The Best Hotels to Book Near Honeymoon Island State Park, Florida

Relax poolside after a busy day exploring Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida
Relax poolside after a busy day exploring Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida | Courtesy of Fenway Hotel Autograph Collection /
Photo of Matt Charlton
6 October 2021

With more than 4mi (6.4km) of beach and offering activities such as fishing, swimming, cycling, shelling and hiking, Honeymoon Island is one of Florida’s best-loved state parks. Stay nearby with a hotel bookable on Culture Trip.

The 385-acre (156ha) park has three distinct beaches, plus 2.5mi (4km) of hiking trails through pine flatwoods – and once you’re done exploring, Tampa Bay, Key Largo and St Petersburg are all within a very easy driving distance. Culture Trip has the lowdown on where to stay in this spectacular destination in the Sunshine State.

Fenway Hotel Autograph Collection

Fenway Hotel Autograph Collection
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Set in a former radio station, this fun – and unique – proposal has smatterings of vintage design but balanced out with excellent modern touches. Just 5mi (8km) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium and 8mi (13km) from Caladesi Island State Park, the modern-yet-classic accommodation has touches of midcentury color and a homely warmth to the design. The multi-purpose lawn offers tai-chi classes and morning yoga, while the elegant rooftop bar has sweeping coastal views – and does a fantastic cocktail.

Opal Sands Resort

Opal Sands Resort
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This high-end resort is located next to Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, which means amazing views of the Gulf from the bedrooms. Ocean-inspired palates and original artwork are complemented by a host of generous amenities – all set in a fresh, contemporary design that reflects the Gulf Coast. There’s a sparkling swimming pool with a bar, a tempting Italian restaurant and activities on offer include kayaking, local tours and even corn hole tossing.

Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach

A poolside view of Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach
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This well-appointed offering, 2mi (3.2km) from Clearwater Marine Aquarium, boasts a gorgeous infinity pool, stunning views, a rooftop bar that also serves a mean taco and an all-too-tempting happy hour. The beach-colored rooms offer beach, pool or city views – and feature amenities such as wifi, private balconies, smart TVs and Keurig coffeemakers. There’s a well-equipped, 24-hour fitness center and a complimentary buffet breakfast.

Sheraton Sand Key Resort

The outdoor pool area at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort
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​​​​This high-end offering from the Marriott group is found on the oceanfront, steps from Sand Key Park’s nature trails and surf-ready beaches. Along with private access to the pristine beach, there are also outdoor pools, a fitness center and tennis courts. The bright and modern rooms – with a touch of midcentury Cali playfulness – have complimentary bottled water and HDTV, whilst the extensive hotel facilities include a contemporary American restaurant and a hot tub to unwind in.

Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf and Spa Resort

Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf and Spa Resort
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If you’re the kind of person who would choose the spa over the golf course, you’ll definitely be spoiled here in this luxury resort. Treatments are extra but go on – indulge. You can choose from an extensive menu that includes facials, waxing and massage. Facilities included in the resort price include a freshwater lake, 11 tennis courts and six pools, some with sand beaches and slides.

Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key

A double room at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key
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This recently renovated, all suite-hotel is an imposing presence on the Gulf of Mexico, with an enviable location on Clearwater Bay – minutes from the beach, Sand Key Park and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The sleek suites – some with stunning Gulf views – blend in seamlessly with the relaxing colors of the coastline and feature flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and microwaves. The outdoor pool has a 35ft (11m) waterfall, plus there’s a supervised kids’ club and a range of dining options.

Meranova Bed and Breakfast

Meranova Bed and Breakfast
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In historic Downtown Dunedin, the quaint Meranova offers nine unique apartments and suites for a true taste of Florida life. The homely – though classy – units are individually designed, with plush soft furnishings and sunny touches indicative of the area. You have the choice of a continental or à la carte breakfast – and there’s a great pool, a gazebo surrounded by tropical gardens, plus beach amenities including beach bags, umbrellas, chairs, towels and coolers.

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
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Overlooking the glistening waterfront of Tampa Bay, the rich history, affordable luxury and endearing character combine to provide an utterly enticing setting at Safety Harbor. It’s a historic landmark with natural mineral springs running under the grounds, and the tranquility seeps into the traditional and restful accommodation. Then, there’s the main event: the spa. A newly renovated, 50,000sqft (4,645sqm) palace of relaxation, the signature spa treatments, three swimming pools and whirlpools all utilize the healing powers of the natural springs.

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