St. Petersburg, Florida, is the perfect place for soaking up the sun on a cruise ship. These portside resorts get you closer to the boats that travel around the Gulf of Mexico. Here are our list of the 4 best cruise resorts out there on St. Pete Beach.
1. Dolphin Beach Resort Appeals to Travelers on a Budget
Dolphin Beach Resort‘s location, across the road from Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center, makes it an ideal choice for budget-conscious cruise lovers. The affordable rooms at this two-star resort will give you more cash to splash on Dolphin Landings’ sailboat and sunset party cruises. The cheapest rooms have parking lot rather than beach views, but they’re clean and have all the basics you’d expect in a big city hotel. It’s also rare to find rooms at such low rates steps from Silver Sand Beach and across the street from the feature-packed Dolphin Village Shopping Center.
2. Camelot by the Sea Gives Families Space to Spread Out
The units of Camelot by the Sea, formerly Camelot of EVRentals, give families plenty of space to spread out. The units are generously sized and the pool area has barbecue grills for evening cookouts. The property’s located in Passe a Grille, a secluded spot on the southern tip of St. Pete Beach that provides a peaceful alternative to busy Gulf Boulevard. The whole family will love being across the road from the beach and less than a mile from Merry Pier. You can rent fishing gear at the pier or take a 1.5-hour sightseeing and dolphin watching cruise at sunset.
3. Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa Offers Convenient Luxury
A little further up the coast you’ll find Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, a luxurious hotel with fully equipped kitchens and high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access in every room. Get pampered at the on-site Sandava Spa or dine by the water at Swim Poolside Bar and Grill. This four-star hotel is mere minutes from the Clearwater Municipal Marina. That’s where you can join a Little Toot dolphin tour, the only local dolphin tour that explores the shallows as well as the waters of the gulf to find more dolphins. Your hosts are so confident that you’ll meet some of these friendly mammals that if you don’t, your next cruise is free. Little Toot’s “tugboat” shape creates a huge wake that dolphins love to play in, and since the boat is lower than many cruise ships, you’ll get much closer to the frolicking marine mammals.
4. TradeWinds Island Grand is Fun Central
There’s so much do to at TradeWinds Island Grand, from the rides at the Splash Island Water Park to the tranquility of the Body Works Salon and Spa. It’s also home to Adventure Cruises Inc., which helps guests get close to nature on its Shelling and Dolphin Watch Cruise to Shell Key Preserve. TradeWinds’ first-class amenities are matched by recently renovated island-style rooms with flat-screen televisions, plush pillowtop beds, and wireless Internet access. No matter what the season, you can enjoy the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico from the comfort of these fabulous St. Pete Beach hotels and resorts.
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