Family Vacation To St Pete Beach, Florida

st petes beach, florida st petes beach, florida st petes beach, florida st petes beach, florida st petes beach, florida st petes beach, florida st petes beach, florida It’s hard to believe we’ve already been back from our trip to St Pete Beach, Florida for over 2 weeks now. Is it bad that I’m already trying to think of when we can go back? I’d never been to that side of Florida before, and now I’m in love. We were so excited to get Noah on the beach for his first time, so we literally unpacked our stuff as soon as we got to the Hotel Zamora, and walked right across the street to the beach.

Noah’s face was so cute the first time his feet touched the sand. He didn’t really know what to think about it, and St Pete’s Beach has the squeakiest sand ever; it’s the best. The hotel itself was great. Kimpton is always an amazing option if you’re looking for a smaller, boutique-feel, of a hotel. The staff all knew us by name towards the end of our trip, and they would smile every time Noah would walk by the front desk with his beach pail & starfish, wide-eyed, and ready for some sun.

Our plan was to stay for 4 nights, but we ended up extending our stay for 3 more nights. We were honestly having way too much fun to leave, and Noah was so happy. Every morning we would wake up, have breakfast at the hotel, or walk across the street to have breakfast at a local restaurant called Smiley’s. A couple of mornings we picked up breakfast to-go and took it right to the beach. Dylan built an awesome “sand castle living room” that we could eat in, and surprisingly it didn’t get torn down during the times we weren’t at the beach.

One of the nights we had an amazing dinner at Castile Restaurant inside of the Hotel Zamora. The food was uh-mazing, and to my surprise Noah, lasted through a 2 hour dinner. Pro-tip: bring toys & let them play with the iPad when they get antsy, ha. It’s hard to say what my favorite item on the menu was, because everything was so good. The restaurant is right on the bay side so you have a gorgeous view of the water, which is perfect for dinner, or waking up & having your breakfast there in the morning.

Another amazing restaurant that we ate at was Sea Porch at the Don Cesar Hotel. They had a great kids menu for Noah, and they also have another restaurant in the hotel called Rowe Bar which is actually outside near the water. Both are great options, and it was just a short walk from our hotel. We also stopped at the old-fashioned ice cream shop inside of the hotel after dinner, and obviously Noah was a huge fan.

One more notable restaurant to check out if you’re in the area is Bongos Beach Bar & Grill. It was a little further walk for us, but it was worth it. You literally sit on the beach & eat. It was the perfect spot for lunch, and it would be a gorgeous spot to watch the sunset for dinner. We also tried out a local Mexican and Italian restaurant, and both were great. Let’s put it this way, food was high on our priority list, as always, lol.

Most of our days involved the beach, eating, swimming at our hotel pool, and taking Noah to the park. It was so nice to not have any distractions like you typically have at home. No dishes stacked on the counter or laundry to be folded, just quality family time; what more could you ask for?

I will look back on this trip was one of my favorite trips ever. We had so much fun doing the simplest things, and Noah loved every second of it. Sitting here writing about it now, makes me want to plan a return trip. Maybe we will take baby girl there next year as a family of four 🙂

Have you guys ever been to St Pete Beach? What were some of your favorite spots to check out? Leave them for me in the comments! Thanks so much for stopping by today friends, have an awesome day!


Lee Anne


  1. Nicole on May 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I’ve been to St. Pete’s but it was years ago, your trip looks amazing and how special to share it with your little one.

  2. Maggie on May 8, 2017 at 10:46 am

    What a wonderful vacation! You can never go wrong in Florida!


  3. hal on May 8, 2017 at 10:55 am

    My family is in Philadelphia but my cousin’s moved there & they loooove it – they hashtag their photos #welivewherepeoplevacation & it makes me so jealous!

    • Lee Anne on May 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Ha, that would make me jealous too!!

  4. Jessica on May 8, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Sounds like a wonderful family getaway to Florida! This hotel looks wonderful and beach is so relaxing 🙂

  5. E on May 8, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I love St. Pete is one of my favorite Fl beaches!

  6. Crystal // Dreams, etc. on May 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    This looks like such a fun, family vacation! Sounds relaxing, too. I’d love to be there right now!

  7. Rita on May 8, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Sounds like amazing vacation. Never been to St. Pete, seems like beautiful place. Lovely pictures.
    Rita |

  8. Elise Cohen Ho on May 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I have been to many destinations in Florida but it was quite some time ago that I went to St Pete. It may be time for another visit.

  9. Jenna Colgrove on May 8, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    looks like such a fun time!!

  10. Stephanie on May 8, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Talk about making me want to take a vacation! This post has me craving one desperately now – especially one to the beach. I gotta learn how Dylan managed to build a sand castle living room haha! That sounds amazing! The entire experience sounds like it was a blast you never wanted to end (I never want vacations to end either). I hope you get the chance to go back and enjoy another visit there soon – and next time, take me with you!

    Stephanie //

  11. Whitney on May 9, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Your vacation sounds awsome! Such cute photos too. We hope to take a FL trip this summer for sure.

  12. Christina S. on May 9, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Growing up in Tampa, I have a serious soft spot in my heart for St. Pete Beach! I’m so glad you found this gem on the Gulf coast.

  13. Lisa on May 9, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    This sounds so fun and relaxing! Your pictures are amazing as well!


  14. Annette on May 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Sounds like such a fun trip! Love your pictures.

  15. Hannah on May 10, 2017 at 6:58 am

    What a beautiful family! Looks like yall had such a fun vacation!

    xoxo, Hannah

    • Lee Anne on May 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thanks so much Hannah!!

  16. Afroza on May 10, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Love the beautiful photos 🙂 Looks like so much fun!

    • Lee Anne on May 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thank you 🙂

  17. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen on May 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Looks like such a fun time. The beach looks lovely with plenty of open space. I only live about 2 hours south of St. Pete but have never been. I really should go. Lol!

  18. Dawn on May 12, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Your family is adorable! We are making a trip to Florida this year and we can’t wait!

  19. Chelsea on May 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    It looked so perfect on Instagram! I love seeing your family photos. Seriously the most perfect family!


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