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Sailing Lessons in St. Petersburg, FL

Sailing School in St. Petersburg at The Hampton Inn & Suites

Offshore Sailing School on Tampa Bay is right across from the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina where our sailboats are berthed, and the Downtown St. Petersburg Hampton Inn & Suites where most of our students stay. The picturesque city of St. Petersburg sits on Tampa Bay and the Vinoy Basin where good winds and sunny skies make our sailing school in St. Petersburg great for sailing lessons and sailing vacations. Earn your bareboat cruising certification at this dynamic Florida destination, with quick access to interesting and picturesque anchorages. Click the course links below to learn more about sailing lessons in St. Petersburg, FL.

Learn to Sail in Five Glorious Days on Tampa Bay

If you are just starting out in sailing or looking for a brush up on your sailing skills, consider the fast-paced 2-day or 5-day Learn to Sail course, which provides half-day sailing lessons, allowing time to explore beautiful St. Petersburg Beach, top-notch museums within walking distance of the hotel, delightful shops and delectable dining.

Learn to Cruise and See the World Under Sail

If your ultimate goal is to own a cruising sailboat, sail with friends on theirs, or go bareboat charter cruising, the Fast Track to Cruising® Course is our most popular program and takes you from novice sailor to cruise-ready in 8 days. If you already know how to sail, then your next step is the 6-day Live Aboard Cruising Course on Tampa Bay. Your “home” while participating in these exciting sailboat cruising programs is a lively 47′ Jeanneau 479 monohull, or a fun 40′ Fountain Pajot Lucia 40 catamaran. Both have four cabins and lots of room for learning and relaxing as you sail from point to point in Tampa Bay and along the Gulf Coast of Florida. During your sailing lessons, you cruise to beautiful harbors, anchorages and fun marinas where you can sample the laid back world Floridians can’t stop talking about. Download Cruising Courses in St. Pete on the Gulf Coast of Florida to learn more about cruising destinations you might visit during your sailboat cruising week.

About the Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites

Unwind after your Tampa Bay sailing lessons at the Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites! The AAA-rated Hampton Inn & Suites St. Petersburg (a member of the Hilton Hotel group) is located next to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in the historic downtown district. This conveniently-located, comfortable hotel features an art deco motif, with complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, a secluded swimming pool, and fitness room. All guests enjoy complimentary breakfast during their stay. Across the street from the hotel is the all-new St. Pete Pier, with 26 acres of walking/jogging paths, a variety of kids and family play areas (including a splash pad), fishing dock, several waterfront restaurants, a marketplace and picnic areas. Nearby is Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Vibrant Art Scene and Sun Coast Beaches

American Style magazine highlighted St. Petersburg’s “vibrant” arts scene. Stroll down the cobblestone streets of Central Avenue or along the waterfront on Beach Drive and duck into one of the many cafes for dinner or a cocktail. The Museum of Fine Arts, Dale Chihuly Collection, Mahaffey Theatre, and Salvador Dali Museum are all within walking distance. A short drive away is St. Petersburg Beach – luring beach lovers to the Sun Coast. There’s no better place to go for St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay sailing lessons, then maybe add on a day or two to visit Busch Gardens and Disney World.

At the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown St. Petersburg:

  • Flat screen TV and DVD player in each guest room
  • Complimentary, deluxe hot breakfasts
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout hotel
  • Second-story terrace with heated swimming pool
  • Guest laundry facility
  • Fitness room
  • On-site Suite Shop
  • Coffeemaker, refrigerator and microwave in your room
  • Valet parking
  • Convenient downtown location directly across the street from marina and new Pier with many restaurants, bars, museums within walking distance

While other Florida sailing schools teach up to 6 people on a boat, Offshore Sailing School never teaches more than four per boat and instructor unless you opt for a Kids & Teens Learn Free or Buy the Boat program. Private Couple or Family Courses are also available. Please check the individual courses for more details. Rates vary by season. Please see the “What’s Included” tab for more details. If you’d rather not book online, contact us: 888-454-7015 or 239-454-1700; email

Here is an overview of what’s included when you take an Offshore Sailing School course in St. Petersburg at The Hampton Inn & Suites. Please check the individual course pages for more details.

An overview of what’s included:

  • Your course tuition
  • Accommodations and taxes for shore-based courses
  • Complimentary daily breakfasts
  • Your cabin aboard for Live Aboard Cruising Courses
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and three dinners aboard during live aboard courses (two dinners ashore are on you)
  • Your course textbook(s)
  • Diploma and logbook
  • Course certification when you pass the test
  • Other items specific to each course
  • Exclusive one-year subscription to Cruising World or Sailing World magazine


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How to Get to St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg, FL Location

The Hampton Inn & Suites is a short drive or taxi ride from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Super Shuttle offers discounted one-stop direct service for Hampton guests and all the rental car services are available at the airports.

Address Information:

The Hampton Inn and Suites
80 Beach Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701