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St. Pete/Clearwater, located on the sun-drenched peninsula on Florida’s west coast, is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay to the east. Boasting 35 miles of award-winning white-sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters, exotic nature trails and stunning hotels, it is the perfect place for a family or couples holiday – all ages will love this diverse and eclectic holiday destination!

The St. Pete beaches are packed full of activities to keep everyone entertained from taking a dip in the warm turquoise waters to boating, paddleboarding, fishing, jet skiing, beach volleyball, biking along the Beach Walk promenade and dolphin boat tours – keep your eyes peeled for all the magnificent wildlife this destination has to offer, including Florida’s famous manatees!

The lively Clearwater Beach also has an abundance of activities. The ultimate place to visit at sunset, as Pier 60 hosts street performers, live music, craft stalls and food every evening. Clearwater Beach is regularly named one of the best beaches in the US in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, while St. Pete Beach, on the south side of St. Pete/Clearwater’s 35-mile coastline, was named TripAdvisor’s #1 Best Beach in the US at the 2021 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Sustainable Attractions in St. Pete/ Clearwater

Clearwater Marine Aquarium‘s inspiring story began 50 years ago with a group of passionate marine biologists and volunteers who wanted to educate people about marine animals and conservation. Today, CMA is an internationally renowned research and rehabilitation facility, providing a home for marine animals that otherwise wouldn’t survive in the wild due to injury or illness. 

Get close to nature on a watercraft adventure into exotic mangrove tunnels, open waters and city shorelines.

If it’s your first time out in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, you might want to just get used to paddling around off a nearby beach or shoreline park. However, once you get the hang of your watercraft, we recommend exploring these locations:

  • Kayaking Caladesi Island State Park
  • Weedon Island Preserve’s Kayaking Trails
  • Paddling at Fort De Soto Park

 

For experienced paddlers, the Pinellas County Blueways Guide offers thorough maps and trails that stretch the length of St. Pete/Clearwater, from Anclote Key Preserve State Park in the north to Fort De Soto Park in the south. The scenic waterways snake around Gulf Coast barrier islands along the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, continue inland to Lake Tarpon and wind into Tampa Bay.

Stretching from St. Pete to Tarpon Springs, the 45-mile Pinellas Trail offers walkers, runners, bicyclists, and in-line skaters a safe place to exercise. 

Built atop an old railroad line, this unique greenway carries travellers along the oak-lined hammocks of several parks, across rivers and creeks where wading birds feed, and through quaint, picturesque small towns where the weary can stop for a bite to eat.

Get a free trail guide and map online that details rest stops, bike racks, restaurants and other amenities that make the Pinellas Trail one of the most user-friendly greenways in the United States.

For long distance riders, the Pinellas Trail connects to the first segment of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, providing a path for bicyclists to cross the state. You’ll want to saddle up for this epic 250-mile route from the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County to the Atlantic Ocean in Brevard County.

Thrill seekers can take to the tree tops at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay for a sky-high adventure course. The zip line canopy tour begins with a 60-foot-tall start tower that leads into five zip lines of varying lengths and a 200-foot suspension bridge—all with views of Florida’s natural terrain. This thrilling aerial adventure park also features obstacles like log bridges, catwalk bridges, steps, leaps and jumps to the lineup of tree-top, soaring fun. 
Hike Brooker Creek

Located just east of the Greek fishing village of Tarpon Springs, Brooker Creek Preserve is a wilderness oasis. With 8,500 acres of swamps, pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks to explore, spend a few hours there, and you’re sure to see an array of native flora and fauna.

The preserve’s first-rate education centre offers four miles of hiking trails open from 7 a.m. to one hour before sunset. To see the most wildlife – and Brooker Creek is home to everything from deer to bobcat – come early. A self-guided, 1.5-mile loop trail, complete with a bridge and boardwalk, is available for those who want to go it alone. Admission is free.

Nature lovers flock to St. Pete/Clearwater to see the stunning birds that gather in parks and preserves along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. 

