Staycation Spotlight: Just Let Go @ Guy Harvey Outpost

Enjoy RumFish Grill, water adventures, s’mores, pet-friendly & family fun for all!

Why fight traffic and airport security lines? TradeWinds Island Resorts (Island Grand, Guy Harvey Outpost) may be the best staycation in Florida. Here, you can enjoy the amazing amenities of two resorts for the price of one. ”We are committed to ensuring that every guest can ‘Just let go’ while visiting one of our resorts,” says President Keith Overton.

This is where the Little Mermaid would vacation if she could. In addition to getting more bang for your buck, when you vacation at St. Pete Beach’s world-renown sister hotels, you’ll revel on the same award-winning sugary sand beaches with awesome Gulf views and a seaworthy commitment to clean oceans and marine education. Amenities such as BodyWorks spa and fitness, a coffee bar, ice cream shoppe and a strolling pirate make for a jolly good time.

It’s the ultimate no-fuss vacation that NEVER ceases to amaze. You can swim with the fishes, take a behind the scenes tour of RumFish Grill’s massive aquarium, explore marine touch tanks, engage in sea-tastic activities and ogle fishy lore posted around the property. Where else can you get a learning vacation, paddleboard, relax in a hammock, get out of the sun in a covered swimming pool, enjoy delectable dining and outdoor adventures?

Whether you want adventure whooshing down the giant High Tide Water Slide, no-phone-zone family time paddleboating the lazy river or a spectacular romantic sunset stroll with champagne for two, TradeWinds Resorts is where both tourists and locals come to “Just Let Go.”

Book your staycation NOW: 866-JustLetGo or

Guy Harvey Outpost

Guy Harvey Outpost is where adventure begins. Relax at The SandBox beach lounge with live entertainment, VIP Cabanas, open fire tables and the popular SandBar. Dine on cutting-edge seafood at RumFish Grill showcasing a 33,500 gallon aquarium featured on Animal Planet’s hit show Tanked, indoor/outdoor bars, live entertainment and a retail store carrying the area’s largest selection of Guy Harvey merchandise. Explore the shore, master a stand-up paddleboard, take flight with JetLev, go on a fishing or diving adventure … or unwind around the whirlpool and two swimming pools, one for adults only, while the kids dive into an ocean of fun, try their skill on the Surf WipeOut, go on a seashell scavenger hunt, or spot dolphins on the marine bio camp. There’re even free s’mores around the campfire and biggie/little matching Adirondack beach chairs.

The Guy Harvey Outpost suites are more than rooms, they’re retreats beautifully decorated like something out of Coastal Living magazine. The standard room comes with two double beds, wireless internet access, HDTV, wet bar area with mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and dishware. Suites have a separate bedroom, and the resort fee covers daily deluxe beach cabana, overnight parking, unlimited rides on the High Tide Slide and Surf WipeOut, campfire s’mores, paddleboat rides and more.

Dining Galore

TradeWinds Island Resorts serves up a variety of palate-pleasing casual restaurants and bars, many with live music. Enjoy sports-driven entertainment bistros, relaxed poolside dining and tantalizing salads, steaks and seafood plus frozen boat drinks like the banana Island Escape or chocolate Mudslide.

RumFish Grill’s outstanding cuisine draws local and visiting food fanatics and fish lovers. Enjoy the finest Florida seafood (shrimp, grouper, cobia), delectable salads (wedge, chopped) and eclectic flavors (mango salsa, smoked tomato aioli). Don’t miss the grilled jerk swordfish burrito, sour orange mojo braised pork sandwich, paella, blue crab cakes or Gulf shrimp with stone ground grits.

Enhancing the dining experience is the mesmerizing aquarium, lionfish and juvenile tanks, live entertainment nightly plus indoor/outdoor bars that are worth visiting whether you’re staying at the Resort or just want a fun night out.

Pups & Pals Welcome

What’s a family vacation without the family pet? At TradeWinds, pets play and stay, and can even admire a quirky dog sculpture in their honor that benefits Southeast Guide Dogs. In addition to pet friendly suites, there’s a leash free Pet Play Zone and Doggie Accessory Center at Island Grand and walking area at Guy Harvey Outpost that will put an extra wag in every tail. There’s even a doggie drinking fountain and room service from the hotel’s “Paw Court Bistro.”

Sit. Stay. Play. This 3-night package includes discounted room rates in a pet-friendly suite and a resort amenity fee built right in! Fido can don this season’s hottest resort trend – a TradeWinds signature bandana and enjoy plenty of fetching amenities. Visit

Who Is Guy Harvey?

The man behind Guy Harvey Outpost is Guy Harvey, a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer. He is also a fiercely devoted father and lover of the sea. Growing up in Jamaica, Guy spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the island’s south coast. Obsessed with the creatures of the sea, he began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed. After his drawings of Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishing story The Old Man and the Sea received positive reviews, Guy began painting full-time, and provided custom artwork for use on a variety of products. Guy Harvey’s natural gift to recreate marine life has propelled him from Professor of Marine Biology to an internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and photographer and is widely known as the John Audubon of marine art.

Article by Nanette Wiser

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