Situated in Tampa Bay along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa is a vibrant, bustling oceanside city with a distinct Cuban and Spanish culture, beautiful historic architecture and turn-of-the-century buildings, and shimmering waterways.

There are many great things to do in Tampa, including peaceful urban parks, world-class museums, theaters and excellent restaurants. Tampa has a wealth of places to stay ranging from high-end, luxury resorts and hotels to casual beachside cottages and world-class golf resorts surrounded by pristine greens. Here are some of the top spots to stay on a visit to the ‘Big Guava’.

1. Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar

Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar
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Located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in Saint Pete Beach, the Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar is a casual, laid-back pet-friendly hotel with a heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, and a fully-equipped fitness center. Hotel guest rooms have en-suite bathrooms, separate seating areas, kitchenettes, modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, coffeemakers, minifridges, iPod docking stations, and wireless Internet, and private balconies. The Maritana Grille which serves fresh seafood and raw bar fare, Uncle Andy's Ice Cream Parlor is a dessert paradise, and a grocery delivery service is available. Read about the best things to do in Tampa with kids.

3860 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, Phone: 727-363-5050

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2. Tampa Grand Hyatt

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Tampa Grand Hyatt is a classic hotel with contemporary guest rooms and suites and a wealth of amenities, including two swimming pools, two tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an award-winning Italian restaurant. The is surrounded by a nature preserve with plenty of fauna and flora, and a walking trail and other facilities include a modern business center, bicycles to rent, and complimentary airport shuttles. Well-appointed guest rooms and suites have en-suite bathrooms, in-room conveniences and suites have access to a VIP lounge where breakfast and evening appetizers are served. Check out our list of free things to do in Tampa on vacation.

2900 Bayport Dr, Tampa, FL 33607, Phone: 813-874-1234

3. Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
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Boasting a beautiful beachfront location with spectacular views over the Gulf of Mexico, the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort offers a deluxe Hilton hotel experience with refined accommodations, deluxe amenities, world-class cuisine, and high-end facilities. Set on 10 acres of private beachfront, the hotel has two outdoor swimming pools, a state-of-the-art gym, several restaurants serving a variety of global cuisine, a Starbucks® coffee shop, and a beach tiki bar for tropical cocktails at sunset. A modern business center has 40,000 square feet of meeting space, and the hotel is within walking distance of the Sand Key Park barrier island and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Tampa Bay Beaches are free and relaxing.

400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767, Phone: 727-461-3222

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4. Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach
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Set between the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater Bay, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa is a grand resort with beautifully appointed accommodations and world-class amenities. Boasting spectacular view over Clearwater Beach, the hotel has stylish guest rooms and suites with en-suite bathrooms, kitchens, living areas with pull-out sofas, and private balconies with ocean views. Deluxe hotel amenities include a luxury spa and wellness center, a rooftop swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a poolside bar with private climate-controlled cabanas. A laid-back seafood eatery serves seafood, a casual grill offers Pan Latino fare, and a lobby bar offers an array of libations. Breakfast is served every morning at Skimmer’s Coffee Bar. Dine at the best romantic restaurants in Tampa on your trip.

301 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767, Phone: 727-373-1234

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5. Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort

Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort
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Set amongst 900 acres of beautiful woodlands, Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf and Spa Resort is an upscale golf resort with four 18-hole championship golf courses, a smaller, nine-hole course, 11 tennis courts, six swimming pools, and a freshwater lake with sandy beaches. The resort features elegant guest rooms and suites with kitchenettes or kitchens, en-suite bathrooms, and balconies or patios with garden or golf course views. Other deluxe facilities include a full-service spa with a sauna and massage services, a state-of-the-art fitness center, six restaurants and bars, including open-air dining, a modern business center, and a 24-hour reception. The Innisbrook is located a few miles from Fred Howard Park, Honeymoon Island State Park, and the Gulf of Mexico. Check out these fun day trips from Tampa to explore the nearby area.

36750 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684, Phone: 727-942-2000

6. Le Méridien Tampa

Le Méridien Tampa
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Set in Downtown Tampa, Le Méridien Tampa is a deluxe hotel close to the Tampa Theatre and the University of Tampa that offers comfortable accommodations, modern amenities, and a stylish French bistro and cocktail lounge. Air-conditioned guest rooms and suites have en-suite bathrooms with showers, living rooms with sofas, and in-room conveniences such as flat-screen televisions, coffeemakers, minifridges, iPod docking stations, and wireless Internet. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gym, and a spacious business center with several meeting rooms. Le Méridien Tampa is a mile from the Port of Tampa Cruise Terminals, and a short drive from the airport. Tampa beaches are among the most beautiful in the state.

