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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.

Experience Miami Modern at Eden Roc Miami Beach

Architect Morris Lapidus designed some of South Florida’s most glamorous hotels, notably the Eden Roc in Miami Beach and Hollywood streamed in. Elizabeth Taylor celebrated a birthday there and Jayne Mansfield honeymooned. Eden Roc was also featured in back to back episodes of I Love Lucy in 1956.

The Eden Roc further entered popular culture in the lyrics of Steely Dan on their 1972 debut album Can’t Buy a Thrill. In 1995 Madonna was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier at the Eden Roc Miami Beach for her album “Bedtime Stories.”

Lobby Bar Eden Roc Miami Beach
Lobby Bar Eden Roc Miami Beach photo credit: John Cameron

While we didn’t recognize any Hollywood stars or music legends during our stay,  the Eden Roc’s glamorous must-see 1950’s circular lobby bar with an impossibly high ceiling, supported by fabulous columns, has been beautifully preserved.

Derided early in his career for his flamboyant exuberance, Lapidus’ era-defining architectural style later became known as Miami Modern. Lapidus often said that he couldn’t abide a straight line. ”A staircase isn’t a staircase unless it’s curved,” he said.

Eden Roc Miami Beach Bedroom
Eden Roc Bedroom photo credit: John Cameron

Our well-designed spacious room featured a large balcony overlooking the ocean, perfect for entertaining guests. A circular fluorescent tube around the bathroom mirror provided a soft beauty light over the his and hers sinks. An ingenious compact desk with table top chairs was fashioned from the bed’s headboard.

Eden Roc Miami Beach Infinity Pool
Eden Roc Infinity Pool photo credit: John Cameron

Swimmers at Eden Roc have a choice between three beautiful infinity pools as well as the Atlantic Ocean, just steps away. Don’t miss the free fitness classes for all Eden Roc guests such as Vinyasa Yoga, Pilates Fusion, Abs & Core, HIIT Circuits.

Pampered Pets at Eden Roc Miami Beach

Lucy at Eden Roc Miami Beach
Lucy at Eden Roc Miami Beach photo credit: John Cameron

The AAA Four Diamond Eden Roc is one of the few luxury hotels that allows guests to bring Fido with them on a vacation. Eden Roc partners with PupJoy and South Florida Pet Sitter to make sure pups enjoy their stay. Up to two dogs can stay in the room upon presentation of vaccination records and a 150.00 fee per stay.

In 2016, a portion of the hotel, including 206 guest rooms and the hotel’s bar and restaurants, was converted to the Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, a “hotel-within-a-hotel”. The only Florida location of Japanese celebrity chef “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s namesake restaurant is at Eden Roc. Other dining options are Malibu Farm and Aquatica Bar. Cafe Inez on the lobby level is the perfect spot for freshly brewed coffee, paninis and pastries to take to the beach.