The Ultimate St. Pete Beach Romantic Getaway

This past year of living during a pandemic has been good and bad for many couples. While seeing each other more can be a wonderful thing, being cooped up together in the house constantly has its drawbacks. If you’re feeling like it’s time to escape from mundane daily activities and explore something a little more exciting, then keep reading!

A fantastic way to reconnect with your partner is a couple’s getaway to a romantic sun, surf and sand-filled tropical location with tons of couple-friendly amenities that will leave you gazing deeply into each other’s freshly rested eyes.

Whether your idea for an ultimate St. Pete Beach romantic getaway includes sun and fun, grill and chill or adventure awaits, at Alden Suites we have all the creature comforts and exciting activities to bring your couple’s retreat to life.

On-Site Pools and Cabana Bar

The first step to relaxing together on your romantic getaway on St. Pete Beach is a refreshing cocktail as you bask in Florida’s warm sunshine at either of our two sparkling pools. Lounge the day away with poolside bar service and yummy snacks perfect for poolside nibbling. Unwind with a soak in our state-of-the-art hot tub, and it’s vacation on!

Water Sports Galore

There’s no better way to ignite the spark than by enjoying fun activities together that move your bodies and inspire laughter and smiles. We offer activities including parasailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, jet skiing and more that are geared perfectly to couples looking to connect.

Kayaking and paddleboarding are fantastic couples’ activities that provide much-needed playtime away from the hustle and bustle. It’s pure zen to explore the Gulf coastline’s calm seas and clear waters while enjoying tropical visual treats to reminisce about over dinner.

Landlubbers, we didn’t forget about you! It’s easy to rent scooters and cruiser bicycles for exploring, so no matter what your preference, we’ve got the activity for you.

Table for Two

If all those exciting adventures got you hungry, let us help you find the perfect spot on St. Pete Beach for a romantic candlelit dinner. Savor life ‘under the sea’ at Rumfish Grill, an exciting, upscale restaurant featuring creative cuisine and an immersive aquarium. It’s walking distance from the Alden so you can dine and drink without worrying about driving. Numerous restaurants catering to every taste and dietary preference are just a short stroll away!

Sunset Chasers Unite

If you’ve come to St. Pete Beach, you’re here for the sunsets. And we make it easy for you to experience them in all their glory.

Book a sunset cruise or a cruise for shellers to Shell Island during your stay with us. Boating excursion? Yes, we can do that.

Perhaps a Two Island Snorkel and Explore Dolphin Tour sounds like a dream come true? Our friends at Suncoast Watersports will ensure it’s the highlight of your vacation. This 3.5-hour sunset and brews cruise stops at two incredible islands where you can snorkel, shell or explore the sugar sand beaches and crystal blue waters on your own.

And don’t forget, our Gulf Front Suites offer sunset views right from your balcony. Who knows, you may even decide to order in tonight.

Dance the Night Away

Summer is a great time to enjoy the beach bars in the area, many of which offer live music on the weekends. Sit back with a signature cocktail, kick off your shoes and jam out with your partner on the dance floor, a surefire way to spark some magic!

Couples Massage

Close your eyes and imagine a spacious spa with a variety of serene treatment rooms focused on relaxing, rejuvenating and reinvigorating you. Imagine the soft sounds of a waterfall in the distance. With Alden Suites, whatever you picture can become your reality.

We work with several lovely spas near the hotel that offer pampering services like deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy baths, waxing and facials that will primp you perfectly for a sexy night with your partner. Pricing is affordable and the atmosphere is ethereal, so be sure to request more info when you book your reservation with us!

Hit the Parks

Bring out your inner kiddos with a short drive to one of many theme parks. We’re less than an hour away from Busch Gardens, and it’s just a bit farther to the Orlando area parks where you can escape from reality faster than Harry Potter’s Firebolt.

As you can see, there is no shortage of amazing activities for couples to experience at Alden Suites. Now it’s time to plan your ultimate St. Pete Beach romantic getaway, and we’ll be waiting to make it all come to life just for you.

A Family Night Out for the Holidays at Sparkman Wharf

Here at the Alden, we’re always looking for new fun experiences for our guests, and we have a new one for you that’s perfect for the 2020 holiday season! Just a 30-minute drive from the Alden is Tampa’s new waterfront entertainment district, Sparkman Wharf. Built on the Tampa Bay right next to the Florida Aquarium, this open-air center is built for families to have fun together, and they’ve added some special features to make it an awesome holiday destination.

