Tampa Bay's World-Class Resorts Offer Unlimited Sun and Fun

Home to world-class beaches, championship golf courses, and more than 300 days of sun per year, Tampa Bay offers some of the best resort experiences on the globe. To help you decide which of our resorts is the best fit with your vacation plans, 10 Best has gathered a list of the area's top options to choose from.

Our most treasured historic resort areas were built with the arrival of Henry Plant's railroad at the turn of the century. The Don CeSar is perhaps the most famous, the "Pink Palace" as its known, bringing to life the beauty and charm of the gilded age skillfully integrated with modern, luxurious amenities.

Most of the region's resorts are located on the Gulf beaches, consistently ranked as some of the best in the country, if not the world. If you're looking to be in the heart of the action then the Tradewinds Beach Resort might be the perfect choice. Offering unlimited fun in the sun for the whole family, the resort features a beach-side waterpark, and several pools, restaurants and bars. 

Golf is big in Florida, with Tampa being no exception. The Innisbrook resort boasts four championship courses, one of which hosts a PGA Tour tournament every year, while Saddlebrook is known as much for the tennis stars it produces as for its two Arnold Palmer golf courses.

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is located on the banks of Old Tampa Bay in the quaint and charming downtown area of Safety Harbor. The spa was built in the early 1900's to take advantage of the restorative and soothing effects of the area's...  Read More

The TradeWinds is known for many things around town. One is its sheer size, including its own private river where guests can take a paddleboat around the property. Second is the five heated pools, including an adults-only and one built...  Read More

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
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Ready to party like rock star royalty? Check in to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. Guests are greeted upon entry with a 50 foot guitar and a sample of items from the Hard Rock's extensive rock memorabilia collection. The rooms are...  Read More

With direct access to the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, Shephard's Beach Resort is the perfect beach getaway for those looking to soak in the sun all day and party all night. The resort features luxury rooms with modern amenities, a...  Read More

Tampa's Saddlebrook Resort is a luxurious getaway for those who like to spend time outdoors. It boasts two Arnold Palmer-designed golf courses, 45 tennis courts in all of the major surfaces, and three heated pools, including the massive 500,000...  Read More

The Sheraton is all about the water. Located on Sand Key, just south of Clearwater, the resort offers access to both the white sand beach and the Intracoastal Waterway where visitors can take advantage of unique boating opportunities. Their...  Read More

Innisbrook--A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
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The recently renovated and lovingly maintained Innisbrook Resort is most famous for its 4 championship golf courses, including the recently rebuilt Copperhead course which hosts the PGA Valspar Championship every March. The resort itself is...  Read More

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
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The newest entry in the Tampa Bay resort market dominates the Clearwater Beach skyline with its beautiful 250-suite building located directly on the pristine white sand beach. Laze in your beachside cabana with beverage service or head to the...  Read More

When it opened in the 20's, the Vinoy became a haven for the rich and famous, such as Babe Ruth, James Stewart, and the presidents of the time. It still is the preferred hotel for visiting Major League Baseball teams in town for games with the...  Read More

Loews Don CeSar Hotel
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"The Pink Castle", as its creator called it, has been a St. Pete Beach landmark for nearly a century. Now managed by Loews Hotels, it has hosted every American president since Gerald Ford, with the exception of Ronald Reagan. Obviously people...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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