Beachfront Hotel with Lively Seafood Restaurant and Bar
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.
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. Gulf Coast grouper and bread bowls of lobster bisque are served in heaping portions, and a trio of fresh-catch options is available every night. Sloppy Joe's is known for its lively party scene fueled by frozen cocktails, shooters, and live musical entertainment on the weekends. Nearby Bazzie's Beach Bar hosts live Dixieland jazz every Wednesday, karaoke on Friday nights, and live weekend entertainment. It also offers free breakfast for kids 12 or younger.
Guest rooms at the Bilmar Beach Resort have tropical furnishings and decor. Inside a deluxe gulf-front studio, you can whip up meals in a stocked kitchenette and soak in views from a private balcony overlooking the beach, while shell studios offer the same views via large picture windows. The hotel's two outdoor pools are popular during the day, and you can always swim in the Gulf of Mexico or collect shells along miles of pristine shoreline.
Treasure Island, Florida: Beach Village with 3 Miles of White Sand
Treasure Island has a 3-mile-long white-sand shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico. A great way to explore the area is by taking the Suncoast Beach Trolley, which makes stops at many popular beaches as well as at Pier 60 in Clearwater, site of a nightly sunset celebration. Families may also want to make the trip to Busch Gardens, which is an hour's drive away.
Nearby Saint Petersburg has a charming downtown area featuring art-deco buildings and broad streets lined with palm trees. Along the waterfront, you'll find restaurants, nightspots, and museums. The town is also home to the Dali Museum, which displays the paintings, sculptures, and melted timepieces of surrealist master Salvador Dalí.