TradeWinds Resort Now Features JetLev Jet Pack Rides!

tradewinds-mancationWhat's better than a trip to an awesome beach resort? How about a ride on a jet pack??

One of our most favorite beach resorts, TradeWinds in St. Pete Beach just got even better ...

(Read our Review of TradeWinds Sand Piper and Island Grand.)


WHO: The TradeWinds Island Grand – a beachfront resort located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on St. Pete Beach, recently named #1 U.S. beach destination in TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

WHAT: Beginning this spring, area visitors can fulfill their dream of flying with a ride on the new JetLev – a water propelled jetpack that soars up to heights of 30 feet at 30 miles per hour. TradeWinds is the first on Florida’s west coast to offer flights aboard these custom-designed packs. The exhilarating experience takes riders into the Gulf of Mexico and allows them to fly over or even walk on the water. Each JetLev session is 45 minutes, with a ride time of 30 minutes. The cost is $250 for hotel guests and $285 for non-guests. Fliers must be at least 18 years of age. To see a video of the JetLev in action, go to

Who says you can’t surf on Florida’s west coast? The TradeWinds is also adding electric surfboards – known as WaveJets – to its list of exciting watersport options. These can be rented by the hour and include a lesson. There are various board sizes available, including stand-up paddleboards, longboard, shortboard and bodyboards. Riders can travel over 8 miles per hour on these hands-free, eco-friendly boards that utilize rechargeable batteries.

Riders can document these once-in-a-lifetime experiences by renting a Go-Pro, a small waterproof HD video camera. The cameras are strapped to the rider’s head allowing them to capture first-person HD video of their experience themselves.

Both the JetLev and the WaveJet surf board rides are open to the public.


The thrills continue with the addition of the Gyrosphere, where guests can flip and spin the day away. The bungee trampoline is now running at night under the glow of neon lights. Other new offerings include stand-up paddleboards, supersize Kinect video games, 100-foot slack line, tetherball and BiminiRing. These are the perfect complement to last year’s new addition – Splash Island Water Park, a playground floating in the Gulf of Mexico just 60 feet off the resort’s sandy shoreline.

All of these unique vacation experiences can be booked at the new TradeWinds Adventure Center, located poolside at the Island Grand.

WHEN: The JetLev and additional activities will be available in April 2012.

WHERE: The TradeWinds Island Grand is located on the unspoiled white sand beaches of Florida’s West Coast, just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport. The TradeWinds Island Resorts – TradeWinds Island Grand and Sandpiper Suites – offer access to two great properties in one, with limitless beachfront recreation, sumptuous dining, and an abundance of activities and amenities for both families and couples looking to “just let go.”

RESERVATIONS: For reservations and information, call toll-free (866) JUST LET GO (587-8538), visit or contact a travel professional.