Spacious, Private Accommodations Near Clear Blue Water
Balconies curve across the grand stucco façade of Crystal Palms Beach Resort, built in 2008 just across the street from Treasure Island Beach. Many look out onto panoramic vistas of the Gulf of Mexico's sparkling aquamarine waterscape. It's a particularly picturesque setting for a beach vacation.
The resort's two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites spread out across 925 square feet and have full kitchens complete with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. Around back, a heated pool and a hot tub are nice places to take a dip away from beach crowds and seagulls trying to borrow sunscreen. For an additional cost, guests can 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, spans 3 miles of white sand and clear blue waters. Visitors can stroll along the paved, 1-mile Treasure Island Beach Trail, which winds through a vibrant hotel district bustling with restaurants and beach bars.
Gulf Boulevard, which you can explore 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, jet skiing, kayaking, and other water sports turn the gulf into an expansive aquatic playground.