The human desire for an ocean view can be traced back to the advantage it offered in catching sight of approaching battleships or village-starved krakens. Enjoy a predator-free vantage point with today's Groupon: for $345, you get two nights in a double-occupancy room (up to a $461 value), a private beach cabana rental (a $50 value) and three meals for two people both days (up to a $180 value) at the Best Western Sea Wake Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach (up to a $691 total value).
The Best Western Sea Wake Beach Resort boasts heart-racing views of the Gulf of Mexico from most of its cozy guest rooms. Each room houses either one generous king-size bed or two equally giving queen-size beds, as well as boredom-dissipating TV, a work-enabling data port, and a meal-invigorating microwave. Guests can swim laps around the outdoor heated pool to warm up before swimming laps around the ocean, then kick back at a business center or outdoor tiki bar.
The resort’s Clearwater Beach restaurant appeases palates with three meals a day, ranging from breakfast burritos and coffee to blackened mahi-mahi with garlic mashed potatoes, which save guests the trouble of baking cakes made of sand. From the private beach cabana, sand-top loungers can sunbathe, swim, and plan visits to nearby attractions such as SeaWorld, Disney World and Universal Studios.