10 Underrated Marriott Beach Hotels in the U.S.

These beachfront hotels (or close to it) are a good use of your Marriott Bonvoy points and nights.
Aug 9, 2021

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Marriott has several world-famous beach hotels, but it also has many great oceanfront properties in the U.S. you may be unfamiliar with. Whether you're planning a family road trip, or flying from coast to coast or beyond, this guide highlights just a few of the lesser-known — but equally beautiful — hotels where Marriott Bonvoy members can earn or redeem points.

If you use a Marriott Bonvoy-affiliated credit card for a stay at one of these oceanfront escapes, you earn bonus points on every eligible dollar you spend. For example, travelers who pay with the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card can earn 17 points per dollar spent at Marriott family hotels. The card also comes with automatic Silver Elite status and a free hotel night worth up to 35,000 points after each card anniversary.

Wherever you’re headed for sun, sand and sea, there’s a Marriott beach hotel waiting for you. Here are just a few.

East Coast

Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Off the north end of the Virginia Beach boardwalk and next to The Historic Cavalier Hotel, the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront offers beach views from balcony rooms, plus a rooftop sushi restaurant that draws locals and guests.

At this Marriott Bonvoy Category 6 property, a redemption night costs between 35,000 and 60,000 points.

Courtyard Carolina Beach Oceanfront, Carolina Beach, North Carolina

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In Carolina Beach, North Carolina, the Courtyard Carolina Beach Oceanfront enjoys beautiful waterfront views as well as convenient walking distance to the boardwalk. Balconied guest rooms and suites, laundry facilities, beachfront swings and seating, and outdoor and indoor pools make this a popular place for families to vacation.

At this Category 5 property, a redemption night costs between 27,500 and 40,000 points.

Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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The Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes is known for its golf courses, and the resort sits along a sparkling stretch of sand. You can even see the beach and waves from the outdoor pools.

At this Category 6 property, a night can be redeemed for 35,000 to 60,000 points.

AC Hotel Miami Beach

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Not to be overshadowed by the many other Miami Beach Marriott properties in the area (including Edition, W, Moxy and Ritz-Carlton), the AC Hotel by Marriott Miami Beach holds its own along Collins Avenue. Though this hotel isn’t directly on the beach, guests can walk across the street to South Beach sand, sun and waves.

AC’s European brand influence is another interesting draw to this Category 5 property, where a redemption night goes for between 27,500 and 40,000 points.

Gulf Coast

Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort, Key Largo, Florida

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The Florida Keys have a lot to offer when it comes to outdoor adventure — from beautiful beaches to watersports aplenty. The Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort, a Category 6 property, costs between 35,000 and 60,000 points per night.

Many of the resort’s rooms have balconies overlooking the beach. Other amenities include live music, an outdoor pool with whirlpools, and a floating dock for solo relaxation.

Residence Inn St. Petersburg Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, Florida

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With accommodations that include kitchens, free breakfast, balconies and multi-bedroom suites, the Residence Inn St. Petersburg Treasure Island is an ideal spot for family beach vacations.

This is a Category 7 property with a redemption night going for 45,000 to 70,000 points. Nearby St. Petersburg is a family-friendly destination with a boardwalk, aquariums and a water park.

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Marco Island, Florida

The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is a Category 7 redemption costing between 45,000 and 70,000 points for a night.

With 12 restaurants, two championship golf courses and a spa, there's more to do than just relax on 3 miles of beach. Views include pool, ocean and tropical options, and the Paradise by Sirene experience is worth the upgrade for an adults-only, butler-pampered stay. It includes access to a rooftop pool, a private seating area on the beach and breakfast.

Pacific Coast

JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot, Santa Monica, California

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A short walk from the beach, the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot is also close to the city's famous pier and the Third Street Promenade shopping and dining area. Many of the rooms feature beachfront balconies with views of the ocean and the pier.

As a Category 7 redemption, one night here costs 45,000 to 70,000 points.

Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection, San Diego

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At Pier South Resort, Autograph Collection, this Marriott Bonvoy property welcomes travelers for nightly Category 6 rates between 35,000 and 60,000 points.

As a Silver LEED-certified hotel, it is focused on environmental efforts. Given its beachfront locale and proximity to the San Diego Zoo, this hotel is ideal for families.

Hawaii

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Honolulu

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While there are many great beach hotels throughout Hawaii, Waikiki Beach in Honolulu has a large concentration of Marriott Bonvoy properties. Among them, the cheapest redemption for Marriott fans along Waikiki Beach is the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. Though the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is not strictly beachfront, guests can easily walk across the street to one of the country’s most famous stretches of sand.

It has many Marriott beach hotels as neighbors, like the Sheraton Waikiki and the Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort.

This is a Category 5 property with a redemption night costing 27,500 to 40,000 points.

Go beachside with Marriott Bonvoy points

There are several ways to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points — or earn a bonanza of them — just in time for your next beach vacation. Summertime travelers may be most interested in warm-weather spots, and these are some of the best under-hyped Marriott beach hotels in the U.S.


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