For some, a dream Florida vacation involves mouse ears and amusement parks. For others, paradise is playful dolphins, aquamarine waters and white sand beaches. If you fall into the latter category, Clearwater Beach, Florida might just be the perfect paradise for your next family vacation.
For a dolphin-themed family adventure that doesn’t break the bank, stay and play at Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club. Enjoy Clearwater Beach’s famous white sands while your family gets up close with the beloved Dolphin Tale stars, Winter and Hope.
Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club
This family-friendly hotel is perched upon the white sands of Clearwater Beach. The whole family will love splashing in the oceanfront heated pool and relaxing under an umbrella on the resort’s private beach. When it’s time to refuel, order up a frozen cocktail like the signature Island Paradise or have an alfresco lunch with sand between your toes at the beachside restaurant, Cabanas Coastal Grill.
Fans of the heartwarming Dolphin Tale movies will flip for the hotel’s affiliation with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to the famed rescue dolphins, Winter and Hope. Their image can be seen throughout the hotel in murals, gift-shop and a soon-to-be kids play area. For a vacation to remember, make sure to check the hotel’s Stay & Play at CMA package, which includes up to 40% off admission to the renowned aquarium and two welcome amenities.
Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club also has its sights on becoming an eco-friendly hotel, offering guests compostable coffee pods for in-room coffee makers and paper-based water cartons. Room rates for this budget-friendly hotel start at $139. Click here for more information or to book online.
Vagamom Tip: Need a little extra room for your crew? Opt for a family suite with a separate living room and balcony.
Things to Do in Clearwater Beach
Eat: Lunchtime doesn’t get much better than with a view of one of the top-rated beaches in the USA. For an alfresco lunch with views that can’t be beat, hop on over Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. This Clearwater Beach staple is known for its Rum Runner cocktail and Grouper Sandwich, caught locally by the restaurant’s fleet of fishing boats.
Play: Pier 60 is surrounded by beautiful beaches and epic sunsets. This festive and family-friendly area comes alive between 6:00-9:00pm each evening (weather permitting) as the sun goes down. Enjoy live music and street performers as you watch the sun set over the famous white sand beaches of Clearwater Beach.
Play: Plan a memorable visit to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a Vagamom top-rated experience. Get up close to rescued marine animals, including sea otters, turtles and the famed dolphins, Winter and Hope from the beloved Dolphin Tale movies. Watch the aquarium staff engage with the beloved animals while providing an educational, fun and truly memorable experience for all.
Photos by Vagamom. Special thanks to Visit St. Pete-Clearwater for hosting this press trip. All opinions belong to the author.
Kerry Cushman is a travel + style writer and fashion designer. She’s editor of Vagamom and a contributing travel writer for Red Tricycle and Matador Network. She’s been featured in VOGUE UK, InStyle, Marie Claire, Coastal Living and named E!’s ‘Most Wanted Fashionista’ and a Glamour ‘Do.’ Follow her full-time travels on Instagram.