Visit St Peter/Clearwater this summer

Charlotte Maxwell

Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.

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This summer, make it your mission to visit St Petersburg and be the first to stay in one of its brand new hotels. Who doesn’t want a trip to Florida this year? Tourism demand has peaked in Florida and in response to this an array of luxury and boutique hotels have been added to its 35-mile stretch of award-winning white sandy beaches.

New hotel developments

Opal Sands Resort and Treasure Island Beach Resort (opened in February and March this year) has kicked off the transformation of the area with four others already under construction. The developments will add over 2,000 new hotel rooms to the destination, visited by around 50,000 Brits every year.

Opal Sands Resort

The Opal Sands Resort is the only hotel on Clearwater Beach that offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and spectacular sunsets from every room. Each of the rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows and a large balcony.

Positioned on the lively promenade, the resort is in prime location and is the newest addition to the well-sought after beach strip. The hotel boasts a number of dining options including a sandbar, pool bar and seafood restaurant, and is in walking distance from restaurants and bars in Clearwater.

Guests can enjoy the Gulf-front outdoor pool and hot tub or take a break from the sun in a private cabana. The resort offers a full service spa with direct access onto the beach and is within walking distance from the family-friendly Pier 60, known for its arts and crafts, fishing, shopping and nightly sunset celebrations.

The nearby Clearwater Marina offers sunset sailing cruises, deep sea fishing expeditions and dolphin encounters.

Treasure Island Beach Resort

Treasure Island Beach Resort offers 77 luxurious rooms and is the first property to be built on Treasure Island beach for almost a decade. It has an outdoor beachfront pool and sundeck overlooking the three-mile beach. There are restaurants, shops and bars in walking distance or the signature BRGR Restaurant and Bar located on site.

Why visit St. Pete/Clearwater?

With an average of 361 days of sunshine each year and a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine (768), St. Pete/Clearwater is bursting with quirkiness and personality. Aside from boasting the best beaches in America (as determined by TripAdvisor in 2015), there is the largest collection of Dali artwork outside of Spain at The Dali Museum and impressive street art and murals.

For more information about St. Pete/Clearwater, check out visitstpeteclearwater.com.

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