This Fourth of July, ditch the cookout and explore the Tampa-St. Petersburg area with a staycation or holistay! Tampa was recently voted the #5 staycation hotspot in the country by WalletHub, and its sister city across the Bay, St. Petersburg, was voted Number 38. With so many hotels, restaurants, and special events in the Tampa Bay area, there's no reason to go out of town for vacation. Here are our favorite places to staycation and holistay in the Bay area, and many of the hotels on our list offer discounts for Florida residents.

Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Get the VIP experience at the Hard Rock and live the rock star life in a beautifully appointed suite where you can dine, play and relax poolside or at the spa. The hotel is giving away 20 Sea Doo's on the 4th of July should you choose to Staycation over Independence day. Or head to the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club for the Fourth of July parade in the morning and return later that night for the fireworks show. 

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Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

In the middle of all the action, Marriott Waterside offers a great view of Downtown Tampa as well as first-class amenities like on-site dining including a favorite local sports bar, a stunning rooftop pool, stately lobby bar, fitness center, spa and something rather unique on the Fifteenth Floor!  If you didn’t bring your boat to visit local watering holes and eateries like Ulele and Rick's on the River  Pirate Water Taxi can take you where you want to go. For the holiday they offer a Fourth of July Cruise where you can watch the Channelside fireworks show against the city skyline or watch from the Riverwalk directly behind the hotel.  Tampa’s Red, White, and Blue Festival in Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park will be next door!

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Epicurean Hotel

South Tampa’s upscale Epicurean Hotel is the epitome of indulgence with its stylish, oh-so-comfortable rooms and gourmet restaurant, Elevage. Coincidentally, foodie destination Datz is five minutes away drawing people from all over the Bay area with decadent creations. If you are looking for quiet relaxation the Epicurean is a perfect choice and a staycationers dream most weekends.  If you want to take part in a hip poolside party, be sure to book your stay during one of the Epicurean's beloved Sunday pool parties! Taking place on the second Sunday of the month through Septemeber expect it to sell out, it always does! 

Bay Harbor Hotel

Bay Harbor Hotel’s waterfront rooms with private patios and pool access invite you to escape from it all. Stay on property and dine at Beach Bar & Restaurant, relax in the cabanas, play pool or beach volleyball.  Step into a vibe at Beach you will not want to leave. Minutes away you find quaint Safety Harbor and Dunedin. If you choose to Holistay this 4th of July check out:

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Aloft Tampa Downtown

Looking for a chic, modern and uncluttered staycation in the heart of Downtown Tampa at a smaller boutique hotel? You'll be minutes from the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and Tampa Museum of Art. On the Riverwalk, this hotel is within close proximity of many fun nightlife activities, bars and restaurants in Tampa. Head to Channelside for fireworks if you holistay over the 4th of July in Tampa as the city lights up Tampa Bay!

St. Petersburg

The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club

Next, to Vinoy Park, The Vinoy Renaissance is the total package! A luxury hotel for the active Staycation couple or family with an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a private marina, award winning restaurants and a veranda to die for!  The resort’s restaurant, Marchand's Bar & Grill, serves “Floribbean” dishes both guests and locals enjoy. If you stay over the 4th, travel back in time with Sir Winston Cruises unforgettable Mad Men-inspired cruise. On board, enjoy a delicious cookout-style dinner and experience the fireworks across from the Vinoy.

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Postcard Inn on the Beach

Postcard Inn is definitely worth writing home about with its modern, beach-style rooms and prime location steps away from the ocean. For Fourth of July fun, visit Madeira Beach for their 2017 Independence Day Bash with food, drinks, live music, and, of course, fireworks! Or head up to Clearwater Beach to hop aboard The Tropics Boat Tours for an unforgettable 4th of July cruise followed by the 80'S PARTY on Clearwater Beach!

TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

TradeWinds on St. Petersburg Beach is a first-class resort providing nonstop fun with 201 things to do like jet-skiing, waterslides, and tank immersion diving, just to name a few! Their dining options are just as impressive with 14 restaurants guaranteed to rock your tastebuds. Catch this July Fourth Celebration with family-friendly activities and a fireworks show.

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Kimpton Hotel Zamora

A boutique hotel nestled on the beach, Kimpton Hotel has stylish rooms and a Snapchat worthy sidewalk cafe, Castile Restaurant. Celebrate your independence at the Fourth of July at Vinoy Park’s waterfront festivities with food, music, and picture-perfect fireworks show.

For year-round "staycation" and 'holistay things to do in Tampa Bay, check out our Events, Things to Do, and Family pages. There are also more great hotels and restaurants on our Travel and Restaurants pages.

(Cover photo courtesy of Bay Harbor Hotel) ​