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July 07, 2009

Tropical Girlfriends Getaway in St. Petersburg, Florida

By Sue Mead

Girlfirends getaways Imagine a tropical island experience complete with velvety beaches, towering palms, vivid-hued flowers, delectable dining, winding beach pathways and dunes ... that’s what we found at the TradeWinds Beach Resort & Conference Center in St. Petersburg, Florida on our “Girlfriends Getaway". The Tradewinds pulls out all the stops, with two resorts on the island of St. Pete Beach, in the Gulf of Mexico: the larger Island Grand Resort; and the smaller, more intimate property, the Sandpiper Hotel & Suites.


What sets this resort apart are the elements that combine to let you create exactly what you want for your getaway. Take part in a wide array of day-time activities and nightlife offered at both resorts, or explore places of peaceful and tropical ambience. Explore the Island Grand’s meandering waterway encumbered by exotic natural life, or the The Grand Palm Colonnade, an 8,000-square foot garden atrium.


The Island Grand has pools, whirlpools, beach volleyball, a three-story inflatable slide, banana boats, wave runners, water trykes, and parasailing. Snorkeling, dolphin watch cruises, fishing charters and boat rentals are all available. The property is like a town of paradise, with a fitness facility, mini-golf, life-size chess, tennis courts, a business center, shops, a full-service salon and spa, restaurants, bars, on-the-go eateries, a coin laundry and dry cleaning. Guests also have access to 20 pristine acres of St. Pete Beach, a hub of cultural activities from art festivals to musical events.


A pet-friendly atmosphere is supported by a number of Pet Friendly Suites. Pets enjoy a true resort experience, with an “unleashed” Pet Play Zone, designated dog walk area, and a complimentary Doggie Accessory Center. The TradeWinds Resorts also cater to eco-savvy tourists. The TradeWinds resorts are designated as Two Palm Certified Green Lodges, and St. Pete Beach received the Blue Wave Award.


The resort is about 45 minutes from Tampa International Airport, and 25 minutes from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. For reviews and booking, click here.


For more getaway ideas, go to RTM’s What Women Want section.

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