St. Petersburg beaches

St. Petersburg beaches

St. Petersburg’s glory is its beaches and fun beach towns. You can spend a week relaxing in any of them, or make St. Petersburg your home base and head out to a different beach destination every day. Here are a few to get you started.

For a family-friendly vacation right in the center of all the fun, St. Pete Beach is the obvious pick. This is actually four beach areas combined into one resort town with dozens of hotels, inns, restaurants, and a fun shopping strip.

Laid-back, unspoiled, and charming, Gulfport is what Florida natives fondly call a throwback to old Florida. It’s also a place where beachfront digs won’t break your wallet—and the setting is beautiful, right on Boca Ciega Bay. This is something of an artists’ haven, with two art walks a month (first Friday, third Saturday).

If you’re looking for a fun nightlife scene and some daytime people-watching on the beach, local experts and media alike recommend Clearwater. Though it isn’t quite the insane Spring Break destination that Panama City and Delray are, it’s got some cool bars and a nightly sunset party at Pier 60. This also, importantly, can be a carless destination—its beach areas and downtown are walkable, and trolleys provide easy transportation from the beaches to the bars and back.

St. Peters is on the bottom of a peninsula, and Tarpon Springs is at the top. This town is known for its offshore sponge proliferation—in fact, this is where they get some of the sponges used in local spas. Visitors also can go sponge diving. This town also has a large Greek population going back a hundred years, so you can get good Greek food in a number of different places.


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