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When traveling to Florida, you have many options of cities, beaches, and coasts to choose from. A trip to Orlando and Miami is what most travelers think of, but do not forget about Florida’s West Coast that meets the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes overlooked by the Florida Keys, the beach communities of Sarasotaand St. Pete Beach are a haven to experience for adults and their children.
Here are five of the best budget hotels on Florida’s West Coast for families:
1. Barbecues and Casual Living
Stay on a beautiful strip of beach accompanied by South Lido Park when you book a stay at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. Here, families get two for the price of one at $127 per night starting. Sunbathe and play beach volleyball on Lido Beach. For an outdoor meal or a party, guests are free to barbecue on the beach. As an added attraction, you are only two blocks away from water sports offered at Liquid Blue Outfitters.
2. Pristine Cottage Life
The Gulfside Motel is like no other motel out there on the coast of Sarasota. The hotel is actually made of cottage-like studios. You can enjoy separate bedrooms and a full kitchen, living room, and dining room. Even the business traveler can work comfortably from indoors. A two bedroom studio can go for as little as $750 per night in this Sarasota hotel.
3. Everything at Your Feet
You will find it easy to not leave the resort when you book a room at the Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach. The resort includes its own beach, open fire pits, full minibar, breakfast-on-the-go, a VIP lounge and private cabanas. Do not miss a dinner at the RumFish Grill that boasts a 33,500 gallon aquarium. The children will be just as entertained as you, starting at only $171 per night.
4. Games and Freebies
Choose from fully furnished suites at the Beach House Suites in St. Pete Beach. An on-site grocery store makes grabbing snacks super easy, but don’t even bother. There are many ways to have fun throughout the day. Children can choose from board games, a play area and complimentary books. Adults can join in and try paddleboarding, movie rentals, or rent a beach cabana. Pets are welcome at the Beach House Suites. Rates begin at $199 per night.
5. Downtown & Beach
When between all the nearby attractions to choose from, The Inn at Midtown offers up the most options in downtown Sarasota. Right on-site you can enjoy the sundeck, the heated outdoor pool, and complimentary “Southern-style” breakfast. The beaches are only 10 minutes by car. In walking distance, you can experience the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, the aquarium, and many fine dining options. Snag a deal for $66 per night in low season.
However you and your family want to enjoy Florida’s West Coast, you will be able to find it between these five hotels. The costs are low and value is high.
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