What are the best hotels in the Florida Gulf Coast?

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When deciding where to stay in Florida, it's important to first consider whether you'd like to enjoy a view of the wide, open Atlantic Ocean on the state's east coast, or the calmer, more subdued waters of the Florida Gulf Coast along the state's west coast. Should you decide to book a trip to the Florida Gulf Coast, we recommend WaterColor Inn & Resort, the only Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel in scenic Santa Rosa Beach.

For first-time Florida vacationers, it's important to note that the Florida Gulf Coast is a world away from the tourist traps often associated with the Sunshine State. You won't find any Mickey Mouse ears or bike week T-shirt stands at WaterColor. What you will find are cozy accommodations and amenities, soothing coastal colors of blue and green throughout the property, an array of water sports to try out, biking trails and free bikes and an adult pool with fire pits — amenities that will make sure your stay is relaxing and memorable. Additionally, you can book your reservation with confidence, knowing that the service at this Four-Star hotel lives up to the standards that Forbes Travel Guide has used to inspect hotels around the world since 1958.

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