You’ll want to spend more than an hour or two at Sparkman Wharf because there’s just so much to do. On your next visit to the Alden, why not drive over at lunchtime and sample some of the amazing food that our local restaurants are offering at the food trucks? The Naked Farmer serves chef-prepared seasonal American food from farms close to home. You can expect fine-dining quality and cooking techniques, served in a fast, convenient manner. Then stop by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for a cone of their locally made ice cream with a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body that makes you come back for more!

If you haven’t experienced the Florida Aquarium yet, you won’t want to miss it. With a 4-D Theater, 100,000 gallon Heart of the Sea exhibit, and an opportunity to interact with real-life penguins, your whole family is sure to be entertained and inspired. The Florida Aquarium is currently requiring reservations to limit capacity, so make sure to book your trip in advance.

Sparkman Wharf has plenty of other ways for families to enjoy time together, including Splitsville, a retro-cool bowling alley that goes WAY beyond the traditional ten-pin bowling. They have lawn and feather bowling, billiards, foosball, darts, and shuffleboard! You can even pick up a classic Southern snack from their menu inspired by two-time James Beard Award winner Chef Art Smith.

If you have little ones, they won’t be able to resist the lure of Tampa’s Pirate Ship, the Lost Pearl. Right off the dock at Sparkman Wharf, you can set sail for a Pirate’s Christmas!  The festive cruise will take your family to Holiday Island where you will get an up-close look at Tampa’s largest floating Christmas tree. Children will also write and mail a letter to Santa to drop into Tampa’s only floating mailbox. Pirate singalongs featuring Christmas carols, swashbuckling games, round out the magical Christmas event!

While you’re out and about with the family, you can even get some Christmas shopping done. Shop local and support Tampa’s small businesses, finding unique gifts for everyone on your list. Fido will be in dog heaven when you bring home a present from The Modern Paws. You can find local food products like teas, honey and jellies, plus gifts for your favorite home chef at the Main Ingredient.

And Joyful Notion offers fresh Florida fashion and The Flower Bar, where you can create your very own floral masterpiece from their abundant assortment of fresh blooms.

Hang out and watch the boats go by on Sparkman Wharf’s recreational lawn, with cornhole games, porch swings and live music. Sip on local brews under sparkling lights at the Biergarten. Take a picture with the iconic TAMPA sign and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Tampa skyline as the sun goes down.

We recommend a grand finale for your festive family day out: dinner on the patio at JOTORO. Fine Mexican provisions prepared by a Michelin-starred chef elevate your dining experience. Start with a few of their margarita flights- we did and we’re now obsessed with the Izzy Colada and the Prickly Pear Margarita. It’s a good idea to bring plenty of family members so you can share bites and try it all.

We munched through the whole menu and could not stop talking about their Mexico City Grilled Street Corn, Crispy Tempura Fish Tacos, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, and Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas. They have vegetarian and keto options so the whole family can find something to enjoy.

We know you’ll be full after all that yumminess, but make sure to order JOTORO’s house-made key lime pie. Chef Joe Isidori elevates this classic Florida dessert with a crunchy crust and cinnamon horchata sauce. It’s truly the best key lime pie we’ve ever experienced and trust us, we’ve had more than our share! And before you go, don’t forget to take a photo with their life-sized llama piñata!

2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but there’s no reason not to enjoy the holidays with your family. Here in Florida, we have plenty of ways to celebrate safely outdoors, whether you’re on the balcony of your suite at the Alden, spaced out in our cabanas at the beach, or having a grand adventure at Sparkman Wharf. We hope to see you here for the holiday season in St. Pete Beach!

Seashells and Wedding Bells at Alden Suites

Photo courtesy of Celebrations of Tampa Bay

If you’re looking for the most romantic way to say “I Do”, a Florida wedding in paradise is the perfect start to your new life as husband and wife. Here at Alden Suites, we’ve been honored to host dozens of weddings on our private beachfront resort. We specialize in smaller weddings that maximize the incredible sunset views that St. Pete Beach provides. The sugar-soft white sand of our sweeping beach, framed by palm trees and glorious skies, offers the perfect venue for your St. Pete Beach wedding celebration.