601 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602, Phone: 813-221-9555

7. Opal Sands Resort

Opal Sands Resort
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Set next to Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, Opal Sands Resort is a contemporary beachfront hotel with chic guest rooms and suites and resort-style luxuries such as several world-class dining options, cocktail lounges and poolside bars, a full-service spa and fitness center, and a stunning outdoor swimming pool. Boasting private balconies with spectacular ocean views, guest accommodations have en-suite bathrooms, living rooms with kitchenettes, and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, coffeemakers, minifridges, iPod docking stations, and wireless Internet. A stylish Italian restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and a laid-back Tiki bar presents bright, handcrafted cocktails against a backdrop of sea views. Opal Sands Resort is less than a mile from the famous Pier 60 and its array of entertainment.

430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767, Phone: 727-450-0380

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8. Palm Pavilion Inn

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Situated a block from the white sandy beaches and blue waters of Clearwater Beach, the Palm Pavilion Inn is a relaxed, Art Deco-style hotel with comfortable guest rooms, apartments, and studios, and a beachside grill and bar hosting live entertainment. The hotel’s accommodations are ideal for groups of friends or families with kitchenettes or full kitchens, living areas with pull-out sofas, minifridges, and flat-screen televisions. Hotel facilities include a heated swimming pool, a sundeck with loungers, a beach shop selling holiday essentials, and a communal lounge where complimentary coffee is served every morning. The Palm Pavilion Inn is a short drive from the entertainment and shopping at Pier 60.

18 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, Phone: 800-433-7256

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9. Saddlebrook Golf Resort & Spa Tampa North-Wesley Chapel

Saddlebrook Golf Resort & Spa Tampa North-Wesley Chapel
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Set on 480 acres of beautiful rugged landscapes inside a nature preserve, the Saddlebrook Golf Resort & Spa Tampa North-Wesley Chapel is an expansive, luxury resort with high-end facilities, including two championship golf courses, three heated outdoor swimming pools, and 45 tennis courts. The resort features stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites with traditional décor, modern amenities, and private balconies or patios overlooking manicured courtyards or the surrounding reserve. Other resort facilities include a world-class spa and fitness center, a large conference center, and several restaurants, cafés, and bars serving global cuisine and classic cocktails. The resort also offers golf and tennis training programs and rental bicycles. Browse our things to do in Florida guide for more ideas.

5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543, Phone: 813-973-1111

10. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
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The Safety Harbor Resort is a 22-acre resort and historic landmark set on natural mineral springs that feed a 50,000-square-foot spa and wellness center offering first-class spa services. Located within a short drive from the Gulf Coast and Philippe Park, the deluxe resort and spa with have stylish guest rooms and suites with traditional décor, en-suite bathrooms, and private balconies or patios. Resort facilities include several swimming pools fed by the spring water, a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis courts, an elegant ballroom, and spectacular gardens and grounds. Florida beaches offer a cheap way to enjoy the state's natural beauty.

105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695, Phone: 727-726-1161

11. Sandpearl Resort

Sandpearl Resort
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Regarded as the crown jewel of Clearwater Beach, Sandpearl Resort is an award-winning resort with luxurious accommodations, world-class fine dining, exceptional amenities, and exciting activities. Established to provide a one-of-a-kind vacation experience, the Sandpearl Resort features spacious guest rooms and suites with elegant tropical décor, plush furnishings, and spectacular views of Mandalay Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The Sandpearl Resort is home to two outstanding dining destinations, the award-winning Caretta on the Gulf, as well as the convenient lobby Marketplace. The resort features award-winning services and facilities, ranging from a private beach and lagoon-style swimming pool complex to an exclusive spa and wellness center, water sports rentals, daily enrichment programs, and a 24-hour business center. Read about the best Florida weekend getaways for an extended stay.

500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, Phone: 727-441-2425

12. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a vast 90,000-square-foot music-themed resort and casino set across two buildings opposite the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. The hotel has a sleek glass façade and features refined guest rooms and suites with whirlpool tubs, spacious living areas, deluxe amenities such as Keurig coffee machines, Bose speaker systems, minifridges, and flat-screen televisions. High-end facilities at the resort include an outdoor swimming pool, a luxury spa, and fitness center, 12 restaurants and four bars, including a chic poolside bar and grill, and a vast arena that hosts live concerts and shows. Browse our best places to visit in Florida guide for more ideas.

5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610, Phone: 866-388-4263

13. Shephard’s Beach Resort

Shephard’s Beach Resort
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Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and a mile from the festivities of Pier 60, Shephard's Beach Resort is a modern beachfront hotel and premier entertainment resort. The resort has comfortably furnished guest rooms and suites with en-suite bathrooms, living/dining areas, kitchenettes, and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, coffeemakers, minifridges, iPod docking stations, and wireless Internet. The laid-back hotel offers plenty of facilities and entertainment such as a tiki bar with live music, three restaurants serving a range of cuisine, a 7,000-square-foot sundeck around a swimming pool, and an on-site nightclub. Recreational activities offered at the resort include a variety of water sports, including parasailing, and bicycle/scooter rentals. Check out our romantic weekend getaways guide for more ideas.

