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Crowne Plaza Melbourne Beach

 

I was fortunate enough to spend several nights at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Beach during July 2008 while I was in the area doing some beachhunting, gathering material for an article on guided turtle walks, and visiting friends who were hooking me up with all the right people. Tom Poehailos, General Manager of the Crowne Plaza, was kind enough to arrange a complimentary room for me. The hotel is located in the northern reaches of Indialantic, south of Satellite Beach.

There are three major beach front hotels in the Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach area: The Hilton, The Doubletree, and the Crowne Plaza. They are all excellent hotels, but since I stayed at the Crowne Plaza I thought I'd share some of my photos with you. All the rooms have a balcony view of the Atlantic Ocean, but many are an oblique view, not a direct view.

One thing that was fun is that down on the deck by the ocean they have live entertainment. One night a DJ was playing salsa music and giving salsa dance lessons. Another night there was a live jazz band and they were EXCELLENT. There seemed to be a regular crowd of locals that came to the hotel for the music and dancing. The atmosphere was relaxed, upscale casual. The jazz crowd was a bit more dressy.

The beach is fabulous. Each morning (July) I saw tracks from nesting sea turtles on the beach. Cars are not allowed on the beach.


Crowne Plaza Melbourne Beach - view from the beach.

 


Above: View of the beach in front of the Crowne Plaza, looking north toward Satellite Beach.


Above: Crowne Plaza Beach looking south toward Indialantic.


Above: Turtle tracks on the beach, seen from my balcony.


Above: The deck overlooking the ocean during afternoon live jazz. Video below.

 

 


Above: A rock shelf parallels the beach and is exposed at low tide. Good snorkeling.


Above: Looking north on A1A toward Satellite Beach from the pedestrian crossover.


Above: Looking south down A1A toward Indialantic from the pedestrian crossover.