If you’re like most of our brides, you’re looking to hold your ceremony directly on the beach. We can help you arrange for embellishing the scene with arbors, table linens and fresh flowers, while ensuring that each guest is comfortable and cared for by our dedicated staff. Many of our brides and grooms choose to make a long weekend of it, bringing friends and family from all over to stay together in the spacious suites at the Alden. Our suites have full kitchens and expansive living areas, making them perfect for wedding preparations and family togetherness.

No matter the season, beach weddings will never be boring or outdated. No banquet hall or conference room can match the natural beauty of the ocean and sky, especially during one of our spectacular St. Pete Beach sunsets. Let the sound of the waves soothe your souls as you say your vows beachside.

The Alden offers an affordable option at our St. Pete Beach gulfside resort where you can make your wedding dreams come true. Hold your ceremony on the beach and enjoy a reception on the beachside grassy lawn or the courtyard room.  If you are looking for the perfect getaway for an intimate, private, beach wedding and reception, the Alden Suites is your perfect venue.  

Photo courtesy of Pine and Forge

Here are some details on our St. Pete Beach wedding offerings here at Alden Suites:

  • Wedding ceremonies are held on the Alden’s private beach.
  • Receptions can be held at our Beach Front Lawn & Fountain Courtyard Room.
  • Must reserve a room block of 15 rooms per night with any event.
  • We do not book ceremony-only weddings. We do require a reception to follow.
  • Alcohol must be purchased through the Alden.
  • Outside catering is allowed (no grilling of any kind on lawn area).

Don’t just take our word for it, check out these Alden Suites wedding testimonials:

Everyone at the Alden Suites was great! Kevin Fox was awesome in planning our reservation. Mike at the front desk was extremely helpful in organizing our multiple rooms. Chris at the front desk was great also! Thanks to the great staff!! -Mark P.

Where my guests were staying was important to us because we had many guests from out of town and we had a Friday wedding and were planning on hanging out with everyone all weekend. As soon as we walked into Alden Suites we fell in love. They were extremely accommodating. Buddy at the front desk was so pleasant and we heard his name and how helpful he was from so many guests. We couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thank you. –-Erin S.

We had the ceremony and reception at the Alden Beach Resort. The scenery was beautiful, the staff was amazing, everything was exactly how I pictured. When I went to check on the setup and wanted to change things a little bit, they did not hesitate to make the changes I was requesting. It was beyond perfect in every way! -Rachael G.

Follow these links for an inside look at some of our favorite Alden weddings!

https://pineandforge.com/blog/2020/5/6/beach-destination-wedding-at-alden-suites

If you’d like to make ocean views your Something Blue, we hope you’ll consider Alden Suites for your St. Pete Beach wedding. For more information about Alden Suites weddings, please reach out to:

Heather Chapa

Events Coordinator, Alden Suites | ChapaH@aldenbeachresort.com |
727-641-1674

Tampa Bay Things to Do in August 2020

Whether you’re trying to squeeze in one last vacay with the kids before school starts, or planning a couple’s getaway at the beach, the Alden is where it’s at this August! Here are some fun and safe activities to enjoy this month as the summer is winding down. Make plans for a beach trip with us here in St. Pete Beach, and check out these fun activities you can enjoy outdoors or while safely distancing.

SHINE Drive-In Mural Festival

Every Day

St. Petersburg is currently graced with over 80 murals from the annual Shine Mural Festival, and now a new app brings them all to life.

The Pixelstix app allows users to view the St. Pete Art Alliance’s new “Drive-In Mural Theater,” which consists of a three-to-five-minute narration about the work and information about the artist. It’s like a self-guided museum tour, and all you have to do is download the app, hop in the car, and go!

https://pixelstix.com/introducing-the-shine-drive-in-mural-theater

Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre

Every Day

Just a short drive from the Alden, you’ll find a delightful slice of Americana that’s perfect for families in these times. The Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre, with over 50 years of continuous service to the Ruskin and South Hillsborough County, has been a community gathering place since its first movie, “Singing in the Rain” played in 1952. They call it the “Last family drive-in” in the U.S.A. because families, dating couples, single parents with children, and everyone else young and old can come and visit.

https://www.facebook.com/Ruskin-Family-Drive-In-133391110012282/

Corey Avenue Sunday Market

Sundays All Year Long

The Corey Avenue Market is back open for business folks! This is a downsized Summer version with social distancing rules in place. The market takes place Sundays from 10am to 1pm.  🌻 https://www.facebook.com/Corey-Avenue-Sunday-Market-on-St-Pete-Beach-1480760825498482