Florida boasts a 2,000-mile self-guided trail with 489 sites that promote bird-watching activities and conservation of Florida’s natural habitats. St. Pete/Clearwater’s trail sites are diverse – with mangrove swamps, slash-pine forests, beaches and estuaries – offering habitats for many bird species. There are 15 trail sites in the area, and while all are beautiful, a handful of them are a birder’s dream come true. Here’s a selection:

  • Brooker Creek Preserve, Tarpon Springs
    This serene and stunning place is St. Pete/Clearwater’s largest natural area and a top-ranking birding and wildlife viewing destination. Habitats at Brooker Creek Preserve include fresh water, marshland and forest environments that are ideal for birds. Spot species such as purple martins, pine warblers, American white pelicans, bald eagles, white ibis and robins along the preserve’s scenic trails (and be on the lookout for wildflowers along the way, too). If you plan to visit on the second Saturday of the month, sign up for the guided “Birds of Brooker Hike.” If you come to explore on your own, remember that early morning is one of the best times to spot wildlife (the preserve opens at 7 a.m.).
  • John Chesnut Sr. Park, Oldsmar
    Located on the shores of Lake Tarpon, John Chesnut Sr. Park offers opportunities for birding both on foot and by boat along self-guided hiking and paddling trails. Wading birds feed along the shoreline and migrating songbirds flock along the boardwalks – including nearly 30 species of warblers. It’s also possible to spot flyovers of short-tailed hawks and sharp-shinned hawks – and bald eagle sightings are common from August through May (keep your eagle eyes peeled). Other animal species such as alligators and gopher tortoises are frequently spotted, too.
  • Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin
    With four miles of picturesque beaches, tidal flats, mangroves and other rich wildlife habitats, Honeymoon Island State Park is a gorgeous barrier island that draws a million beachgoers and wildlife enthusiasts every year. En route to the park, the Dunedin Causeway’s waterfront is filled with shorebirds. Once inside the park, the 2.2-mile Osprey Trail is one of the best places in the world to see nesting ospreys. You may also spot vireos, flycatchers and other migrating songbird species. The park’s Pelican Trail is a good place to see shorebirds such as American oystercatchers and snowy plovers.
  • Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, St. Pete
    Family-friendly Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is home to six miles of trails and boardwalks that take you through hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods, marshes and swamps – and there’s lakefront access, too. The most common bird sightings include downy woodpeckers, ospreys, green herons and eastern screech owls. But more rare species – such as Ash-throated flycatchers, also make an occasional appearance.
  • Sawgrass Lake Park, St. Pete
    At 400 acres, Sawgrass Lake Park is one of the largest maple swamps on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The park is smack-dab in the middle of a city neighbourhood, but inside, it feels like an oasis designed to attract birds (in fact, more than 200 species have been seen here). Sawgrass Park offers boardwalks and trail loops where you may spot little blue herons, white ibis, wood storks and many other bird species.
  • Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde
    With pristine beaches, boat launches and trails for biking, hiking and paddling, Fort De Soto Park offers plenty of ways to enjoy its amazing coastal habitats, which include mangroves, wetlands, mud flats, palm hammocks and sandy beaches. This Great Florida Birding Trail site is among the most popular birding spots in the country – no wonder, since more than 330 bird species have been documented by ornithologists here. Stop by the visitor centre and grab a pair of loaner binoculars and a bird-finding guide and take photos along the way.

The beaches of St. Pete/Clearwater are known for their incredible sunsets. Every evening, visitors and locals take to the sand and pack waterfront eateries to view the famous spectacle: the sky awash in colour, the sun sinking into the Gulf. While you can scope out a great sunset just about anywhere along the coast, not all vantage points are created equal. Here are some of the most memorable ways to salute the end of a perfect day in St. Pete/Clearwater.

