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Best St. Pete Beach Water Activities

So you’ve decided to enjoy a spectacular beach getaway at TradeWinds resort. First of all — excellent choice! There’s so much to do here, you’ll discover no end of incredible activities to fill your stay with fun. In particular (since we’re situated on one of the most incredible beaches in the world), there are countless ways to enjoy the water. From boating to surfing, parasailing to diving, there’s truly something for everyone. Read on to learn more about our picks for the best St. Pete Beach water activities you can enjoy during your visit.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

There may be no better way to spend a leisurely day navigating the waters of the gulf than on a stand-up paddleboard. For the uninitiated, imagine surfing, but at a much more relaxed rate of speed, and guiding yourself with a long oar. It’s fantastic sightseeing, even better exercise, and a fantastic way to enjoy the water. Interested? Just stop by the Adventure Center at Island Grand. They’ll get you geared up in no time.   


Admit it: you’ve always wanted to try Parasailing. Imagine using an oversized parachute to soar 800 feet above the sapphire-blue waters just off the coast of St. Pete Beach, gently coasting on the warm sea breezes behind a power boat, and taking in jaw-dropping birds’-eye views. As our guest, you don’t have to imagine! TradeWinds offers Parasailing as a resort activity during your stay. Click here to reserve your session! 

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

The waters just off of TradeWinds offer some of the best diving in the Gulf of Mexico. Underwater explorers will discover one of the best-preserved reef systems in the country, including limestone ledges, playful wildlife, and even some fascinating shipwrecks to explore. Want to reserve your diving excursion? No problem. Just reach out to our Outfitter Shop at (855) 446-8834 or (727) 329-1408, and we’ll help you plan. 

Pleasure Cruises 

TradeWinds offers guests truly amazing guided excursions to some nearby natural attractions you won’t want to miss. Our Shell Island Dolphin Sunset Cruise allows the whole family to encounter bottlenose dolphins in their natural ecosystem, and then disembark at Shell Key to search for souvenir shells to take home as mementos. The Shell Island Dolphin Cruise departs daily from just behind Island Grand Beach Resort. 

Jet Ski Tours

Prefer to pilot your own watercraft? No problem! TradeWinds offers guests a 26-mile guided Jet Ski tour of some of St. Pete’s most popular points of interest. Of course, if you’d rather strike out on your own, you’re welcome to avail yourself of our on-site powered watercraft rentals, and discover your own Tampa Bay adventure. Either way,  just give us a buzz and let us know when you’d like to head out and brave the waves!  

Floating Water Park

Kids of all ages tell us they love our fantastic floating water park! Recently expanded to offer even more wet and wild fun, this spectacular 15,750-square-foot splash zone is situated just off the shore of Island Grand Beach Resort. Jump in to enjoy inflatable slides, floating trampolines, ocean loungers, island rafts and more. The fun in the sun just never ends when you dive in here.

“Water” You Waiting For?  

We could spend all day telling you about all of the great ways to make the most of your beach getaway at TradeWinds. As it is, we’ve barely scratched the surface. We ran out of room before we could tell you about our “dive-in” movies, fishing, beach volleyball, and so many other of the endless activities our guests tell us they love. So stop by our recreation page to check out all there is to do here. Then hit our Special Offers page to take a look at our current travel packages and book your stay!


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