Waterparks, wildlife, parks, museums, beaches… just a taste of the many wonderful activities and places on offer along the Gulf Coast. If you love culture and art, the Gulf Coast is the perfect Florida holiday destination for you. Some of the world’s finest beaches are found here including St. Petersburg and Clearwater. There is a growing range of attractions and activities to make the most of during your stay, including wildlife reserves, art museums, water sports, horse riding, golf and shopping too.
The neighbourhoods of the Gulf Coast are a playground for outdoor lovers and nature enthusiasts. The many charming beach communities welcome tourists and with ideal weather providing a Caribbean-like climate, it is no wonder that for those seeking a relaxing beach holiday with all the luxurious touches, that the Gulf Coast is their first choice. Each area of the Gulf Coast has its own cultural identity, reflected in the diverse range of Gulf Coast hotels and resorts on offer from Florida Masters. Combining fantastic Gulf Coast holiday deals with our expert inside knowledge means you get the best packages, deals and service from our expert team.
Clearwater is an area of the Gulf Coast which is well-known for its beaches and the arts. It is a year-round destination that offers not just endless entertainment and activities, but a sunny, dry climate to match. Situated on the West Coast of Florida, Clearwater offers the traveller a rich heritage and history to explore, as well as all the trappings of a great holiday such as fine dining and a range of budgets. The Clearwater area is well known for its Marine Aquarium and the Champion Philadelphia Phillies playing at Bright House Field. There are special events throughout the year too, meaning no matter when you stay at Clearwater, you’ll be experiencing something unique and exciting.
Some of our top Clearwater hotels include:
Naples and Marco Island
One of the most beautiful areas within the Ten Thousand Islands of Florida is Naples and Marco Island. There are a number of cultural and historical sites to discover here, as well as world-class shopping malls. There is so much to do across the Naples and the neighbouring Marco Island. For example, if you enjoy nature, then the beautiful scenery and unique wildlife here will be something that you find attractive. Add to that the tropical clear waters that surround the island, and you’ll under why Naples and Marco Island are such popular tourist destinations. Naples has become known as the ‘finest town in Florida’ and such a wide range of things to do, including great restaurants, shopping malls and glorious beaches, it’s easy to see why.
Some of our favourite hotels in Naples and Marco Island include:
If there is one area of Florida that oozes in culture and art, it is Sarasota. Home to a number of cultural institutes including the Ringling Museum of Art which showcases both modern art and old masters, if you love art, then this is the ideal holiday location for you. It is another destination of outstanding natural beauty with stunning stretches of beach as well as a variety of city-based activities to enjoy. Within easy travelling distance from the wetlands of Everglades National Park as well as home to some of the best-rated hotels in Florida, Sarasota has a unique atmosphere all of its own. You can relax here and soak up the Florida sun on one of the many beautiful beaches, just as you can immerse yourself in city life and follow the tourist trail. The choice really is yours.
The best hotels in the Sarasota area include:
The area of St Petersburg along the Gulf Coast offers fantastic value for money for sun-seeking holidaymakers. Like other towns and cities of Florida, St Pete’s as it is also known boasts year-round sunshine, the perfect holiday spot for those travellers who want a heady mix of relaxing on the beach but cultural activities on the doorstep too. The Sunshine City, as it is also known, has a large variety of top luxury hotels as well as cheaper hotels for those travellers on a budget – and yet, there are still all the top-quality facilities and details you can want. The area is perfect for exploring the Gulf Coast with the Salvador Dali Museum a great place to visit, a trip that could be topped off by dining at one of the many top-class restaurants in the area. If you want picturesque beaches along with plenty of culture including markets and shopping, then St Pete’s is an ideal destination.
Top St Petersburg hotels include:
Main Gulf Coast Attractions
- Waterville USA
- Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
- Gulf State Park
- John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
- Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
- Mote Marine Laboratory
- J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge
- Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum
- Fort Morgan
- Naples Zoo
- Padre Island