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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 beach and enjoy a host of activities including parasailing, paddle boats, snorkeling, wave runners and more. A wide range of spacious guest rooms and oversized suites are featured, many with balconies offering sweeping views of the Gulf. Dine poolside at Sand Bar & Grill with a diverse menu and frosty drinks or indulge in fresh, seasonal cuisine at Carambola or Coasters Lounge. The Spotted Donkey Cantina is the place for modern Mexican cuisine. Stroll to the nearby beach board walk to Pier 60 and take in nightly sunset celebration festivities on the water.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The location on a sugary beach, combined with comfortable guestrooms and amenities assure a winning vacation!

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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 spacious balconied suites offer 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. Air-conditioned cabanas come with flat-screen TV. Nearby outdoor fun includes kayaking, wave runners, parasailing and more. Fine dining is the name of the game at Shor American Seafood Grille, while more casual fare is available at the 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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: The resort offers the perfect, all-around family vacation and is perched on an award-winning beach with plenty to do throughout the day.

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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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: This is a winner all the way around, from location, accommodations, amenities and activities for the whole family.

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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 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 offer some 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. Beachside you can indulge in jet-skiing, kayaking, parasailing, sailing and more.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: It's all-round perfect vacation haven, sitting on a beautiful beach, boasting stellar accommodations and amenities.

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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 has something for everyone. 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, where you can rent everything from jet skis to cabanas. The fully equipped fitness center and tennis courts offer additional exercise "ops."

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Between the sand, the sea, the comfortable guestrooms and excellent dining options, it offers the perfect vacation destination!

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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. The casual, beachfront Sandbar offers more casual fare, along with a Kids' menu with some of their usual favorites. 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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: This resort sits on a sweeping beach and offers all the indoor-outdoor amenities needed for the perfect 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 in 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 promise plenty to do. The newly refurbished Boathouse Kitchen and Bar dishes up tasty Floribbean cuisine, while the PCI Beach Bar (said to be the oldest on the beach) is the place for light bites, burgers and frosty drinks. Live music is featured on the weekend.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This little inn on the beach offers a welcoming, laid-back vibe and is located on one of the best beaches around.

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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 Historic Places. It may not be located on the beach, but the posh downtown resort is conveniently located across from the scenic harbor, with easy access to popular area sights. Named an Historic Hotel of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, it boasts elegant rooms and suites - some with balconies - five restaurants including an elegant 1920s style eatery, a coffee shop and lobby bar, as well as a fitness club, luxe spa, heated outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna. Golfers will enjoy access to the 18-hole, championship golf course.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: It's one of the area's landmark hotels and offers top-drawer accommodations and services.

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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 water sports and is located on one of the area's best beaches. For children, special menus are offered, along with coloring books and crayons. Cribs, roll-away beds and child proof kits are available for kids under 4. Baby-sitting services are available for an extra fee. Even Fido is welcome here and will be welcomed with a gift bag of toys and chews, in addition to special dog-friendly room service.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Not only is it an historic landmark, it offers a host of modern-day pleasures for the whole family - on an exceptional beach.

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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 fun activities, there's something for everyone. Additional activities for kids - including performances by Red Beard 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 Family-Friendly Hotels because: It sits on one of the area's best beaches and offers a slew of family-friendly activities.

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