Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
What We Love
- A seaside Suncoast retreat near Tampa and St. Petersburg, with a private beachPerching on the side of the 250-ft. private fishing pier, or hydrobiking around Tampa Bay
- Sunning on the sands of the half-mile private beach, on a lounger
- Having a meal at the Caribbean-infused restaurant, or cooking one in your suite’s kitchenette
What To Know
- Some rooms have views across Tampa Bay and the hotel's half-mile private beach
- Spacious suites and guestrooms have pillow-top beds and fully equipped kitchenettes
- If you're looking to fit in a workout, check out the hotel's two fitness centers, five tennis courts, basketball court, and volleyball court
- Free WiFi can be spotty and slow
Meet a triple threat of Sunshine State getaways. Harborside Suites at Little Harbor has the three Ls you’re looking for in a Suncoast (that’s local parlance for “west-central Florida”) escape: location, leisure and a little bit of luxury. In the coastal town of Ruskin, you’ll be minutes from Tampa, Sarasota and St. Petersburg, if city-slicking is your style. Within 25 miles are Busch Gardens at Tampa Bay, the Museum of Science & Industry, the Salvador Dalí Museum and the Amelie Arena – even a seasonal manatee-viewing center.
If beach-bumming’s more your speed, stay on the premises to stroll along a 250-ft. private fishing pier, rent a jet ski, lounge beneath an umbrella or play a game of volleyball on the half-mile private shore. For other leisure and luxury options, you might also pass the time dining at an American-Caribbean restaurant and hitting up two fitness centers, a marina, eight athletic courts, two Jacuzzis or three heated outdoor pools. Also sure to delight is the modern kitchenette in your well-appointed suite, as well as its private balcony or patio. Sweet location, sweet eats and sweet suites? That’s what you might call “beach-blanket bingo.”
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $8 per room, per night is payable directly to the hotel. The resort fee includes lounge chairs and umbrella usage by all three pools and on the beach, sporting equipment (tennis, basketball, shuffleboard, horseshoes and cornhole), and the use of the two business and fitness centers.
Each Harborside Tropical suite comes with its own balcony or patio, for getting some fresh air in private, and a modern kitchenette, for whipping up meals of fresh Florida seafood. Catch up on your shows on your flat-screen TV, which comes with cable and satellite channels. For a separate bedroom, opt for the One Bedroom suite, and for a full kitchen rather than a kitchenette, choose the One Bedroom suite with a kitchen.
Sunset Grill is the Caribbean-American spot, serving up breakfasts of tropical fruit and omelets. Little Harbor’s also got a private tiki bar, for fruity sips – and live music – in the evening. Within several miles are a Cuban restaurant and fish house that opens from Thursday through Sunday, for some additional choice, and of course, you’re always encouraged to take advantage of your kitchenette’s own cooking appliances.
Ruskin is within the region of Florida deemed the Suncoast for its gorgeous weather. You’ll be on a private half-mile of its Tampa Bay shoreline, with tons of watersport equipment at your disposal, for making the most of such a beautiful setting. Take out a snorkel, a jet ski, an ocean kayak or a hydrobike, or head out for a walk down the 250-ft. fishing pier. Have the staff arrange a deep-sea fishing charter from the marina, and then dry off at the horseshoe pit or one of the athletic courts. (There are five for tennis, one for shuffleboard, one for beach volleyball and one for basketball.)Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota are all within easy driving distance, should the new Dalí Museum or the former Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Estate strike your fancy. Come from November to April, and you can even see the manatees at the Apollo Beach viewing center, a five-mile drive.
How to Get There
It was absolutely beautiful. The grounds were tropical and well maintained. There was a nice beach and an open-aired restaurant. In addition to other amenities, there was a fishing pier. The resort is in a secluded area. The agent at the front desk was very friendly and helpful.
Rooms are lovely, clean, and huge! The Staff is very friendly too! However It's more like a camp style situation as appose to a resort. Had to fetch things on our own. The registration desk is poorly located and your best bet in finding it is to run across someone who is familiar with the property, like another guest. Love the views and the location. Would visit again, but would keep in mind I'm going to need to be ok with getting things like charts or an extra towel.
We have stayed at Harborside once before. My husband is in a wheelchair and we appreciated the amenities available at the hotel especially handicapped accessible rooms and common areas. My husband went into the bathroom by the pool and there was a maintenance person putting a door on the shower. He was going to take a shower before entering the pool but could not do so as the shower head and control were missing. He thought that they were changing the shower controls and adding a hand held shower head to meet ADA specifications. The next day we went down to use the pool and found that there was a lock on the door to the shower. I went to the front desk to get the key and was told that they took they had removed the showers-"for safety and security." The desk person said he could use the outside shower by the pool. I told them 1>it's only cold water, 2>even if he wanted to use it the valve to turn it on is 5 feet off the ground and 3> there are no grab bars -which would actually be for his safety and security and 4>it's not private. The sign by your pool says that bathers need to shower before entering. Well, due to your removing the showers from the bathroom, he couldn't do that. Harborside Suites, please do the right thing and put the showers back in the bathrooms. ADA Compliance--it's not just good business. It's the law!