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The best beach vacations in Florida

Our beaches are award winning! The accolades on this page are proof that we offer the best beach vacations in Florida:

Best Beach Town for Families

Parents magazine named St. Pete Beach No. 3 among America's Top 10 Best Beach Towns for Families in 2013. "The destinations chosen deliver all the ingredients for a magical stay with the kids — pristine ocean water, nature activities and a boatload of inland fun," the magazine reads. St. Pete Beach was chosen thanks to its white sand, oceanfront activities, inland attractions and beach safety.

No. 1 Beach Destination in the U.S.

The beaches of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, featuring soft white sand and tempting blue-green water, are consistently ranked among the finest in the nation with millions of TripAdvisor travelers in agreement. TripAdvisor named St. Pete Beach among the Best Beaches in the U.S., giving it No. 1 and No. 2 marks in the 2012 and 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards, respectively. In 2012, St. Pete Beach was named the No. 5 beach destination in the world!

Near Dr. Beach’s reputable picks

Just 15 minutes away from TradeWinds Resorts, you’ll find another top beach — North Beach in Fort De Soto Park. Coastal geologist Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach, named this Florida destination America’s No. 1 Beach out of more than 650 major recreational beaches across the country in 2005, using more than 50 factors. TripAdvisor also rated North Beach the No. 1 Beach in 2008 and 2009. At Fort De Soto, ride, skate or jog on the 7-mile paved trail, canoe and kayak through lush mangroves or fish from two free piers. Fido can roam at the Paw Playground and frolic in the surf at Dog Beach, while kids explore the canons and jail cells of the old fort. The nature lover will discover a host of other nature parks and birding trails in the area.

In 2009, Caladesi Island State Park, a few miles north of TradeWinds, won Dr. Beach’s top honor, beating out beaches in Hawaii and California!

Sunset Capital of Florida

Former Governor Charlie Crist officially deemed St. Pete Beach as the “Sunset Capital of Florida.” After the 2011 honor, a sunset bell was hung at TradeWinds, and each evening it is rung as the Florida sun dips below the coast. To top off the accolades, St. Petersburg, which averages 361 days of sunshine per year, holds the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine — 768 days in a row!

So whether you’re looking for a fun-filled day flying over the Gulf in a custom-designed jet pack or taking on new adventures inspired by the life and science that is Guy Harvey, TradeWinds Island Resorts with its award-winning beach and miles of neighboring beaches makes it all possible. Discover all that's new at our hotels and reconnect with the No. 1 beach destination in the country!

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Sunset Romance Package

Rekindle the romance! Escape to the beach for a sunset stroll, sip champagne, dine al fresco and more.

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Getaway Magazine

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Visit RumFish Grill

RumFish Grill is a fully immersive experience where visitors can eat, drink, shop and explore.

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SandBox beach lounge

Enjoy your own piece of paradise with VIP Cabanas, campfire s'mores, signature drinks, entertainment and unforgettable sunsets in The SandBox beach lounge.

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High Tide Slide

Unlimited rides on the triple-chuted High Tide Slide are now included in the resort amenity fee for every registered guest.

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