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Marriott Oceana Palms view

With the weather so cold and snowy around the country, I figured most of you could use a little respite. So today I’m taking you back to Riviera Beach, Florida to the Marriott’s Oceana Palms, where I stayed a few months ago, thanks to Marriott Vacation Club.

Just take a minute to enjoy that view — which, by the way, was the view from the private balcony of my villa. Imagine you can feel the sun warming your face and breathe in the salt water of the ocean.

Ahhh …

Don’t you feel better already?

Marriott Oceana Palms is a prime example of the type of accommodations you can expect from Marriott Vacation Club, and they’re not exaggerating when they bill themselves as “A vacation home that feels like home.” I could have happily moved in.

I mean, look at this big, bright living/dining area. It’s got a 40″ flatscreen TV plus DVD (and there are TVs in each of the bedrooms, too), complimentary wifi and a washer and dryer conveniently tucked away in a closet.

Marriott Oceana Palms living room

Each two bedroom, two bath villa sleeps eight, making it perfect for families of all ages. I showed you the kitchen and second bedroom in my last post but take a look at the comfy master bedroom.

Marriott Oceana Palms master bedroom

And the spacious master bath features an oversize shower with dual showerheads!

Marriott Oceana Palms master bath

But, because you really shouldn’t spend your whole stay in your villa, no matter how tempting that idea may be, let me show you some other features of the hotel. There’s a fitness center, a kids activity center and The MarketPlace, where you can pick up necessities like snacks, rotisserie chicken and ice cream.

Marriott Oceana Palms kids room

There’s also a great outdoor area with a climbing wall and a lifesize chess set.

Marriott Oceana Palms chess board

Let’s not forget that this is Florida, though, which means beach! And Marriott’s Oceana Palms has a gorgeous one, as you saw above.

Marriott Oceana Palms beach shack

Of course, there’s also this:

Marriott Vacation Club pool

In case you’re still not ready to book your flight, here’s something that just may seal the deal:

Marriott Oceana Palms turtle protection

You see, the hotel is on a protected site for sea turtle nesting. The turtles use the moonlight to guide them to the sea, and artificial light can confuse them and disturb the process. So, as part of the hotel’s conservation program, they dim the lights in the evening and put special shading on all their windows. How awesome is that?! If you’re really lucky, you may even catch the turtles hatching.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you more of the area but, meanwhile, let’s just sit back and watch the tide roll in …

Marriott Oceana Palms ocean


  1. Living in Kansas (the geographical center of the continental US) puts me as far away as possible from a coast. And I grew up in OC in biking distance of Long Beach, Seal Beach. So these are mighty purdy pics to this landlocked gal sitting in February weather! Thanks for the mini-vacation.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    We are getting ANOTHER foot of snow today, so you have no idea how much I wish I was there right now.

  3. While the freezing rain is coming down, this makes me feel much warmer inside..

  4. Looks like HEAVEN from where I sit in snowy Philadelphia. Dreamed about stepping right into those lovely photos. Clicked the link, too, to bring me just a bit closer to a lovely vacation, if only in my dreams. Looking forward to your next post.

  5. I love staying at the Marriott hotels if I can’t get into a Hilton. I prefer the Embassy Suites all the time but they don’t always have them in the cities I travel too. Definitely love ocean front hotels! WOW! This looks gorgeous! I am so jealous as my vacation is not on the beach.!

  6. I don’t live where the weather is cold, and this sounds good to me. Will look into the Marriott Vacation Club to see what it offers. You’ve made it very appealing.

  7. I am desperate for this kind of weather. We’re in the middle of yet another snowstorm. I need to start planning a trip away! Love the size of that living area and that shower!

  8. Quite lovely, and this former Floridian is walking back down Memory Lane, thanks for this!

  9. If only it looked that pretty outside right now. We are getting rain at the moment but I want this back ASAP.

  10. That looks AMAZING and I wish I were there RIGHT NOW.

  11. Beautiful .. looks so much like Jamaica in terms of the water and the Beach

  12. That looks just amazing. I wish I was going somewhere warm this winter.

  13. That looks like a wonderful place to take a family. You still feel like you are on vacation but you can spread out..

  14. I am dying to go the beach!! I would love to stay here on my next vacation!

  15. I am looking at the snow outside my house and I would love to be there instead. If looks amazing

  16. Beautiful pics on yet another snow day in the Northeast. I actually saw the hatching of the turtles years ago in Florida and it was an amazing experience.