  • Pier 60 Sunset Celebration
    The festive Sunsets at Pier 60 ritual on Clearwater Beach (named TripAdvisor’s #1 Beach in America in 2018 and 2019) has it all: live music, artisans, street performers, and even fire eaters. It’s free, 100% family-friendly and it happens every evening for four hours, but varies depending on the time of year and weather permitting. 
  • Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise
    Everyone in the family can unleash their inner swashbuckler on the two-hour Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise – an outing on a pirate ship replica that comes with high-energy pirates. Kids can do a deep dive into the treasure hunts, water gun games and face-painting; grownups can sip complimentary beer and wine, and boogie on the dance floor to reggae and steel band music.
  • Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar
    It’s no surprise that this Clearwater beachfront institution is a top sunset destination—the beach is at the front door and you can watch the sun sink to live music any night of the week. The bar at the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar is huge, the food and drinks are delicious and the atmosphere is calm and casual.
  • Sunset Yoga on Indian Rocks Beach
    Yoga on the Beach is a small, eclectic group that gets together three times a week at the 22nd Ave. N. beach access in Indian Rocks Beach. You’ll soon find out why as you unwind by connecting to the energy of the ocean and sunset after an action-packed day. Skip the yoga mat and practice on a beach towel

Chances are good that you’re already planning to check out the landmark St. Pete Pier. While you plan your day at this must-see hub of fun, food and drink, be sure to carve out time to explore bay waters on an eco-tour aboard M/V Discovery, a 45-foot boat operated by the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, at the end of the pier. Spot dolphins, manatees and shorebirds and learn about the bay’s ecology and history during the 75-minute excursion. The tours, which are wheelchair-accessible, are available throughout the day. 

Sustainable Hotels in St. Pete/ Clearwater

A four-story property, the Comfort Inn & Suites is conveniently located near St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) in Clearwater. It’s also just 20 minutes to downtown St. Pete and about 30 minutes to Clearwater Beach.

One area the hotel focuses on is sustainable landscaping. More than three-quarters of the plants on its grounds are native to the area, the property uses low-chemical gardening and it irrigates the plants with rainwater as well as condensation it collects from its HVAC system. 

Other green features:

  • Appliances in guestrooms and its kitchen, plus its pool heater, are all Energy Star-rated
  • All dishes and cutlery are reusable
  • At least 90 percent of the toiletries it provides to guests are produced within 100 miles of the property
  • Leftover shampoo, food, furniture and electronics are reused or donated 

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 1 Palm

Additional Green Certifications: Tripadvisor GreenLeaders Silver Level

Reigning over St. Pete Beach since 1928, the Don CeSar is a landmark pink palace that has hosted celebrities including F. Scott Fitzgerald and enjoyed cameos in several movies and television shows over the years.

The star of its sustainability efforts is Winnow kitchen food-waste technology, which uses artificial intelligence, a scale and cameras to identify which items in the kitchen are being discarded. Based on this information, it determines menu items that don’t sell and also recommends changes in portion sizes, limiting overproduction and reducing waste.

Other green features:

  • Exterior lighting designed to protect sea turtle hatchlings from being misdirected away from the Gulf
  • Electric car-charging stations
  • Parking lot pavement that’s environmentally friendly
  • Sensors that turn off office lights when rooms are empty
  • A system that cleans and reuses water from laundry machines

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 3 Palms

Additional Green Certifications: Tripadvisor GreenLeaders Silver Level

 

Set right on the Gulf in North Redington Beach, the DoubleTree Beach Resort is centrally located between Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach. John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk and other beachfront attractions are just minutes away.

This property’s new owner will begin a green-focused refresh of the hotel in late 2023, with plans to use native vegetation and other environmentally friendly landscaping, sensors that turn off landscape watering during rain, and white roofs to help reduce heat absorption, which decreases the energy used for air-conditioning.

Other green features:

  • Recycled building materials are used
  • Construction waste is recycled 
  • Room master switches and occupancy-sensing thermostats reduce energy consumption 
  • Leftover items such as shampoo and items that can be reused such as linens and towels are donated to the St. Pete Free Clinic
  • Shuttle vans run on compressed natural gas

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 3 Palms

Additional Green Certifications: Tripadvisor GreenLeaders Silver Level

A short walk to the Salvador Dalí Museum and other world-class museums as well as the St. Pete Pier, waterfront parks and restaurants, the Hampton Inn & Suites is an ideal basecamp in downtown St. Pete.

Since 2009, this Hilton-owned property has used the company’s award-winning LightStay system to measure, report and improve its environmental impacts. Hilton was the first major hotel company to establish science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. It’s taking major steps toward reducing its environmental footprint through its Watts, Water and Waste program.