619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, Phone: 727-442-5107

14. Sheraton Sand Key Resort

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Resting directly on the ivory white sands of Clearwater Beach in Florida and surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Sheraton Sand Key Resort takes the idea of ‘barefoot luxury living’ to new heights. Luxurious oceanfront residences open directly onto the beach with private terraces that embrace unfettered sea views. A sparkling infinity pool is a perfect place to unwind after a day of snorkeling and swimming, followed by a revitalizing massage or range of indulgent body treatments at the exclusive spa and wellness center. Delight in superb cuisine at several on-site restaurants, from fresh seafood at the award-winning Rusty’s Bistro to family-friendly fare at the Island Grille and colorful cocktails Slo Joe's Turtle Bar. Check out these Gulf Coast beaches for an inexpensive relaxing day out.

1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida, 33767, Phone: 727-595-1611

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15. The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
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Built in 1925, the Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is a beautiful pink landmark resort and spa with refined guest accommodations and luxury amenities. Located opposite the harbor with lovely water views, the historic St. Petersburg hotel features stylishly decorated guest rooms and suites with marble en-suite bathrooms, living and dining areas, whirlpool tubs, and pull-out sofas, and private balconies. Deluxe facilities at the resort include a championship 18-hole golf course, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a luxury spa and state-of-the-art fitness center with a sauna and hot tub, and five restaurants serving global cuisine. The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is a short walk away from the Chihuly Collection glass sculpture museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 727-894-1000

16. The Westin Tampa Bay

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Situated on Tampa Bay's Rocky Point island overlooking the water, the Westin Tampa Bay hotel is a modern hotel with chic guest accommodations and amenities that is a few miles from Raymond James Stadium. The sophisticated hotel features well-appointed guest rooms and suites with en-suite bathrooms, kitchenettes, and modern amenities, and some rooms have fitness equipment for staying fit. Upscale facilities at the hotel include a 24-hour fitness center, a waterfront restaurant serving fresh seafood, a Starbucks café, and a sleek rooftop event space for a one-of-a-kind celebration. The hotel has a private beach with boat and jet ski rentals and offers a local and airport shuttle service.

7627 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607, Phone: 813-281-0000

17. The Westin Tampa Waterside

The Westin Tampa Waterside
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The Westin Tampa Waterside is a modern waterfront hotel within a short walk from the Tampa Convention Center and the Amalie Arena which hosts sporting events and concerts. The hotel features straightforward rooms with en-suite bathrooms, work desks, separate living rooms with pull-out sofas, modern amenities, and private balconies with bay or city views. The hotel offers an array of facilities ranging from a heated swimming pool and a fully equipped exercise room to several restaurants, cafés, and bars, and a business center with 12 meeting rooms. The Westin Tampa Waterside is a mile from the Florida Aquarium and the University of Tampa.

725 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602, Phone: 813-229-5000

18. TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
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Set on 20 acres of beautiful beachfront landscapes in Saint Pete Beach along the Gulf of Mexico, the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is a luxury retreat with deluxe guest accommodations and high-end facilities. The resort hotel has sleek guest rooms and suites with classic British West Indies décor and dark wood furnishings, en-suite bathrooms and kitchenettes, and modern in-room conveniences. The hotel has a wealth of five-star facilities including a luxury spa and wellness center, seven heated swimming pools with private cabanas, two tennis courts, 11 restaurants, cafés, and beach bars, and sophisticated event spaces for weddings. Water activities at the resort include beach volleyball, paddle-boating, swimming, snorkeling, and parasailing.

5500 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, Phone: 800-249-1667, Rates

19. Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort

Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort
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Overlooking the Clearwater Beach Marina and the Gulf of Mexico, the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort is a modern hotel within walking distance of Clearwater Beach and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The hotel features well-appointed guest rooms and suites with en-suite bathrooms, pull-out sofas, dining areas, and private balconies with private balconies and ocean views. A contemporary Asian restaurant serves Pan-Asian cuisine and two bars offer a wide range of beverages, and other deluxe hotel facilities include a luxury spa with an outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub, and a 24-hour fitness center with cardio equipment and exercise classes. The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort is a short drive from the St Petersburg Clearwater International Airport.

100 Coronado Dr, Clearwater, FL 33767, Phone: 727-281-9500

20. Zota Beach Resort

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Situated in Longboat Key overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Zota Beach Resort is a contemporary hotel with stylish guest rooms and suites, and upscale facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, and a state-of-the-fitness center. Well-appointed accommodations feature en-suite bathrooms with showers, living and dining spaces, kitchens, pull-out sofas, and private balconies with Gulf views. Dining options at the resort include a vibrant Caribbean-inspired restaurant and wine bar with a cozy fireplace, and a chic open-air lounge and a poolside bar serving classic cocktails and light fare. The resort has a private beach area and an expansive conference center with more than 2,750 square feet of event space and a modern business center.

4711 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228, Phone: 941-383-2451

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