Florida bed and breakfasts – in Orlando and beyond

From the loop-de-looping roller coasters of Lake Buena Vista to the rocket-blasting isles of the Atlantic shore, the glitzy walks of Miami Beach to the racetracks of Daytona, the Sunshine State is brimming with amazing vacation destinations. This guide highlights some of the best spots to go in search of guesthouses, inns, and B&Bs, with hints on bed and breakfasts in Orlando's family-fun neighborhoods, Panama City Beach bed and breakfasts for the sun-seeking vacationers, and plenty in between.

A bed and breakfast in Orlando for the whole crew

You don't have to chase sprawling family villas and grand condominium resorts in the vicinity of Disney World and Universal. There are also more local options, particularly if you make for North Orlando and Winter Park, or head down to the old orange-growing town of Kissimmee.

There are bed and breakfasts in Miami full of pizzazz

Miami is a city of neighborhoods so different that it can sometimes seem like you've gone from the Cadillac-filled streets of cigar-smoked Havana to the jambalaya-broiling quarters of New Orleans to the hip walks of Hollywood in just a few blocks. Bed and breakfasts in Miami are a great way to immersive yourself in the scene, no matter if that means samba bars or neon-lit Art Deco clubs.

A stay in a bed and breakfast in Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville is one of the first pit stops on the Florida side of the state border as you drive in from Georgia. It's a fine intro to all things Sunshine State. A bumping core that's laden with craft-beer joints and sports bars gives way to miles of wide, white-sand beaches, which eventually take you down to the historic cobbled lanes of St. Augustine, a town of pirate taverns and Colonial-era forts.

Bed and breakfasts in Fort Lauderdale

Hit a few rounds of volleyball with the locals on happening Fort Lauderdale Beach. Hop on a cruiser bound for the sparkling isles of the Caribbean. Frequent the shops and boutiques of Las Olas for some slick new beachwear. These are the sorts of experiences that await those who book bed and breakfasts in Fort Lauderdale, especially the rentals that fringe the palm-speckled boulevards by the Atlantic.

A Sarasota bed and breakfast right by soft white sands

Sloping down to coral-white sands on the barrier islands of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota is a place to see, be seen, and – of course – sunbathe to your heart's content. True to the town's arty and happening vibe, you can get bed and breakfasts here that channel a bohemian feel, with Spanish-flavored grounds and sculpture works to look at, all within reach of cultural mainstays like the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

The draws of a bed and breakfast in Fort Myers

With the shell-speckled lengths and languishing hammocks of Fort Myers Beach to the south, the old winter home of Thomas Edison nearby, and the murky cypress swamps and hardwood forests of the Everglades on the horizon, bed and breakfasts in Fort Myers promise a ticket to one of the most amazing corners of South Florida. What's more, they tend to be wallet-friendly options when compared to their compadres up in towns like Tampa and Sarasota.

There are Panama City Beach bed and breakfasts away from the crowds

You might think that rollicking PCB is all about slick condos and buzzy boardwalk resorts. But that's probably because you haven't wandered far enough away from the sports grills and the dolphin-spotting boat tours yet. From Laguna Beach to Sunnyside, there are pastel-painted cottages turned guest houses, most with yards that open right onto views of the Gulf of Mexico.