Friday Nights at Shrimpy’s

Fridays All Year Long

The front door of Shrimpy’s Blues Bistro is a portal to the Big Easy. Once you step inside, you’ll find yourself in a colorful, musical, art-covered wonderland. They combine fresh, wild-caught seafood with the flavors and feelings of New Orleans for a whole that’s greater than the sum of its delicious parts. But wait — it gets better. Every Cajun-influenced plate comes with a patio breeze, a bayfront view, and some rockin’ live music on the side. A pint of one of their 26 craft beers is the finishing touch. Sit back and, as they say in NOLA, let the good times roll. https://www.facebook.com/events/751427698929868/?event_time_id=751427732263198

Maximo Park

All Year Long

This 70-acre oceanside park features a covered playground, boat ramps, an Indian midden site (archeological sites formed primarily of mollusc shells) and more. This beautiful park is the largest of the City’s four archaeological sites at 70 acres. It is located where Boca Ciega Bay joins Tampa Bay. The park contains educational signs throughout describing the tribes that once inhabited the area. It is a great place to get out in nature and hike with beautiful views.

http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/maximopark/

Yoga on the Beach at Caddy’s

Thursdays All Year Long

Join Caddy’s On the Beach for a complimentary one-hour yoga class right on the beach at Treasure Island!

Bring a yoga mat or a towel and let your worries drift away as you do yoga while looking out onto the Gulf of Mexico. 🏖️ 🧘 https://www.facebook.com/events/1750924851711837/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22permalink%22%7D]%7D

Puff & Pour Paint

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday Aug 9- Aug 23

Come Puff & Pour Paint! In this class, you will learn step by step how to prep your paint to create fluidity without losing vibrancy, preparing the canvas, and use paint pouring techniques without brushes. Take home a uniquely abstract and magical creation, a masterpiece of your very own. Different Pour Paint techniques are featured in each class. It is a fun, inspiring, and therapeutic experience.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puff-pour-paint-with-the-missing-muse-tickets-108755356198

Spa Experiences in St. Pete Beach

After all of those months of being cooped up at home, we know you’ve missed the beach. We’re so happy to welcome you back to the Alden, and we want to make your vacation spectacular. Don’t you think it’s time to treat yourself to a spa retreat? Whether you’re coming on a girl’s trip, a bachelorette party, preparing for a wedding, or just taking a little ‘me time’ away from the family during your St. Pete Beach vacation, a day spa is just the ticket. Here are some of our favorite salons and spas in St. Pete Beach to make you say ‘aaaahhhh’.

Alyssa’s Salon

If you’re wondering the secret behind Alden Suites’ Director of Community Relations Mary Ann Renfrow’s always amazing hair, we’ll clue you in: she goes to Alyssa’s. Alyssa’s is a family-owned and operated Goldwell salon located on Gulf Blvd St. Pete Beach, Florida. They specialize in custom hair colors and highlights and can create intricate updos for wedding parties. They also do manicures and pedicures, so it’s a one-stop beauty shop within a short drive of the Alden. Give them a call to make a reservation in advance for your wedding and special occasion needs!

Gulf Beaches Therapeutic Massage

 At Gulf Beaches Therapeutic Massage your wellness is their priority.  This is the place to go for a serious athletic massage that’s focused on intense therapy. Located on Gulf Boulevard near Corey Avenue, it’s a relaxing space focused on healing and wellness. If you’re in need of a natural, safe and effective way to relieve pain, improve flexibility, or simply unwind after a stressful day, their Licensed Therapists will create a massage that draws on a range of techniques to relieve pain and restore balance throughout your body.  They offer a wide variety of massages to accommodate each client’s individual needs:  Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Athletic Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Bamboo Massage, Aromatherapy, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Hawaii Nail and Spa

Located in the Blind Pass Marina shopping center, this bright and fun salon is another Mary Ann Renfrow beauty secret. It’s always cheerful inside and impeccably clean. The nail technicians are friendly and VERY meticulous about making your fingers and toes shining and beautiful. Hawaii Nails does amazing SNS nails, gel nails, acrylics, shellac nails, and OPI spa pedicures. Feel beautiful after a day of pampering at Hawaii!

