The Tampa Bay area is chock full of beautiful hotels and resorts. Most of them are on the beach or are within walking distance of salty breezes and powder-white sands. If you’re not sure where to go, try Tradewinds.
Tradewinds Island Grand
5500 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Tradewinds is nothing short of a vacationer’s paradise. This full-service resort offers easy access to the crystal waters of St. Pete Beach, an adults-only pool as well as a family pool, two hot tubs, a full-service spa and a variety of on-site restaurants. You can join a morning yoga class, get a hot stone massage or lie on the beach with your favorite book while your stress melts away.
There is no shortage of local and international flavor in Tampa Bay. From Thai to Ethiopian to authentic Cuban cuisine, there is a dining experience to please any palate.
Queen of Sheba
3636 Henderson Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
If you’re bored with the same old burgers and fries and simply can’t look at yet another pepperoni pizza, give Ethiopian food a try. This flagrant, flavorful cuisine typically comes with three main staples: a spice mixture called berbere, a spiced butter called niter kibbeh and flat, sour-tasting bread called injera that accompanies each and every dish. Adventuresome people and the young at heart will love Ethiopian food just because it’s so fun. You get to ditch the silverware and dive in with your fingers and a piece of injera. You can even take some of Sheba home with you and browse the shop for jewelry, coffee and Ethiopian spice mixtures.
7720 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, FL 33607
Florida is famous for its seafood and nowhere else can you get fresh seafood like you can in Tampa Bay. Whiskey Joe’s is the perfect place to relax and enjoy Florida’s seafood selection. There is a barefoot bar where you can literally kick off your shoes, a drive-up boat dock, a full bar and even live entertainment and cornhole boards. The seafood dishes include comfort food favorites like fish and chips as well as more sophisticated dishes like blackened grouper.
The Tampa Bay area has numerous attractions that include everything from art, science and history museums to night clubs and concert halls. You can ride the roller coasters at Busch Gardens during the day and take in a jazz concert at night. For some great experiences you just won’t find anywhere else, check out the Salvador Dali Museum or the Sunken Gardens.
Salvador Dali Museum
1 Dali Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Salvador Dali Museum holds the largest collection of original Dali artwork in the United States. Even if you have only a passing interest in art, the museum is still something to behold — the architecture alone is simply stunning. To get the most out of the museum, be sure to read the wall plaques to find out about Dali’s hidden secrets in his paintings.
1825 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
The Sunken Gardens are an incredible natural wonder. This 100-year-old living museum is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region and contains over 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. You can take a fitness class such as yoga, hoop dancing or Hot Hula Fitness, or simply take a leisurely stroll through the gardens to enjoy this earthly Garden of Eden.