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Friday, May 28th, 2010
by David Cohen

With Gay Pride approaching, many hotels and resorts all over the world are welcoming the GBLT community by offering great deals and new ways to celebrate equality and diversity during the month of Pride. I was recently invited to one of the best new Hyatt Rsorts in Florida, and shown what an incredible and exceptional the upcoming gay pride experience can be.

Located less than 25 miles from Tampa International Airport on the Florida ’s Gulf Coast, The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort offers gay and lesbian guests one of the best ways to experience the sun, the sand and  St. Pete Pride festivities, one of the largest pride fests in Florida (www.stpetepride.com).

Also, in Pinellas county  where the Hyatt Clearwater is located, the city of Dunedin will host the First Pinellas Pride from June 18-June 20, 2010. “This event is to bring diversity to the forefront of the community for a weekend,” says Lil Barcaski, Co-Chair of North Pinellas Pride (www.NorthPinellasPride.com).

The Hyatt Pride Welcome Package will include stunning accommodations of one or two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and private balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Also you can have an intimate dinner with your loved one, at the resort’s signature seafood grill SHOR.   Executive Chef Brad Gillespie is one of the most talented chefs I have recently came across, and will make sure you will have one of the most memorable romantic evenings ever.  And last but not least, indulge by visiting the full service eco friendly Sandava Spa and make sure to ask for Michael who gave me the best deep tissue massage  I have had in the last few months.  Believe me, this will be a once in a lifetime experience, and could be one of the best Pride you’ll ever have.

To top it all, the Pride Welcome Package is valid through December 30, 2010, at all Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide. The only thing you have to do is to mention the LGBT10 code to receive these special rates, a welcoming gift bag, full breakfast for two daily, 4 p.m. late checkout  and much more.  “The Price Welcome package is a great way to experience Hyatt hotels around the world while celebrating Pride events this year,” said Scott Seed, director of leisure and business marketing for Hyatt. For more information on rates or for reservations, visit www.clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com or call 1-800-233-1234.

About Clearwater Beach: Clearwater Beach is a  friendly destination with boundless recreational and outdoor activities including fishing, golfing, hiking and more. A visit to Caladesi Island aboard the Dolphin Encounter is a must. This five-hour excursion travels to Caladesi Island the only rural and natural spot in the area where guests can relax on the white sands of one of the best beaches in America. I rented a chair and an umbrella and listen to the waves sounds and sketched the beauty of the landscape for hours.

Clearwater Beach is conveniently located within driving distance of notable museums. A visit to the Salvador Dali and to the Fine Art Museum in St. Petersburg is a must. There are many other cultural activities but a visit to the near by Orlando is highly recommended. For more information visit www.FloridasBeach.com.In 2009, Clearwater Beach was named one of the top beaches on the East Coast.  Consistently recognized for its beauty, Clearwater Beach has been named “Best City Beach on the Gulf of Mexico” by many well-known travel publications, and this year by PINK.