  17. I have four feet of snow outside so I would absolutely LOVE to be there instead of here right now!

  18. I used to live a block away from this hotel. Thanks for taking me way back 🙂

  19. I love it when there are huge showers with double heads – but more importantly – did it have good water pressure? There is nothing worse than a huge shower and just a drip coming through! Looks like a fabulous property!

  20. Oh wow! That view is amazing!! A villa that sleeps 8?! We could totally bring friends and party it up! How fun that would be!!

  21. Spectacular place. Love the view/

  22. Tiny hotel rooms stress me out. I could actually relax in that room.

  23. Well, you totally had me at the view! Gorgeous! The room looks like a little apartment–very nice!

  24. This looks like a beautiful place to stay. We love Marriott hotel chain too.

  25. That looks like an amazing place to vacation. That ice cream stand is really cool.

  26. I want to go to there! One of those nice chairs by the pool is calling my name.

  27. I love that walk in shower. I haven’t seen that in a lot of places that I have vacationed before.

  28. This looks beautiful! I love that lifesize chess set- and of course the gorgeous ocean!

  29. The resort looks wonderful! I wish we were close to a beach so I could enjoy the amazing sounds of the ocean.

  30. I wish I could breathe in some of that fresh sea air! It’s so nice to see the hotel protecting the seas turtles!!!!

  31. This place looks amazing! Sounds like the perfect getaway from a cold winters climate.

  32. It lpoks so beautiful. I wonder if the fact that it is freezing here makes the photos look even more wonderful.

  33. Sign me up! That is definitely the kind of vacation I need.

  34. What a lovely place! My Mum is vacationing with relatives in Florida right now. Hope she gets to visit this place. 🙂

  35. I’ve never been to this part of Florida but it’s a beautiful view. I’m in the NAples area, but this is beautiful too!

  36. Oh it looks so beautiful and serene there. I need a break and some time away from everything. This would certainly be the spot for me.

  37. This looks beautiful. Winter in Wisconsin makes these pics look so inviting!

  38. I love the beach and the sun and this hotel looks like a dream. I have got to put this on my list, I am way overdue for a trip to a sandy beach with lots of sun.

  39. This is such a beautiful place, it’s just a giant pile of snow everywhere here; this would be such a nice change!

  40. I wish I could be there right now since it’s so cold here in NJ. It looks so lovely there.

  41. I want to go. Like right now! HA! What a fabulous hotel. I will definitely be bookmarking this for a great vacation spot.

  42. Looks like a gorgeous place. I would love to be sitting by the ocean right now. I am so done with winter,

  43. Riviera Beach looks beautiful. And Marriott Oceana Palms sounds like a great accommodation with wonderful features. It is always a great feeling to feel home somewhere other than home. I love how they dim the lights in the evening, that should be fabulous for sure.

  44. i would looove to stay here! i miss the beach so much.. and it’s funny bc all the time we lived in LA.. we went to the beach twice.

    the room looks so spacious. 🙂

  45. Wow, what a gorgeous property! I totally want to visit!

  46. Eliz Frank says:

    What a wonderful getaway that would be for me. I’m looking at heaps of snow and need a vacation. 🙂

  47. This place looks absolutely amazing! I would love to see that lifesize chess set in person.

  48. Looks beautiful! I need to go on vacation so badly!

  49. This looks wonderful! It’s not that cold where I live but would love to get away to the beach. I’ve never been to Riviera Beach, FL so I’m adding it to my travel list.

  50. Beautiful!! And I so want to go!! I love the blue water!

  51. Oh my gosh…can we swap lives for just a week? What amazing pics! I need to book a trip to somewhere!

  52. ahhhh….feeling so refreshed!! What a lovely resort. May have to add it to my list!

  53. I would totally stay at this place! Plus the surroundings look amazing!

  54. Looks like a very beautiful place. I hope this year I have travel time with my family.

  55. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I would give anything to be in Florida right now, and this place looks gorgeous. I’m putting it on my wish list!

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