St. Pete Beach
This seven-mile stretch is a tourist Mecca filled with kitschy eye candy - vintage signs, miniature golf, amusement parks, ice cream parlors, unusual gift shops, live entertainment, people-watching and recreation galore. It's the perfect beach for spring break in Florida, and it makes a great destination for family fun, as well.
With so much to offer, St. Pete Beach has no off season. While this happenin' beach has much to offer during the day, the hotels and condos that dominate its coast don't offer peaceful nights. Play at St. Pete Beach by day and retire to quiet but close-by Pass-a-Grille Beach to the South.
All the exciting water activities you desire are on the beach.
- Water sports: Jet Ski, parasail and other water sport rentals can be arranged through your hotel.
- Wildlife: You may see a stingray, especially in the summertime during mating season. Don't worry about ending up like the Crocodile Hunter, just shuffle your feet to ward them off.
When you've had your fill on the water, quieter pursuits await:
- Shell Key: Eco-tourists and wildlife enthusiasts can take a cruise or shuttle to this undeveloped barrier island. Home to 88 species of birds and no humans, it's a welcomed change from the party atmosphere of St. Pete.
- Caladesi Island State Park: One of Florida's most beautiful beaches is nearby, offering all the sights and none of the noise.
- Busch Gardens: Tampa's famous gardens are only 45 minutes away. With rollercoaster rides, concerts, marine shows and more, the whole family will be asking, "Are we there yet?"
- Tampa Bay Devil Rays (Spring / summer): Take yourself to the ballgame. Buy yourself some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, and enjoy them at the old ball game – for an affordable price.
- Annual Sand Sculpture Contest (September / October): Showcasing both realistic and fantastic sand creations, this free event is open to budding sculptors and art lovers who just want to take a look.
The party's at the beach where bars pump out music until 2 a.m. Pass-A-Grille's popular Hurricane lounge is always jiving. John's Pass Village and Boardwalk in Madeira Beach has been rejuvenated with lively restaurants and bars. Try the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce for more ideas.
St. Pete Beach has no shortage of accommodations. High-rise condos stretch as far as the eye can see.
Need to Know
- St. Petersburg.
- 361 days of sunshine per year.
- Annual average temperatures hover around 73 F.
- Ample parking
- Vendors rent jet skis, waverunners, parasails and umbrellas
- No lifeguards
- No dogs allowed
Water sports, nature and world-class attractions make St. Pete Beach a year-round option. With sun and fun on the agenda, a St. Pete Beach vacation is something the whole family can agree on.
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