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5250 Gulf Boulevard

St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 800-448-0901

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St. Pete Beach Awaits

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At Bellwether Beach Resort, the beach is always calling. Each room sits just steps from the beach, which year after year ranks among the best beaches in the United States. St. Pete Beach's sugar-white sand bordered by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico make it easy to see why. Couple that with the destination's excellent restaurants, hotels and nightlife and you'll discover a vacation destination unlike any other.

Stay on the Beach

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view of beach chairs and beach from room balcony

As one of the top beachfront hotels in St. Petersburg, we know a thing or two about the beach. St. Pete Beach is located on a barrier island, which means it sits between the Gulf of Mexico and mainland Florida. Though you'll have all the opportunity you need to sink your toes in the sand, Bellwether Beach Resort has it all even if you don't venture far from the room.  

Dine in a revolving rooftop bar, get served lunch and dinner on the beach itself, and indulge in daily live entertainment like wine dinners and rooftop parties. Bellwether Beach Resort offers the ultimate in relaxation, beginning with the beach but reaching so much further than that. Come kick back on one of Florida's best beaches and discover the seaside destination you've been missing. 

Beach Experience

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Staying beside the beach doesn't come without its perks. Bellwether Beach Resort offers various on-the-beach amenities to enhance your St. Pete Beach experience. 

As a guest of Bellwether Beach Resort, you'll enjoy: 

  • Daily complimentary use of beach cabana (1) OR
  • Daily complimentary use of beach chairs (2) with umbrella
  • Beach towels & Beach Butler Service 
  • Food and beverage service to your seat on the beach

Pool Experience

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Though the beach is hard to pass up, life is also cool by the pool. Whether you're lounging in the shade underneath a swaying palm, splashing and playing, or taking a quick dip after a day on the beach, Bellwether Beach Resort's pool deck is a great place to relax your day away during your St. Pete Beach vacation. 

Pool Amenities include: 

  • Chaise lounges
  • Tables and chairs with umbrellas
  • Located next to Bongo's Beach Bar & Grille
  • ADA pool lift 

Resort Experience

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There's more to Bellwether Beach Resort than the beach. Sure, you'd be remiss if you didn't at least splash in the surf, but luckily there's plenty to do on land. Eat and drink to your heart's content, keep your workout routine in place, or stay connected to friends and colleagues back home. It's all possible at Bellwether Beach Resort. 

Resort features include: 

  • Concierge services
  • Daily live entertainment
  • Complimentary wireless internet

St. Pete Beach Area Activities & Attractions

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Baywalk Shopping, Dining & Entertainment Complex

Home to over 25 upscale shops and restaurants including Ann Taylor, Shapiro’s, GBX Shoes, Ben & Jerry’s,The Cricket Shop, Dan Marino’s Town Tavern, Acorn, Sunglass Hut, Birkenstock, Afterthoughts, Hurricane Pass Outfitters, Chico’s, The Martini bar, Australian Creations Jewelers, Adobo Gill and more. The MUVICO BayWalk Theater boasts 20 stadium seating theaters with digital sound.
Located in the heart of downtown.

 

Busch Gardens

The rugged beauty of the Serengeti meets out-of-this-world rides and exotic animals. Look right in the eyes of Africa's most amazing animals. Challenge the incredible heights and speeds of world-class coasters. Then relax and enjoy the spectacular entertainment of highly acclaimed shows. With something amazing around every corner, your family will come together like never before. 
Busch Boulevard & 40th Street, Tampa, FL 813-987-5082

 

Egmont Key State Park

Accessible only by ferry this is a perfect escape for sunbathing, shelling and swimming. You can also walk through the historic ruins of Fort Dade or view wildlife such as gopher tortoises, hummingbirds and other seabirds. 727-893-2627.

 

Florida Aquarium

Over 10,000 aquatic plants and animals including an expanded shark collection, ocean predators and spineless wonders from around the world, Australian sea dragons, playful river otters, American alligators, free-flying birds, a giant Pacific octopus and more. Dive shows including a diver in the shark tank, close-up animal encounters and touch tanks. 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 813-273-4000

 

Florida Holocaust Museum

This is the fourth largest Holocaust museum in the nation and it is dedicated to advancing public awareness, education and understanding of the Holocaust, and honoring the memory of millions of innocent people who suffered, struggled and died as a result of this atrocious event in history. 727-820-0100.

