2017-09-07 / Top News

Parrothead playground even appeals to those who aren’t Jimmy Buffett fans

EASY GETAWAY
BY MARY THURWACHTER


Hollywood Beach has a unique seaside promenade called the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk that stretches nearly 2 ½ miles along the Atlantic. Hollywood Beach has a unique seaside promenade called the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk that stretches nearly 2 ½ miles along the Atlantic. Florida has scores of spots where you can find frozen concoctions to help you hang on and tourists covered in oil, and where you can, indeed, smell shrimp beginning to boil. But at Margaritaville Hollywood Resort, you can find all three — and so much more.

The $175 million Jimmy Buffettthemed resort opened in late 2015 as the centerpiece of revitalization along Hollywood Beach. Built on the site of the former Hollywood Beach Casino, the 17-story, 349-room property is the first Margaritaville resort (there are others in Key West, Pensacola, Mississippi, Tennessee, the Cayman Islands, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico) to achieve the AAA Four Diamond ranking.

In addition to its eight bars and restaurants (be sure to indulge in a slice of Key lime pie during your visit — it is divine!), Margaritaville Hollywood has 22 cabanas and three pools, including a lagoon pool especially popular with families and one, the rooftop pool with a License to Chill Bar, more geared to grown-ups.


Room designs reflect the colors of the sea and sky and have a “no worries” vibe. 
THE MARGARITAVILLE BEACH RESORT / COURTESY PHOTO Room designs reflect the colors of the sea and sky and have a “no worries” vibe. THE MARGARITAVILLE BEACH RESORT / COURTESY PHOTO The beach itself is a huge draw, of course, but guests also are drawn to the FlowRider (a surfing simulator) and to shops and restaurants along Hollywood’s iconic Broadwalk and the city band shell, where concerts are held five nights a week.

Paddleboard, kayak and bike rentals are available, too.

When we visited, midweek before school began, the resort was packed with families. But that shouldn’t scare adults away. There is much to do away from the kids and ample space to do absolutely nothing, if that is your preference. You’ll discover a “no worries” vibe and the feeling of getting away for it all as soon as you walk in the lobby, where homages to Mr. Buffett can be found at every turn — from the largest-ever margarita glass chandelier to a gigantic flip-flop sculpture and even some of Mr. Buffett’s personal surfboards.

Mr. Buffett has been known to make surprise visits, resort officials said. The Maestro of Margaritaville performed a concert there when the resort opened almost two years ago.

You don’t need to be a Parrothead to revel in the fun at Margaritaville, but if you are, you’re gonna love it even more. All guests are granted a license to chill upon arrival. ¦

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood

>> Rates: $209 and up, plus a nightly resort fee of $29 to cover basic wireless internet service, access to fitness center and classes, two beach chairs and one umbrella, in-room coffee and bottled water, and local calls. Overnight parking is $30, or $35 for valet parking.


Pros and amateurs show off their surfing skills at FlowRider, a surfing simulator. Pros and amateurs show off their surfing skills at FlowRider, a surfing simulator. >> Info: 844-5OCLOCK (844-562-5625) or www.MargaritavilleHollywoodBeachResort.com



The lobby of the Margaritaville Hollywood Resort boasts the largest ever chandelier made from margarita glasses. The lobby of the Margaritaville Hollywood Resort boasts the largest ever chandelier made from margarita glasses.

Left: Another homage in the lobby to Jimmy Buffett’s song Margaritaville can be found in this painting in which a woman’s body is cleverly disguised as a parrot. Left: Another homage in the lobby to Jimmy Buffett’s song Margaritaville can be found in this painting in which a woman’s body is cleverly disguised as a parrot.

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