The dolphin action really picks up as we approach St. Pete Beach. Boca Ciega Bay, behind the island, and the beaches of St. Pete Beach are favorite feeding and cavorting waters for our dolphin friends. It doesn’t take long before we are surrounded by dolphins, some very close to the boat, as they surf in our wake and leap from the water. Dolphins are very curious about us and love to put on a show! Our captain slows and circles as more dolphins join in. You can get some wonderful photos, videos and memories when they are this close.
St. Pete Beach features 7 miles of white sand beaches, beautiful neighborhoods and a reputation as one of the best vacation destinations in the country. Some of our guests on our dolphin tour to Egmont Key are probably staying in one of the hotels and resorts on St. Pete Beach. We cruise by the Dolphin Beach Resort and Conference Center, Howard Johnson Beach Resort, Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, TradeWinds Island Resort and Florida’s â€œLegendary Pink Palaceâ€, the Loews Don CeSar Hotel.
The Don CeSar Hotel opened in 1928. In recent times, the resort has been known to provide services for Justin Timberlake and Elton John with the same Gatsby-esque level of service as when it was a playground for the celebrities of the first half of the 20th century, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Clarence Darrow. The Don CeSardid service as a military hospital during World War II, its pink color painted over in grey. The Don CeSar Hotel is a founding member of the National Trust of Historic Hotels of America.
Our dolphin friends swim with us to the tip of St. Pete Beach where charming Pass-a-Grille’s old world charm offers arts, shopping and dining. We are now in open water at the mouth of Tampa Bay headed to our destination, Egmont Key.