Cheers, with Florida Oranges

What’s a trip to Florida without enjoying some Florida oranges? With your own private kitchen at the Belle Vista, you can whip up some delicious cocktails and smoothies with local oranges. Here are some wonderful recipes from the Florida Citrus … Read More

Ahoy, little mateys!

You can’t visit John’s Pass Village without pretending to be a pirate for a least a few hours. The Royal Conquest Pirate Ship, only a five-minute walk from the hotel, is a ton of fun for the young, the young-at-heart … Read More

Day Trip: The Chihuly Collection

The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Art Centre The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Art Centre in St. Petersburg is a must-see on a day trip to St Pete.  Located at 720 Central Avenue, it is right in the heart … Read More

Grocery stores near the Belle Vista

Grocery stores near the Belle Vista We are a small hotel but with well stocked kitchens for home cooking. So if you are the kind of traveller who doesn’t want to eat out every meal and would prefer to cook … Read More

A weekend with a friend

A weekend with a friend When I think of a beach holiday, I envision jet-lagged, wild kids, splashing one another. I think of sand castles and boogie boarding, endless wet towels and sand in your sheets. A beach holiday with … Read More

Swimming Safety

Swimming Safety While staying at Belle Vista, one of the best parts of your trip will be swimming at Madiera Beach and surrounding areas. Here are some valuable tips for staying safe while swimming from the Tampa City website. General … Read More

Day Trip: Dali Museum

Day trip: Dali Museum Around day five of every family vacation, I find myself seeking an activity that doesn’t involve ice cream, live animals or sand. Downtown St. Petersburg is a 20-minute drive from the Belle Vista and is full … Read More

Shopping in John’s Pass

Whether you are looking for a souvenir, a cold drink or something to keep you busy at the beach, you will find it in John’s Pass. While there is too many too list, here’s a start on some of my … Read More

Kiss an Alligator

The Alligator Attraction 12973 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach http://www.thealligatorattraction.com/ I know, I know. Why would anyone kiss a gator? How about just getting to know a little more about these amazing creatures? Let’s start there. The Alligator Attraction is literally … Read More

Eating Ice Cream in John’s Pass

It isn’t a holiday without ice cream, and John’s Pass does not disappoint. There may even be too many ice cream shops to taste in a week, but that didn’t stop my three kids. They decided on day one that … Read More