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by Michael C. Lowe | December 01, 2010
Why Here?

The Dali Museum in St Petersburg

Florida's West Coast is home to miles of beaches, luxury resorts and cultural attractions, including the new incarnation of the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg (above), poised to open next month. The $35 million facility will be twice the size of the current museum and house 2,140 pieces of art.

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St. Petersburg/Clearwater
The 277-room Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach renovated 22,000 square feet of meeting space late in 2009 and revamped its executive boardrooms this past August.

The 250-room Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa opened in February with 12,500 square feet of indoor function space and an additional 20,000 square feet of private outdoor function space. The property also features 20 air-conditioned poolside cabanas.

The 196-room Post Card Inn in St. Pete Beach reopened in October 2009 following a renovation. The inn, which dates from the 1950s, includes a conference room for 12, an event venue for 50 and a banquet hall for up to 200 guests.  

Meeting Hotels
In St. Pete Beach are the 744-room Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 380-room Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center and 277-room Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort.

Clearwater offers the 415-room Hilton Clear­water Beach Resort, 375-room Sheraton Sand Key Resort and 253-room Sandpearl Resort.

Airport Transit
St. Petersburg-Clearwater Interna­tional Airport, 10 miles southeast of Clearwater, 12 miles north of St. Petersburg. Transfer cost by taxi to Clearwater, $18-$20; to St. Petersburg, $26-$28

Taxes
Room tax, 4%; sales tax 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11%

Group Venue
Guests can mingle amongst masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, which also offers event spaces such as the 6,180-square-foot Hazel Hough Wing with views of Tampa Bay and room to accommodate up to 350 guests. (727) 896-2667; fine-arts.org

Dining Out
Casual coastal cuisine is the fare at 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House, where an extensive seafood menu includes everything from jumbo lump crab cakes with goat cheese to oysters straight from the Gulf. The eatery has indoor and outdoor space for private events of up to 150 guests. (727) 896-2400; 400beachseafood.com

Contact
Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, (727) 464-7200 or (877) 352-3224; visitstpeteclearwater.com