Fodor's Expert Review The Breakers
Built by Henry Flagler in 1896 and rebuilt by his descendants after a 1925 fire, this magnificent Italian Renaissance–style resort helped launch Florida tourism with its Gilded Age opulence, attracting influential wealthy Northerners to the state. The hotel, still owned by Flagler's heirs, is a must-see even if you aren't staying here. Walk through the 200-foot-long lobby, which has soaring arched ceilings painted by 72 Italian artisans and hung with crystal chandeliers. Meet for a drink at the HMF, one of the most beautiful bars in the state. Book a pampering spa treatment or dine at the popular oceanfront Seafood Bar that was renovated in 2016. The $25 parking fee is waived if you spend at least $25 anywhere in the hotel (just have your ticket validated).