I will be heading to Tampa and Sarasota for Spring Break this year, March 25-30, and I was wondering if anyone had advice on where to stay during that time. We were thinking of getting a hotel in Tampa for the 25th and 26, as we'll actually get in at 12:30 am on the 26 and are planning to hit Busch Gardens on the 26. Then the idea is to go down to Sarasota for the 27th through the 29th for some Reds baseball and the beaches. Then we're going to West Palm Beach to visit my wife's family for a day before we leave. I know there's a topic on Old Red Guard, but I thought I would throw this out to everyone on Reds Live to see if I could get a wider response. Here are my questions...
Does anyone have advice on where to stay/not to stay? Does anyone have experience, good or bad, with particular hotels in Tampa (near the airport or Busch Gardens) and Sarasota?
I have tickets for the March 27th game against the Pirates, but it looks like the game on the 28th against the Red Sox is sold out. How easy is it to scalp tickets down there?
Where are the good beaches and good places to eat (with a 3 year old in tow)?