Spacious Condos Minutes from Walt Disney World® Theme Parks
The vacation suites of Grand Beach occupy a secluded stretch of sand along the shores of Little Lake Bryan. The resort’s tropical setting—complete with hammocks swinging under palm trees—may seem a world away from the hubbub of Orlando, but Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios are all less than a 10-minute drive away. As part of this deal, each occupant of your room will also get a ticket to Wild Florida, a wildlife park famous for its airboat tours.
Each spacious two- or three-bedroom suite comes outfitted with an in-unit washer and dryer, a jetted whirlpool tub, and, in the kitchen, a full-size refrigerator and oven. The sunny, homey suites feature screened-in patios overlooking the pool, the grounds, or Little Lake Bryan.
Outside, paddleboats lie in the sand along the lakefront, waiting for guests to climb in and pedal out onto the water. A sand volleyball court is positioned next to a children’s outdoor playground and a shuffleboard court, allowing for innovative triathlons. Two heated outdoor pools—one for kids and one for adults—shimmer in the Florida sunshine.
Orlando, Florida: World-Famous Theme Parks and Cultural Surprises
Located in the center of Florida, Orlando may be forever associated with the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks—the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. Spanning roughly 30,000 acres, it encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney® Marketplace. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day by boarding a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. Walk across the park to sample Moroccan cuisine for lunch, or ride a dune buggy through a haunted mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. One of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is also home to Universal Orlando—which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—SeaWorld, and Gatorland.
Those hoping to shake up the typical theme-park-dominated itinerary can head into downtown Orlando’s vibrant arts district. The neighborhood boasts venues such as CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which hosts family-friendly improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find eight cultural institutions at Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art, which houses work by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orlando Science Center, where you can a rover across a simulation of Mars or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.