Top Reasons to Stay at Bayside Inn & Marina
- It’s just a short walk from Sunset Beach, a wide stretch of white sand along the Gulf of Mexico. Many locals come here to relax, especially at the restaurants and bars on the beach’s northern end. It’s a great spot for kids because the water is shallow and usually calm.
- Getting to the big attractions in St. Petersburg and Tampa is easy. St. Petersburg is only 8 miles away; Tampa is only 30.
- If you bring your own boat, you can access a 15-slip marina with water and electric hookups. Local shops offer speedboat, jet-ski, and yacht rentals.
- You can find more outdoor diversions at Lake Seminole and War Veterans’ Memorial Parks, both located about 15 minutes from the hotel.
- After a day of fun on the beach, you can relax beside the outdoor pool or on the rooftop deck.
- Each efficiency studio suite overlooks the pool and is outfitted with pillow-top beds, a flat-screen TV, and free WiFi. There’s also a kitchenette with a stove, microwave, and refrigerator.
Treasure Island, Florida: Three Miles of White-Sand Beachfront
Treasure Island got its name after a group of enterprising hotel owners buried—and later “discovered”—a couple of fake treasure chests along the beach. In spite of their farce, the name stuck. So all right, you won’t find any buried treasure here, but surely you can console yourself with 3 miles of white sand along the Gulf of Mexico. Head to the middle of the island for extra-wide beaches lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. There’s also a walking pier that runs parallel to the shoreline between 104th and 119th Avenues.
A great way to explore Treasure Island and nearby beach communities is by taking the Suncoast Beach Trolley. It runs along the Gulf coast from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater, stopping at many popular beaches along the way. Just across the bridge, St. Petersburg’s charming waterfront downtown is also worth a visit. You’ll find art-deco buildings, broad streets lined with palm trees, and the Dali Museum, which displays many of the paintings, sculptures, and melted timepieces of surrealist master Salvador Dalí.