4 Family-Friendly Reasons to Visit Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida

The best, easiest family vacations are where you drive your car to the destination, park, and don’t have to leave the property for the duration of your stay. Everyone in the family can relax, and there’s no stress about travel time to and from local activities. Sounds like paradise, right?

Margaritaville Beach Resort located in Hollywood, Florida is that place. Central Florida residents are familiar with the brand behind the late, legendary Jimmy Buffett, with several area establishments, from restaurants to hotels to camping grounds.

Pack the family in the car and head a few hours south of Orlando to experience the Margaritaville Beach Resort. And consider these other family-friendly beach destinations near Orlando like Cocoa Beach or the legendary Daytona Beach.

Reasons to Visit Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Here are our four favorite things about the resort.

  1. Location
  2. Dining
  3. Resort activities
  4. Comfortable rooms
Zero-Entry Pool at Margaritaville Beach Resort
Zero Entry Pool at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort image by Michelle Spitzer

Margaritaville Beach Resort Overview

Location: 1111 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 874-4444

Nestled on the Atlantic Ocean in Hollywood, this resort is sandwiched between a plethora of activities. Between the back of the hotel and the beach is a 2.5 mile promenade perfect for walks, bike rides and roller blading. There also are tons of shops and restaurants located along the promenade.

Just steps south of the resort is a public stage where live music is performed most nights. The shows are visible from many of the east-facing hotel rooms allowing guests to sit on their balconies and enjoy the performances.

Marina Side of Margaritaville Beach Resort with outdoor dining
Margaritaville Beach Resort image by Michelle Spitzer

The intracoastal is located across the street from Margaritaville Beach Resort. This is where you can rent kayaks and paddleboards as well as take a ride on the Water Taxi. Suffice it to say, there are multiple activities and destinations within walking distance of this family-friendly Florida beach resort.


A family vacation to the Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida is not complete without a cheeseburger in paradise! There are seven different dining options on property ranging from poolside eats to high-end table service.

Floridays was our favorite spot to get food while hanging out at the pool and beach. This converted Airstream serves up delicious tacos and taco bowls.

Tropical Drinks at Margaritaville Beach Resort
Tropical Drinks at Margaritaville Beach Resort image by Michelle Spitzer

Margaritaville Restaurant has an extensive breakfast buffet, but if you’re looking for something quick and easy, there’s always the Margaritaville Coffee Shop serving breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffee.

For dinner, you’ll want to make a reservation at JWB Prime Steak and Seafood. Even though this is the premier, fine-dining restaurant at the resort, it’s still a great place for the whole family, even young diners. The staff is fantastic and accommodating and the food is top-notch. Options include everything from oysters to octopus to lamb chops as well as comforting dishes for those who prefer less adventurous meals.

So while there are many nearby restaurants, the dining at Margaritaville Beach Resort is plentiful!


The resort includes three separate pools: a roof-top adults-only pool and then two beachside pools, one with a slide. Pools do close at sunset due sea turtle nesting seasons, which requires artificial lights on the beach to be turned off at dark.

Of course there’s also the beach. It’s great going back and forth easily between the pool and the beach. Staff members working on the beach will give you towels and help set up a spot on the beach.

Overhead View of Pool and Beach at Margaritaville Beach Resort
Pool and Beach at Margaritaville Beach Resort image by Michelle Spitzer

How about some surfing? There’s a Flowrider on property where guests can take a ride on the surf simulator. Ride operators will even help little ones learn how to ride the waves.

Kids on Surf Rider at Margaritaville Beach Resort - image by Michelle Spitzer
Surf Rider at Margaritaville Beach Resort image by Michelle Spitzer

If Mom and Dad want to escape to the spa, you can drop the kiddos off at Parakeet’s Kids Club, which is available to children ages 5 – 12. Parakeet’s is facilitated by trained counselors who do games, arts and crafts and pool time with the attendees. There is a morning session and afternoon session, $50 each, an all-day option and a night camp Friday and Saturdays for $75.

The resort also has bikes available for guests to borrow and ride around the area.   

Related: Hotels Near Walt Disney World with Kids’ Clubs

Resort Rooms

All rooms have a balcony, which offer spectacular views of either the intracostal or the Atlantic Ocean. As a mom, I always love a room with a balcony as a place to escape while the kids sleep.

The rooms themselves are light, bright,t and beachy. Instead of coming with refrigerators, they come with electronic coolers. However, refrigerators and microwaves are available upon request.

Margaritaville Beach Resort King Room with tropical decor and balcony
Margaritaville Beach Resort King Room image by Michelle Spitzer

If you need a little more space, you’re able to get connecting rooms. If you’re wanting even more room, indulge in one of the suite options. For the best of the best, book a stay in the Jimmy Buffett Suite. The three-bedroom, 2,649-square-foot suite is ideal for large families or friends looking for luxury.

One final note, there is parking at the resort, but be prepared, it’s pricey. To self park it costs $43 per night while valet is $48 a night. We never said paradise was easy on the budget, but the memories and relaxation will be worth it.

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Michelle Spitzer