Triathlon Travel Guide: Club Med Sandpiper Bay

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published May 9, 2013
  • Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 12:02 AM UTC

Active lifestyle meets relaxing retreat in this all-inclusive Florida resort.

Go: In the spring or fall, when weather is more temperate. Average daily temperatures fall between 75 and 85 degrees, tempered by trade winds.

Fly: The resort is situated along the St. Lucie River in the town of Port St. Lucie on Florida’s east coast. The closest airport is West Palm Beach (a 45-minute drive), but you can also fly into larger airports Fort Lauderdale (one-hour drive) or Miami (two-hour drive).

Dine: The all-inclusive resort features one main restaurant, The Marketplace, to service its 307 guest rooms. The buffet-style restaurant caters to a wide range of diets, including gluten-free and vegetarian, and has omelet and crêpe stations for breakfast, grill and pizza options for lunch and a variety of cuisines, such as Italian and Mexican, for dinner. Just next door is Soleil, a sit-down à la carte restaurant.

Try Something New

Activities Galore
Here’s your chance to finally give the flying trapeze a try. You can easily fill up your vacation schedule with the wide array of activities included in your stay at Club Med Sandpiper Bay ( such as cardio training, yoga classes, sailing and stand-up paddle-boarding. For an extra fee you can add on deep-sea fishing, a sunset cruise on the St. Lucie River or 18 holes of golf. And don’t worry about the kids while you find your next hobby—the resort has the facilities and staff to entertain kids ages 4 months to teens.

Train the Day Away

Top-notch Fitness Resources
Keep in shape while you’re away at the resort’s 25-yard, five-lane lap pool and recently renovated fitness center, which includes free weights, treadmills and spin bikes. Ask at the front desk for maps of local three-mile and five-mile run routes and a 10-mile bike route. If you’re looking for a little more structure, the resort now offers an “active wellness boost” package specifically for triathlon, where you’ll receive a personalized program geared toward your triathlon goals. Included in the package are a personal evaluation, coaching sessions with a USAT-certified coach, fitness training, mental and nutritional guidance and a treatment at the on-site spa.

Find Your Zen

Time for R&R
Rejuvenate with a deep-tissue massage at North America’s only L’Occitane-branded spa, which features dozens of face and body treatments all using L’Occitane’s heavenly scented products. Or spend time at the adult-only infinity pool overlooking the river.

Race It! The resort hosts multiple sprint triathlon races per year as part of the 2575 Triathlon Series at Sandpiper Bay ( The Sept. 15 race starts from the resort and features a 0.75K swim in a quiet bay, followed by a 20K bike and 5K run through residential neighborhoods. The low-stress venue has the start, transition and finish all within steps of your room. Last year, the race drew four-time Olympic triathlete Hunter Kemper and his family to the resort. “It’s a unique race—I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a race where you start and finish within 25 yards,” he said after the race. “It’s convenient and simple. I really enjoyed it.” Club Med offers a discounted rate for registered athletes the weekend of the race.

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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