Other green features:

  • Has energy-efficient lighting and water-conserving plumbing fixtures
  • Recycling bins are placed in the main lobby and each floor’s vending areas
  • Donates sheets and towels to Touched By An Angel Ministries

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 2 Palms

Just a hop, skip and a jump from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in Clearwater, the Holiday Inn is a short drive to downtown St. Pete and about 30 minutes to downtown Clearwater.

Parent company IHG Hotels & Resorts has developed the IHG Green Engage system, which enables its hotels to measure and report their carbon footprint and utility consumption. The program also provides direction on ways hotels can use resources efficiently to reduce their environmental footprint.

Other green features:

  • Uses energy-efficient lighting in all interior areas
  • Employs Florida-friendly landscaping
  • Donates items that are still usable to Hope Children’s Home and Habitat for Humanity

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 2 Palms

Additional Green Certifications: Tripadvisor GreenLeaders Bronze

 

Watch a breathtaking sunset from the eighth-floor pool deck at the Hyatt Regency or stroll up the famously soft sands of Clearwater Beach to Pier 60, the site of nightly sunset celebrations complete with buskers and live music. 

The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach has received a Four Green Keys rating from Green Key Global, indicating that the property has implemented wide-ranging environmental management policies and practices. Hyatt, as a company, plans by 2030 to reduce emissions by 27.5% from a 2019 baseline and reduce food waste by 50% compared to 2019. The company also plans to improve the sources of products and services to avoid contributing to climate change, deforestation, waste, resource depletion, biodiversity reduction and harm to animals.

Other green features:

  • Recycling bins are placed in guest rooms and public areas
  • Low-flow faucets, shower heads and toilets reduce water consumption
  • Florida-friendly landscaping is used
  • HVAC, dishwashers and other appliances are Energy Star-rated
  • Gift cards are offered to associates who carpool or ride bikes to at least half of their shifts each month

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 2 Palms

Additional Green Certifications: Tripadvisor GreenLeaders Gold, Green Key Global’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program four-key rating

Site of the Valspar Championship, held every spring on the famed Copperhead course, and home to three other golf courses, Innisbrook is spread across 900 acres in Palm Harbor, north of Clearwater. Other amenities include a spa, 11 clay tennis courts and six swimming pools.

With vast courses that need to be kept immaculate for golfers, Innisbrook prioritizes water conservation. The resort uses only county-supplied reclaimed water to irrigate all its golf courses and other landscaping. Irrigation and stormwater run-off are recirculated through the irrigation system. Native, drought-tolerant plants are used wherever possible, and the resort’s air-conditioning system has been converted to use reclaimed water. 

Other green features:

  • A system adjusts HVAC temperatures in meeting spaces when they aren’t being used
  • No aerosol products are used to clean rooms
  • All golf carts used by players are electric
  • Approximately eight tons of cardboard is recycled each month
  • Containers are reused more than 100 times before they’re recycled
  • Dining areas have recycling bins for plastic and aluminium
  • Produce is sourced from local farmers wherever possible

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 1 Palm

Set on the Intracoastal Waterway in tranquil Indian Shores, the Legacy Vacation Resort has Gulf beach access across Gulf Boulevard. The property is especially noteworthy for getting 78% of its energy from on-site solar arrays. The resort offers a discount to guests who either produce clean energy with solar panels on the roof of their home or who drive a hybrid or electric vehicle.

Other green features:

  • Electric vehicle charging stations at all Legacy Vacation Resorts properties 
  • The company has achieved carbon neutrality by offsetting 100 percent of guest stays and activities
  • The property is committed to avoiding single-use plastics

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 2 Palms

These adjacent resorts – the TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort and RumFish Beach Resort – form one huge waterfront playground on St. Pete Beach that’s perfect for families looking to stay and play on the beach. The standout feature is a massive floating water park with inflatable slides, floating trampolines and loungers. A 33,500-gallon aquarium brings 30-plus species of sea life into close view. Visitors can snorkel right in the aquarium or watch the fish while dining in the Rumfish Grill.

