Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, Treasure Island is known as “the sand-sculpture capital of Florida.” The Bilmar Beach Resort has done its part to help the city keep that title, hosting a sand-castle competition every year. The resort was also the site of the world’s largest sand castle in 1985, and more recently, Bilmar Beach was selected as the location for sand sculptures of Abraham Lincoln and the White House, built by world-champion builders Dan Doubleday and Meredith Corson.
Beachfront dining: The resort’s Sloppy Joe’s on the Beach features a two-tier deck where you can look out over the ocean while sipping a margarita and savoring fresh Gulf Coast grouper.
Grab a drink at the Beachfront Café and enjoy live entertainment in the evening.
Where you’ll stay: Inside a deluxe gulf-front studio, you can whip up meals in a kitchenette and soak in views from a private balcony overlooking the beach; shell studios offer the same views via large picture windows.
Take a dip in two outdoor pools, swim in the Gulf of Mexico, or collect shells along the pristine shoreline.
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 trail 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.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a gulf-front shell studio or gulf-front deluxe studio
Up to two kids 17 or younger stay free
Dates into November
Policies and Fees
Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.
Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable.
Additional fees: $15 daily resort fee added at purchase
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.
Two heated outdoor pools
Beachfront restaurant and beachfront bar
The Fine Print
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; 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 18 or older to check in
Credit card required at check-in
Not valid with reward points
$15 daily resort fee added at purchase.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
In all Included Rooms
Two queen beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 4
Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest 18 or older; kids 17 or younger stay free
Gulf-Front Shell Studio
Mini fridge and microwave
Large picture windows with water view
Gulf-Front Deluxe Studio
Kitchenette with mini fridge, microwave, and stove
Private balcony with water views
Check in: 4 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Resort fee includes: WiFi, local and domestic phone calls, in-room coffee and tea, morning newspaper in lobby, in-room safe, in-room bottled water, $5 welcome certificate for beach bar, usage of 2 beach chairs, bicycle use (availability and age restrictions), daily kayak & paddle board usage, children’s welcome gift, free breakfast for kids (age 12 and under), family board games at desk, Tuesday and Friday movie night, sun deck recreation games, lobby business center access
Rollaways: available for an additional $10 per night
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
Room upgrades: upgrades may be available by calling the hotel or at check-in for an additional cost.
Nearest airports: 17 miles from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE; 17 miles) and Tampa International Airport (TPA; 27 miles)