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 would expect, pave the way to a wonderful experience. Rooms offer a partial or full view of the sea while a grand sundeck, shimmering pool and soothing whirlpool spa and fitness center add to your R&R. For total pampering, check into the Pallavi Spa where you can surrender to head-to-toe indulgence after your day at the beach. Dining becomes an international experience with an Asian-fusion menu at Ocean Hai while traditional bar favorites and cool drinks are offered at Dock's Pool Bar & Grill. Lobby bar, eSKPades is the place for Starbucks coffees and quick bites,

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: It's chic, luxurious and comfortable and you can't ask for a better location!

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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 and complimentary Wi-Fi. Upgraded suites offer additional space with separate living rooms and pull-out sofas. Fine dining is the name of the game at Shor American Seafood Grille, while more casual fare is available at the 8th floor Swim Bar & Grill, where you can always catch beautiful sunsets. The opulent Sandava Spa promises to soothe your aches, pains and worries with a host of calming massages, facials and body treatments. For small travelers, Camp Hyatt promises plenty of activities

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: This luxurious beach-front resort promises a wonderful vacation for the whole family!

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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 comfortable amenities. Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience beds promise total relaxation, with cushy room and bath extras to complement your experience. Delightful dining can be experienced at Rusty's Bistro with a host of fresh, local options in a refined setting, while casual fare and comfort food are featured at Island Grille. The lobby's Mainstay Tavern offers a change of pace with six plasma TVs, Wii gaming system and a pool table, along with light bites and refreshments. Enjoy the ocean breezes from your comfy poolside perch, or relax on the soothing 13-acre sandy beach. The fully equipped fitness center and tennis courts offer plenty of exercise "ops."

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: It's perfect for a family getaway or for a romantic rendezvous.

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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 distance to some of the neighborhood's most popular restaurants, shops and bistros along historic 8th Avenue. The 12 rooms and suites - some with full kitchens - offer all of the modern creature comforts, yet with a laid-back, nostalgic Florida vibe. The inn provides beach umbrellas and chairs as well as coolers, bikes and towels. There is no onsite restaurant however, complimentary Continental breakfast is offered on the weekend. The attentive, personalized service are just the frosting on the proverbial cake!

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: If you enjoy stepping back in time, then the location of this small inn is perfect because it offers a slice of "old" Florida.

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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 boast separate living rooms with kitchenettes. Colorful cocktails, fresh seafood and locally sourced dishes take center stage at the elegant Sea Guini, while casual fare can be savored at the beachfront Sandbar. The small, but complete Opal Spa features a wide range of soothing treatments in a cozy sanctuary with calming ocean views. Jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks and beach cabanas are available for rent.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: One of the newest kids on the beach, this resort promises the perfect pied-à-terre while you're vacationing away from home.

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The 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 marina, outdoor pool dotted with comfy chaises, hot tub and 24-hour exercise room are an added draw. Spanish, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine is featured onsite at the popular Castile Restaurant. An ample menu backed up by designer cocktails, wines, beer and martinis is sure to please every palate. When the sun sets, slip up to 360° Rooftop for lighter fare and stunning views.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Old World Charm meets modern-day luxury in a premier location to provide a perfect beach getaway vacation.

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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 equipped fitness center and lavish spa with a wide range of soothing treatments, provide perfect chilling-out options. Two beachfront restaurants, including the AAA Diamond Award-winning Caretta on the Gulf - dish up tasty cuisine and a "grab and go" Marketplace off the main lobby offers something for people on the run. For children 5 - 10 years old Camp Ridley offers plenty of seasonal activities to keep them entertained. The resort's location close to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach allows access to nightly sunset rituals.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: This luxurious enclave located on beautiful Clearwater Beach gets a nod because it delivers everything you could ever ask for in a beach vacation.

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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 punctuated by beach-themed art and surfer memorabilia. Rooms all feature flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, safe, mini fridge, coffee maker and charming vintage light fixtures. An Olympic-size pool and water sports on the beach offer plenty to do. The newly refurbished Boathouse Kitchen and Bar dishes up tasty Floribbean cuisine along with designer cocktails such as the Smoked Old Fashioned, Strawberry Basil Smash and the unique Baconado Bloody Mary. The PCI Beach Bar (said to be the oldest on the beach) is the place for light bites, frosty drinks. Live music is featured on the weekend.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: It's small and truly "picture-perfect," as its name implies. The location is wonderful and accommodations and service are stellar.

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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, there's something for the whole family. Additional activities for kids - including performances by RedBeard the pirate - are especially thrilling. Ten restaurants and bars offer sit-down or grab-and-go dining. Adults can pamper their bodies and souls in the luxurious spa with a selection of more than 25 treatments. Sister property Guy Harvey Outpost located next door, offers yet more activities and pools, as well as the popular Rum Fish Grill with its 33.000-gallon aquarium where visitors can swim with the fish.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Located on one of the area's best beaches, this resort offers plenty to do for the whole family.

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St. Pete Beach
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 debuted as a hotel in 1928, at the height of the Great Gatsby era, and was a favorite with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Al Capone, FDR and other notables. Today, it boasts lavish accommodations, an amazing spa, award-winning restaurants and two heated pools and is located on one of the area's best beaches. Picture-perfect vistas and topnotch services make this an ideal luxurious getaway for both families and romance. As of Feb. 16, 2017, it was purchased by Host Hotels & Resorts and is now managed by Davidson Hotels & Resorts.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: It's one of the area's most iconic landmarks and is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. The Don is truly a "must see."

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