The Florida Gulf coast is bursting with charm and energy – from whirling rollercoasters in Tampa to the scenic shoreline of Clearwater. Soak up every sensational moment along the shining coast with beachside brunch dates, ocean excursions and strolls through National Parks.
Tampa’s glistening waterfront is perfect for romantic walks and late-night cocktails. From the Cuban culture of this urban hub to road trip adventures – get exploring.
Conveniently close to Downtown, the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay sits just a stretch away from Tampa’s beaches. Take a dip in one of the pools, bask under palm trees and sip cocktails from the bar. Get active and hit the tennis court, venture along nearby nature trails or enjoy a leisurely bike ride. To relax, huddle around an outdoor firepit to catch a colourful sunset spread across the bay.
It’s all about brunch dates in the US, and Tampa is home to some tasty hot spots. Head to Pinky’s Diner for delicious slices of frittata, short stacks of chocolate chip pancakes and bundles of sides. Dine at Jackson’s Bistro and Bar for captivating views across the city skyline during brunch, lunch or dinner, overlooking the Tampa Riverwalk. Sit inside or out with plates of hand rolled sushi, and a handcrafted passion fruit colada. Seafood lovers should try the lobster bisque, followed by red snapper – accompanied by a glass, or two, of white wine.
Glide across the ocean on a Hobie Cat, play some beach volleyball and grab your GoPro for epic action shots.
Tampa offers a wide variety of activities. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk, bumble around the farmer’s markets which line the bayside or plan a picnic at Curtis Hixon Park. Take the family to see a Tampa Bay Rays game or visit Ybor City, Tampa's historic neighbourhood, where you'll find plenty of colourful Cuban diners, lively bars and cool vintage shops. Pick up an all-day pass for the Pirate Water Taxis, a fun fleet of pirate-themed boats which roam Tampa's waterways. With more than 15 stops spanning across Downtown, the Tampa Riverwalk and Davis Island, it's a fun way to explore the city.
Gulf coast sunset dreams
Artists, performers and a scorching sky full of colours – it goes down in Clearwater come dusk.Stay at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Water sports, taco stops, music and magic, all make Clearwater a destination of sensations. Visit this buzzing beachside town for warm shimmering ocean waters and beautiful sunshine days.
Kick back and soak up the classic, relaxed vibes of Florida at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Savour the dazzling stretch of sandy beach on your doorstep, or stroll just a bit further to the energetic Clearwater Beach. Glide across the ocean on a Hobie Cat, play some beach volleyball and grab your GoPro for epic action shots. Listen to live music on Tuesday to Saturday evenings at the Mainstay Tavern bar.
Hit up Clearwater’s tequila bar and grill Marina Cantina for tantalising bites and fiery drinks. Mix it up with mesmerising views and mouth-watering Mexican dishes. Try the tacos, order margaritas by the pitcher, and be sure to check out the rooftop lounge. Chow down on freshly sourced seafood next to the waterway at the Island Way Grill for a lunchtime bite or dinner. If you dine outside, you can watch boats pull into the dock. Ask about the catch of the day, share a variety of small plates and unwind with after dinner drinks – make it a Scotch on the rocks.
When in Clearwater, hitting the beach is a must. Tread along powder-soft sands, splash in the warm Gulf waters and unwind on this piece of coastal paradise. Head out on a dolphin watching excursion to see these playful creatures jump through the waters beside you. Choose from a selection of water sports, whether you want to whizz around on jet skis, skim the ocean by paddle board or parasail through endless blue skies. Discover the excitement of Sunsets at Pier 60 with charismatic performing artists and musicians. Also, keep an eye out for the Sunset Cinema’s free outdoor movie nights.