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Top Choices for Beach Hotels in St Petersburg/Clearwater

Beach vacations can be a wonderful thing, especially if St Petersburg/Clearwater with miles of award-winning beaches and tranquil waters are on your “vacay” wish list.

There are many options to choose from and, depending on what you’re looking for, the “perfect spot” is sure to be just be around the corner.

If you’re looking for something small and peaceful, then Inn on the Beach may be just right for you. Located in Pass-a-Grill, the area’s throwback to “old” Florida, it offers a respite from life in the fast lane.

Another favorite on St Pete Beach is the charming, surfer-style Postcard Inn or the more sophisticated Kimpton Zamora.

If large resorts are more your “thing,” then be sure to book a room – or suite - at the iconic Don CeSar on St Pete Beach or the ever-popular Tradewinds Island Grand where you’ll find not only a beautiful beach but a host of seaside activities as well as a nice collection of eateries.

Then you have Clearwater with a whole roster of other choices such as the posh Opal Sands and Sand Pearl.

The biggest problem you’ll have is deciding which one to choose. Just remember, there are no wrong choices along these scenic shores.

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
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The ultra-chic Wyndham Grand sits on Clearwater Beach with 343 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites promising the ultimate in luxurious comfort. Plush bedding, a 50-inch flat-screen TV, and all of the modern-day creature comforts you...  Read More

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
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Another Clearwater favorite, the Hyatt Regency sits on one of America's best beaches along the tranquil Gulf of Mexico. The 250 spacious balconied suites afford sweeping ocean views and are outfitted with fully equipped kitchens, flat screen TVs...  Read More

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
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Whether you're looking for a romantic escape or a family vacation, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort is sure to fill the bill. Tucked into a tranquil paradise near Sand Key Park, the 390-room (15 are suites) property beckons with soothing vistas and...  Read More

Inn on the Beach
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Petit and picture-perfect, the Inn on the Beach is located in tranquil Pass-a-Grille, away from the hustle and bustle of larger beach areas. Conveniently located across from one of the area's most sought-after shorelines, it's just walking...  Read More

Opal Sands Resort
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Sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico, soothing décor and a chic ambiance define one of the newer resorts tucked along Clearwater Beach. Balconied rooms and suites offer Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Upgraded suites...  Read More

The Kimpton Hotel Zamora
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This chic, boutique Mediterranean-style hotel sits across from St Pete Beach and is one of the newest on the beach. The 72 elegant rooms and suites - some with soaking tubs - boast elegant décor and top drawer creature comforts. A seven-slip...  Read More

Sandpearl Resort
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Located along the scenic shores of the Gulf of Mexico, this award-winning resort offers chic rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi and many other amenities. A lagoon-style, walk-in pool, beachfront fire pits, fully...  Read More

Postcard Inn On The Beach
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Sitting on one of the area's prettiest - and most tranquil - beaches, Post Card Inn offers a touch of the past with décor hinting at surfers and seaside chic. The definitely laid-back vibe promises endless hours of R&R with guestrooms...  Read More

TradeWinds Island Grand
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Sprawling along the scenic shores of St Pete Beach, this popular resort features 20 acres of beachfront fun. With five heated pools, meandering waterways with paddle boats, a bungee trampoline, high tide water slide and other fun activities,...  Read More

The Don CeSar
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One of the area's most well-known landmarks, the stately "Don" has been wooing generations of visitors to St Pete Beach for many years. Tucked into a pink palatial Mediterranean-style complex and affectionately known as the "Pink Palace," it...  Read More


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