An August 2002 trip
to St. Pete Beach by ladyluck
Quote: For those travelers staying within the states but want the caribean charm, St. Petes Beach is where you should head. Miles of warm crystal blue green waters, palm trees gently blowing in the ocean air. Sunsets are the best!!
For those activities you like much more than walking, available at your finger tips are whale watching tours, dolphin tours, jet skis, parasailing, snorkling, kayaks and paddleboats to name a few.
Dining out is plentiful, and lots of shops to browse through. St. Petes, is centrally located, 40 minutes to Busch Gardens, 60 min from Disney.
Coral Reef is the resort where we stayed. The pool is its best attribute. 100,000 gallons of fresh water. the pool was the length of the resort. But that is not all! Surrounding this winding pool are chaise lounges, and tiki huts for shade. Tropical foliage intertwine the whole area, and there are bridges. Not to forget the "4" hot tubs nestled in palms. They had a heated pool, too. Incredible.
The one bedroom units are small and I would recommend them for only a couple, even though they sleep four. However, the units are clean, and the decor has very Carribean style furniture (bamboo sofa and chair with tropical prints).
We'd go back for the pool; the kids loved it. It was beautiful. Rock formations set throughout the middle forming a waterfall effect, bridges you swim under; one section had seats that aligned the side and tiki huts hidden amongst the palms to sit in the shade. 4 hot tubs were secluded around the pool for some privacy. Very nice touch.
Also at night Bongos the restaurant/bar which sits ajacent to Coral Reef had bands. It was a nice extra to sit on the deck from your room and have a few cocktails and listen to the music. I very much enjoyed it.Resort Experience:Coral Reef, and St. Pete's Beach is a destination I would go back to. I was told that the Western side of Florida is a lot like the Carribean, and they are right. Warm ocean with the color of the Carribean, gentle breezes, warm temperatures year round, lush tropical flowers all aroud, palms blowing in the breeze. The resort is close enough to the amusement parks for day trips or nice enough to afford just walking right out your room and swimming in the great pool. Relax in one of the hot tubs, or sit at the ocean and let the sun and the ocean wash away your stress. Then finish it off by watching the beautiful sunsets. Great vacation.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2002
Coral Reef Beach Resort
5800 Gulf Boulevard
St. Petersburg Beach, Florida 33706
Massachusetts, United States