 

Florida International Museum

Permanent exhibits are The Kennedy Collection and The Cuban Missile Crisis. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum showcases rotating national and international exhibits. 
100 Second Street, St. Petersburg, FL 727-822-3693

 

Fort DeSoto Park

1,136 unspoiled acres made up of five interconnected islands. In addition to the historic fort built during the Spanish-American War, the park boasts seven miles of beaches, two fishing piers, recreation and nature trails, a canoe trail, plus picnic and camping grounds. 727-582-2267

 

Johns Pass Historic Village & Boardwalk

Sightseeing tours, parasailing, wave runners, unique shopping, deep sea fishing, dining.
12901 Gulf Boulevard, Madeira Beach, FL 727-393-1947

 

Lowry Park Zoo

You will see more than 1500 animals (some rare & endangered) in lush, natural habitats. Enjoy live animal shows & interactive exhibits such as Stingray Bay, Lorikeet Landing and the renowned Florida Manatee Center. 1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 813-935-8552

 

Mahaffey Theater for the Performing Arts

Located in downtown St. Petersburg in the Bayfront Center the Mahaffey Theater provides a magnificent environment for a wide variety of concerts and exciting performances. 727-892-5798

 

MOSI-Museum of Science & Industry

Largest science center in the southeast and home of Florida's only IMAX theater. Over 450 "minds-on" activities, planetarium, space simulators, hurricane chamber, butterfly garden and high wire bike. Three major exhibitions explore the human body, Florida's environment and space, flight and beyond.
4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 813-987-6100

 

Museum of Fine Arts

The only comprehensive art collection on the Florida west coast. The collection includes works by such major French artists as Cezanne, Monet, Morisot, Gauguin, Renoir, and Rodin and by the American artists Thomas Moran, Henri, Bellows and O'Keeffe. African, Asian, pre-Columbian and American Indian art, as well as photographs, are also on view.

 

Orange Blossom Groves

Since 1946, Orange Blossom Groves has made growing, packing and shipping citrus fruits a family tradition. Shop in the open-air produce market for farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Brows in the gift shop while enjoying some homemade ice cream. Sample freshly squeezed orange juice. 
5800 Seminole Boulevard, Seminole, FL 727-392-1277. 1-800-237-9880

 

Prime Outlet Mall

A beautiful Caribbean environment is the setting for more than 35 of your favorite brand name stores. Polo, Versace, Ann Taylor, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Liz Clairborne, Mikasa, Nike. More brand names. More selection. More value. The open air center features lush landscaping with flowing fountains and a spectacular food court. Exit 224 on I-75, Ellenton, FL 888-260-7608.

 

Parasailing

Here is your chance to get a bird ’s eye view of St. Pete Beach. Parasailing is the perfect activity for the thrill seeker. You are securely but comfortably strapped into a harness attached to a massive parachute which is attached by cable to a speedboat that pulls you along. As you gain altitude you can experience a breathtaking view of the island.

 

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Acoustically perfect auditorium that has 2173 seats. Classical musicians, country singers, big bands, Broadway hits, dancers, comedians and top pop artists from America and around the world are included in the stellar line-up of more than 150 performances a year. The continental-style auditorium, brings you virtually center stage for a memorable evening with your favorite performers. 
Clearwater, FL 727-791-7400

 

Salvador Dali Museum

One of St. Petersburg's foremost cultural attractions, is home to the world famous collection of works by Salvador Dali featuring masterworks from the artist ’s early years, as well as from his transitional, surrealist and classic periods. Daily guided tours and museum store. 727-823-3767

 

Starlite Cruises

Discover the beauty of Florida ’s smooth inland waterways aboard the elegantly appointed Starlite Princess Riverboat or Starlite Majesty Dining Yacht. Enjoy fine dining at your individually reserved table. Dinner dance cruises feature a full course meal with seven entrée selections prepared on board and served to your table. Luncheon/Sightseeing cruises offer a narration by the captain. 727-462-2628.

 

St. Petersburg Pier

One the area ’s favorite places to shop, sightsee or just relax. Marvel at the Pier Aquarium. Take a scenic land and sea adventure on the amphibious Duck Tours of Tampa Bay, enjoy dolphin sightseeing aboard the Dolphin Queen, hop on a surrey bike and pick up souvenirs at the unique shops, boutiques and galleries. 800 Second Avenue, NE, St. Petersburg, FL 727-821-6164.

 

Sunken Gardens

100 years of beauty and an exotic collection of more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers blooms year round, including thousands of rare orchids found in Orchid Arbor. You will enjoy the winding path through thousands of tropical plants and a beautiful pond. A plethora of winged wonders is also in residence-explore the walk in butterfly enclosure. 1825 Fourth Street, North, St. Petersburg, FL 727-551-3100

 

Tarpon Springs

Approximately 20 miles north of St. Petersburg, but you will feel like you are visiting a quaint village in Greece. Smells of baklava wafting from the bakeries, snatches of Greek overheard in the conversations of old timers, fishermen stepping off the boats with their fresh catch and shops filled with souvenirs of the old county transport you to a land far away.