Lemon Tree Spa

Lemon Tree Spa is located just a few blocks north of the Alden, on the corner of Corey Avenue and they sure are a good neighbor!  Their team of consummate professionals provides a peaceful atmosphere to relax the mind and renew the body. This St. Pete Beach day spa provides a variety of customized massage options, including Relaxation Massage, Couples Massage, Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage

Don’t miss the Gua Sha Facial. This facial uses an ancient technique that restores and enhances the health of your skin. Rose quartz and jade stones work together to stimulate the lymphatic system to flush toxins while naturally lifting and contouring the muscles of your face. This facial minimizes wrinkles/fine lines, reduces puffiness for entire face as well as under the eyes, and increases oxygen to your skin leaving it naturally glowing. You will see immediate results after one facial.

London Hair and Spa

London Hair and Spa is a full-service salon and spa that provides each client with a personalized experience during each visit. Located on historic Corey Avenue in the heart of St. Pete Beach, London Hair & Spa offers an elegant environment and uplifting salon and spa experience. Check them out for special occasion blowouts, wedding updos, and other beauty services to help you look and feel your best.

Paradise Spa

Located in Madeira Beach, just a few miles north of the Alden, this blissful spot has it all. The outside strip-mall entrance offers no clue to the relaxing oasis that lies inside. It’s a very spacious spa, with a variety of serene treatment rooms that offer a myriad of services. Their pricing is quite affordable and the atmosphere is always relaxing.  Our Alden team went to try them out and loved everything about this place. Their massages and facials are professional and effective, but the thing that blew us all away was the Hydrotherapy bath. It’s an optional add-on to any service and the experience is absolute bliss. Bubbles super-oxygenate the water to remove impurities from the body, while a series of super-powerful jets massage away every ounce of tension. The bath is perfect for relieving aches and pain and it leaves you floating on a cloud!

Tranquility Wellness Spa
Centrally located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, this small-multifaceted spa offers a host of services for the body, face, nails and psyche. This is the perfect place to try unique treatments like reflexology, Reiki or even deep-tissue Ashiastu where the therapist is suspended from the ceiling and uses only her feet to knead out your aches and pains. They also offer add-ons, such as the Velvet Soft Body Scrub or the Extra Head and Scalp Massage with Warm Oil. Additionally, make sure to hit up the new co-ed steam room, which is free with any massage or facial service, as well as the gift boutique for specialty products from Decleor Paris that let you take the spa experience home with you. Leave your worries behind as soon as you trade your shoes for comfortable spa flip flops at the front door.

We hope these spa and salon suggestions will help you plan a perfect St. Pete Beach vacation. We sure did have fun researching them for you! If you know of another great relaxation experience near the Alden, feel free to let us know in the comments.

September 2019 in St. Pete Beach: Things to Do

School has begun here in St. Pete Beach but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, there are many ways to enjoy fall: mark your calendars now for Taste of the Beaches, Bier Fest, Art Festivals and the start of Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Aug. 17 – Sept. 8

Now through September 8th experience Busch Gardens Bier Fest! Explore craft beers from around the world at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, including over 40 new brews! This festival blends the local Tampa Bay craft scene with time-honored traditions to create a unique food and beer celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest with a modern spin. Event access is included with park admission. #SundayFunday

That ART Festival

September 7

That ART Festival is an all ages, family and pet-friendly event that will paint Jannus Live vibrant this September 7, from 12 – 6 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will have a DJ supplying the tunes in the courtyard, ticket raffles, a live interactive piece for the artists and patrons to collab on, as well as a children’s creative corner with a free face painter. And of course, a ton of art!

https://www.thatartfestival.com/

St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches

September 28

September 28 experience St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches! Taste of the Beaches celebrates great music with local bands and amazing food from area restaurants & vendors. The event is a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce as well as supporting a member non-profit, Habitat for Humanity.

