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TradeWinds Island Grand Resort's 20-acre beachfront paradise on the Gulf Of Mexico was created with your enjoyment in mind. Soak up the sunshine beside one of five pools, ride the thrilling water slide, challenge a conference peer to a friendly game of golf or explore the impeccably landscaped grounds by paddleboat as you meander the tranquil waterway.

Choose from several on-site dining options – from delicious fine dining (including sumptuous fresh seafood) to casual “grab & go” fare. Take in the stunning sunsets from a tropical beach bar while enjoying cocktails & some valuable networking time with conference attendees. When the day is done, get a great night’s rest in your classic British West Indies-inspired guest room.

Reservations and Travel Tips

Room Reservations

Book your room online or call the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort at (800) 808-9833. Be sure to mention CU Conferences' Spring Training 2023 to receive rates starting at $269. The resort fee is waived when you book through CU Conferences' room block.

Rates are based on availability. If you are unable to book a room, call CU Conferences at 888-465-6010 for assistance.


The weather in St. Petersburg during the month of March is downright nice. That may be why so many major league baseball teams call the area home during spring training. The average temperature reaches a high of about 76° during the day and 63° in the evenings.

Airport and Ground Transportation

Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) are both 40 minutes from the Tradewinds Island Grand Resort

Bats Taxi is approx. $54 from the airport to the hotel

**All rates listed are subject to change and are estimates. Please check rates with the ground transportation taxi and shuttle booth prior to departure.

Tradewinds Experience


Enjoy a lazy post-conference afternoon by the pool. Or, if you're a bit more adventurous, head down the Tradewinds' three-story water slide.


So many choices. From surf and turf to Italian to more casual beach-side fare, you're sure to find the perfect bite to eat.


Pamper your mind, body and soul at Body Works Salon & Spa at Island Grand, a TradeWinds Resort spa and salon with more than 25 treatments.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a city on Florida's gulf coast and is part of the greater Tampa Bay area. Known for its pleasant weather, St. Pete has certainly earned its “Sunshine City” nickname. The area is popular for golfing, boating, fishing, swimming, and baseball. With so many activity choices how do you narrow it down? We have a few suggestions...

Spring Training

Baseball fans get double the pleasure during Spring Training when they visit St. Pete/Clearwater, because not one but two teams have southern homes in the area. The Toronto Blue Jays prepare for the long season at Dunedin Stadium, and the Philadelphia Phillies practice at Spectrum Field in Clearwater.

Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg's oldest living museum, this 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.


The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum cares for and shares an expertly curated collection of Salvador Dali works to delight and educate visitors and to provide unique inspiration for events, programs & special exhibits. The Museum serves as an active resource in the cultural life of our community and the world at large.