5 Fun Ways to Enjoy St. Pete Beach

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Days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and residents and visitors to St. Pete Beach, Florida, are itching to sink their toes in the sand–especially after weeks at home. Yet you're likely not the only one looking forward to riding the waves. So how do you get back to the beach safely? Think beyond sand castles and swimming. 

St. Pete Beach's long expanse of white sand is the perfect playground for more activities than you might expect. Stretch your legs, soak up some sun, and think outside the box with these fun activities that'll get people of all ages back on the beach. 

Run or Walk the Coast

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Go for a leisurely stroll, a brisk walk, or a jog along St. Pete Beach's four miles of pristine coast line. Exercising along the shore will not only get your endorphins flowing, but the sounds and smells of nature can also clear your mind. Just remember that running on the sand can be intense, thanks to the increased resistance and lack of shade. Bring water and be sure to apply sunscreen before heading out for a run.

Bring a Fitness Class to the Beach

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At the beach, there’s no shortage of ways to break a sweat—and no, we're not talking about sunbathing. The sand creates resistance that will kick your workout up a notch. Use your own body weight to complete basic exercises with the extra challenge of the beach. Try two sets of ten repetitions of either squats, push-ups, planks, or lunges, in whatever order your please. Increase your reps as you feel more comfortable pushing yourself.

Yoga is another great way to get fit on the beach. Stretch, strengthen, or relax with no equipment necessary. Need inspiration? Check out these great beach yoga videos. 

Pitch a Tent, Have a Picnic

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Pitching a canopy and settling in for the picnic is one of the best ways to stake your claim on a prime beach location. Arrive early and set up for the day. Enjoy some local takeout or splurge on fancy snack foods at the grocery store. Our picks? Fancy cheeses, fresh bread, local fruit, and wine—so long as you're following local liquor laws, of course. If you're picnicing with more than a few people, make it a potluck! The best picnics have a wide variety of eats.

Take to the Waves on a Kayak or Paddleboard

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Get out on the water and away from the crowds by renting a sea kayak or paddleboard for an afternoon. Kayaks and paddleboards are easy to launch from nearly any beach, making them great ways to experience the sea with friends and family. Check out these local St. Pete Beach shops that will rent you a paddleboard or kayak for the day, each just minutes from Bellwether Beach Resort. 

Relax and Read a Book

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When it comes to the beach, relaxing is a given. Though you might start your day with a workout or cool off in the waves in the afternoon, lounging on the sand is an important part of any beach vacation. Whether you're reading the latest magazine or a riveting novel, the beach is the perfect place to get lost in the story. It's also a good time to chill and listen to some music or podcasts if you want to close your eyes, too. 

Just make sure you're lathered up with sunscreen if you're going to be sitting out. Bring along sunglasses to block out any glare on the pages or screen as you read. And if you're opting for a podcast, don't forget your headphones.

Things to Do Near St. Pete Beach

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Bellwether Beach Resort gets you close to more than the award-winning beaches. For all the time you spend on the white sand, you can spend just as much exploring St. Pete Beach and the surrounding seaside towns. Walk beneath the warm Florida sun as you sip tropical fruit wines, meander down quaint shopping districts, and discover new plants and flowers at the botanical gardens.

If you find yourself craving a break from the beach, start by exploring these ten things to do near St. Pete Beach.

Starlite Cruises

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Discover the beauty of Florida ’s smooth inland waterways aboard a Starlite Cruise on the elegantly appointed Starlite Princess Riverboat or Starlite Majesty Dining Yacht. Enjoy fine dining at your individually reserved table. Dinner dance cruises feature a full course meal with seven entrée selections prepared on board and served to your table. Luncheon and sightseeing cruises also feature an engaging narrative from the captain.

St. Petersburg Pier

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Experience one of the area’s favorite places to shop, sightsee, or just relax. Marvel at the Pier Aquarium. Take a scenic land and sea adventure on the amphibious Duck Tours of Tampa Bay, enjoy dolphin sightseeing aboard the Dolphin Queen, hop on a surrey bike and pick up souvenirs at the unique shops, boutiques, and galleries.

Sunken Gardens

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Immerse yourself in 100 years of beauty and an exotic collection of more than 50,000 tropical plants at Sunken Gardens. Flowers bloom year-round, including thousands of rare orchids found in Orchid Arbor. Make your way along the winding path through thousands of tropical plants and a beautiful pond. A plethora of winged wonders is also in residence-explore the walk-in butterfly enclosure.

