I love the beach. I love all the beach vibes and puns; and when Adam and I went to the beach for some much needed vitamin sea (Haha! I’m so punny!), I was so excited. Our quick little weekend trip, to celebrate my sister’s birthday, took us to St. Pete Beach. As a side note, Adam and I love to travel, especially over the weekends. We have our own couple account, called Our Weekend Whims, where the theme is different and the focus is on our travel – together. We’ll eventually launch a site and a YouTube for it but, for now, it’s just an Insta.
WHERE DID WE STAY?
The Hotel Zamora, a small Kimpton Resort along St. Pete Beach, is a beautiful white building across from the beach and next to the inlet. The almost Mediterranean – with a modern twist – vibes pulled me back to our summer abroad (and make me miss that side of the world).
Adam and I stayed in a room with a spacious terrace and a fantastic bathroom. We booked the King Waterview Suite but opted for a suite on a lower level because of the balcony. Honestly, this balcony was worth it, especially when our friends were booked in the room next door. There was one of those little doors in the middle, so we opened it up and hung out on our balcony, sipping on drinks and taking snaps to document the momentous occasion.
However, the best place to celebrate an event, big or small, would be the rooftop. This spacious area is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the horizon. It’s quiet, calm, and some place I’d definitely head to if we visited St. Pete Beach again. I mean, there’s nothing like watching a sunset from a rooftop.
WHAT DID WE DO?
During the morning/mid-afternoon, we hung out in our rooms, drinking cocktails and just hanging out while we waited for the rest of our little party-going gang to arrive.
Then, we went to the beach. Hotel Zamora has a little section of sand for its guests. Two chairs come with a room. Umbrellas and tents are optional and come with a fee.
We arrived in the mid-afternoon, around 3:00 pm, so we didn’t want an umbrella or tent. The sun was perfect for us. The spot was right behind Undertow Beach Bar, a local spot that Adam used to go to when he was in college. There were beach volleyball tournaments and people playing cornhole nearby; and the convenience made it super simple to grab a drink and head out to the beach.
We hung here for a while, until the man packed up our chairs (it closes at 5:00 pm) and then we went back for a shower to prep for the evening. I ended up wearing a romper that I picked up from Rent the Runway. It’s from Saylor, a designer that I discovered while using the rental service.
You can pick up the romper here, using the Rent the Runway service; or, if interested in making a purchase, there are a couple on Revolve – the Gloria and Sonia jumpsuits. For those that are obsessed with the pattern, there’s this Veronica romper, which sports the same pattern as the jumpsuit I wore.
WHAT ELSE DID I PACK?
I haven’t made a swimsuit purchase this year – not yet, anyway! – so I picked out an old tribal suit that I had and paired it with a simple, black top. It was a little chilly on the beach, so I ended up keeping my tee on over it. The bottoms are old but here’s a super similar pair here. The tee, from Old Navy, is still in stock here.
WHAT DID I THINK?
In the end, I’d definitely head back. Although the trip was super short, it was fun and relaxing. I normally prefer Siesta Key but St. Pete Beach was perfect for a quick, weekend getaway.
If you’re heading to St. Pete Beach for a trip, I’d recommend staying at Hotel Zamora as well. It was small, quite luxe, and close to the beach. Oh, and if you go, I’d recommend asking that breakfast be delivered to your balcony. It’s a wonderful way to start your day, especially if you watch the sun rise over the inlet.
Do you like quick, weekend beach trips? If so, which beach is your favorite?