St. Pete Beach, Florida

Let your vacation unwind at Bluegreen at Tradewinds, the Bluegreen Resorts seaside property in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The winner of a TripAdvisor award and listed by Guinness World Records as the place with the world’s greatest number of consecutively sunny days, St. Pete Beach provides a warm climate almost year-round, and is an ideal location for water sports of every kind.

The town’s many seafood restaurants, such as the Hurricane in the historic Passe-A-Grille district, offer chowders, red snapper, wild Gulf grouper, and numerous other mouth-watering catch-of-the-day entrees. Families with children will love an excursion to the white sand beaches of Fort De Soto Park, with its numerous nature walks and playgrounds. The Dali Museum showcases the works of the famed 20th century Spanish surrealist, but it also offers kid-friendly activities such as treasure hunts and a garden by the waterfront.

Busch Gardens in nearby Tampa showcases the wonders of the African continent and includes both a Serengeti Safari and a Sesame Street-themed safari for the littlest visitors. The SandSerpent family coaster ride will take you five stories high, and the Jungle Flyers ride takes young travelers 50 feet in the air on a chair lift through the treetops. Shows like Iceploration and A Is for Africa mix learning with entertainment for all ages. And the new Falcon’s Fury, opening in 2014, will turn you into a soaring bird of prey as you dive through the sky.

The Gasparilla Pirate Fest commemorates the exploits of Jose Gaspar, Tampa Bay’s best-known legendary buccaneer, with a parade, live music and dancing, beads, and coins. At each festival season, the Jose Gasparilla, a fully rigged replica of an 18th century pirate ship, glides into the bay to “attack” the town, serving as the emblem of the historically based carnival.

Bluegreen Resorts guests looking for fun on the water will find almost too many opportunities. Go kayaking or canoeing, snorkel at Egmont Key, or take a pontoon boat trip to look for dolphins or collect shells. Deep-sea fishing enthusiasts will want to return again and again, and windsurfers and lovers of parasailing will also find plenty of venues. For those who prefer their sports on land, St. Pete Beach offers dozens of golf courses that attract serious players from all over the world.