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/Taste-of-the-Beaches-5693/details

Rapp Brewing Oktoberfest

Sep 21 – Oct 20

Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen, grab your Rapp steins and join the fun at Tampa Bay’s first German brewery! Rapp Brewing kicks off their annual Oktoberfest event in September. Every Saturday from September 21st through October 20th , you’ll find German lagers on tap, stein specials, growler specials, limited edition Oktoberfest wristbands, t-shirts, costume contests, unique stein contest, literholden, and more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/384320205619690/?active_tab=about

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

September 20 to November 2

September 20th is the start of Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! Now through Nov 2nd be spooked by unexpected terrors around every corner! Experience 300 acres of terrifying horrors and merciless roaming hoards. The park will be open from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. on select nights through the end of October.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/

We hope you enjoy the festivities this month at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

Sea Turtles and Bird Watching in St. Pete Beach

We have been getting a lot of surprise guests this month at the Alden! A couple of sea turtle nests on the beach nearby hatched during a storm a few days ago. With the wind, waves and extremely high tides, the little guys were confused about which way to swim. Chris and Dave, our superhero bartenders, escorted this little guy out into the Gulf, and he swam away to safety. Our Alden Suites guests have been getting in on the action, joining our team in turtle rescues on the beach.

And speaking of Florida wildlife, bird watching is one of the most relaxing and fascinating hobbies around. St. Pete Beach is full of unique sea birds you won’t find on the mainland. The best times to see these Floridian birds are in mornings and evenings since they are most active during those times.

Children, beautiful boy brothers, watching and feeding seagulls on the beach on sunset

You can visit one of this area’s many natures preserves but there are also so many beautiful birds you can see right at our doorstep here at the Alden. Here are just a few the sea birds you can look forward to seeing during your stay in St. Pete Beach.

white ibis st pete beach

The White Ibis is one bird you will see often on our beaches probing the sand for food. With a white and red face with a curved, red bill and long spindly legs, the White Ibis is truly a sight to see.

The Royal Tern is a bird you will see in droves on our sandy shores. They almost look like penguins or parrots, with dramatic black and white features and a black and orange beak. It is very common to see them gathered in large nests protecting their eggs and young. So approach with caution.

Herons and Egrets are a well know Floridian symbol. These long-legged wonders come in different shapes and sizes spend time on the shores of St. Pete Beach. Pictured here we have a white heron and a grey heron, two of the most common species we have on our beaches.  

If you hear cackling on the beach this is the culprit. The laughing gull is a seaside staple named for its laugh-like call. They can be easily identified by their black head and red bill so, if you see one, make sure to tell it a joke for us!

The Willet is a large and spindly shorebird mostly in marshes and dunes. You’ll usually see them in small flocks, alone or in pairs. These guys are quick and skittish so make sure to approach them slowly when trying to snap a pic.

The sandwich tern is a medium-sized bird and the only of its species to have a black yellow-tipped bill. You can usually catch this stunning bird in large groups during nesting season on the sandbars of St. Pete. These guys are also excellent hunters and if you’re lucky you can catch them hovering above the water up to thirty feet high before diving gracefully to grab a fish.

And of course, we can never resist watching pelicans as they torpedo out of the sky to dive into the surf and fill their beaks with fish. We have lots of pelicans around the Alden, and our youngest guests always get so excited to see them. We loved sharing some of our favorite seabirds with you! If you have any flighty friends you enjoy seeing on our Alden Suites beaches share them with us in the comments!

Where to Exercise While Staying at Alden Suites

While you’re freeing yourself from your daily routine by staying at Alden Suites, you don’t have to leave your workout at home. While staying with us here in St. Pete Beach there are plenty of ways to keep your body and mind in balance with your regular workout, or by switching it up with a new routine.

If you’re looking to get your exercise during your Alden Suites vacation, here are a few suggestions to stay fit while enjoying your new surroundings:

  • Beach and Water Sports. Suncoast Watersports is located right behind the resort and offers snorkeling, kayak & paddle board rentals! Get in a great workout while taking an adventure exploring St. Pete Beach.
  • Walking on the Beach. Walking in soft sand is a major workout and burns twice as many calories than walking on flat ground. Enjoy the view while getting in some exercise and switching up your normal routine!
  • Beach Volleyball. Guests love our beach volleyball courts- bring your crew of family and friends for a friendly match in the sand. Beach volleyball burns 750 calories per hour, so you’ll be able to enjoy some of our famous Cabana Bar cocktails and still look great in that bathing suit!
  • Beach Run: If you’re looking to get a good run in off the sand there are many beautiful scenic locations with paved run routes. Check out: Treasure Island Beach Trail (The trail runs about a mile and starts at the County Park Beach Access at 104th Avenue and ends at the Marriott Hotel near 120th Avenue, to the north.) or St. Petersburg Waterfront Parks (23 blocks along Tampa Bay in downtown St Pete.)

