Palms Retro Motel—Atlantic Beach, Florida

In a large, painted wall mural, a bright classic wagon with wood panels—affectionately called a “woody”— carries surfboards beneath towering palm trees. The room’s décor, including a retro radio, completes the picture of sandy splendor that seems to have everything except Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

The eight-room motel hit its heyday in the 1950s. So, it’s likely more than a coincidence that the new owners remodeled the now-ten-room “Florida-style” one-story U-shaped motel using themes from the 1945–1965 era.

Each room has a unique motif. Movie stars dominate. There’s a “Rat Pack” room, a “Bad Boys” room that remembers James Dean and Marlon Brando, and a room called “The Dudes” dedicated to favorite film cowboys such as John Wayne.