Named after the chests discovered on the beach, Treasure Island’s pristine waters, white sandy beaches and eclectic hotels are perfect for a family vacation. If you’re visiting Tampa or Central Florida, consider a trip to Treasure Island, which is only a short drive away. The island is home to resorts with modern guest rooms and on-site entertainment perfectly customized to suit the preferences of all visitors.

Bilmar Beach Resort

Considered one of the favorites among families for years, Bilmar Beach Resort houses spacious rooms, studios and penthouses with private balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. There is a resort fee for use of amenities like beach chairs, beach towels and paddle board or kayak for an hour, per room. The fee also includes free parking and $5 off at The Beachfront Café. If you decide to step out, you can explore the vibrant activities at Clearwater, situated on Florida’s West Coast. A 25-minute drive from the resort will also get you to St. Petersburg, where you can visit the museums, parks and local market.

Thunderbird Beach Resort

Started in 1957, Thunderbird Beach Resort is a classy courtyard-style beach hotel that has giant Thunderbird retro neon as its signature logo. If you’re a group of more than 4, consider booking the efficiency or the Gulf Front Suite that has adjoining guest rooms. These rooms are fully equipped with kitchenettea to make you feel at home. Sample some refreshing tropical drinks at the Ikki Woo Woo’s Tiki Hut, the resort’s poolside tikki beach bar. St. Pete Beach and Madiera Beach are only few miles away.

Treasure Bay Hotel & Marina

With an on-site marina, Treasure Bay Hotel & Marina has guest rooms with private balconies facing the bay or gulf. The rooms are equipped with granite countertops, refrigerator, microwave, sink and a gourmet tea maker. Guests will stay occupied with the resort’s recreation facilities, like the heated resort-style swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and rooftop sundeck. Guests can also bring their furry friends for a fee of $100.

Crystal Palms Beach Resort

If you’re a family traveling in large groups, consider booking the three-bedroom rooftop penthouse featuring a spacious master bedroom, living and dining room and a private balcony overlooking the Treasure Island Beach. Designed in contemporary style, each unit at Crystal Palms Beach Resort is equipped with flat screen TV, washing machine and tumble dryer. Florida residents get a 20 percent discount on their stays. Ask for rooms on a higher floor to enjoy views of the gulf.

Oasis Palms Resort

Recently renovated, Oasis Palms Resort offers a few thoughtful features like a video/DVD library, tennis racket rentals, and picnic area with barbecue pits. You can also order room service from local restaurants while you indulge in a therapeutic massage in the comfort of your room. If you’re heading out, John’s Pass Village, a waterfront fishing village, is only few minutes away. The area is known for dolphin-watching tours, casino cruise ships, parasailing and Jet Ski rentals. Guests relaxing by the resort beach can make use of the beach chairs and umbrellas left behind by other visitors to save $30/per day on rentals.

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