These hotels are pioneers in local efforts to preserve the beach ecosystem. TradeWinds was the first Florida resort to retrofit all beachfront light fixtures with eco-friendly lighting that avoids misdirecting sea turtle hatchlings as they head to the Gulf. Its erosion management and habitat conservation efforts include planting sea oats and other native plants.

Other green features:

  • Energy Star-rated appliances are used
  • Total water consumption has been lowered by more than 30% by improving the in-house industrial laundry facilities
  • Air-conditioning/heating in guestrooms automatically shuts off when balcony doors are open
  • An Eco Team encourages guests to participate in environmental initiatives such as beach clean-ups and a sea turtle nest protection program
  • A percentage of proceeds from the resorts’ floating waterpark is donated to Tampa Bay Watch

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 3 Palms

The Sandpearl is a luxury resort set in the heart of Clearwater Beach. Relax in the zero-entry pool, indulge in first-class pampering at the spa or dine on your private balcony and be wowed by amazing Gulf sunsets.

In addition to its two Palm Florida Green Lodging designations, the Sandpearl is the only hotel in the region and one of very few in Florida that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, an exacting standard for healthy, efficient, green buildings. 

Other green features:

  • Its geothermally heated pool and ozone-assisted pool filtration system save about 1.5 million kilowatts of energy a year and use about 10% less chlorine
  • A recycling steward goes through all waste to separate and prep recyclables
  • Windows are double-paned to keep out heat
  • Sensors switch rooms to energy-saving status when guests are out
  • Unused soap and shampoo is donated
  • Native landscaping is irrigated by a system that measures moisture in the soil
  • The chilled-water air-conditioning systems and low-emission construction materials make cooling efficient

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 2 Palms

Additional Green Certifications: U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver, Tripadvisor GreenLeaders Platinum

This Gulf-front resort is set on Sand Key, a quieter stretch of beach just across narrow Clearwater Pass from busy Clearwater Beach. Enjoy the nature trails and quiet sands of Sand Key Park, or head across the bridge to Pier 60 and plentiful activities, restaurants and shops.

The global Marriott company has set environment-related goals, including reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. It has set a deadline of 2025 to reduce carbon intensity by 30 percent from a 2016 baseline; source a minimum of 30 percent of its overall electricity from renewable energy; and reduce waste-to-landfill by 45 percent and food waste by 50 percent from a 2016 baseline. 

Other green features:

  • Employs Florida-friendly landscaping
  • Has Energy Star-certified appliances
  • Furniture that can be reused is donated to the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch and to UPARC, which supports and empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities 
  • More than 5,500 electric-vehicle chargers have been installed at Marriott properties worldwide, including two charging stations at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort
  • All properties switched from small toiletry bottles to larger pump-topped bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body gel

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 2 Palms

A classic hotel built in 1925 with a major renovation wrapped in 2023, the Vinoy is the grand dame of the St. Petersburg waterfront, overlooking Tampa Bay.

Information gathering and education are a focus of the sustainability efforts at the Vinoy. As part of its efforts to reduce energy consumption, the resort measures and records energy use each quarter, its staff is trained annually on the hotel’s green practices, and guests are offered education on green practices.

Other green features:

  • Energy Star appliances are used in guestrooms
  • Sensors in guestrooms adjust temperatures when a room is empty
  • Gardens are irrigated with water from alternative sources, including rainwater and condensation
  • Mostly green-certified cleaning products are used 
  • Cooking oil is recycled 
  • Leftover materials, such as toiletries, food, furniture and electronics, are reused or donated

Florida Green Lodging Designation: 2 Palms

Additional Green Certifications: Tripadvisor GreenLeader, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Clean Marina Program

Suggested itineraries

4-night Sustainable St. Pete/ Clearwater Itinerary

Price includes; return lower emission option flights, 4 nights in 4-Star Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, 4-day hire of an Electric car, ATOL Protection, and a free 5% donation to charity.

