When you are at a densely populated beach area, parking is tough to come by. So it goes for the beaches near the Tampa metro area. When staying at a nice resort, most people will say “to heck with it” and just use the hotel’s parking and associated fees. The hotels know this, and that is why you get ridiculous rates like $25 per day tacked on to your bill. To make matters worse, many hotels offer only valet parking, essentially increasing the parking cost further because now you are expected to tip the kid that retrieved your car for you. It can definitely be worth doing research beforehand to discover alternative options.