St. Pete Beach is a resort city with a laid-back beach atmosphere and multiple tourist attractions nestled on a barrier island in Florida. Having sunshine more than 360 days per year, St. Pete is an all-year destination. Thousands of tourists flock to it for its gorgeous white sand and the tender waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Join in!
Better than the Caribbean
In 2012, this resort was chosen as the number one beach in the United States and the number-five beach in the world according to millions of reviews on TripAdvisor. When compared to the Caribbean destinations, a number of visitors give preference to St. Pete. It is definitely a must-visit!
Location and Access
Located west of St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach is close to its cultural and cosmopolitan attractions as well as those of Clearwater, Tampa, and Orlando. During winter, this place is not very crowded but in high season it can get pretty busy and finding parking becomes quite a challenge. There is a paid parking lot ($2.75 per hour) that fills up quickly on a sunny day.
St. Pete Beach is equipped with decent public restrooms and showers. At the north end of the beach, there is a nice picnic area. There are other public picnic spots as well. For dog owners, there is a dedicated dog park where pets can run and play unleashed. Many restaurants and bars are within walking distance from the beach.
Swimming and Sunbathing
The beach in St. Pete is wide, white, and sandy, with beautiful clear water. The area is exceptionally clean. The beach is very long and you can find the place for you, either a tranquil spot with very few people around or a lively area with crowds and a lot of activity going on. Swimming in the gentle, shallow waters is quite safe. There is a giant water slide for kids as well as adults. However, there are no lifeguards so keep a close eye on children all the time.
Other Beach Activities
Strolling and shelling are nice activities to vary your pastime on the beach. You can walk or jog for miles along the beach. Wildlife watching is also enjoyable – you can see all kinds of seabirds and even an occasional dolphin in the distance. Sunsets are magnificent, don’t miss one if you happen to hang around in the evening time. If you’re a sports enthusiast, there are watersport rentals on the beach.
If you’re looking for some special accommodation, check out the legendary pink Don CeSar Hotel opened in 1928 and still welcoming travelers. The Pass-A-Grille area boasts a variety of shops, galleries, and the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum located in a 1917 church and displaying postcards and other artifacts.
There are plenty of beach bars with seafood and cocktails. Moreover, there are numerous stores and restaurants along the Gulf Boulevard so shopping and dining out is no problem at any time of the day.
- 30 minutes from Tampa, FL
- 1 hour 45 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
- 1 hour 45 minutes from Orlando, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near St. Pete Beach which you can visit: