid with afternoon thunderstorms more than half of the time.

I'm going to compare West Palm Beach to Sandals Negril Jamaica mostly because it is funny because they are not really the same. I can't imagine Donald Trump (Margo Lar) in Negril. 

There is a variety of types of accommodations available. A good choice is the Homewood Suites. The suites include a kitchen for those times you wish to stay in, and they also have a breakfast buffet and dinner if you don’t want to cook. You can find more choices of accommodations here: Palm Beach Family Resorts and Vacation Accommodation.

After a few days at the beach, you may like to take in some “kid friendly” activities such as the Lion Country Safari or the Palm Beach Zoo.

Fort Lauderdale Family Resorts, South Florida

There are also not any Sandals resorts in Fort Lauderdale but there are lots of great family adventures to have.  I'm going to compare Fort Lauderdale to St Lucia Sandals however because it is more southerly and a bit further away.

Another place to go to for your south Florida family resort is Fort Lauderdale with its seven miles of beaches! There are many resorts to choose from right along the beach such as the Westin Beach Resort and Spa. 

A unique feature of Fort Lauderdale is all the waterways and canals throughout. This has to be seen to be believed. Spend a couple of hours or the day touring the place on a water taxi, which is like a trolley-on-the-water. You can get on and off wherever you like for as long as you like, or stay on the boat and listen to the tour guide. It’s not to be missed.

If it's a rainy day, or even it's not, the kids could burn off some energy at the Funderdome.

Loews South Florida Family Hotel

Loews has been a landmark South Florida  resort for generations. This year things seem to have improved further with packages designed for families. These "Dream Stay packages" give  children a five a pack which contains, water bottle, activity book and your child eats for free for the duration.

It’s always worth going to the Miami Seaquarium - dolphins, sea lions, turtles and killer whales - you can even go swimming with the dolphins! How cool is that? Or go see the parrots, lemurs, orangutans and more at Jungle Island.

Everglades South Florida family Adventure

Then if you are looking for a Sandals resort in Florida at this point can I suggest that what you really want is a Florida family  resort vacation. In which case perhaps you are better off forgetting about Sandals and heading on a family adventure.

Whatever else you do when you’re at your south Florida family resort, don’t miss the Everglades National Park.

There are hiking and canoe trails, ranger guided programs, bird watching – even enjoy a few days camping there. There’s nothing like it. No trip to South Florida would be complete without a trip to the Everglades.

You will not be disappointed if you plan your holiday at a South Florida family resort – except maybe you'll find your holiday is just too short! But that’s ok, you can always come back, right?