Start your morning on a chaise, coffee in hand, watching seagulls dive into the Gulf of Mexico for their breakfast. Paddleboard in the waves before lunch—maybe you’ll spy dolphins in the water. After eating alfresco at a picnic table just outside your cottage, return to the gulf to canoe or kayak, or maybe stroll the sugary sands of Treasure Island Beach collecting shells. Barbecue dinner on a grill, savor your meal and a batch of freshly mixed margaritas while admiring the sunset over the gulf, then gather around the fire pit or head to one of the nearby nightspots for a drink. Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? When you stay at Seahorse Cottage 5, you can do all that, and more, without once hopping in your car.
Seahorse Cottage 5 is one of several bungalows built on the dunes of Treasure Island Beach. (If you want to vacation with friends, you can rent several of these cottages and enjoy plenty of time together while still maintaining some privacy.) The sand is literally just outside the front door. Just beyond the door is a common area shared with the neighboring bungalows. Here you’ll find chaises, chairs, and picnic tables where you can enjoy your meals alfresco with the surf as background music. The tables are under a shelter so that you can retreat from the sun at its peak. Also in this common area are grills and a fire pit.
Only a few feet beyond this common area is the beach in all its glory, and the sparkling turquoise gulf. Known for its pristine sands, Treasure Island Beach has a play area for the little ones close to the cottage, volleyball nets, and a paved walkway. Perhaps best of it, it’s something of an undiscovered jewel. That means you can swim, paddleboard, race jet skis, parasail, canoe, kayak, or bodysurf free of crowds.
To make the most of the sand, sea, and sun, you’ll need to be well rested. Seahorse Cottage 5’s queen-size bed makes it easy to catch up on your sleep. If you’re vacationing with the kids, they can sleep on the living area’s sofa, which converts to a bed for 2.
The Seahorse Cottages were built in 1938, and they retain much of their homespun charm, with wood-planked walls and ceilings and minimalist decor. Yet the bungalow has its share of modern conveniences too. There’s air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable in the living area, and free WiFi. The compact kitchen has all your major appliances—refrigerator/freezer, oven/stove, microwave—and plenty of minor ones, including a coffeemaker and a blender for mixing smoothies or daiquiris. Don’t want to cook at all, either in the kitchen or on the grill? Dozens of restaurants are within walking distance, serving everything from shrimp and grits to steak fajitas to coquilles St. Jacques.
Just a bit farther, about 2 miles from Seahorse Cottage 5, is John’s Pass Village, a hopping hot spot that’s home to restaurants, shops, the Alligator Attraction, and docks where you can board fishing and nature cruises. Because the cottage is only a few blocks from the causeway that connects the island to the mainland, you can drive to the many attractions of St. Petersburg—the Dalí Museum, the Sunken Gardens, Tropicana Field, the Chihuly Collection—in less than a half-hour. Even the Orlando theme parks are only a day trip away.
This area of Florida averages 361 days of sunshine a year, and when you stay at Seahorse Cottage 5 you can make the most of them. Make your reservation today and start planning your fun in the sun.