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Two Tickets (or More) to Paradise

During a winter that plunged over 90 million Americans into bitter temperatures and left thirty-seven states reeling from a once-in-a-lifetime storm, visions of the sun, sand and sea may have started to fade. But now, with snowbanks melting and calendar pages flipping, the potential for beachfront travel is heating up. Was the last palm tree your team has seen somewhere on their Windows screensaver? Then it’s time to check your bags—and check in to one of Benchmark Resorts & Hotels’ oceanside properties.

A sure bet: The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona, FL.

With five conference rooms and just over 20,000 square feet of space bordering the Atlantic Ocean, The Shores Resort & Spa has a conference site for every team and every need. Enjoy the serenity of the Atlantic, the Halifax River and the Intracoastal Waterway as seen from floor-to-ceiling windows—and rest assured that not only is your meeting space calm, you can be, too. The Shores’s on-site catering, technical, and audiovisual support teams are available 24/7 to ensure your event runs smoothly. And if 5 o’clock comes calling a bit earlier than usual (we won’t tell) you won’t even need to leave the resort to enjoy Daytona Beach’s 23 miles of coastline. The Shores offers beachside yoga, coastal bike rentals, and complimentary s’mores kits to roast at their outdoor firepit. Looking for something a bit more hands-on? Try a surf lesson at the Pure Life Surf School and then sink into a treatment (or two) at the onsite Indulge Spa.

Surf, sun and the Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks, NC.

Tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound, you’ll get all the perks of a big-city stay with none of the hassles at Sanderling Resort. In fact, it’s the only Four-Diamond rated resort on the Outer Banks. And with ten meeting spaces and on-site technical support, you can focus on your work—and pleasure—with no interruptions. Tee up an afternoon at The Currituck Club, a Rees Jones-designed golf course that takes players through the dips and crests of the Outer Banks. Or, trade land for sea with a guided coastal waterway tour by kayak or sailboat. If relaxation is what you’re seeking, the resort has that, too: sunrise yoga is offered every morning from mid-May to mid-October on the resort’s ocean observation deck.

Go coastal at Cardozo South Beach in Miami, FL.

White sand beaches, famous Art Deco architecture, and world-class cuisine—you may not need another reason to visit South Beach, but Cardozo will give you one anyway. Tucked just off of Ocean Drive in downtown Miami Beach, Cardozo’s 1,500 square feet of event space brings their boardroom amenities into the greenery and elegance of downtown South Beach. When your workday is over, it’s just a short walk to unwind: resort restaurant Call Me Cuban boasts a full dinner menu and bar. Should you decide to venture downtown, the city’s nightlife is only a few minutes away—and if you find yourself with an afternoon to spare, catch a show at the Miami Ballet or an exhibit at the nearby Wolfsonian museum.

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