  • Tennis. Here at the Alden, we have two lighted regulation-sized tennis courts atop our parking garage. Bring along your tennis rackets, balls, and shoes so you’ll be ready for a match in the sunshine. Singles tennis burns 420 calories per hour, so you’ll have room for a delicious grouper sandwich at our food truck!
  • Beach Bike Ride: Suncoast Watersports, located right behind the Alden Suites resort, also offers bike rentals. Ride alongside the gorgeous St. Pete Beach waves while getting a great cardio workout!
  • Offsite Workout Facilities: Alden Suites has an agreement with a local gym just a few blocks away. Just visit our front desk to get your guest pass and you can pump iron and use cardio machines to your heart’s content.
  • Swim Laps: Alden Suites offers access to two sparkling outdoor pools, which are heated to the perfect temperature all year around. Get your cardio in while making a splash by swimming laps!

If you’re looking to stick to your exercise routine at the gym or yoga classes, here’s a list of nearby locations that offer guest visits:

  • St Pete Beach Recreation Center located at: 7701 Boca Ciega Dr – St Pete Beach, FL 33706 offers $1 St. Pete Beach Residents & $2 Non-Residents Daily Admission in a newly renovated fitness center equipped with 3 Treadmills, 3 Recumbent bikes, 2 Ellipticals, Strength training equipment, Free weights, Bench press & more. You can schedule a personal trainer for up to 4 people for $40 per hour.
  • Fit For Life Fitness Center located at 575 75th Ave – Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706 offers Day Passes for $10 and is a unique combination of a fitness center and physical therapy clinic. Full gym with Nautilus machines, professional supervision and instruction, Group Exercise classes (including Tai Chi, Yoga, & Pilates), Group cycling classes – all levels, and Massage Therapist available by appointment.
  • Beach Yoga Pinellas located at 10280 Gulf Blvd – Treasure Island, FL 33706 Just bring a beach towel and blanket, wear comfortable clothes and align your body and mind while listening to the beach waves. Classes start at $20 at sunrise and sunset.
  • Perfect Circle Yoga located at 595-B Corey Ave – St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 offers Hot “Bikram” Yoga, Hot Yoga Express, CaliYoga classes and Private Training. Single Classes are offered at $15 per class. 

Here in St. Pete Beach we have so much delicious food and drink to enjoy, so it’s nice to have exercise options for working off those extra calories! What’s YOUR favorite way to exercise while on vacation?

Top 7 Cheap Eats in St. Pete Beach

While you stay with us here at the Alden, there are a variety of delicious places to eat without breaking the bank. From breakfast to dinner there are cheap eats to please any palate right here on St. Pete Beach. There’s nothing better than spending your vacation on the beach and eating amazing affordable foods. Check out our Top 7 Cheap Eats in St. Pete Beach and make plans for your next delicious beach vacation!

Barracuda Deli Café

They are known for serving the Best Cuban sandwich, and it lives up to its reputation. But the Barracuda Deli Café offers so much more all at an affordable cost! From refreshing salads, wraps, and a variety of pressed sandwiches, to their fusion of Caribbean/Mexican dishes. Do your taste buds a favor and try one of everything! Here at the Alden, we often have Barracuda Deli cater our staff meetings and small gatherings, so we definitely recommend them if you need to feed a crowd for your Alden Suites family reunion!

https://barracudadelicafe.com/

 

Giuseppe’s Pizza

Giuseppe’s has been voted the best St. Pete Beach Pizza year after year. With so many different pizzas to choose from as well as calzones and subs, they have something to please every member of your group. If you’re tired after a long day at the beach take advantage of their delivery service and have your pie from the comfort of your room at Alden. Made fresh to order and served up fast, hot and delicious.  You will not find better pizza in St Pete Beach!

https://www.stpetebeachpizza.com/

 

Snapper’s Oasis Food Truck

You just can’t beat the convenience of our Snapper’s Oasis Food Truck, located right next to the Cabana Bar on the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort property. Stroll over to our new beachfront snack shack operated by award-winning local chef Dan Casey. Grab a Snapper’s juicy hamburger, crispy chicken tenders or a fresh seafood sandwich basket, all served up at budget-friendly prices.

