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Don Ce Sar Hotel

The Don Ce Sar Beach Resort & Spa

3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Petersburg Beach, Florida 33706
Pinellas County
(727) 360-1881 

This site is located in the WestCentral region of the state.


The resort is located off the coast of St. Petersburg, on the island of St. Petersburg Beach. From I-275, exit at SR-595/5th Avenue N, remain right and merge onto 5th Avenue N. Turn left onto 66th Street N/SR-693 S/US-19A Alt S. At Pasadena Avenue N/SR-690 S, negotiate a slight right. Note: Pasadena Avenue N/SR-690 S becomes 75th Avenue/SR-690 S, later to become 75th Avenue/SR-699. At Gulf Boulevard/SR-699, turn left and then right onto 71st Avenue.

This site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Renowned as a luxury resort hotel when completed in 1928, The Don Ce Sar experienced the effects of the economic down turn even as it opened. Real estate developer Thomas Rowe named the hotel for his favorite opera star, Don Caesar de Bazan. Purchased by the Federal Government in July 1942, the Don first served the war effort as a hospital for MacDill Field and the St. Petersburg Basic Training Center. In early 1944 the facility became a rehabilitation center for battle weary Army Air Force personnel.

Following the war, the hotel saw duty as a Veterans Administration office. Rehabilitated in the mid-1970's, the Don once more serves as a premier resort hotel on Florida’s West Coast.


Don Ce Sar Hotel