1 . Tradewinds Island Resort

St. Pete Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 803 - 9653

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Everyone likes a great deal, right? That’s why we knew the No. 1 choice on our list of Top 10 St. Pete Beach Resorts had to be Tradewinds Island Resorts. This two-for-one Floridian treat offers twice the Gulf Coast gorgeousness with Tradewinds Island Grand and the new Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort.

While both of these resorts are located in St. Pete Beach, each has distinctive – and highly enjoyable! – features and focuses. Tradewinds boasts a family-friendly atmosphere, ideal for even the tiniest beachgoers. Spacious suites, kids-only pool, watersports and adventures with RedBeard the Pirate can be found at this resort. Go on an adventure of a lifetime at Guy Harvey Outpost, the first Outpost resort in the USA. Enjoy fishing, diving and water sport adventures on the warm waters of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico. The lush Oasis Courtyard featuring an adults-only whirlpool will surely set the mood, while the snuggle-worthy hammocks stretched between the palms will help it last all night long. And if that doesn’t sound enticing enough, you’ll also have access to all of the amenities and activities at Tradewinds Island Grand and vice versa.

Highlights

Tradewinds Island Grand has 48 pet-friendly suites!

Fun facts

TradeWinds Sandpiper Suites has been transformed into Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort. TradeWinds Island Grand has completed a $20 million renovation project, including guest rooms, meetings space, lobby and more!

Related Onsite Offerings

Tradewinds Island Resorts features exhilarating, daily activity schedules for those of you who like active vacations!

2 . Sirata Beach Resort

St. Pete Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 452 - 8654

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Only minutes from where big, muscle-bound men will be tackling each other in the upcoming Super Bowl is a place where the rigorous sport of football is just something of a lazy dream. That doesn’t mean you can’t play sports at the Sirata Beach Resort, but we think there’ll be other things on your mind here.

Like barefoot walks along the soft and sandy stretch outside your suite, or a mid-afternoon nap in the gently-swaying hammocks spread around the grounds. Or even a dip in the waterfront pool. Certainly not plays and touchdowns and flags. In fact, the only foul encounter here is if you skip out on Flipper and his friends during the dolphin watch excursion! Parasailing, Wave Runners – you name the watersport and it’s available. Regardless if you’ve been splashing, cruising or slothfully sunbathing from dusk to dawn, we bet you’ll work up a mighty big appetite at the Sirata Beach Resort. Thank goodness for the home-style regional platters at the Compass Grille. Its local Florida seafood is sure to hit the spot!

Fun facts

Watch the golden sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from your own room or suite at Sirata Beach Resort!

Address

5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Getting there

From the Tampa International Airport, follow the Airport Exit sign as you leave. Take the SR-60 ramp toward I-275/ Downtown. Merge onto N. Memorial Hwy./ FL-60 E. Merge onto I-275 S toward St. Petersburg. Merge onto FL-682 W via Exit 17 toward Pinellas Bayway/St. Petersburg Bch. Turn right onto Gulf Blvd./ FL-699 N. Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center will be on the left.

3 . Gulf Strand Resort

St. Pete Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 628 - 0053

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Forget the mumbo-jumbo that goes along with crowded beach resorts. Wouldn’t you rather plan your own daily adventures instead of marching along with the rest during a planned out week of institutionalized activities? If so, then the Gulf Strand Resort is just for you!

More of a second home than a resort, this beachfront condo offers a cozy, comfy stay during your St. Pete Beach getaway. All apartments can accommodate up to four people meaning enough room for families! Fully-equipped kitchens, dishwashers (no, not your spouse!) and waste disposal make home-style cooking and living easy. And we bet you don’t have a breathtaking Gulf of Mexico view from your living room at home like at the Gulf Strand Resort! We know it might be hard to drag yourself from the cushiony couch or private balcony overlooking miles of brilliant coastline, but trust us; you won’t be sorry that you stepped foot off the premises once you hear that some of the yummiest St. Pete Beach eateries and niftiest shops are within flip-flopping distance from the resort

Fun facts

Gulf Strand Resort is only a half hour away from Tampa International Airport!

Related Onsite Offerings

Heated pool, Jacuzzi, shuffle board and beachside barbeque.

Address

4510 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

4 . The Don CeSar

St. Pete Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 282 - 1116

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Pretty in pink – that’s one way to describe the No.4 St. Pete Beach pick on our Floridian list. And when you see a picture of this beachfront eye candy, you’ll understand. Not only does The Don CeSar have a memorable exterior, just wait until you see the inside!