https://www.aldenbeachresort.com/snapperrsquos-oasis-food-truck.html

La Casa Del Pane

La Casa Del Pane is an authentic Italian bakery that serves fresh bread baked daily from homemade dough, classic Italian style pizzas, salads, pastries, and the best coffee on St. Pete Beach. Their breakfast menu is full of favorites from omelets to chocolate croissants all at a great price. Lunch specials include gourmet sandwiches with savory spreads, made on their delicious Italian bread. Stop by for a taste of Italy you can enjoy there or take back for a snack.

http://www.lacasadelpane.us/

 

St. Pete Beach Produce & Deli

St. Pete Beach Produce and Deli is family run and has the best prices in town for farm fresh produce and Greek cuisine. They serve yummy gyros with tzatziki sauce, spanakopita, creamy potato salad and sundried bow tie pasta salad that’s simply to die for. Dine in or have a beach picnic with your family!

http://www.spbproduceanddeli.com/index.htm

 

Paradise Grille

One of our favorite ways to start the day is to walk a few yards north on St. Pete Beach up the boardwalk to The Paradise Grille. They have picnic tables right on the beach, so you can enjoy breakfast with a view at a great price. The Paradise Grille is world renowned for their Beach breakfast featuring omelets, egg platters, and famous blueberry pancakes. For lunch and dinner, they serve up a great grouper sandwich, as well as burgers, fish n’ chips, oysters, crab legs, wraps, wings, and many other gulf side treats. They also have specialty cocktails and daiquiris that will cool you off while you soak up the sun!

 

Dixie’s Dog House

Dixie’s Dog House has been serving Chicago style Dogs and fare since 1970.  Their hotdogs are made fresh to order with the finest ingredients and only use Vienna Beef. They also offer milkshakes, ice-cream, wings, and delicious chili. Nothing says vacation like a corn dog and a milkshake on the beach- who could resist!

http://www.dixiesdoghouse.com/

 

These are just a few of the best cheap eats to enjoy at St. Pete Beach. If you have any other savory spots to add, please leave a comment. We are always looking for new delicious options!

What to Do on a Rainy Day in St. Pete Beach

Rainy days can ruin your beach plans, but they don’t have to ruin your day. There are many fun indoor activities to enjoy around St. Pete Beach. Here are a few of them to save the day when sun is scarce.

Tropicana Field

Originally named the Florida Suncoast Dome, Tropicana Field’s 1.1 million square feet include unique design features and fan amenities found nowhere else in Major League Baseball. The field is the perfect place to enjoy a game on a rainy day and experience the Rays Touch Experience. This 10-minute experience is free to all fans attending home games is the first of its kind at a professional sports venue. The 35-foot, 10,000-gallon exhibit is located just beyond the right-center field fence at Tropicana Field and allows visitors to feel the majestic animals the Tampa Bay team takes its name from.

https://www.mlb.com/rays/ballpark

The Dali Museum

Salvador Dali is one of the most celebrated artists of all time. His fiercely technical yet highly unusual paintings, sculptures and visionary explorations in film and life-size interactive art ushered in a new generation of imaginative expression. The Dali Museum shares an expertly curated collection of Salvador Dali works to delight and educate visitors and provides unique programs & special exhibits. This is the perfect place for a day of relaxing and appreciation or the arts.

https://thedali.org/about-the-museum/mission-statement/

Alligator Attraction

The Alligator Attraction is located upstairs at John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach. This indoor attraction is home to 60+ live gators, 30+ reptiles, and 100 fish from around the world. It is your chance to “kiss a gator” and experience wildlife and learn about wild places from all over the planet! Their Hands-On Adventures create memories and photo opportunities that will last a lifetime.

https://kissagator.com/

Green Bench Brewing Company

If you are looking to taste a variety of delicious brews on cloudy day Green Bench Brewing Co. is the place to go. St. Petersburg’s first craft microbrewery has a 15-barrel brewhouse that sits within a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse building on Baum Ave in St. Petersburg’s downtown Edge District. Green Bench Brewing Co. has a tasting room with a large observation window that looks out into the brewery and seating that overlooks Central Ave. In addition, there’s a 6,000 sq. ft. beer garden that adjoins the tasting room and allows for seating under a covered patio.

http://greenbenchbrewing.com/the-brewery/

Chihuly Collection

The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot gallery. This presentation is unique as it is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose. Designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience unlike any other exhibition of Chihuly’s art.

http://www.moreanartscenter.org/

Those are our top picks for making the most of a rainy day in St. Pete Beach. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!