Florida Orange Groves Winery

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Discover wine unlike any you’ve had before. Florida Orange Groves Winery is renowned for its tropical fruit wine. Sample citrus, stone fruit, and tropical wines alongside more familiar grape wines. Visit their St. Petersburg tasting room for samples of each variety.

Pass-a-Grille Beach

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Pass-a-Grille is home to more than a wide, white stretch of beach. Beach boutiques, fresh seafood joints, and bars make Pass-a-Grille’s 8th Ave the perfect destination for a breezy night out. Don’t miss the outdoor art market and homemade ice cream shop.

Corey Avenue

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St. Pete Beach’s Corey Ave Shopping District has the contagious energy of a seaside town. Delicious food, local shopping, and seasonal events make this district perfect for strolling hand-in-hand. Go to Shells for seafood, Wings for souvenirs, and keep your eyes open for events like the St. Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival.

The Mall at Sundial

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Peruse over 25 upscale shops and restaurants at this St. Petersburg mall, including Ann Taylor, Shapiro’s, GBX Shoes, Dan Marino’s Town Tavern, Sunglass Hut, Birkenstock, Chico’s, The Martini Bar, Australian Creations Jewelers, Adobo Grill and more. Take a break from the sun in the AMC Sundial 12, which boasts 20 stadium-seating theaters.

John’s Pass Historic Village & Boardwalk

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This turn-of-the-century fishing village is a charming present-day vacation destination. Stroll through fishing shacks-turned boutiques and restaurants. John’s Pass is also a popular starting point for sightseeing tours, parasailing, wave runners, and deep-sea fishing.

Parasailing

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Here is your chance to get a bird’s eye view of St. Pete Beach. Parasailing is the perfect activity for the thrill seeker. You are securely but comfortably strapped into a harness attached to a massive parachute which is attached by cable to a speedboat that pulls you along. As you gain altitude you can experience a breathtaking view of the island.

Top Things to Do at John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk

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In 1848, a hurricane created a “pass” as it blew through the barrier islands. The first person to sail through this new break in the coastline? John Levique, a pirate with a mysterious history whose name is nevertheless immortalized in John’s Pass Village. 

Step into the turn-of-the-century as you stroll through this fishing village turned charming vacation destination. Quaint boutiques now occupy historic fishing shacks, as do restaurants, sightseeing tours, fishing charters, and more. It doesn’t get more Florida than soaking up the salty sea air blowing in off Madeira Beach as you shop for souvenirs or enjoy a night out. 

Loris Soap and Sponge

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Goat's milk and olive oil give Lori's Soaps their unique and far-reaching reputation—as does their use of natural sea sponges within their soaps. Shop this local-favorite store for a souvenir that'll remind you of St. Pete Beach and John's Pass every time you shower.

Vintage Vacationing: Americana in St. Pete

St Pete is a Vintage Vacation Spot - Bellwether is the Place to Experience It. Time travel through St. Pete when you visit these quintessential retro spots. 

Sunken Gardens

For more than a century, visitors have flocked to this sanctuary just outside downtown St. Pete. This 4-acre attraction features exotic plants, pink flamingos and more. 

 

Coney Island Grill

This mom-and-pop restaurant has been serving Coney Island-style hot dogs in downtown St. Pete since 1926. Sit on a stool at the old-school lunch counter and watch speedy short-order cooks prepare your burger, fries and milkshake. 

 

St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club 

This club has a revitalization story that makes local preservationists proud. Neglected for years, the world's oldest shuffleboard club was founded in 1924 and nurtured back to life a decade ago. 

 

The Coliseum Ballroom 

This Mediterranean revival-style building was built in 1924 and still maintains its Jazz Age grandeur with its arched ceiling and shimmering oak floors. 

 

Munch's Restaurant & Sundries 

A beloved neighborhood dining spot since 1952, it was showcased on the Food Network's popular Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives. The vintage lunch counter and '50s-era soda fountain take visitors on a tasty trip back in time. 

 

Gulfport Casino Ballroom

Located in Gulfport's artsy waterfront district, this art deco treasure has overlooked the shallow waters of Boca Ciega Bay since 1934. Enjoy dancing and entertainment all week long, but no gambling happens here. 

 

Candy Kitchen 

Generations of locals and Madeira Beach visitors know a trip to "Mad Beach" always ends with a scoop of ice cream from this mom-and-pop shop, which is easily spotted by its red-and-white peppermint striped awnings. 

 

Sponge-O-Rama Vintage Museum

This quirky spot in Tarpon Springs is a slice of roadside America. Since 1968, the museum - using vintage dioramas - has educated visitors about the local Greek tradition of sponge diving.