Tucked away on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on St. Pete Beach, TradeWinds Island Resorts is a paradise for families. The resort destination has two separate hotels: the Island Grand Beach Resort and the Guy Harvey Outpost. TradeWinds Resorts location on St. Pete Beach automatically sets it apart from the competition. The St. Pete Beach area been hailed as one of the “Best Beach Towns for Families” by Parents magazine, and St. Petersburg earned its rightful place in the Guinness World Records for receiving the most sunshine (768 days in a row) in the world.
TradeWinds is the kind of resort destination that has exactly what you’re looking for in a family getaway, whether you’re getting away with a large group of extended family with cousins and grandparents, if you’re looking for a more intimate place to kick back with just you and your kids, or just hanging out with your honey or friends. Most of the guest rooms are actually one-bedroom suites with a kitchenette, allowing families to make their own breakfast or other meals while on property, if they so prefer. There are also premium suites with two or more bedrooms and unique features for friends or extended family traveling together.
Both properties are located on Gulf Boulevard and are directly on the Gulf of Mexico beach and just 200 flip-flops from one another. Guests at one TradeWindsResorts property are allowed to (and encouraged!) to visit the adjacent property to explore its perks and amenities. From gathering around a bonfire and roasting marshmallows, to joining a yoga session on the beach or singing karaoke, here are the top things to do and love about TradeWinds Resorts on a family getaway.
When you’re traveling with the extended family….
To get the obvious out of the way, TradeWinds Resorts two hotel properties are located right on the beach, where you can set up shop for the day as family members come and go with their own activities. The resorts offer cushioned and hooded beach cabanas as part of every stay as well as paddleboats on the waterway at Island Grand, and unlimited rides on the High Tide Slide and Triple WipeOut surf experience. Free activities include Dive-In Movies by the pool, a pirate show, contests and prizes at the Poolside Invasions and more. Their Events Calendar is as long as a mid-summer’s sunset!
There are also recreational watersports rentals for paddleboards, kayaks, waverunners, banana boats and the thrill of a lifetime, JetLev flights with a jetpack.TradeWinds Resorts has seven total pools between the properties, including two adults-only options, and a kiddie wading pool. Dining options include beachside restaurants where you can order lunch or snacks while spending the day outside, and beach bars with colorful umbrella drinks. If you’re looking for a quiet evening out, start with dinner at Palm Court Italian Grill at Island Grand. The restaurant features an upscale environment that has been rated No. 1 by TripAdvisor for the best dining experience in St. Pete Beach. Couples can sample delicious dishes like risotto and beef tenderloin with a bottle of imported wine.
Every single member of your family will have to check Guy Harvey Outpost’s RumFish Grill to visit its massive 33,500-gallon aquarium and dine on fresh sustainable seafood. It also sports the largest collection of Guy Harvey merchandise and marine artwork. You can sign up in advance to join a “Swim with the Fishes” snorkeling experience inside the restaurant’s aquarium (seriously!), where you can get up can close and personal with some of Florida’s indigenous fish species like snook, tarpon, eel, grouper and much more. All snorkeling gear will be provided on the premises, and kids as young as 8 can participate with a parent. Other fun group activities to explore during the day include dolphin-watching cruises, fishing excursions, snorkeling trips and more.
When night falls, Guy Harvey Outpost is the place to be where everyone in the family can gather around the bonfire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. A number of Adirondack chairs encircle the bonfire. Parents and grandparents and kick back and relax while kids test their toasting abilities (all ingredients needed to make the s’mores are provided by the hotel).
When you’re traveling with small children…
TradeWinds Resorts is a haven for kid-friendly activities for children to enjoy alone or with parents. One of the popular things to do at Island Grand Beach Resort is the “Search for Gold” treasure hunt. Kids can purchase a bag of “rough” and hunt for gems, fossils and seashells to take home in the sluice at the TW Treasure Mining Co. During the warmer months, there’s the inflatable Floating Water Park on the ocean, with slides, a bounce cave and Fiesta Loungers (large loungers to relax in the water). The water park has lifeguards on duty, and all guests are furnished life jackets. At the same location, everyone in the family can get a thrill ride on “Bucky” the mechanical shark—a beachside version of a mechanical bull. Children must be 4 feet tall and be accompanied by an adult.
Island Grand also has a children’s activity center called KONK (Kids Only, No Kidding!) complete with board games, painting, chalkboards, movies and more. The center allows parents to join kids for some fun or crafts, or drop them off at the safe and fully supervised care center for children ages 4 to 11. There are also a host of KONK drop-off camps for themed and supervised fun.
If you have some time away from the kids….
Whether you’re traveling without kids or dropping them off at the KONK Club, there are tons of fun adults-only amenities at TradeWinds Resorts. Adults looking for a spiritual and rejuvenating way to spend time at the beach can enjoy Body Work spa and fitness center or sign up for a YogaFit class beachfront. Or guests can reserve a VIP Cabana at The Sandbox beach lounge at Guy Harvey Outpost. The cabanas are personal tents with flat-screen TVs, party-sized ice buckets, electric-ceiling fans, cushioned sofas and personal servers.