Last month we had the opportunity to spend a weekend at the Tradewinds Island Grand Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
We arrived at the resort on a Saturday afternoon and we never once left the resort until it was time to go home on Monday morning. The beach front resort is over 20 acres, with 4 restaurants (Plus a Pizza Hut!) to choose from and 5 pools to choose from. And that’s just the beginning!
When we arrived at the hotel, you pull up and check in with a guard. We then unloaded our car and left it with valet. Check-in was easy and while waiting I was in awe of the huge lobby.
There’s a ton of seating and even a bar. It was very nice, comfy and relaxing!
We were then led to our room, which was on the second floor of the main building. On the way there, we passed through a pretty courtyard that was getting set up for a wedding.
There was a small pond with GIANT bullfrogs that Hayden got a kick out of!
You could also buy food to feed the fish and frogs! Perfect for kids!
We stayed in a one bedroom gulf front suite. Staying in this room is a great option for a family. The bedroom had 2 queen beds and there was also a sofa bed in the living room.
There’s also a small kitchen with a full size fridge, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker and a stocked mini-bar. This comes in handy in case you want to buy some groceries and eat meals in your room.
In the living room, there is a couch and large chair to lounge in and a flat screen HD television (which looked fantastic, my husband noted!). There’s also a small balcony that looked over the beach!
We had fun exploring the resort! The first thing we did was head to the beautiful beach! There are 20 acres of beautiful shoreline. The sand was white and there were plenty of beach cabanas to choose from. If you didn’t want to stay in a cabana, there was also plenty of room to set up your chairs and towels.
If you want to get active on the beach, there were many activities to choose from. Beach Volleyball, hammocks, horseshoes and a three story high inflatable slide!
Out in the water was the Splash Island Water Park!
Hayden loved playing in the water! I was surprised how he just dove in. Last year, he was a little bit more careful. There were a ton of kids in the water, which I think made him want to get in and play.
I had a great time playing in the water with Hayden, but I also liked relaxing in the cabana. Salty’s Poolside Beach Bar was very close by and I enjoyed their signature drink, the Tradewinds!
After spending some time at the beach, we headed back to the room to change and then to explore the resort some more! We wanted to eat dinner early because that night there was Captain RedBeard’s Pirate show that we wanted to watch!
Hayden dressed up in his pirate costume and we headed out!
As we walked through the resort, we passed some of the many activities to do, like the tennis courts and a bungee trampoline.
We enjoyed dinner both nights we were there at Beef O Brady’s, which is apparently a chain restaurant. There was a huge variety of foods to choose from and it was definitely a family friendly restaurant. There were a lot of locals there too watching various football games. Both nights we had great servers and the food was really good too.
We then headed out to Pirate Island for Captain RedBeard’s Pirate Show, which was free!
It was a fun show and there was a good crowd! There were songs and stories and all of the kids (and adults!) loved it!
After the show, we headed back to our room to get some rest. We enjoyed relaxing and watching a movie.
There was a wedding in the courtyard and the music for the reception was pretty loud. I was worried that it would go late and it ould be hard to get Hayden to sleep but the music stopped around 11pm and we were able to get some sleep.
The next day, we woke up bright and early to have breakfast at Bermuda’s! They had a breakfast buffet that I was eager to try!
Bermuda’s Steak & Seafood Restaurant looked over the beach and was bright and beachy! All three of us had the breakfast buffet, which was an assortment of breads, fruit, eggs, meat and more.
After breakfast, we headed out for more beach time!
We also decided to check out the pool! There is a pool pretty much right behind the beach, so we spent some time there! There were lots of kids there too, so Hayden had a lot of fun!
There are 5 pools to choose from, including one pool that is only for adults and one pool only for children. I love that you have so much to choose from!
For lunch, we tried the Flying Bridge, which is next to the pool we were swimming in. It’s very casual, so we were able to just wear our swimsuits and flip flops while we ate. The menu was standard burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. There was also a bar with televisions and many people were watching a football game (I think football was on the entire time we were there!).
After eating, Hayden was tired so we headed back for more relaxation in the room.
I took this time to explore the resort a little more!
At the Tradewinds Resort, you will never be bored. There is so much to do for both adults and children and families together. It’s definitely a family friendly destination.
Some great things I loved about Tradewinds is that they were pet friendly! There are a select number of suites available and the resort features a secure Pet Play Zone, a Doggie Accessory Center and marked pathways along the water way.
I also was able to talk to them a little bit more about their Autism Friendly Program, which I think is incredible. I know a lot of people who have autistic kids and I love knowing that there is a family friendly resort out there.
Last year, Tradewinds was designated Autism Friendly by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and employees underwent training. You can request safety kits and if you require a special diet, Tradewinds offers a gluten free menu and more!
We had such a fantastic time at the Tradewinds Island Grand! If you’re headed to St. Pete Beach or looking for a family friendly destination in Florida, this is your place to go!
Disclosure: Accommodations are being provided complimentary by the Tradewinds Island Grand. All opinions are my own.