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
A home away from home in sunny west-central Florida, with your choice of spacious suites
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.