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Active City Travel vacation ideas include activities like cycling, golf, hiking, horseback riding, tennis and watersports.

Pet- Friendly TradeWinds St. Pete Beach

A 25-acre beachfront playground on the Gulf of Mexico, the pet-friendly TradeWinds Island Grand on St. Pete Beach, Florida features two tennis courts, five heated pools, and endless water-sports, perfect for the whole family and their furry companions.

TradeWinds Pet Area
TradeWinds Pet Area photo credit: Sherel Purcell

There are 48 pet-friendly suites at the hotel and a leash-free Pet Play Zone with a doggie drinking fountain, fire hydrants, and photo op display. Room service is also available for pets through the Paw Court Bistro. TradeWinds Island Grand welcomes two pets up to 80 lbs for an additional fee of $30 per night.

St. Pete Beach at TradeWinds
St. Pete Beach at TradeWinds photo credit: John Cameron

For the 7th year running, the 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice named St. Pete Beach one of the top 10 beaches in the nation. The icing sugar white sands of St Pete Beach are ideal for beachcombing and shelling.

TradeWinds Paddleboat
TradeWinds Paddleboat photo credit: John Cameron

Hop aboard a paddleboat and explore the canals that meander around Tradewinds. The waterways are home to swans, Japanese Koi, turtles and a variety of herons and egrets. Fish feeding stations are located along the banks.

Not to be confused with paddleboats,  the stand-up paddleboards available for purchase, are the first choice for the more athletic guests. You can claim your paddleboard tickets online on an hourly basis. Visit the Tiki Hut on the beach behind TradeWinds Island Grand for a kayak on a first-come, first-served basis.

TradeWinds Water Slide
TradeWinds Water Slide photo credit: John Cameron

Kids will never be bored with the inflatable, three-story tall, 200-foot-long water slide located on the TradeWinds beach. Unlimited rides are included in every stay. Book a newly renovated one-bedroom suite with  juliette balcony facing the gulf that includes a kitchenette with full-size fridge, two -burner cooktop, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and dishware.

Salty's Tiki Bar at Tradewinds
Salty’s Tiki Bar at Tradewinds photo credit: John Cameron

Dining options at Tradewinds include Sharktooth Tavern and Flying Bridge. Enjoy a sunset with live music at beachfront Salty’s tiki bar. For a fun night out, Karaoke Mondays at RedBeard’s Sharktooth Tavern is the place to be.

Rumfish Aquarium
Rumfish Aquarium photo credit: Sherel Purcell

Don’t miss Rumfish Grill, Tradewinds sister property just next door. Featured on Animal Planet’s hit show Tanked, a 33,500-gallon aquarium with more than 200 fish is the focal point of the Rumfish dining room. Rumfish also has a welcome happy hour from 3 to 5pm.

St. Pete Beach Sunset
St. Pete Beach Sunset photo credit: Sherel Purcell

And when you want some quiet time, escape to a hammock right on St. Pete Beach.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Fort Lauderdale

If you’re looking for a luxury boutique hotel suite, steps from Fort Lauderdale Beach, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Atlantic Hotel & Spa could be your destination. Our spacious suite, decked out in masculine browns, featured classic marble bathrooms with his and hers sinks – always a good idea.  Leave your patio doors open and wake up to the sounds of ocean waves on the beach.

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa Pool
The Atlantic Hotel & Spa Pool photo credit: John Cameron

Our fully-equipped kitchen had pots, pans, stemware, dishes, a built-in  glass-top stove, sink, fridge, dishwasher and a Lavazza coffee maker for perfect espressos . The balcony with an ocean view is the perfect sunny spot for breakfast coffees.

The Atlantic Hotel Ocean Terrace
The Atlantic Hotel Ocean Terrace photo credit: John Cameron

The Atlantic Hotel’s 5th floor ocean front terrace is the go to spot for amenities: The SKY Bar, a sizable heated outdoor lap pool, a 24-hour gym with ocean views and the Spa, are all conveniently located here.

Atlantic Hotel & Spa Gym
Atlantic Hotel & Spa Gym

The signature spa treatment, the Atlantic Swedish Massage, uses long, light  strokes to relax the body. Moroccan oil is massaged into the scalp, to relieve dryness, while leaving the hair healthy and shiny.

Beach chairs, umbrellas and towels are all provided for guests in the lobby. Beach cruiser bicycles are free of charge for as long as you like, from early morning until sunset.

Wild Thyme at the Atlantic Hotel

Oceanfront views of Fort Lauderdale Beach and a creative chef-driven menu make Wild Thyme a popular restaurant.

Charred Octopus at Wild Thyme
Charred Octopus at Wild Thyme

The delicious charred octopus on a bed of gigante beans is a tasty appetizer.  We enjoyed the delicious warm beet stuffed with 3 cheeses sitting on a bed of pine nuts and arugula pesto followed by a whole roasted head of cauliflower.  For our entree, we had the scallops, placed on a puree of homemade cream corn.

Stuffed Beet at Wild Thyme
Stuffed Beet at Wild Thyme
Key Lime Tart at Wild Thyme


The key lime tart with the Oreo cookie crust and coconut gelato makes a great finish.