Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete will get your warm going!

New fire pit in front of Rum Runners. Photo courtesy of Sirata Beach Resort.

Just completing a $15 million dollar renovation, Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida is a family-friendly destination designed to provide a “siratified” seaside getaway. Perfectly situated on the Gulf of Mexico, the resort’s 382 guest rooms and suites feature stunning views with all of the latest amenities. New pools, private cabanas and a hanging chair garden, as well as pet-friendly accommodations, provide new ways to enjoy this iconic beachfront resort.

What I loved about Sirata Beach was how compact the resort was, easily accessible to everything. Walk the sugar-sand beach, people watch or participate in water volleyball, pool bingo, or ultimate Frisbee. For the younger set, they’ll have a blast with a Kids Club, crafts activities, playground, Sprouts Kid’s Splash Zone and more.

From Casual to Upscale Dining Options

Photo courtesy of Mira Temkin

Choose from three wonderful dining choices, ideal for a snack, adult beverages or more culinary-focused dining, including two beachfront bars.

Harry’s Bar. Photo courtesy of Sirata Beach Resort.

Head to Harry’s Beach Bar, Sirata’s newly renovated casual beachfront bar. Enjoy Harry’s famous tropical cocktails, an extensive beer selection and delectable food options ranging from savory appetizers, burgers, salads, sandwiches and Harry’s famous wings, the best on St. Pete Beach. This is the place where the locals hang out, too, to watch the incredible sunset with cocktails in hand.

Rum Runners Bar & Grille offers beachside favorites along with classic libations, craft beers and snacks with an expanded covered patio dining area and nine flat-screen TVs. Relax with comfortable seating and a warming outdoor fireplace. Get your groove on with live music on the new stage, right on the private beach!

For more sophisticated dining, enjoy the Compass Grille for breakfast, lunch or dinner and an inspiring weekend brunch. Located beachfront, Compass Grille serves delicious contemporary American fare with flair. Start with the Conch Chowder and dine on the Grilled New York Strip with Jalapeno Bacon Brussel Sprouts or Cornmeal Dusted Fresh Florida Grouper. Top it off with Florida Key Lime Pie.

Cultural Treasures

 

Fabulous murals in downtown St. Petersburg. Photo by Mira Temkin

St. Pete/Clearwater is made up of 26 unique communities featuring world-class museums celebrating art, history and science. You’ll feel the vibe of the creative spirit everywhere you go.  One of the truly inspiring things about St. Pete Beach is their dedication to the arts. Take a walking tour of the murals in downtown St. Pete and learn the stories of the artists and their works. Try your hand at blowing glass in one of the workshops. Stop in the galleries and see the many beautiful creations.

 

The exquisite design of The Dali Museum. Photo by Mira Temkin

The piece de resistance is the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg that celebrates the life and work of acclaimed Spanish artist Salvador Dali, opened in 2011. The entire building design is a work of art containing over 2,100 works, including oil paintings, original drawings, book illustrations, artists’ books, prints, sculpture and photos. Experience the interactive galleries and be sure to visit the gardens, walk through the maze and take a picture with the Dali’s famous mustache. A temporary exhibit through May 19 features the works of Rene Magritte & Dali dedicated to the world’s two most celebrated surrealists.

Delectable Dining

Locale Market is a really cool culinary experience featuring locally-sourced foods produce, cured meats and cheeses, coffee bar, an outstanding bakery and more. Head upstairs to their specialty restaurant, FarmTable Cucina, an Italian-inspired restaurant that focuses on casual, gourmet dining with fresh, house-made cuisine. Favorite dishes include house-made pastas, pizzas and fresh breads that are shared family style. Try the boxcar robiola and fried cauliflower to starters and fresh made pasta or seafood as the main course.

Bring your family and discover a little taste of paradise on St. Pete Beach. For more information and to book a stay at the “new” Sirata Beach Resort, visit sirata.com

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