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Esset's 2020 Birthday Bus Trip

Esset Tate

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:00 AM - Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 11:30 PM (EST)

Esset's 2020 Birthday Bus Trip

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
"Ticket to Ride" Esset's 2020 Birthday Bus Trip 16 Tickets Jan 1, 2020 $100.00 $0.00
Airfare Deposit (Group Travel)
Deposit for Southwest Airlines travel (Departing 3/5/20; Returning 3/8/20) ....CUT-OFF HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO: 8/26/19; 9:00 a.m.......SEE FAQs BELOW
3 Tickets Ended $50.00 $4.67

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Event Details

Last updated: 08/26/19

The Plan

  • Fly into Tampa International Airport on Thursday, March 5, 2020

  • Airport transfers via motor coach (11:00 a.m and 1:00 p.m.)

  • 4 days / 3 nights in Tampa Bay

  • Relaxation and Fun at Clearwater Beach’s top
                      “Entertainment Resort”

  • Birthday Bus “trips” around the Tampa Bay region

  • Free time to explore, fish in the ocean, or just "do you"

  • Return home on Sunday, March 8, 2020 (expected departure from Tampa at 8:20 p.m.)


The Costs

$100 pp fee includes:

  • Round-trip airport transfers to hotel (morning and early afternoon pick-ups on 3/5/20)
  • Deluxe Motor Coach transportation for group travel events
  • Bus 'refreshments'
  • Rum Runner welcome
  • Buffet Breakfast at the onsite Ocean Flame Restaurant (Friday and Saturday morning)
  • Admission to Salvador Dali Museum (St. Petersburg)
  • Admission to Ringling Museum (Sarasota)
  • The first 20 paid guests ($100 fee) will be eligible for random prize drawings: Two individual Seafood and Prime Rib Dinner Buffets at the onsite Ocean Flame Restaurant.

Hotel Accommodations:


Shephard's Beach Resort

  • Shephard's Beach Resort (click to view)
    Call for individual reservations under Tate Birthday Group: (727) 442 5107
    $259/$239 + 13% tax (per night); Pool/Gulf view OR Island View rooms
  • Group rates at the hotel will be available for 3 days prior and 3 days after the scheduled stay
  • Resort Fee ($20) is waived for the Tate group. This fee includes: Pool and Spa access, beach access, beach towels, fitness center, business center, internet, and on-site Wave Nightclub entry
  • Reservations require a deposit of one night’s stay
  • Available room types are limited and include
     - Pool/Gulf View King

     - Pool/Gulf View Queens
     - Island View King
    : Ask for an Island View room if you want a quieter environment.  Music and partying will continue into the late hours near the Pool/Gulf view rooms.  Likewise, if you want to party like it's 1999, request a Pool/Gulf View room!
  • Book your room as soon as possible.  This is a popular “resort-style” hotel, and some room types are limited.


  • Travelers are encouraged to book travel with the Southwest Airlines group arrangement.  Detailed information is provided in the direct-mailed newsletter.  Also see FAQs below.
  • You do not have to fly on Southwest.  Bus transfers from the Tampa airport will pick up at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Travelers will return to the airport around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2020.


August 1, 2019:  Begin making hotel reservations

August 24, 2019:  Airfare deposit due for Southwest Airlines group travel ($50) 

December 1, 2019:  $100 fee due (2 of first 20 paid are eligible for random prize drawing)

January 5, 2020:  Hotel Reservations cut-off (one night’s deposit due to hotel)

January 5, 2020:  Final payment (balance) due for Southwest Airlines reservations




What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?


If the group seats available through Southwest Airlines (SWA) are sold out, don’t worry. You still have a few options to arrange your travel to Tampa in March 2020: 


  1. Contact Esset via email by 9/7/19 to get on a Waitlist. We’ll need 10 or more travelers with a $50 deposit to negotiate an additional group rate fare. No deposit is needed to sign up for the Waitlist; If 10 or more travelers sign up for the Waitlist, you will be contacted automatically with further instructions on how to secure your flight with a deposit.
  2. Reserve your flight independently through SWA to Tampa International Airport (TPA). The confirmed group flight departs Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) at 9:15 a.m. on March 5, 2020. Note that a SWA flight also departs BWI at 7:10 a.m. and arrives in time for the first bus transfer pick-up at TPA.
  3. Reserve your flight independently on another airline. 


As a reminder, the bus pick-ups at TPA will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on March 5th.

Where is Tampa Bay and where are the mini-trip destinations?


Tampa Bay map with destinations and ocean

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Esset Tate via email at:


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need to bring an Eventbrite ticket.  However, you will be provided with flight confirmations and boarding pass instructions at a later date.


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Your event registration is not refundable or transferable.  If you have booked through group booking, the name(s) on your ticket can be changed up to 72 hours before travel.


Have questions about Esset's 2020 Birthday Bus Trip? Contact Esset Tate
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Shephard's Beach Resort
619 S. Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:00 AM - Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 11:30 PM (EST)

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