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You don’t have to go far to discover paradise this summer. From brand-new resorts to old favorites that only get better with age, we’ve mapped out the best places within driving distance to fit every staycation style.

OLD FAVORITES

1 The Betsy South Beach Credit Read McKendree
The Betsy-South Beach – Photo by Read McKendree

The Betsy – South Beach
1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.531.6100; thebetsyhotel.com

If you’re looking for a serene beachfront stay with a deeper-level cultural experience, the family-owned Betsy never disappoints. The property recently merged with its neighbor, the historic Carlton Hotel, creating a new Art Deco Wing and rooftop pool.

PLAY: During the day, beach chairs and umbrellas await. At night, enjoy live jazz in the quaint Lobby Bar. Be sure to save some playtime for the hotel’s resident golden retrievers, Betsy and Katie.

ENRICH: Along with its robust calendar of cultural events and rotating art exhibitions, The Betsy has Miami’s only Writer’s Room, a studio space for visiting writers and artists.

UNWIND: Soak up sea breezes at the Wellness Garden & Spa, an outdoor rooftop facility featuring a range of treatments using plant-based ingredients.

TASTE: Dining options include LT Steak & Seafood, a superior steakhouse by acclaimed chef Laurent Tourondel (grab a seat on the patio for prime people-watching); The Alley, a trattoria-style eatery specializing in artisan pizza with an adjacent gelato bar; and Panther Coffee, a spacious café featuring rotating artworks where you can lounge as long as you want.

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JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa
19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura; 305.932.6200; jwturnberry.com

With a new name and brand, the iconic Turnberry resort has debuted some major renovations, including the 16-story Orchid Tower, elevating this historic property to a new level of luxury.

PLAY: Visit the monstrous Tidal Cove water park, which features seven slides, the nation’s largest FlowRider surf simulator and a lazy river. Or hit the links at one of two 18-hole championship golf courses originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.

ENRICH: On the last Thursday of every month, partake in Corsair Kitchen & Bar’s Crafted by Corsair series featuring some of South Florida’s top microbreweries.

UNWIND: Âme Spa & Wellness Collective is a full-service spa and salon offering Gharieni-branded services and health treatments by the Center for Integrative Medicine & Holistic Rejuvenation.

TASTE: Sip libations by Cocktail Cartel at the new lobby lounge, Soff’s, then dine at Michael Mina’s buzzy Bourbon Steak.

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Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; 561.582.2800; fourseasons.com/palmbeach

Following a multimillion-dollar revitalization, this five-star resort situated on 6 acres of beachfront paradise offers laid-back luxury with all the plush amenities and superior service for which Four Seasons is known.

PLAY: Challenge your partner to a tennis match or let the water sports team arrange activities like paddleboarding or surfing lessons.

ENRICH: Enjoy weekly culinary and wine tastings, watch movies on the beach, or unleash your inner artist with a painting class.

UNWIND: Retreat to the spa for a signature massage with warm Key lime and vanilla essential oils.

TASTE: Foodies are flocking to Florie’s, a partnership with Chef Mauro Colagreco, whose flagship restaurant in France is ranked as one of the best in the world.

4 Leopard Lounge at The Chesterfield Palm Beach Credit Patricia Dash Photography
Leopard Lounge at The Chesterfield Palm Beach – Photo by Patricia Dash

The Chesterfield Palm Beach
363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach; 561.659.5800; chesterfieldpb.com

Have the quintessential Palm Beach staycation in a historic hotel with suites decked out in eclectic styles and colors, all within walking distance of the beach and posh Worth Avenue.

PLAY: Put on your dancing shoes for live music at the hotel’s legendary Leopard Lounge.

ENRICH: Look to the ceiling of the Leopard Lounge to see the hand-painted mural by local artist Lino Mario.

UNWIND: Read by the quiet tropical pool or have the concierge arrange for a massage at one of the many nearby spas.

TASTE: Stop by The Courtyard restaurant for traditional afternoon tea, then return at night for alfresco dining.

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Acqualina Resort & Spa

Acqualina Resort & Spa
17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305.918.8000; acqualinaresort.com

This five-star getaway on quiet Sunny Isles Beach recently debuted its 2,375-square-foot Grand Deluxe Three-Bedroom Oceanfront Suite, featuring marble flooring, a full gourmet kitchen and breathtaking floor-to-ceiling ocean views.

PLAY: Treat yourself to a shopping excursion at Bal Harbour Shops in partnership with Van Cleef & Arpels.

ENRICH: Sign up for Acqua Experiences such as painting workshops or scuba lessons. And don’t forget to peruse the hotel’s art collection, which features works by Warhol and Lichtenstein.

UNWIND: Book a massage at Acqualina Spa by ESPA, a two-story, 20,000-square-foot relaxation mecca. For added privacy, upgrade to the Royal Spa Suite fitted with Fendi furniture.

TASTE: Dine at Il Mulino New York, one of the world’s top-rated restaurants, or AQ Chop House by Il Mulino, a modern steakhouse with a special sushi menu from Hiro’s Yakko-San.

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