Maybe you live in the area and need a good staycation, or maybe you’re coming from afar in search of some of that famous sunny Florida weather. No matter the motive, America’s best beach for 2021 has plenty of places to stay (and play and eat and drink). There are more options than these, but this list encompasses some of our favorite spots to set up shop if you’re beachin’ it in St. Pete. From romance and relaxation to family fun and big parties, these are the best hotels and places to stay at St. Pete’s beaches.
Best Luxury Hotels
Live up the luxury life with these fine luxury hotels in St. Pete Beach.
One of the world’s most iconic beach hotels, The Don Cesar is a classic Florida and St. Pete Beach resort with beautiful architecture, fine dining, a relaxing spa, an excellent beach bar and pool, and one of the best stretches of beach on the gulf.
While it isn’t beachfront (it is right across the street, though), Hotel Zamora is actually on a marina, perfect for anyone with a boat and right in line with its Mediterranean ambience and décor. If nothing else, it’s worth it for the views of the sunset from the rooftop bar.
One of the newest hotels on the beach is also one of the most popular as this chic new resort features not only great beaches and a freshwater pool and hot tub, but an incredible location in a booming neighborhood full of shops and restaurants. Speaking of eating, you can’t do much better than The Saint’s featured restaurant – 82 Degrees.
No, it’s not on St. Pete Beach, but we can’t help including one of our favorites, and the best spot to stay if you want to make Clearwater your home base. This four-star resort offers some of the Gulf’s finest dining, best views and biggest rooms, all on a beachfront property with a rooftop pool, to boot.
Most Lively Hotels
Ready to have a good time? These hotels are always down for a party.
If you’re looking for fun in the Florida sun, Postcard Inn on The Beach is where to go. While the hotel itself (with a beautifully-renovated lobby) is fine for all ages, it’s the beach bar at the end of the property that’s a big draw for locals. On holidays and weekends, this spot is packed with party-goers and certainly adds a little life to your day. A nice pool separates the beach bar from the rooms, so while we can’t promise it’ll be as quiet as home, you shouldn’t have *too* much trouble avoiding the noise when you need a nap or decide to turn in for the night.
AirBNB & VRBO
There are some parts of the beach where hotels and high-rises disappear, and these are some of the best spots for groups. From families to bachelorette trips to guys weekends, scanning AirBNB and VRBO can help you find a unique spot for a bigger group that’s happy to have all the fun they want right at home. Keep an eye on Pass-A-Grille for some of the nicest spots to stay on the Gulf.
Best Budget Friendly Hotels
Get the best bang for your buck with these cheap hotels in St. Pete Beach.
Highly rated and decidedly different from other options in the areas, the Villas at St. Pete Beach offer the privacy of your own suite (some even come with a private pool and grill) and the beach access the whole crew needs, all without breaking the budget. Good for families, groups, or romantic getaways.
Located just down the street from The Don, the Bon Aire has an excellent location on a pristine stretch of beach, a great pool, and a beach bar right on the sand. Parking can be tough (like anywhere on the beaches) but it’s conveniently situated less than a block down from public beach access parking.
With balconies overlooking the gulf and cabana rentals available at the pool, the Dolphin Beach resort gives you all the beach vibes you need. Clean rooms give you somewhere to rest your head at night and easy beach access gets your toes in the sand before you can blow up a beach ball.
Best Family-Friendly Hotels
These family-friendly stays have something for everyone.
Practically a mini-city itself, the Tradewinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach are big enough to offer everything a family could need, with something for every age – including the massive inflatable water slide on the beach (fun no matter how old you are). A variety of restaurants make it easy to find something for everyone, but we’re particular fans of RumFish grill.
More than anything, the best thing here is the location. This stretch of beach has far fewer hotels, is filled mostly with locals, and while it’s a short drive to nightlife and entertainment, there’s nothing in the immediate vicinity that will keep kids awake or take away from a little family fun.
You know what you’re getting when you stay at a Hilton Garden Inn, and that’s a good thing. Comfort, service and good location come standard here. Big rooms (many with balconies) offer plenty of space to clean up after a day at the beach, and with an on-site gym, restaurant, bar, and outdoor pool, everything the family needs is right in one place.