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Family-Friendly Hotels in St Petersburg/Clearwater Designed to Assure a Perfect Vacation

Family vacations can be memorable – hopefully, in a good way. But in order to assure a smooth journey, it’s important to plan wisely and choose hotels where the whole family can be happy. For some people a hotel is just a place to lay your head at night, but for others, the hotel is the “main event,” so be sure to keep everyone in your group in mind and plan accordingly.

Resorts like the Tradewinds Island Grand, Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach and Sheraton Sand Key for instance, offer plenty to do for both kids and adults, yet are large enough so that Mom and Dad and escape and have some "alone" time, too.

The petite Postcard Inn blends intimacy with nostalgia with surfer memorabilia and cozy rooms, while the venerable Don CeSar and Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club and a peek into the past, with luxurious modern-day amenities.

No matter where you go in the St Petersburg-Clearwater area, you should be able to find the perfect vacation haven for the whole family. You just need to do your homework before leaving home!

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
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Situated on the white sands with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, this newly-renovated resort provides a welcoming waterfront oasis for families on vacation. Go for a swim in one of the two refreshing pools or hang out for the day at the...  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 spacious balconied suites offer sweeping ocean views and are outfitted with fully equipped kitchens, flat screen TVs and...  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

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 assuring the ultimate in luxurious comfort. Plush bedding, a 50-inch flat-screen TV, and all of the modern-day creature comforts you...  Read More



Whether you're looking for a romantic escape or a family vacation, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort has something for everyone. Tucked into a tranquil paradise near Sand Key Park, the 390-room (15 are suites) property beckons with soothing vistas...  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

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 in guestrooms punctuated...  Read More

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
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The elegant Vinoy has had many incarnations since it first opened on New Year's Eve in 1925 and despite its many ups and downs through the years it sits in testimony to the city's early 20th century, earning a place on the National Register of...  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

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


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