Your Ultimate Barbiecore Vacation in St. Pete-Clearwater

Want to celebrate America's favorite beach babe? "Think pink" and follow our Barbiecore itinerary. You'll be living your Barbie dream from sunrise to sunset.

barbie in a bikini and sunglasses riding a flamingo float in the pool at the Don CeSar

Barbie totally knows how to live it up while vacationing in St. Pete/Clearwater!

Put on your rose-colored glasses and head to St. Pete-Clearwater: Just in time for the Barbie movie release and the Barbie-mania that has ensued, we've gathered these fun ideas for a Florida vacation – in every shade of pink you can imagine. 

"Get your sparkle on and show this world where you belong." ~Barbie

1

Stay Pink

If you could ask Barbie for her personal recs, she'd most certainly advise you to "stay pink." And, oh, what choices we have for you.

Because you can't stay at Barbie's Dreamhouse, there's the perfectly pink Don CeSar on award-winning St. Pete Beach. Known as "The Pink Palace," this luxury resort is the ultimate headquarters for your Barbie-themed adventure. Hang with your BFFs by the pool with a fruity drink in hand, indulge in a Bali Breeze mani-pedi at Spa Oceana or perfect your Malibu Barbie tan on one of America's best beaches

Is your heart calling you to stay at gorgeous Clearwater Beach? Check into the seashell-pink Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, and be sure to hit up the town with your girls at the nightly Sunsets at Pier 60 celebration. 

If downtown living is more your style, the historic Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is the pink place to be. This famously stylish hotel has graced the St. Pete waterfront since 1925. (Its historic charm and perfect pinkness led Conde Nast Traveler to name the Vinoy a top Barbicore stay recently.) It's a quick stroll to the St. Pete Pier where, in true Barbie fashion, you'll want to experience everything: Hop on a sightseeing cruise, go fishing, explore a natural science center, or find a waterfront restaurant.

Barbie knows that good things come in small packages. If you're looking for a quaint getaway, rent a cute pink cottage, like this Indian Shores AirbnB with private beach access.

 

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2

Start Your Day at Sunrise

person doing yoga at sunrise

Greet sunrise at one of downtown St. Pete's waterfront parks. 

Barbie doesn't waste a minute of her vacation and neither should you. Sunrise along St. Pete's downtown waterfront is magical (and totally worth losing a little beauty sleep for)! Start your day with some yoga or meditation, or just relax on a park bench and watch the sun come up over Tampa Bay. Top sunrise spots include North Shore Park, Flora Wylie Park and Vinoy Park.

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3

Stroll in a Beautiful Garden

When Barbie needs a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, she turns to nature. You'll be tickled pink to learn that St. Pete/Clearwater has two lovely botanical gardens you can visit. In St. Pete, 100-year-old Sunken Gardens is a wonderland of beautiful blooms and rare trees, as well as flamingos, macaws and parrots. There's also a pretty butterfly garden. In Largo, the 100-acre Florida Botanical Gardens has carefully curated themed gardens (bonus: admission is free).

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4

Enjoy Eats & Treats

If you're a foodie like Barbie, St. Pete/Clearwater has plenty of options for you, whether you're looking for coffee and treats, lunch by the water or a special occasion dinner out.

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5

See Stunning Art

From the ethereal "Bending Arc" sculpture at the St. Pete Pier to stunning art glass at The Chihuly Collection and the Imagine Museum, to the more than 600 vibrant murals throughout our community, this destination is full of color. Look closely – you might even spot Pantone 219, Barbie's signature pink.

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6

Unwind at Cocktail Hour

Stop in at an intimate wine bar, hang out at a funky beach bar with your toes in the sand or spend the golden hour at one of our rooftop bars and restaurants. Looking for craft cocktails? Check out popular spots such as Intermezzo, Mandarin Hide and The Saint

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7

Plan a Beach Picnic at Sunset

women enjoying a luxury beach picnic at sunset with flower garlands

Create a DIY sunset celebration with your girls, or get some help from picnic pros like The Picnic Boys.

Grab your girls and DIY your own fabulous beach picnic (stop in at Mazzaro's or DeCosmo Italian Market to gather tasty supplies). Or, if you'd rather have someone else create the scene, companies like The Picnic Boys can help. Once you've got the details settled, it's time to relax and watch nature's show with all your friends.

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About Our Writer

Janet Kuliesh is a writer/editor who has covered travel in St. Pete/Clearwater for over 25 years. A St. Pete resident, she enjoys spending time at nature attractions such as lovely Sunken Gardens, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, and Fort De Soto Park.