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Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort

by Mary Chong
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On the beachfront of Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach Florida I lounge in my cabana and watch the children chasing the birds through the sand.

It’s a shame that I’m working/writing instead of just relaxing the day away with a mango daiquiri in hand.

I pause to take a break, listening to the sound of the waves crash against the shore, the infectious giggles of the children, and the call of the gulls as they fly away.

Sirata Beach Resort is a perfect family vacation spot on St. Pete Beach Florida close to the cities of Clearwater, Tampa, and St. Petersburg.

The wind offers a welcome breeze. I barely realise that it’s 28 degrees right now; all I know is that this is a welcome change from the cold, bitter winter of my home in Toronto Canada.

Peaceful and relaxed; that’s how I’m feeling.

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort
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Our Room – Suite 1850 at Sirata Beach Resort

With views of the water from the double balcony, our recently renovated oversized king bed suite is beautiful. Bright, and welcoming with distressed wood plank-looking floors, vibrant yellow and blue pops of colour shining brightly against the sun-bleached neutral tones.

Complete with a double pull out sofa bed, and kitchenette with bar fridge, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, glassware and cutlery.

Here’s a short walk video through of our room including a view of the gorgeous beach.

Other in room amenities:

  • USB chargers
  • In-room safe
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames
Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Exterior View of the Beach from the Resort | St Pete Beach | Florida | Travel | Review

Note: There is a resort fee per person daily that includes:

  • Pool lounge chairs and beach towels
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet throughout the resort
  • Daily scheduled resort activities
  • Two bottles of water daily per room
  • Unlimited local calling
  • Concierge
  • Fitness Centre
  • Business Centre
  • Bicycle usage
  • Live entertainment nightly
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A pet peeve that I always have is when they don’t provide enough hooks in the bathroom to hang your towel to dry. Although there is a retractable laundry line in the bathtub, some towel hooks would be a great addition.

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St. Pete Beach at Sirata Beach Resort

We spent our days on the beach relaxing in luxury loungers under umbrellas. (Special shout out to Thomas and Connor who looked after us and made sure that we had ample shade.)

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - St Pete Beach Cabana

Beach rentals can be charged direct to your room. Fees during our stay were as follows per day:

  • Clam Shell – $25
  • Umbrella – $18.75
  • Lounge Chair – $12.50
  • Sand Chair – $10
  • Luxury Bed – $65

TIP: Leave your towel on your chair if you need to leave the beach so that the guys know you will be returning. If you prefer not to rent, pack a chair and sunshade and bring it to the beach with you.

Dining at Sirata Beach Resort

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Rum Runners Quesadillas

During our stay, we dined at Rum Runners Bar and Grille beachside for lunch and breakfast. Service was excellent, and we quite enjoyed the Chicken Quesadillas.

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Compass Grille Restaurant

For dinner, we ate indoors at Sirata Beach Resorts’ Compass Grille. With dark wood and a romantic atmosphere, we enjoyed a quiet meal of scallops and roasted duck.

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Compass Grille Restaurant - Scallops
Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Compass Grille Restaurant - Roasted Duck

One fabulous touch is that nightly, between 6 pm to 7 pm next to the pool the resort offers unlimited complimentary beer, wine and rum punch to salute the sunset. Live music was excellent and featured a different musician each night. The sound of the band did echo through the resort, but the noise quieted down promptly at 9 pm. A few nights we sat up on our balcony listening to the sound of the music mixed with the sound of the surf. Very relaxing.

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Sunset Salute

Other onsite amenities at the resort include:

  • Gift/Tuck Shop
  • Coin operated laundry
  • Children’s playground
  • Watersport rentals
  • Scheduled children’s activities
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An Excursion to Shell Island

Arranged through Suncoast Watersports and the resort our boat picked us up directly on the beachfront of the resort for a lovely sail through the gulf. Enroute to Shell Island we saw quite a few dolphins swimming in the ocean.

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Suncoast Water Sports Excursion

Lucky for us, we packed a boxed lunch so that we could enjoy a picnic on the island while other passengers spent their time searching for shells.

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Shell Island - looking for sand dollars

Shell Island is a protected island accessible only by water. Quiet and secluded save for a few kayakers, fellow sailors, and birds.

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Shell Island Excursion

In the midst of a significant facelift, during our stay, one of the buildings was completely closed, and we could hear the sound of construction on a new pool, children’s splash pad and Harry’s Bar. Visit the Sirata Beach Resort website to see photos of the transformation to come.

Fun in the Sun on St. Pete Beach Florida at Sirata Beach Resort - Sunset

Sirata Beach Resort

5300 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, Florida

– Check out TripAdvisor for more reviews of Sirata Beach Resort.

Looking for something to do while you are in the area? Check out these articles:
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I was a guest of Sirata Beach Resort. As always, all opinions stated are entirely my own.

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2 comments

Mary Chong May 27, 2018 - 8:49 am

Hi Lori! Thanks so much for your comment.

For Shell Island, we did our excursion with Suncoast Watersports directly on the beach at the resort. They have a booth with a yellow roof where you can make your arrangements and the boat came right there to pick us up so it was super convenient.

Re: other excursions in the area. You’ll need a car (there is car rental facility at the resort), but you might be interested in the Replay Amusement Museum with pinball machines from the 50s or the James Museum of the American West.

Good luck on your adventure!

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Lori Garvey May 25, 2018 - 1:19 pm

What an informative, fun article. We stayed at the Sirata in June 2017 as a surprise gift for our son’s 18th birthday. We returned in August 2017 for a birthday adventure for my brother in law w/ special needs. Our son loves the area so much (we live about 50 miles from Pittsburgh PA) that he wants to move there. Long story short, I’m taking him back there shortly for his 19th b-day. Dad opted to stay home as he is not much of a beach kind of guy. On our last trips we pretty much stayed near the Sirata and walked to different restaurants. We rented a car for a day and went to Clearwater and St John’s Pass.

On this upcoming trip we want to go to Shell Island and St Petersburg. Do you have recommendations for such excursions? I’ve seen a pkg for Shell Island at $50 per person that departs from Dolphin landing so we’d have to pay for transportation to get there and back too. I also found a site that just takes you over for about $20 pp round trip. I want him to have fun but don’t want to overspend like a ‘tourist’ doing so. Any recommendations?

We also want to spend some time in St Petersbugh but I’m not sure WHAT we should see. My kid let is not interested in Dali but does like history. Do you have any suggestions for this area?

Thank you in advance if you do use your valuable time to reply. We leave on June 5th.

Lori Garvey

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