  • Arrive at Orlando International Airport and pick up your EV hire car, before heading to the stunning shores of the Gulf Coast.
  • Check into one of the destination’s green hotels – such as Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa – and then get acquainted with the Clearwater Beach area and the plethora of things to do there.
  • We suggest a leisurely walk along the boardwalk to Pier 60 to check out the artisan producers creating various arts and crafts and street performers drawing in the local crowds. Then head south to check out the various beachside bars and restaurants and ponder the menus to see where you’d like to dine during your stay.
  • In the afternoon, head to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida’s Marine Life Rescue Center. Focused on the mantra of rescue, rehab & release, the facility is a working marine animal hospital doing amazing work to support the local wildlife. The animals still at the facility are there because they have been deemed unsuitable for release.
  • Enjoy the evening at a beachside restaurant such as Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill or Palm Pavilion, featuring fresh produce and seafood from the local waters.
  • Head north to explore Honeymoon Island State Park – a natural four-mile barrier island with plenty of local wildlife including eagles, gopher tortoises, and armadillos. Discover the nature centre to learn more about the wildlife in the park.
  • Take a short ferry from Honeymoon Island over to Caladesi Island, and take a 1 hour or 3 hour kayaking tour amongst the mangroves, or simply relax on the beach and enjoy the crystal clear ocean waters.
  • Enjoy a picnic or BBQ back at Honeymoon Island at one of the two covered picnic pavilions next to the nature trail.
  • Spend the afternoon dolphin spotting on a Little Toot Dolphin Adventure Tour. Learn more about the local marine life and watch them chase the boat wake. We recommend a sunset tour for the best views!
  • Have dinner at Clear Sky Café, which has a great mix of options for all tastes and dietary requirements.
  • Take a drive down to Fort de Soto Park and join a Bay E-Bikes Tour of this fascinating area. Be sure to pack sunscreen! For those who like a quieter beach, be sure to take a dip here.
  • Have lunch at Love Food Central Café in downtown St. Pete, a 100% vegan and gluten free restaurant serving fresh and colourful dishes from 11-4pm.
  • Spend the afternoon at Sunken Gardens St. Pete, St. Pete’s oldest living museum, which is a botanical paradise in the midst of the bustling city.
  • Take a walk along the new St. Pete Pier, a vast waterfront venue opened in 2020. There’s plenty for the whole family! Think independent producers, musicians, bars, restaurants, play areas, lawns, and a splash pad.
  • Taste test some local brews paired with laid back bar bites at Oak & Stone St. Pete for dinner.
  • Start the day with a yoga session on the beach – either self-guided or with a professional teacher – to get you feeling refreshed for another day of exploring the destination.
  • Join a mural tour with Florida Craft Art in downtown St. Pete, or design your own tour by simply exploring the city’s streets. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Discover the many fascinating murals in the downtown area.
  • Have a healthy lunch at Pacific Counter on Central Ave, known for its super fresh poke bowls.
  • Create your own adventure at Fairgrounds St. Pete, one of the newest art galleries in the area created in collaboration with local mural and installation artists.
  • Have dinner at the Cider Press Vegan Gastro Pub in the Grand Central District.

Relax in your hotel before heading back to Orlando Airport to return your EV hire and continue onward journey home. 

7-night Sustainable Luxury in St. Pete/ Clearwater

Price includes; return direct flights, 7 nights stay in 4-star The Don CeSar in a Luxury King Double Room, 7-day hire of an Electric Car, ATOL protection, and a free 5% donation to charity!

