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The Gulf Coast Refresher

7-nights | City fun and sandy toes

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Get the best of this Gulf Coast fly-drive option with a wonderful mix of vibrant city and beach life, featuring Florida’s happening urban centre of Tampa and two of the liveliest beach destinations. This is the perfect blend of urban sophistication, with some surprising history, surprising culture and upmarket shopping, all wrapped up in a coastal chic that includes fabulous wildlife opportunities. Gulf Coast vacations boast a fast-developing profile for sports, culture and craft beer, while the nearby coastline offers some of the most idyllic sands in the state, plus several award-winning state parks. We start you in Tampa, where the foodie offerings have become highly notable in recent years and the city’s waterfront is an attraction in itself. Then head for that blissful beach vibe at Clearwater Beach, where the Marine Aquarium is a local icon and must-see territory for the story of Winter the tail-less dolphin. Lunch or dinner at Crabby’s Dockside is also highly recommended. Finally, conclude your coastal sojourn with plenty of time to explore Sarasota, where the heritage of circus impresario John Ringling – one of the richest men on earth in the 1920s – is still strong and extremely compelling, giving rise to great art, theatre and dining in one of Florida’s more overlooked destinations.

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Tampa International Airport


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Tampa International Airport

3 nights – Tampa

Epicurean Hotel

Indulge your inner foodie at this haven for delectable dining in the trendy Hyde Park suburb, just a short walk from iconic Bayshore Boulevard and less than three miles from all the downtown attractions and five from historic Ybor City.

3 nights – Clearwater Beach

Sheraton Sand Key Resort

Kick back in your own tropical oasis right on the seafront and barely five minutes from the heart of all Clearwater’s many and varied beach activities and tours. At night, take your pick from five dining options and soak up the sensational sunset view.

4 nights – Sarasota

Hyatt Regency Sarasota

Check in to this highly-rated – and ideally-situated – resort on the edge of the city, where it’s just a short drive to the barrier islands of Lido Key and Longboat Key and their superb beaches, while the hotel then offers a genteel retreat at the end of the day, notably with its superb pool and indoor/outdoor dining.

This tour itinerary is best used with flights into and out of Tampa International Airport although we can change these to Orlando International Airport if you prefer. 

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