Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn
In 2008, Dr. Beach named Caladesi Island State Park the best beach in America for its soft white sands and “sparkling clear water.” Located on one of a string of barrier islands off Florida’s west coast, it’s accessible only by boat or ferry, which helps maintain the beach’s pristine wildlife setting. You can see these islands from the Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn, a boutique hotel overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Boat charters are available at the marina next door, putting the park and other award-winning beaches within reach.
Waterfront dining: Bon Appetit Restaurant offers award-winning seafood and spectacular views, and Marina Cafe’s terrace is a great place for predinner cocktails.
Take a dip in the hotel’s heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi, or head to Clearwater’s famous white-sand beaches 5 miles south.
In-room amenities: Renovated in 2012, all guest rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves, and balconies or patios.
Busch Gardens (about 25 miles east) is home to more than 2,000 exotic animals including bengal tigers, chimpanzees, giraffes, and white rhinos.
Recommended biking trail: The 47-mile-long Pinellas Trail runs through downtown Dunedin, with beautiful coastal views along the way.
Dunedin, Florida: Barrier Islands with Sandy Beaches and Native Wildlife
Located 30 miles west of Tampa and just north of Clearwater Beach, the town of Dunedin overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Running parallel to the coast is a string of lush barrier islands—drive across the Dunedin Causeway to reach the popular Honeymoon Island and its eponymous state park. Here, you can snorkel in the warm waters of the gulf and comb the beaches for seashells. Keep an eye out for osprey nests and other native shorebirds.
From Honeymoon Island, you can take the Caladesi Island Ferry to the more secluded Caladesi Island State Park, famous for its unspoiled white-sand beaches. Hop on a kayak and paddle a 3-mile waterway past mangroves or hike a 3-mile nature trail on the island’s interior.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a standard queen room, standard king room, deluxe queen room, or deluxe king room
Up to two kids 13 or younger stay free in the standard or deluxe queen room
Dates into October
Policies and Fees
Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.
Outdoor swimming pool and hot tub
Onsite restaurant, and two restaurants close to hotel
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
Must be 21 or older to check in
Credit card required at check-in
Not valid with reward points.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Standard Queen Room, Deluxe Queen Room
Two queen beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 4
Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night per additional guest 14 or older; kids 13 or younger stay free
Standard King Room, Deluxe King Room
One king bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Parking: free valet parking is available on Friday and Saturday only; free self parking.
Rollaways: available for an additional $20 per day plus tax.
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: up to two dogs under 80 lbs. may be added to deluxe rooms for an additional $20 per pet per night, maximum of $100. A refundable cleaning and damage deposit of $50 is required at check-in. Subject to availability; additional pet types (cats, birds etc) may be added at hotel's discretion. Please call to request.
Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the property or at check-in for an additional cost.
Nearest airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA; 22 miles)