Nicely tucked away in a residential area at the ocean's edge, this family-owned hotel draws returning guests who'd rather fish off the dock and grill up dinner than loll around in Egyptian cotton sheets. Even those who turn their noses up at the plastic deck furniture and pine paneling admit that the place has a million-dollar setting, with fabulous ocean views. There's no beach, but you can bike across the street to Founder's Park, where you'll find one with water toys
for rent. Some declare the rooms plain-Jane, but they're clean and spacious, and the bathrooms have been nicely updated. A large grassy area is perfect for kids to play while waiting for manatees to make an appearance at the marina. Ground-floor units have screened porches; upper units have large decks, more windows, and beam ceilings.