I visited the Tradewinds Sandpiper from July 4-10, 2007. I learned a great deal from these reviews and forums, so I wanted to make sure that I wrote my own to assist future travelers. Let me start by saying that I am a 28-year-old married woman and was traveling with another female friend. We had very few expectations and really just wanted a place to relax and enjoy ourselves. We had a difficult time choosing between the Sandpiper and the Island Grande, but eventually chose the Sandpiper due to the lower price and more adult atmosphere. We were extremely pleased with our decision!! We ventured over the Island Grande, but found its vast size and more family-oriented environment less appealing. It really depends on your travel party. While not in our cabana on the beach we really enjoyed the adult-only pool. We also loved being able to walk everywhere. We did drive to the grocery store and liquor store, but one could walk if you didn’t have a car. Regarding the resort fee: We paid a $15 per day resort fee (plus tax), which we found to be reasonable. It was optional, but we took full advantage of the beach cabanas and wireless internet. We also had a car so parking was included in the fee. We were told that parking would have been $10 per day if we opted out so it was a no-brainer for us. We read some reviews that the fee was $25 per day and we also saw the same rate in some of our check-in information. I’m not sure if it changes with the seasons, so it may be $25 during certain months. I would suggest inquiring at check-in.
Following are a list of the restaurants (all within walking distance) that we visited during our stay.
Skidders – We went for dinner. Their food was average, but there was a large selection that could please everyone. After reading all of the reviews I had to get the pizza. It was good, but not fantastic and would probably venture to one of the many other options if I were to visit again.
Bella Habana – We went for their 2-4-1 Mojitos & Margaritas. Very tasty and well worth the price.
Shells – We went for dinner and drinks due to their 2-4-1 special on select drinks at the bar all night. Their food was average. We ate at the bar and ordered the stuffed tilapia, clam chowder, and fried zucchini. We thought it was worth it for the drink specials. Two glasses of wine for $5. It’s hard to beat that!
Agave – An authentic Mexican restaurant. We both ordered four hard tacos along with rice and beans. Excellent!! I highly recommend if you like Mexican food.
Mad Fish – A fine dining restaurant with excellent food. The entrees are around $25-$30 each and include a salad. Entrees portions are very substantial. We had the grouper & tuna and both were fantastic. We also made room for dessert and enjoyed the key lime pie and warm cookies with small banana milkshakes. I would highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a nice dinner.
Snappers – Affiliated with Mad Fish ownership. Cheaper than Mad Fish. We had the grouper and coconut shrimp and once again, were very satisfied. We also really enjoyed their chipotle hummus served with flatbread.
Piper’s Patio – We ate lunch here 5 out of 7 days. It is conveniently located adjacent to the main pool and offers a relaxing atmosphere with reasonably prices. They have a variety of food options and the food was good, but not great. Note: Although they are hard to resist, don’t bother with the fruity drinks. They’ll really rack up your bill at $7.75 apiece and they contain very little alcohol. Our lunch bill was cut in ½ when we opted for water instead.
The Flying Bridge – Located at the Island Grande. We didn’t like is as much as Piper’s Patio. It had nearly the same menu, but Piper’s Patio was more relaxing. It was also not as convenient because we were staying at the Sandpiper.
The Blue Room – Okay food, but very lackadaisical service. Their menu items included typical lunch choices such as burgers, sandwiches, and salads. It is located across the street from the Sandpiper. We chose this place simply to get off the property, but would probably opt for Piper’s Patio instead.
Jimmy B’s & Ricky’s T’s – Neither were quite our scene. On the two nights we stopped in (early evening), they offered no drink specials, but great people watching.
Cadillac Jacks – This place was a little weird. We were the only two people in the restaurant/lounge, but we attribute that to our early arrival (6 pm). They had a fairly extensive martini list so we decided to try one and then headed on our way. We were told they have some great live entertainment, but we didn’t witness it ourselves.
I hope this helps!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort, is located on the award-winning white sands of St. Pete Beach. Unwind at The SandBox beach lounge offering VIP Cabanas, open fire tables, and the popular Sand Bar beach bar. Dine on cutting edge seafood at RumFish Grill - showcasing a 33,500 gallon aquarium tank, indoor/outdoor bars, live entertainment and a retail store carrying the area's largest selection of Guy Harvey merchandise. Explore the shore, test your balancing skills on the Surf WipeOut ride, Swim with the Fish in our massive aquarium, master a stand-up paddleboard, take flight with JetLev, go on a fishing or diving adventure ... or unwind around our whirlpool and two swimming pools, one for adults only. Best of all, when you stay at this beachfront resort, you get to enjoy all the activities, recreation, restaurants and more at our neighboring sister resort, TradeWinds Island Grand! ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com, Hotwire, Priceline, Travelocity, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, Evoline ltd, Cheap Tickets, getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Tradewinds Sandpiper Hotel Saint Pete Beach
- Tradewinds Sandpiper Resort
- Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort St. Pete Beach, Florida