Plunge Beach Resort: A Vibe That’s Tough to Beat in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL.

Joe Inbrogno couldn’t help but smile.

“You can’t beat this,’’ Imbrogno said on a recent sun-soaked afternoon as he sat beachside underneath the tiki hut roof at Backflip beach bar, the signature eatery at Plunge Beach Resort in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL. “It’s such a cool vibe.’’

Cool indeed. The combination of the 163-room room boutique hotel and Backflip create one of the coolest vibes in South Florida. And it’s one that tourists and locals are still discovering.

“It’s still a hidden gem, but we’re getting more of a following,’’ said Imbrogno, the resort’s assistant general manager. “Once people find us, they keep coming back. People come here year after year because they feel like they belong.’’

That feeling is enhanced because of Plunge Beach Resort’s neighborhood location about three miles north of the the high-rise hotels and resorts of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Guests can mix with the locals at Backflip (don’t miss Tacos and Tequila Thursday and the monthly summer beach BBQ), or even attend a twice monthly exhibit from local artists in the resort lobby. Guests and locals also hit the beach for morning yoga sessions.

Plunge Beach Resort is comprised of three buildings, some of which feature colorful two- and three-bedroom suites. It makes a terrific headquarters for exploring South Florida.

“We’re close enough to the action of downtown if you want that,’’ Imbrogno said. “Some of our guests come here for a weekend – and longer – and never leave the property. There is no pretention here.’’

Nope. Just a vibe that’s tough to beat.


Photo Courtesy Plunge Beach Resort

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