If you're planning a vacation on the Emerald Coast, one of the first things you do is find a place to stay.

Search Google Maps and the entire Panhandle is covered in little dots representing hotels, motels and everything in between. Some are luxurious beach-front hotels with amenities at every corner, while some might be a little less opulent — after all, you're supposed to be spending most of your time at the beach, right?

No matter what your level of comfort is or what your bank account allows, there's literally an option for everyone when it comes to lodging. But what does a beach vacation look like at about $600 a night verses $88? We'll show you.

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The Pearl-Rosemary Beach

Price per night: $619*

As one of the most expensive resort hotels in the area, The Pearl has everything you need. And everything you didn't know you needed, like the TV screen in the middle of the bathroom mirror or the complimentary pimento cheese and crackers while you hang out by the adult-only pool.

From the moment you walk into the 55-room boutique hotel, you are taken care of. From the complimentary valet, to the bellhop and the hotel's own concierge — you'll be too spoiled for the real world by the time your stay is over.

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"I personally love the beach chairs. You don't have to rent them; they come complimentary with your stay," said Wendy Adams, the hotel's concierge. "A bellman will fill up an ice chest for you and you can bring your picnic down to the beach ... many guests never get back in their vehicle until they check out. We also offer complimentary bicycles so they can ride around. We offer the amenities so they don't have to think about planning."

Adams said the average guests are mostly couples. People often stay for special occasions, such as an anniversary or birthday. The staff try to make those celebrations extra special by surprising guests with a bottle of champagne in their suite.

Rooms come with a stocked mini fridge of sodas and juices. Don't worry about the charge; there is none. There's also The Pearl's own bottled water and sparking water, bottled right on site. Housekeeping service is offered twice a day, including a nightly turn down with freshly baked treats.

As for events, there's a wedding coordinator on hand to help plan each little detail.

The Pearl stays booked during the summer, Adams said. But you can still pretend to be a hotel guest by visiting the spa. All spa guests are invited to use the pool for the day. The hotel restaurants are also open to the public, including Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge. Happy hour is every day from noon to 5 p.m. with $5 frosé (that's frozen rosé), select wines and beers.

You can also take a piece of The Pearl home with you. The hotel has its own scent — sawgrass — which you can purchase in candle form at the front desk or spa.

"We want guests to have a great Rosemary Beach experience," Adams said. "We want them to feel pampered. Our focus is on personalized service."

To book: thepearlrb.com

The Island by Hotel RL-Okaloosa Island

Price per night: $319*

The Island is a mix of old and new.

Formerly The Ramada, The Island has been going through some cosmetic changes since January when new owners acquired the property. But General Manager Jim Swaim said they want to keep the nostalgia alive.

"We want to keep the same footprint," he said. "We have a rate of over 60 percent return. There's people who come here every year. We're working to have a product that matches the service."

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The Ramada opened in 1966 and is one of the oldest resorts on Okaloosa Island. It's famous among guests for it's five-story waterfall and grotto pool and courtyard with lush greenery.

The redecoration of the resort will feature more blues and whites and less of the orange and green decor of the past. Room renovation will begin in the fall, Swaim said.

What's new is the front lobby, which is spacious and offers plenty of seating for busy days when guests are arriving. At the south-end of the resort, there are some mini golf holes and a faux lawn for folks to enjoy the sun. There are five onsite restaurants, including the beach bar and the Tripp Tide Beach Bar, paying homage to The Ramada's owner Tripp Tolbert. The hotel's signature restaurant, Nineteen66, will be open later in the season.

For the kids, the resort features a splash garden and special activities planned daily. For kids of all ages, there's the heated pool, a play area with Connect Four and corn hole boards set up around the pools and beach bar. On certain nights, you can even catch a movie in the courtyard. Head across the road — take the pedestrian overpass — for the new restaurant Dock on the Island (previously Fudpucker's). Boat and kayak rentals are also available there.

As for the rooms, you can choose a view of the "tropical, lush gardens and pools" or a Gulf view. Included in your room is a mini fridge and microwave. If you don't want to cook, you can order room service. For breakfast, the Island Grille is a popular spot.

Swaim said he works to keep The Island about "$80 below" average resort rates. It's a "budget-friendly" resort, he said, with 600 feet of sugar white sand.

"Nobody goes to The Island and doesn't have a good time," he said.

To book: redlion.com/okaloosa-island

Regency Inn-Fort Walton Beach

Price per night: $88*

When it comes to beach hotels, location is key. The Regency Inn in Fort Walton Beach doesn't have the fancy bells (or bellhops) and whistles, but it is just three miles from Okaloosa Island. For the price you pay for one night at a luxury hotel like The Pearl, you could stay for seven nights at The Regency Inn.

"It's clean, affordable and centrally located," said Bharti Bhula, the Regency Inn's manager.

Rooms are pretty standard with the choice of two queen beds or one king bed. There's a microwave and mini fridge. Bathrooms are clean with tan granite walls. Guests have the option to upgrade to a pool view room, which also has a nice view of Liza Jackson Park across the road. Bhula said it's not unusual for visitors to bring their boats over to the park to launch in Santa Rosa Sound.

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Regency Inn doesn't have its own restaurant, but there is an ice machine and vending machine. And there's plenty of dining just across the road with IHOP, Waffle House and Red Lobster.

The hotel is also pet friendly with a charge of $15 a day. Because they deserve a vacation, too.

Quite possibly the best part about the hotel is the pool area, which is kept immaculate and open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Maybe it's the affordable rates or the location, but during peak season Bhula said the hotel stays at about an 85 percent occupancy rate. Most guests stay an average of three days.

"It's a good place for families," Bhula said. "It's kid-friendly and not too far from the happening places."

To book: regencyinnfwb.com

* Rates are approximate and subject to change