St. Pete/Clearwater

Hotels and beaches in abundance

By Eming Piansay

“St. Pete/Clearwater has welcomed a number of new high-end hotels to the destination with ample options for event space, as well as upgrades and renovations to some of the area’s favorite accommodations, all while still maintaining the intimacy of America’s beaches. There’s an abundance of offerings in St. Pete/Clearwater for meeting planners, along with a dedicated services team available throughout a group’s time in the destination. Make the first stop on your next planning agenda.”

– Jason Latimer, Director, Public Relations at Visit St. Pete/Clearwater


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Florida Botanical Gardens contain 120 acres of tropical flowers, cactus, a butterfly garden and 60 acre of land reserved for Florida native plants.

Until Dec. 16, guests can join a free, 5-mile St. Pete Black History Bike Tour ride around the city to learn about local minority culture through the decades. Aided by photos, facts and stories, attendees can get an in-depth view of the impact of racism and segregation in the area.

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Till Dec. 13, The Dali Museum will be featuring art and meditation practices. Sessions include artwork from featured exhibits as a way to reach “dynamic stillness of the mind.”

The Body Electric Yoga Company will be returning to Green Bench Crewing Co. for morning yoga every third Sunday till Sept. 25, 2024.

On Dec. 9, the annual Clearwater Yacht Club Holiday Parade will be visible from waterfront restaurants and hotels. The parade of boats will start from the north of the Mandalay Channel Bridge and head north.  Participating boats will be judged and prizes will be awarded.



Resort First

The Palm Beaches, located along Florida’s southeast coast, is known as America’s First Resort Destination from the time Henry Flagler discovered its pristine sun-kissed sands and warm Gulfstream waters. Stretching along 47 miles of the Atlantic Ocean, The Palm Beaches is a diverse and vibrant destination comprised of 39 cities and towns, each with its own distinct character, natural beauty, and welcoming community. “The iconic destination is home to top-rated and historic resorts, first-class cultural events, and elevated Between-The-Sessions meeting experiences that engage and inspire attendees,” said Kelly Cavers, Chief Sales Officer, The Palm Beaches.

The destination’s iconic meeting properties include five-star The Breakers, a 538-room resort with 80,000 sq. ft. of meeting space inspired by the Villa Medici in Rome.

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Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, a five-star resort, located beside the backdrop of Florida’s gold coast offers oceanfront luxury with breathtaking views from seven acres of private beach front. Eau Palm Peach offers 30,000 sq. ft. of event space, 10 meeting rooms and 309 guest rooms.

The Boca Raton Cloister offers a mixture of modern and a taste of a classical design from its 1926 founding. Guests have access to a pool, as well as ocean swimming on the private beach. The Boca Raton offers Water Taxis to get from Harborside to Beachside. The Boca Raton has 200,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 74 meeting rooms and  901 guest rooms.

Palm Beach County Convention Center and Hilton West Palm Beach are nestled in the heart of the Downtown West Palm Beach Convention, Arts and Entertainment District, offering over 400,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 400 rooms, in a connected package only steps of dining, shopping, entertainment and the Intracoastal Waterway. The Boca Raton Museum of Art offers a wide range of art for all ages.




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This article appears in the December 2023 issue. You can subscribe to the magazine here.