St. Pete Beach

#2 in Best Things To Do in St. Petersburg, FL
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

St. Pete Beach is a barrier island community just west of St. Petersburg and home to a large swath of award-winning beaches. Pass-a-Grille Beach is a long undeveloped stretch of public beach, perfect for a variety of water sports, including parasailing, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing and kiteboarding. Recent visitors raved about St. Pete Beach, noting the soft, white sand, terrific maintenance and warm Gulf of Mexico waters.  

St. Pete Beach is also brimming with top hotels and restaurants. Once you've settled in, venture out to the Corey Avenue district to enjoy funky specialty shops, galleries and eateries. PJ’s Oyster Bar is the place to visit for seafood dishes like snow crab legs, grouper and clam chowder. Steam and Chill Food Haven and Lounge is located nearby and also highly praised for its seafood and unique dishes. Recent travelers enjoyed the watermelon salad, shrimp and grits, and rutabaga fries.  

To get to St. Pete Beach, take the Central Avenue Trolley from downtown or drive about 11 miles southwest to reach this coastal city. 

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#1 Fort De Soto Park

Spanning five small islands, the 1,136-acre Fort De Soto Park lies at the mouth of Tampa Bay and attracts more than 2.7 million visitors a year. The park features 7 miles of waterfront, two fishing piers, a 4-mile hiking and skating trail, picnic and camping grounds and a historic fort. Climb the stairs of the fort for a breathtaking view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, one of the world's longest cable-stayed concrete bridges. Then, stop by the Quartermaster Museum to learn more about the fort through historic photographs and Spanish-American War artifacts.

The park is also one of the best places in St. Petersburg to visit the beach. The popular North Beach is recognizable by the large pirate ship playground near its entrance and the myriad of seashells and white sand dollars along its sands. At the waterfront, travelers can also rent a canoe or kayak and navigate the 2-mile paddling trail or try fishing. Recent visitors raved about everything there is to enjoy at the park, especially the lengthy dog beach.

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