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Busch Gardens Accomodation

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    has anyone stayed over when they've gone to Busch gardens? can you recommend a hotel? how far is it from Clearwater?

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    I would say it's about an hour, give or take a few, depending on when you go. Mostly due to traffic.

    Sorry, I never stayed at any of the hotels near there, as I lived in the area.
     
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    Hiya
    We have stayed over a couple of times but you may know that Busch is sited in a "metropolitan" area of Tampa. 1st time we were lucky enough to Hotwire a deal in a 5 star about a mile from the park. Although the hotel was perfect we didnt like to venture outside the complex at night. The 2nd time we stayed at a Days Inn about 5 miles off on 1-275, not a very nice area at all but we stayed in the motel grounds. The last time we stayed about an hour out at St. Petersburgh at Holiday Inn Sunspree. that was perfect, but to be honest unless we have other reasons to stay in the Tampa area then we would much rather stay in Orlando and take the drive to Busch, it feels much safer.
     
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    no i didn't know that, thanks
     
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    Or... there's my perennial favorite. The Don Cesar resort on St. Petersburg Beach. About 45 minutes to an hour away from Busch Gardens and right on the Gulf of Mexico. :thumbsup:

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    Tom :)macwave:... yes, I'm prejudiced. I grew up in St. Pete!)
     
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    now Tom you've anticipated my next question! where to stay at Clearwater and how far is it travelling to Busch?

    ooh and how many days at Busch do you need?
     
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    Well now, the Don Cesar is actually on St. Petersburg beach. Not Clearwater.

    Actually, I think that in today's world, it's just as fast if not faster to get from St. Petersburg beach to Tampa as it is to get from Clearwater to Tampa. From St. Petersburg beach, it's almost all interstate highway to Tampa. From Clearwater, about your only shot to Tampa is highway 60, the Courtney Campbell parkway (also know as the Courtney Crumble to local residents).

    How long to stay at Buch Gardens? I don't know. It's been so long since I actually went there that anything I would say would be a guess.

    Tom :)macwave:... I really miss Florida! Why'd I ever leave???? :unsure:)
     
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    Tom did you see the price per night in their basic room? :unsure: :jawdrop:
     
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    Hey! I said it was nice. I didn't say it was cheap! :taunt:

    Tom :)macwave:... ahhh... luxury!)
     
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    i'm not sharing a room with my two for $600 per night plus tax lol - does look lovely though!

    any other suggestions?
     
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    Well, still on St. Petersburg beach, there's The Tradewinds Resort

    That's also pretty nice although it's not The Don.

    Tom :)macwave:... wannabe beach bum!)
     
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    Where'd you see that rate??? :jawdrop:

    The ones I'm seeing at the Don are around $234 to $274 per night. Still a bit steep but loads better than $600! :mental:

    Tom :)macwave:... confused... again!)
     
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    We've stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree in St. Petes, the grounds are nice and they have an on-site restaurant, a small beach area and a playground. Their is a boat harbour there as well. The price was good but the location is a bit odd but convenient to alot of attractions like the State Park which has a beautiful, beautiful beach, Fort ? . Hope someone here knows the name because it's lovely!!!!!
     
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    DeSoto would be the name you're looking for. Between I-275/19 and Beach Boulevard (where the Don is) off the Pinellas Bayway (682). Part of Fort Desoto state park. Web page here: Fort Desoto

    Tom :)mawave:... expatriate St. Petersburg-ite)
     
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    We also enjoyed our stay at Holiday Inn Sunspree, especially when we had our own private showing of a couple of young Dolphin displaying just off the beachline....amazing!
    The State Park I think you are after the name could be Fort De Soto?
     
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    Tom i did a search on their site for august next year - i wonder if it was for the whole stay- i could manage the $2-300 ish
     
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    Brit, I just checked again and did a random stay next August from the 9th through the 14th (Monday through Friday). 3 People (2 adults and one kidlet). Total package came out to $614 for all 5 nights. About $123 per night. Better! :thumbsup:

    Besides, I rather think Steven might enjoy Uncle Andy's Old Fashioned Ice Cream parlor right in the hotel! :yes:

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    Tom :)macwave:... knew it couldn't be THAT bad!)
     
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    how do i take a screen shot?
     
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    press the prtsc button brit

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    control + alt and prtdc

    they take different window screen shots
     
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    1 room(s) for 4 night(s)
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