If you are searching for pristine, white sand beaches, numerous amusements, and centrality to excellent shopping, then you might want to consider St. Pete Beach for your next vacation to Florida. The four miles of white sand beaches that comprise St. Pete Beach make it easy to find the perfect spot to throw down your towel for a little rest and relaxation. In addition to the gorgeous beaches of St. Pete Beach, this beach community is home to Fort de Soto Park and Caladesi Island State Park. Fort de Soto Park was named the number one beach in the country for 2005 and is the largest park in the area with over seven miles of beaches and five interconnected islands. Visitors will find two large swim areas, two fishing piers (one on Tampa Bay, the other on the Gulf), picnic areas, and a variety of snack and souvenir shops for when you need a slight diversion.
Things to Do at St. Pete Beach …
You will have no trouble finding something to do on the water at St. Pete Beach. Take a stroll on the beach and you will find waverunner rentals, fishing, parasailing and scuba-diving. If you want to enjoy a quiet day on a secluded beach or collect rare shells, take a ride to Shell Key on the Shell Key Shuttle.
St. Pete Beach offers a variety of entertainment such as jet skiing, parasailing, dolphin and sunset boat tours, restaurants, and more. Shopping enthusiasts will certainly not be disappointed by the opportunities that St. Pete Beach offers for purchasing interesting items and souvenirs. To find that perfect one-of-a-kind item, make your way to the specialty boutiques in Pass-A-Grille or take a stroll to the Historic Corey Avenue Shopping District located in St. Pete Beach along Gulf Blvd. where you can find unique shops such as an old-fashioned 5 and dime store, Kris Kringle’s Christmas Shoppe, and a “Beach Theatre”, which shows independent films and other movies.
If you want to head away from the beach, visit the popular St. Petersburg Pier (downtown St. Petersburg), which has more than a dozen shops, restaurants, and a small aquarium all inside of a five-story inverted pyramid overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Downtown St. Petersburg also has galleries, live music venues, and restaurants.
In nearby Tampa Bay, you can visit Busch Gardens and experience up-close encounters with amazing animals, take an unforgettable safari across the Serengeti Plains, test your courage on pulse-pounding coasters, or catch live entertainment all year long. Or spend the afternoon at Adventure Island, Tampa’s only outdoor water theme park.
If you find yourself vacationing in St. Pete Beach without a car, the Suncoast Beach Trolley runs every 20-30 minutes from 5am – 10pm, 7 days a week including holidays. The service runs until midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Suncoast Beach Trolley provides service to all of the Gulf Beaches from Pass-A-Grille to Clearwater Beach. The trolley also connects to bus routes serving downtown St. Petersburg. View all Tampa Bay Area Attractions »
Places to Eat at St. Pete Beach …
From casual to fancy, St. Pete Beach has plenty of dining options. For great seafood and breathtaking views of Blind Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, visit Woody’s Waterfront Café and Beach Bar. Another fun and casual atmosphere can be found at Philthy Phil’s Bar and Grille. If fine dining is your preference, make reservations at Palm Court, located inside the Tradewinds Grand Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach.
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Places to Stay at St. Pete Beach …
Whether you journey to St. Pete Beach for sun, sand, or the diverse attractions, you can find accommodations near everything you want to see and do. St. Pete Beach has the highest number of hotels and condos in all of the Tampa Bay area beaches. If you are looking for luxury, the Don Cesar Hotel, also known as the Pink Castle is known for its rich history and notable clientele. A stay at the Tradewinds Grand Island Resort is perfect for a romantic getaway or beach wedding. If you are looking for comfort and affordability with breathtaking views of the Gulf, check out the Plaza Beach Resort or Grand Plaza Beach Resort. View all St. Pete Beach Hotels »