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St Petersburg Clearwater Hotels

St Petersburg Clearwater hotels cover the spectrum of quality with hotels in St Petersburg Clearwater ranging from 5 star St Petersburg Clearwater hotels and 4 star St Petersburg Clearwater hotels and St Petersburg Clearwater Condo’s which are covered by Cranley and for the budget traveller 3 star hotels and below are also available. Hotels in St Petersburg Clearwater are located mostly along the 37 miles of beach on the eight barrier islands. Airport hotels are also available near the major airports and hotels are also located near the centre of St Petersburg and Clearwater centres.

The hotels in St Petersburg Clearwater include the major groups like Hilton, Marriott and Starwood and locally owned hotels. St Petersburg Clearwater also has many condominiums like Sand Dollar Resort, Boca Ciega, Ram Sea, Pelican Pointe and sunset Vistas to name a few. There are also numerous local hotels which tend to be rated 3 star and below.

The stock of hotels in St Petersburg Clearwater has been reasonably stable but a recently a number of new hotels have started to come onto the market like the Sand Piper Resort. In recent years there has been a significant development of condo Hotels with more in the development stage.

Cranley now lists most 5 star hotels in St Petersburg Clearwater and most 4 star hotels in St Petersburg Clearwater with free comprehensive St Petersburg Clearwater hotel reports, hotel information, independent ratings and reviews including many photos. This makes Cranley the most comprehensive independent guide on St Petersburg Clearwater hotels today on-line. St Petersburg Clearwater hotels were indeed Cranley’s first area covered in the United States. More St Petersburg Clearwater hotels will be added with detailed reports during the course of 2007. If you would like to see a report on a specific hotel please write to us.
Background
St. Petersburg/Clearwater is located on the west side of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico and is set on a peninsula with inland waterways on one side and the Gulf on the other. It is an area that encompasses the cities of St Petersburg and Clearwater which work together through the St Petersburg Clearwater Visitor and Convention Bureau (www.floridasbeach.com) to market the destination. Nearby to the south is Tampa and about 100 miles away is Orlando making it very popular with leisure travellers who can combine it with an Orlando vacation. St Petersburg and Clearwater has its own airport and is also served by Tampa and Orlando International airports and further away is Miami International Airport. The area is comprised of 26 communities that have a unique charm, feel and heritage. From the Greek influence in Tarpon Springs to the Scottish heritage of Dunedin, the area boasts a fascinating cultural mix. The major attraction of the area is the 35 miles of white sandy beaches which are set on a series of eight barrier islands acting as a breakwater just off the mainland and most of which are connected by road. The southern most beach is Fort De Soto Island which is designated as a park and was voted number 1 beach in the United States in 2005. Fort De Soto is popular with visitors as it has a number of attractions including nature walks, picnic areas, camping and the opportunity to explore the fort that was built during the Spanish American war. Running north from De Soto island are the beaches of St Petersburg, Treasure Island, Madeira, Redlington, Indian Shores and Clearwater. At the very north is Caladesi Island State Park which is accessed via ferry, boat or kayak and is rated as the number 2 beach in the United States and like Fort De Soto has a range of leisure activities. As well as beaches the area and Florida generally is known for its abundance of championship golf courses the most well known of which is probably Innisbrook which is home to the PGA Tour POD championship. Given the climate there is a full range of other outdoor pursuits including tennis, sailing and scuba diving. For those looking for professional sports the area is home to major league teams in the key sports. The St Petersburg Clearwater destination also has numerous malls and restaurants located in the city centres as well as the beach areas and for those looking for more cultural activities there is the is the world famous Salvador Dali museum and a moving Holocaust exhibition. Another unique attraction is being able to see Turtles hatch. In a typical year, more than 150 loggerhead sea turtles successfully nest on St. Petersburg/Clearwater area beaches. These are one of five species of endangered sea turtles that lay their eggs on Floridas beaches. While the green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemps Ridley can be found in local waters, the loggerhead is by far the most common. Peak nesting time runs May through August. Overall St Petersburg Clearwater is ideal for family vacations which makes it popular with American as well as international travellers.
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Medical Facilities
Hospitals There are a number of hospitals and clinics in the Clearwater and St Petersburg area that have first class services. Medical care can be expensive and insurance is strongley recommended.
Dentists There are numerous dentists available all of which charge a fee.
Golf Courses