Hold on. We can’t move on without at least trying to describe this Gulf Coast getaway’s beautiful architecture. Decorated with whitewashed turrets and belfries pulled straight from days when Spanish conquistadors reigned, The Don CeSar is a true Spanish Colonial testament. That’s not to say you won’t find modern day accents here. In fact, all the rooms and suites boast contemporary yet elegant décor and the Grand Ballroom looks more like something out of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast movie than from the 16th century. As a Loews hotel, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be pampered on your Florida vacation. But who would have that pampering here meant slipping into an “Ultimate Doeskin" robe by Chadsworth and Haig and curling up on a chaise on your top-floor penthouse terrace overlooking the gulf?

Fun facts

There are 227 rooms, suites and penthouses to choose from at The Don CeSar!

Related Onsite Offerings

Two pools, 24-hour fitness center, valet parking, concierge services, shops, salon and meeting space.

Address

3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

5 . Madeira Bay Resort

Madeira Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 398 - 2970

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We admit that Madeira Bay Resort isn’t quite in St. Pete Beach, but we couldn’t resist placing this new, Mediterranean-inspired retreat on our list. Overlooking the scenic Intracoastal Waterways, you don’t have to hop a yacht to get a postcard view of Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast.

Just steps from the marina sits this six-story condo resort – your Florida home-away-from-home. No, you don’t have to eat out every single day of your vacation if you don’t want to with your one- or two-bedroom suite’s fully-equipped kitchens, but we can’t say you won’t be tempted given that the famous John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk is within walking distance of the resort! For those of you who would rather get out in the water and play instead of cruising over the top in a luxury boat, miles of Madeira Bay’s umbrella-ready shoreline are steps from the resort. Rent a jet ski or test the waters – err, sky above the waters on a parasailing adventure. Prefer a bit of peace and quiet? The onsite Spa at Madeira Bay is just the solution!

Fun facts

Madeira Bay Resort is just minutes north of St. Pete Beach and south of Clearwater Beach.

Highlights

For a tasty meal on the waterfront, check out Madeira Bay Resort’s Latitude’s restaurant and chart room bar!

Address

13235 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, FL 33708

6 . Vistas on the Gulf

St. Pete Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 736 - 1350

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Like our No. 3 resort, Vistas on the Gulf is the laidback alternative to all those busy St. Pete Beach resorts, crawling with tourists and their dribbling babies. While big-time resorts may deliver with concierges and 24-hour room service, nothing beats the homelike atmosphere of this Florida gem.

Sure, these 41 condo-style rooms are very similar to our Gulf Strand Resort pick, straight down to the color-splash couches and private balconies jutting toward the white-capped gulf waves. But who said too much of a good thing was bad? To us, the cozier the spot, the better it is! And you’ll agree that these one-bedroom, two-bathroom beach havens are definitely move-in ready – even if it’s only for a week. If you decide that you’ve had one too many piña coladas at the nearby beach bars, you can always spend a spell in the exercise center. But they do say swimming is a great workout if you can’t resist doing a cannonball into the heated pool overlooking the beach! Or, scurry down to the shore and try out the ocean!

Average temperature

78 degrees F

Address

4000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Getting there

From Tampa International Airport, take I-275 South over the Howard Frankland Bridge toward St. Petersburg. Take Exit 17, labeled as The Pinellas Bayway, and stay in the right lane over the bridge. Follow the Pinellas Bayway past Eckerd College and the toll booth all the way to Gulf Blvd. on St. Pete Beach. Make a right onto Gulf Blvd. (North) and Vistas on the Gulf will be located approximately 5 blocks north on the left side.

7 . Beach House by Don CeSar

St Petersburg, Florida

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As the sister property to the Pink Palace, our No. 4 selection, the Beach House by Don CeSar has definitely got some pretty attractive attributes running in the family. And you’ll be shaking your head in hearty agreement when you see this 70-room luxury resort gracing the powdery St. Pete Beach shore.

If you’re looking to vacation for longer than your average sunscreen-slathered snowbird, then the Beach House is for you. Designed for extended stays, this all-suite Florida haven features separate living rooms, full kitchens and washers and dryers in each one-bedroom suite. And the best part? The heavenly Gulf of Mexico panorama from the private balconies. While you might think the Beach House is more of the do-it-yourself condo vacation home-type, you’d be wrong. It offers hotel-style perks, like the Market located in the lobby, stocked with microwavable items, breakfast food, snacks and any drink. Need more than that? Just ask the front desk and they’ll set you up with a grocery delivery. And when you want to stretch your legs, you can always head to any of the Don CeSar Beach Resort facilities – free to use while staying at the Beach House!

