Coral Reef Resort has been a fixture on St. Petersburg Beach since the 1950s. It's been around as long as Ted Peters' Smoked Fish Restaurant. In 1967, we stayed in the Aldin Motel adjacent to the Coral Reef, then walked to the Coral Reef to eat in its restaurant. My brother has owned a time-share room at the Coral Reef since 1982. He bought it from my mother, who had owned it for many years. The place is still going strong. It is located on the beach. You can walk south all the way past the Don CeSar to Pass-a-Grille, a distance of more than two miles. You can walk only about a half-mile to the north. It contains 64 one and two-bedroom units, one heated swimming pool and what has been described as the largest free form pool on Florida's West Coast. Lots of fun for the kids. In the last three years, the property has been updated with new flooring, new cabinetry, new furniture and new granite countertops in the kitchen and bathroom. The Coral Reef has full occupancy during the three-month winter season. In other months, however, there are many time shares available. The restaurant has been closed for the last three years. Construction of a new 220-room flagship hotel has been proposed for the front of the property with its own pool, bar and restaurant. The new owner could be a major hotel chain, either Marriott, Hyatt or Hilton. The time shares are owned separately from the hotel. Residents need not worry about where their next meal is coming from. There are several restaurants within easy walking distance. And another is in the process of being built. As it is, Coral Reef is a small hotel. Nobody has to fight for beach chairs. And it has a homey feeling. In the winter season, most time share owners know each other. It is like a family reunion. Some of them, including my brother and my sister, have been coming to Coral Reef for 25 years. Some come from as far away as Ontario, Canada.
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Reef Hotel St. Petersburg
- Coral Reef Beach Resort
- Coral Reef Resort St. Petersburg, Florida