Fisherman's Paradise: Florida's floating resort is close to opening

4:30 PM, Aug 16, 2011   |    comments
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Clearwater, FL -- Florida's newest and possibly most unique resort is close to opening.

Fisherman's Paradise is a 385-foot long barge that has been converted into a floating hotel that features submarine tours, a swim-up bar and of course the chance to fish the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo Gallery: Fisherman's Paradise sneak peek

Currently anchored about 15-miles west of Clearwater Beach, Fisherman's Paradise reportedly cost $25 million.

A soft opening is scheduled for next month.

Sarasota blogger Bill Bishop has been to the barge twice and says guests should expect to be impressed.

"It's like walking into a Ritz (Carlton) hotel but you're way off shore when you do it," Bishop told 10 News.

Bishop says the barge, which is longer than a football field, is enormous.

"It is almost beyond description. It's a vessel of staggering size."

The barge has room for up to 40 guests and features a marina for fishing boats, a helipad on the roof plus two bars, a restaurant, spa and fitness center.

Eventually Fisherman's Paradise will be moved around. The company's website says at some point it will go to places like the Dry Tortugas, Mexico and Panama.

Rates at Fisherman's Paradise start at $150 per night, per person based on double occupancy but that does not include food or fishing.

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