Bardmoor Country Club

Description The tradition of excellence that brought the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour to Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club continues today. Host of the nationally televised JC Penney Classic for 13 seasons, this 18-hole par 72 premier Tampa golf course was redesigned in 2001 by Gary Koch. Demanding for pros yet fun for all players, Bardmoor epitomises Florida golf at its finest. Pristinely manicured, Bardmoor features TifEagle greens that rival tour status. State-of-the-art practice facilities, an award winning golf shop and outstanding service complete the experience. Located minutes from some of the best beaches in Florida, Bardmoor is consistently rated one of the premier Florida golf courses.
Holes 18
Facilities Practice area
PGA tuition
Length / Par 7,015 yards, Par 72

Belleview Biltmore

Description The 18-hole "Belleview Biltmore" course at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club facility in Belleair, Florida features 6,614 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 71.9 and it has a slope rating of 124. Designed by Donald J. Ross, ASGCA, the Belleview Biltmore golf course opened in 1925. Chuck Eade manages the course as the General Manager.
Holes 18
Facilities PGA tuition
Practice facilities
Golf school
Length / Par 6,614 yards Par 71

Dunedin Golf Club

Description Designed by all-time great golf course architect Donald Ross, the course was carved out of citrus groves and was opened for play on 1st January 1927. From 1945 until 1962, it was the PGA National Golf Course. Features of the course include a length of 6,605 yards with teeing areas of varying distances for each hole; driving range, putting green, chipping and sand trap practice areas; complete golf shop; resident PGA pro and assistants.
Holes 18
Facilities PGA tuition
Practice facilities
Length / Par 6,505 yards Par 72

Innisbrook Golf Club

Description Located only 20 miles from Tampa International Airport, Innisbrook Golf Club is regarded as one of the country's most celebrated golf destinations. Here there are four championship layouts featuring up to 70 to 80 feet of elevation change reminding golfers of the finest course in the Carolinas. Innisbrook is probably best known for the Top 100 Copperhead Golf Course, home to the PGA Tour's PODS Championship. Paul Azinger calls Copperhead, "The best course we play on Tour." Curtis Strange said, "If I could only play one course the rest of my life it would be Copperhead. It has that much character." Stewart Cink said, "Copperhead could host a US Open." If you were to ask the members many will say that the Island Course is even better than Copperhead. The Island has played host to numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers and is the site of one of Phil Mickelson's NCAA Championships. The Highlands North and Highlands South Courses are not quite as long as Copperhead and the Island but they can be every bit as challenging.
Holes Four 18 hole courses
Facilities Pro shops
PGA tuition
Practice facilities
One of America's top 25 golf schools
Length / Par Copperhead 7,140 Par 71, Island 6,999 Par 72, Highlands South 6,635 Par 72, Highlands North 6,405, Par 71

Renaissance Vinoy Resort Golf Club

Description The 18-hole "Renaissance Vinoy Resort" course at the Vinoy Golf Resort facility in Saint Petersburg, Florida features 6,284 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. The course rating is 70.2 and it has a slope rating of 118. Designed by Ron Garl, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort golf course opened in 1992. Marriott Golf manages this facility, with Russ Bond as the General Manager.

Holes 18
Facilities Practice facilities
PGA qualified tuition
Length / Par 6,284 yards, Par 70
Beaches

Caladesi Island

Size/Frontage 3,000 acre Island
Facilities Showers
Deck chair hire
Nature trails
Overnight boat docking
Camping
Parking Available
Safety Patrolled areas
Cranley Comment Caladesi Island has been voted Number Two Beach in the United States in 2005 and 2006. It is located a short boat or ferry ride from the mainline and encompasses a range of activities from overnight camping, nature trails, hire of boats and Kayaks. There are toilets and changing facilities as well as picnic areas and refreshments available.

Clearwater Beach

Description Clearwater Beach is a white sandy beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on the West Coast of Florida. Gulf Boulevard Road stretches for 40 kilometres along the west coast with Clearwater Beach being located at the far end going north.
Size/Frontage It is approximately 0.4 kilometres from the edge of the beach to the water's edge although this varies at a number of points. The beach covers an area of several kilometres.
Parking There are a number of public car parks available at the beach's edge.
Safety It is a public beach and lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.
Cranley Comment Clearwater Beach stretches over several kilometres and is a white sandy beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is located at the far end of Gulf Boulevard Road travelling north and is located next to Sand Key Park. There are a multitude of water sports available, including parasailing, jet skiing, fishing, surfing, boat rentals and custom excursions. These can all be booked through various operators in and around the beach area. Loungers and parasols are also available to rent through numerous outlets located on the beach and surrounding areas. There are many other places of interest to visit along the beach stretch including shopping centres, restaurants and historical venues. Some of the places nearby include Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Pier 60.

