Tampa is a dynamic city with endless options for family-friendly entertainment, sports events and cultural attractions, but its the picturesque collection of beaches that surround the city that lures travelers in from around the globe. Whether you want to build a sandcastle, indulge in water sports or simply kick back under an umbrella, sun-seekers who visit this area are spoiled for choice. Spanning from the famed Clearwater Beach with its powder white sand and crystal clear waters to the undeveloped stretch of beach in St. Petersburg, these are the best beach resorts near Tampa, Florida.
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Just a few blocks from the lively Pier 60, Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach sits on pristine white sands. Take a dip in the sparkling pool or peruse the menu of ocean-inspired treatments at the on-site spa, then visit Caretta on the Gulf for fresh seafood and Gulf views or sip colorful cocktails at Tate Island Grill. Retreat to the luxurious Gulf Front Junior King Suite to enjoy a king-size bed and Roman-style tub, or stretch out with enough room to accommodate six guests in the Gulf View Two Bedroom King Suite.
Popular with both couples and families alike, Sheraton Sand Key Resort is nestled along a 13-acre private beach. You’ll find a beachside pool and tennis courts, while beach activities like parasailing and wave running are popular. Dine on the Caribbean-meets-Southwest cuisine at Rusty’s Bistro or casual fare at the Poolside Cafe, then retreat to a Club Level Two Queen Gulf View room to enjoy complimentary cocktails, a pillow top mattress and flat-screen TV. If you want to practice your swing, grab your clubs and head to nearby Clearwater Country Club.
Built in 1928, the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach is a luxury hotel located on the sugar white sands along the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll find beautiful beach views and opulent Gatsby-era vibes, made famous as Florida’s “Pink Palace” for its Mediterranean and Moorish architectural motifs. Its lush landscaping can be seen out from private balconies and terraces lining the 10-story masterpiece, featuring 277 luxurious rooms and 36 suites. Relax in the two heated pools and 11,000 square foot spa, or indulge in enticing seafood cuisine at the on-site restaurant, Maritana Grille.
A gorgeous hotel just minutes from all the action in Tampa, TradeWinds Island Grand offers the perfect oceanside getaway. The kids will love the giant slide and seven swimming pools, while parents can delight in the cozy beach cabanas and beach bars. You’ll find plenty to keep you busy here, from Sea Turtle Talk expeditions to tennis and paddle boarding, while its Gulf Front Suite Balcony features a kitchenette, double-size sofa bed and stunning sunsets over the water. For a dose of culture, take the entire family to nearby Salvador Dali Museum to marvel at Surrealism artwork.
A 17-story pink-hued beauty sitting on Clearwater Beach, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa towers over the Gulf of Mexico’s glittering waters. Unwind in a private cabana at the spacious pool deck that overlooks the beach or re-charge at the on-site spa, then soak up the beachfront views from the One King Suite Gulf Front Terrace. Dine on fresh seafood at the on-site restaurant SHOR, then explore nearby attractions like the Clearwater Marine Aquarium or Busch Gardens.
An award-winning beachfront boutique hotel in Clearwater, Palm Pavilion Inn offers easy access to Tampa and its famed attractions such as Adventure Island and Lowry Park Zoo. This small, budget-friendly hotel is perfect for families with its spacious rooms and one-bedroom apartments that come equipped with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and spectacular ocean views. Soak up the sunshine at the outdoor pool or kick back at the bar, while a 14-hour front desk, luggage storage and free morning coffee service ensure your stay is smooth.
Known for its lively entertainment and nightlife scene, Shephard’s Beach Resort also boasts stunning ocean views and a pool with a tropical pool deck with cabanas. Head to Salt Tequila Bar and Tap Room for craft beer and featured tequilas or Ocean Flame for an interactive dining experience. Choose from one of the colorful Gulf-Side Rooms with king-size beds, flat-screen TVs and coffee makers, while private balconies boast front-row views to live DJs, bands and shows.
Sirata Beach Resort is a slice of paradise on St. Pete Beach, as its surrounded by acres of pristine shoreline. Beachfront volleyball, fire pits, outdoor pools will keep you entertained throughout your stay, while the shops of John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk are just a short drive away. Unwind in a beachfront room with flat-screen TVs and refrigerators, or upgrade to a One-Bedroom Suite for extra space and stunning water views. When hunger strikes, dine on chef-inspired fare at Compass Grille or enjoy in-room dining.
A cheerful beach hotel with modern decor, DreamView Beachfront Hotel & Resort sits on a beautiful private beach. Sit back in a plush lounger and watch the changing landscape of dolphins, sailboats and yachts, then take a dip in the pool or sip a signature cocktail at the Tiki Bar. Dig into grouper sandwiches and salmon at Sands Bistro on the Beach, then retreat to the Beat View Double Queen Room to enjoy a furnished balcony, memory foam mattress and coffeemaker.
A small oceanfront inn right across the street from the beautiful sands of Pass-a-Grille Beach, Sabal Palms Inn is a cozy retreat with only 10 rooms. Perfect for those looking for an intimate ambiance away from the big resorts, stay in one of the studios or suites to enjoy kitchenettes, shaded balconies and complimentary use of bicycles, beach chairs and gas grills. Spend your days at the beach or on-site pool, then take a short drive to enjoy the roller coasters at Busch Gardens.