My husband and I will be traveling to Florida within the next two weeks for business (mainly for him) for roughly 4-5 days during the week. Business will be conducted in the Deerfield Beach area, but I am having a hard time finding a place nearby (no further than 20-30 mins away from Deerfield) to stay. I would like us to stay in a place that has easy access to food, entertainment/activities that I could occupy myself with while he is conducting business, as well as close access to the beach. I would prefer a hotel that has a lazy river but I haven't been able to find a place that is reasonably priced (less than $130 a night) that has that so I've crossed that off my dream list. I am not much of a shopper (i will window shop though) and I am not interested in casinos unless it houses good eateries (I am a foodie at heart). I've read that Fort Lauderdale can be overpriced and touristy, so i am looking to get the most bang for my buck even if it requires driving around (we will have access to a car), taking local transportation or walking to destinations that are roughly 1/2 mile - 1 mile away.
Any suggestions? I've looked into Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Delray Beach and I still have mixed feelings about where to stay that will offer convenient entertainment, food, beach access and activities for a reasonable price.