Fort De Soto Park

Size/Frontage Seven miles across five islands. Total Area of 1,100 acres
Facilities Toilets
Showers
Nature trails
Kayak Hire
Bicycle hire
Camping
Picnic Pavilions
Fishing Piers
Parking Available
Safety Lifeguards in supervised swimming areas
Cranley Comment Fort De Soto Park was originally a fort during the Spanish-American war. It is spread across 1,100 acres and encompasses five islands. The park has a range of activities from fishing piers, picnic pavilions, exploration of the fort as well as the usual array of beach activities. Overnight camping is allowed and in 2005 Fort De Soto was voted number one beach in North America by “Dr Beach” Dr Stephen Leatherman.

Indian Shores

Description Indian Shores Beach is located along the Gulf Boulevard Road travelling north towards Clearwater Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico waters. Indian Shores is a white sandy beach and extends into Indian Rocks Beach heading north towards Clearwater Beach and the beaches of Redington shores going south towards St Pete Beach.
Size/Frontage Indian Shores Beach runs for a distance of approximately several kilometres. From the beach entrance to the water's edge varies according to where the beach has been entered. The minimum length to the water's edge is approximately 50 feet.
Facilities There are no facilities available on this beach.
Parking There is no parking on the beach. Cars must park in and around the roads of Indian Shores or in the public car parks located along Gulf Boulevard Road.
Safety It is a public beach with no lifeguards on duty.
Cranley Comment Indian Shores Beach is located about halfway along the Gulf Boulevard Road which stretches for approximately 40 kilometres along the Gulf of Mexico waters. It is one of the quieter beach areas and has no outlets for water sport hire equipment, sun loungers, chairs, parasols or cabanas. The pure white sandy beach stretches for several kilometers and it is approximately 50 feet from the edge of the beach to the water. The water's edge is shallow and goes out quite a way before getting deep making it a safe swimming beach. Car parking is not available on the beach.

North Redington

Description North Redington Beach stretches over an area of three kilometres and is located approximately mid-way between Clearwater Beach to the north and St Pete Beach to the south. The Gulf Boulevard Road runs directly adjacent to the 40 kilometre stretch of white sandy beach coastline which overlooks the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. North Redington Beach extends into Redington Shores Beach going north and Redington Beach going south.
Size/Frontage North Redington beach covers an area of about three kilometres. From the edge of the beach it is approximately 50 feet to the water's edge but varies according to which area the beach is approached from.
Facilities There is a hire outfit on the beach offering sun beds, parasols and a selected amount of water sport equipment for hire. For an extensive range of water equipment hire, John's Pass Village located going south has a wide range of equipment and many hire outlets.
Parking Parking is not available directly on the beach. Parking is available on Gulf Boulevard Road and surrounding streets. There are also several public parking areas available off Gulf Boulevard Road directly by the beach and also along the entire 40 kilometre stretch of the beach coastline.
Safety There are no lifeguards on duty.
Cranley Comment North Redington Beach is a public beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The beach runs over an area of several kilometres of pristine white sand. There is a sand bar located 20 to 30 feet off-shore and is a great place for shell collecting. The beach has a public fishing pier with bait and tackle available for rent. There is a rental company on the beach which has jet skis, water bikes, catamarans and kayaks available for hire plus sun beds and parasols. From the beach, during the early morning and evenings, dolphins are very often seen.

Treasure Island

Description Treasure Island is a white sandy beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on the West Coast of Florida. Gulf Boulevard Road stretches for 40 kilometres along the west coast with Treasure Island Beach being located towards the far end going south.
Size/Frontage The beach runs for a length of several kilometres. From the edge of the beach to the water is variable in distance according to where the beach is entered from.
Facilities Cabanas
Kayaks
Sun loungers
Umbrellas
Parking There is no parking on the beach. Street parking and a number of beach car parks are available along Treasure Island Beach.
Safety There is no lifeguard on duty.
Cranley Comment Treasure Island Beach stretches over several kilometres and is a white sandy beach overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is located at the far end of the Gulf Boulevard Road travelling south and is between St John's Pass and St Pete Beach. Cabanas, sun loungers, umbrellas and kayaks are available for hire on the beach. St John’s Pass, which is located a kilometre away, has a wide choice of water sport activities including fishing, deep sea fishing, dolphin watch tours, snorkelling tours, parasailing, jet skiing, boat rentals, casino cruises and much more. There are many other places of interest to visit along the beach stretch including shopping centres, restaurants and historical venues.
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