A June 2005 trip
to St. Pete Beach by not2creative
Quote: The real purpose of my trip was to pick up a car. I flew to Florida and took the auto-train home. BUT I wanted to get some R&R before heading back north. I found just the spot...
I reserved a gulf-front hotel room with a balcony, which was located in the Jacaranda Building. (This building is nonsmoking.) The room was spacious and had a small refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffeemaker. They even supplied a few dishes. We had a room with a king-size bed, and there was a small dining table in the room. The balcony was very narrow. In fact, it was too narrow to sit on without angling your chair.
The grounds were very well kept. The staff was amazing. Once we parked our car at 5pm on Friday, we never left until checking out Sunday morning. The food was great; whether you are looking for a submarine sandwich or a full gourmet dinner, it is available.
Large hammocks that easily accommodate two adults hung along the beach walkway, and there was always one available. The beach cabañas that lined the beach were included in the daily activity fee. The "cabañas" were actually two padded chairs connected in the middle by a table and optionally shaded (very comfy).
The resort has four pools. One is covered (it is actually under one of the buildings) and one is designated adults only. I would be sure I wasn’t in the building right next to the pool (Hibiscus Building).
There were so many activities for kids – a rock-climbing wall and a 3-story inflatable water slide ($30 for an all-day pass), as well as movies by the pool and hourly organized programs.
My biggest complaint about the resort is that the bed was uncomfortable (not too bad for 2 nights) and the foam pillows were awful. If I planned to arrive by car, I would definitely bring my down mattress pad and pillows.
I would have rated this resort as VERY HIGHLY recommended, but while we were there, they were experiencing a red tide, so there were thousands of dead fish on the beach.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2005
Tradewinds Grand Island Resort
5500 Gulf Boulevard
St. Petersburg Beach, Florida 33706
Restaurant | "Bermuda's at Island Grand"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2005
5500 Gulf Blvd
St. Pete Beach, Florida
Restaurant | "The Flying Bridge at the Tradewinds Resort"
They serve all of your favorites, including nachos, shrimp jammers, and other appetizers, plus salads, burgers, grouper, and chicken sandwiches.
We ordered the shrimp jammers, which are fried shrimp stuffed with jalapenos and cheese. There were good, but there were only five on the plate.
I also ordered the grouper sandwich - they offer it broiled, fried, or blackened. It was very good and inexpensive. It was served with french fries.
They offer the same tropical drink menu at all of the resort restaurants, but this is the restaurant that I discovered you could "summersize" your drink. Instead of a $6.49 12-ounce drink, you pay $13 and get a 36-ounce one. Yes, I know what you are thinking, a 36-ounce rum runner, are you crazy?? However, they conveniently serve it in a "souvenir cup" that you can take with you. Mine lasted me all night. I moved from the restaurant to the hammocks.
They are open for lunch and dinner.
Flying Bridge Restaurant
482 Blackburn Point Road Osprey