Girls Getaways at TradeWinds St. Pete Beach
Written March 20, 2018
Bachelorette weekends, friend reunions, staycations with every day besties and destination trips to see your long distance amigas – there is something about a girls trip that is simply pure magic. The excitement for a pending girls getaway really cannot be topped and the planning of activities, outfits and eats combined is half the fun! Whether you’re looking to dive into adventure with your crew, kick back poolside with some frozen favorites, or explore the local area - we’ve got the perfect girlfriend weekend ideas to help you put together the best St. Pete Beach retreat for your girl gang. There’s something to do for every type of friend, from the aqua-holic to the spa diva and everyone in between. If a tropical retreat is the goal, St. Pete Beach’s pristine sugar-sand shoreline has plenty of room for large groups to stretch out and dive right in to an epic weekend headfirst.
SEAS-ING THE DAY
With a standing motto of “Just Let Go”, relaxation is right around every corner at TradeWinds. Cabanas, hammocks and outdoor lounge areas are scattered across both Island Grand and RumFish Beach Resort properties, offering space to kick back and catch up.
With eight bars on property, there’s never a frozen favorite far from arm’s reach, either! For gal gangs that are looking to sample all the fantastic sips that TradeWinds has to offer, grab your passport (literally!) and take advantage of the best bar crawl on the beach! Just make sure to get your passport stamped at each watering hole for bragging rights and a free “I survived” t-shirt.
Once you’ve gotten the perfect frozen cocktail or salt-rimmed margarita to buddy up to with your besties, you can enjoy your sips poolside with seven different spots to make a splash, or make a beach cabana home base. You can even order refills and snacks without taking a foot off our sandy shoreline while you’re at it – your refreshments are brought right to your cushioned lounger with cabanamenu.com. Speaking of cabanas, you can wade out into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico without drifting away from your best friends thanks to the perfect floating cabana that can fit four easily.
If more entertainment tops your list of girlfriend weekend ideas, TradeWinds ups the fun factor with plenty of action to keep everyone occupied. Everyone will definitely feel like a kid again zooming down the three-story High Tide Slide that sits right on the beach. With three separate shoots, you can race each other down for bragging rights or bar tabs! If you’re looking for another wild ride, meet Bucky – the mechanical shark. Nothing will make you laugh harder than watching your friends try to hold on for dear life while Bucky tries to throw them off. Adrenaline junkies will flip for jet ski rentals, parasailing, or even a ride on the JetLev! For those looking for a little more calm in their quality time, there’s plenty else to do as well. Grab the gang for some stand-up paddleboarding, relaxing guided beachfront yoga or even just a jam session to some live music around one of the adult-only pools.
For the group that’s ready for a break from all that sun, the surrounding Tampa Bay area is the perfect place to explore and do a little shopping! International Mall, just a quick drive from St. Pete Beach over the Howard Franklin bridge, is a shopping mecca that accommodates the tastes (and wallets!) of every type of shopper. With over 200 specialty stores and restaurants, everyone is sure to be entertained wandering the shops for a few hours. If you’re looking for the best deal, St. Pete Beach is also conveniently located 30 minutes away from Ellenton Premium Outlets. Just don’t forget to bring an extra suitcase to get all of your scores back home afterwards! Those that like to shop local will find plenty of hidden treasures scattered throughout all of the unique shops in St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach and Gulfport. The Grand Central District of St. Petersburg is not just home to stores like area favorite Strands of Sunshine, but also the center of the art and craft beer scene in St. Pete. It also wouldn’t be a Sunday without a nice stroll through the weekly Corey Avenue market. A quick step off the beaten path, the community of Gulfport is located just five minutes away from St. Pete Beach and is full of colorful restaurants, bars, art scene and a funky cast of characters all its own. Consider yourself lucky if you’re in town during GeckoFest, the annual celebration of the towns unofficial mascot.
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
Luckily, there’s no shortage of things to do on a girls weekend getaway once the sun goes down on St. Pete Beach, either. Start the evening off with a cocktail and a sunset at Salty’s Tiki Bar at TradeWinds Island Grand or The Sand Box beach lounge at RumFish Beach Resort.
The decision for dinner is easy, take your pick between two top-rated restaurants in their own right! Palm Court, consistently ranked the #1 Italian restaurant on St. Pete Beach according to TripAdvisor, is well worth the visit. Who knew you could experience exceptional Mediterranean appetizers and entrees paired with an extensive wine list just off St. Pete Beach? There’s nothing better than laughing, drinking and sharing bites with your besties. On the other hand, your group may not want to miss the ultimate under-water dining opportunity located at RumFish Grill. Imagine the fun you would all have enjoying delicious cuisine and sipping craft cocktails in the calming glow of a 33,500 gallon tank located in the main dining room!
Night owls will love the laidback nightlife scene on St. Pete Beach, or the high-energy spots in downtown St. Petersburg! Whether you are ready to dance the night away at sand-in-your-toes beach bars to local live music, or hit up the rooftop bars and break it down to a world-class DJ, the options are endless!
GANG’S ALL HERE! PACKAGE
What makes St. Pete Beach the ideal vacation for girls trips (or really any group getaway) is the stunning location right on the Gulf of Mexico, easy access to endless entertainment, and a perfect package to help keep costs at a minimum without sacrificing a single moment of fun! With TradeWinds’ Gang’s All Here! 2-Night Package you’ll enjoy discounted accommodations in a 2-bedroom suite that sleeps up to ten of your best friends, first round on us with eight drink vouchers, the option to lounge lavishly in cushioned beach cabanas with seating for eight sun-bathers and the nightly Resort Amenity Fee all included.
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