  • Arrive at Orlando International Airport and pick up your EV hire car, before heading to the stunning shores of the Gulf Coast.
  • Check into one of the destination’s green hotels – such as Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa – and then get acquainted with the Clearwater Beach area and the plethora of things to do there.
  • We suggest a leisurely walk along the boardwalk to Pier 60 to check out the artisan producers creating various arts and crafts and street performers drawing in the local crowds. Then head south to check out the various beachside bars and restaurants and ponder the menus to see where you’d like to dine during your stay.
  • In the afternoon, head to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Florida’s Marine Life Rescue Center. Focused on the mantra of rescue, rehab & release, the facility is a working marine animal hospital doing amazing work to support the local wildlife. The animals still at the facility are there because they have been deemed unsuitable for release.
  • Enjoy the evening at a beachside restaurant such as Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill or Palm Pavilion, featuring fresh produce and seafood from the local waters.
  • Head north to explore Honeymoon Island State Park – a natural four-mile barrier island with plenty of local wildlife including eagles, gopher tortoises, and armadillos. Discover the nature centre to learn more about the wildlife in the park.
  • Take a short ferry from Honeymoon Island over to Caladesi Island, and take a 1 hour or 3 hour kayaking tour amongst the mangroves, or simply relax on the beach and enjoy the crystal clear ocean waters.
  • Enjoy a picnic or BBQ back at Honeymoon Island at one of the two covered picnic pavilions next to the nature trail.
  • Spend the afternoon dolphin spotting on a Little Toot Dolphin Adventure Tour. Learn more about the local marine life and watch them chase the boat wake. We recommend a sunset tour for the best views!
  • Have dinner at Clear Sky Café, which has a great mix of options for all tastes and dietary requirements.
  • Take a drive down to Fort de Soto Park and join a Bay E-Bikes Tour of this fascinating area. Be sure to pack sunscreen! For those who like a quieter beach, be sure to take a dip here.
  • Have lunch at Love Food Central Café in downtown St. Pete, a 100% vegan and gluten free restaurant serving fresh and colourful dishes from 11-4pm.
  • Spend the afternoon at Sunken Gardens St. Pete, St. Pete’s oldest living museum, which is a botanical paradise in the midst of the bustling city.
  • Taste test some local brews paired with laid back bar bites at Oak & Stone St. Pete for dinner.
  • Start the day with a yoga session on the beach – either self-guided or with a professional teacher – to get you feeling refreshed for another day of exploring the destination.
  • Join a mural tour with Florida Craft Art in downtown St. Pete, or design your own tour by simply exploring the city’s streets. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Discover the many fascinating murals in the downtown area.
  • Have a healthy lunch at Pacific Counter on Central Ave, known for its super fresh poke bowls.
  • Create your own adventure at Fairgrounds St. Pete, one of the newest art galleries in the area created in collaboration with local mural and installation artists.
  • Have dinner at the Cider Press Vegan Gastro Pub in the Grand Central District
  • Spend the morning exploring the new St. Pete Pier, a vast waterfront venue opened in 2020. There’s plenty for the whole family! Think independent producers, musicians, bars, restaurants, play areas, lawns, and a splash pad.
  • Take a walk along Beach Drive in St. Pete and opt for an outdoor dining venue to make the most of the region’s glorious sunshine.
  • Discover the region’s incredible museums this afternoon. St. Pete is home to the Salvador Dali Museum, featuring the largest collection of Dali works outside of Spain. Another local favourite is the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, a private collection of Thomas James opened to the public in 2018.
  • Take this morning to be at one with the beautiful beaches of St. Pete/Clearwater. With a beach suited to every mood, pick a spot to suit you and park up for the morning. Take a walk, splash in the water, go snorkelling – whatever you fancy!
  • Check out the variety of great water sports, cruises and waterfront dining at John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk. Shop for classic Florida souvenirs, enjoy fresh seafood at a waterfront restaurant and get out on the water on a nature cruise or Jet Ski rental.
  • If you can, catch a sports game while in the destination – it’s home to Tropicana Field for baseball (home to the Tampa Bay Rays), Al Lang Stadium for soccer (home to the Tampa Bay Rowdies), and for American football the Raymond James Stadium is just 30 minutes from St. Pete (and home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
  • Have dinner and watch the sunset from one of Clearwater or St. Pete’s rooftop restaurants and bars.
  • Discover the destination’s unique aquatic and upland ecosystems at Weedon Island Preserve, a 3190-acre natural area. Visitors can plan an independent visit, or choose to join a guided tour, nature hike, or kayaking expedition.
  • Take a picnic to enjoy whilst at Weedon Island Preserve – park up along the shoreside and watch the glistening water while the birds surrounding you sing.
  • In the afternoon, head to the Florida Botanical Gardens and relish the natural wonder of Florida while enjoying a walk through 150 acres of formal gardens, scenic landscapes, and native habitats.

Return to the airport for your onward journey home

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