Spacious, Private Accommodations Beside Clear Blue Water
Dramatic balconies curve across the grand stucco façade of Crystal Palms Beach Resort, built in 2008 to provide an elegant gateway to Treasure Island Beach just across the street. Each two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite spreads out across 925 square feet and encompasses a full kitchen complete with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. A private balcony reveals panoramic vistas of the Gulf of Mexico's sparkling aquamarine waterscape. Around back, a heated pool and spa rest on a brick-lined patio where sunbathers can recline on deck chairs without being bothered by seagulls trying to borrow sunscreen. Guests can unwind with movies on 42-inch flat-screen high-definition TVs or, for an additional cost, arrange in-room massages.
Treasure Island, Florida: An Island Respite Just Off the Mainland
About 30 miles from Tampa's bustling urban atmosphere, the laid-back community of Treasure Island anchors a sprawling expanse of beaches that border the twinkling Gulf of Mexico. Treasure Island Beach, an easy stroll across the street from Crystal Palms, blankets 3 miles with lustrous white sand. After splashing through clear blue waters, visitors can saunter along the paved, 1-mile Treasure Island Beach Trail, which slinks through a vibrant hotel district bustling with restaurants and beach bars.
Gulf Boulevard, traversable using the area's trolley service, stretches along the entire length of the island, linking local watering holes and stores slightly off the usual tourist track. All along the coast, abundant maritime recreation, including jet skiing and kayaking, turns the gulf into an expansive aquatic playground.