Highlights

Staying in St. Pete Beach awhile? Try the Beach House Deluxe Vacation Package. It comes complete with a seven-night stay, a breakfast starter kit and two welcome cocktails at the Sand Dollar Beach Bar!

Related activities

Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, waterbiking and shuffleboard.

Address

2860 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

8 . Dolphin Beach House

St. Pete Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (727) 360 - 7011

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With a name like Dolphin Beach House, you might expect to be greeted by an outstretched flipper. No, you don’t have to be a marine mammal maniac to find yourself content at this St. Pete Beach waterfront hotel. In fact, all you need to love is pure relaxation – and lots of sunshine, of course!

Lucky for you, this Florida hotspot is not only keen on quality accommodations, but also on offering them to you for a reasonable price. That made us extremely happy; especially since there are plenty other places in the area worth spending some cash at, like the neighboring Dolphin Village Shopping Center, the Florida Aquarium and The Pier. Touting oversized guestrooms much bigger than those of traditional hotels, you’re certain to have a more-than-comfortable stay at Dolphin Beach House. But we don’t think you’ll be spending too much time in your room, considering the miles of Silver Sand Beach literally steps away. Why nap indoors when you can nap on a bed of warm, soft sand and get a tan!

Fun facts

Dolphin Beach House is only a short drive from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island!

Highlights

Have your next West Coast business conference or St. Pete Beach wedding in Dolphin Beach House’s Royal Dolphin Room!

Address

4900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

9 . Blind Pass Resort

Sanibel, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (239) 472 - 1252

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Owners of the New York Times-praised Sea Critters Café, Blind Pass Resort comes in as the No. 9 pick on our list of Top 10 St. Pete Beach Resorts. Certainly not the largest resort on our list, this miniature West Coast refuge is just where you need to go if you desire sun, surf and sandy turf!

It’s easy to put your appetite on the backburner when you’re battling the waves on your surfboard - in fact, usually the only thing that’ll be cooking is your skin under the Florida rays! But tummies will not go unfilled at Blind Pass Resort. Unlike usual resort restaurants, Sea Critters Café isn’t on site, but it is just a few minutes down the road. After you settle into your poolside room and dip your feet for awhile, head over to the award-winning café. Platters piled high with Florida’s freshest seafood, sizzling crab cakes and Sea Critters Café’s famous seafood boil is what you have to look forward to digging into. After a growl-squelching meal, grab your favorite baseball cap and head to one of the many surrounding MLB training camps for a glimpse of your bat-bearing role model!

Highlights

Don’t forget to take a stroll on the nearby Gulf of Mexico beaches and Boca Ciega Bay when you stay at Blind Pass Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Outdoor pool, sundeck, whirlpool, free parking, offsite restaurant and free wireless Internet.

Address

7901 Blind Pass Rd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

10 . The Alden Beach Resort and Suites

St. Pete Beach, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (727) 360 - 7081

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By this point on the list, you can probably assume that our final selection is next to the Gulf of Mexico, has a sprawling beach just out the doors and offers luxe accommodations. Well, if you did, you’re right. But gee whiz, it doesn’t have to sound so ho-hum! And you sure as heck won’t think it is once you get there!

So we’ve established that you’ll find everything warm, sandy and wet at The Alden Beach Resort and Suites, but isn’t that why you’re vacationing in St. Pete Beach? Sitting on five verdant acres, this sun-drenched Florida sanctuary was built with one idea in mind: to make you feel utterly at ease. Hence the 140 suites bedecked with pillowed beds and floor-to-ceiling windows, awash with a soothing palette of flora-inspired hues. Two bubbling whirlpools plus two heated swimming pools equals one calming reason to take advantage of The Alden Beach’s onsite amenities. Once you’ve drank the last drop of your after-dinner mojito and watched the sun set from the Cabana Beach Bar, take a 10-minute trek to downtown St. Petersburg and see the sights at the BayWalk entertainment complex!

Fun facts

For a super-fun Florida experience, check out the Busch Gardens Package at Alden Beach Resort and Suites. It features accommodations and two adult tickets to Busch Gardens Adventure Park!

Related Onsite Offerings

Tennis courts, children’s playground, beach volleyball, cookout deck with gas grills, free parking, basketball court and meeting facilities.

Address

5900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

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