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12 Awesome Things To Do In St. Petersburg, Florida

September 20, 2019 By Lisa Leave a Comment This post may contain affiliate links.

If you’re dreaming of warm summer sunshine and beautiful white sands then St. Petersburg, Florida might just be your perfect beachside destination. Here are 12 fun things to do, including a guide to the local beaches, water adventures, historic sights, and fun restaurants (plus accompanying day trip itineraries).

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You’ll find St. Petersburg between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, on the Pinellas peninsula. Some know it as The Sunshine City, others know it as St. Pete, but no matter what you call it, you’re sure to have a fantastic beach getaway when you vacation in this U.S. destination.

With an average of 361 days of sunshine each year, you’re likely to have fantastic weather during your stay. This makes it particularly great for snowbirds and other winter getaways. But no matter when you visit, there’s plenty to do and see in the area.

Your Guide to St Petersburg, Florida Beaches & Surrounding Area

While you’ll have plenty of sand and sunshine to enjoy, these 12 places and activities are spread across four key areas in and around St. Petersburg:

  1. Fort De Soto Park & Beach
  2. Saint Pete Beach
  3. Pass-a-Grille
  4. Downtown St. Petersburg

Each spot could be a day trip on its own, but these destinations are all close to one another, so you can easily combine parts of these itineraries for a little beach-hopping weekend getaway.

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Fort De Soto Park & Beach

This popular county park spans five islands and covers over 1,000 acres along the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Pack your beach bag, because here are the best things to do during a day spent in the Fort De Soto area.

Fort De Soto Beach Birds - Coastal Wandering

1. Kick Back On The Fort De Soto Beach

This is a favorite of mine. Aside from the (obvious) attraction of sandy shores and coastal views, my husband grew up going here with his grandparents. We always make a point of going whenever we’re in St Petersburg.

Recognized by the likes of USA Today and Parents Magazine, Fort De Soto Beach’s beautiful sandy shores and kid-friendly tidal pools, it’s no wonder that it regularly wins prizes for “Best Family Beach.” This beach is great for more than just families though. Lounging, people-watching, and even finding seashells (perfect for crafts and coastal decor). These are all perfect ways to enjoy an afternoon at Fort De Soto Beach.

It’s also a great place to visit if you’re traveling with a furry companion. Fort De Soto is the only local dog park that has a designated area where dogs are allowed on the beach. Perfect if your pup enjoys splashing around.

2. Kayak (Or Canoe) The Local Waters

If you’re up for an oceanside adventure, try renting a canoe or kayak. You could even take a unique look at the local wildlife with a clear kayak tour of the nearby Shell Key Wildlife Preserve. This area is well-traveled by pelicans, herons, osprey, manatees, rays and even dolphins!

3. Walk the Fort De Soto Trails

If you’re feeling the need to get out and stretch your legs, Fort De Soto Park offers seven miles of multi-purpose trails. Whether you’re out for a long run, casual stroll, or bike ride, you’ll enjoy beautiful scenic views of the park.

4. Visit the Fort

No stop at Fort De Soto Park is complete without a look at the historic fort. Take a self-guided tour of Battery Laidley and the ruins of Battery Bigelow.

Battery Laidley offers a glimpse at the final remaining 12-inch M 1890-MI mortars in North America. If you want to see the other remaining mortars, you’ll have to travel to the Philippines! And while Battery Bigelow was swallowed up by the Gulf of Mexico in 1932, you can still spot the ruins in the surf just a little southwest of Battery Laidley.

You’ll pass the Fort as you head towards the North Beach area, so save a little time for a quick look as you head towards the beach.

Key Details For Planning Your Visit To Fort De Soto Park & Beach

Parking: Daily parking fees of $5, though there are also annual parking passes available. You are not required to pay a fee if you have a valid Disabled Parking Permit. You are not required to pay a fee if you’re entering the park on foot or by bicycle.

Hours: 7 am until dusk

Accessibility: Fort De Soto Park offers a 2,200 ft Barrier-Free Nature Trail, which includes access to rest areas and water fountains.

Suggested Fort De Soto Park & Beach day trip itinerary:

  • 9 am – 10 am: visit the Fort
  • 10 am – 12 pm: rent a kayak
  • 12 pm – 1 pm: picnic lunch
  • 1 pm – 4 pm: kick back on Fort De Soto’s North Beach
  • 4 pm – 5 pm: take a stroll along the nature trail
  • 5 pm onwards: head home for dinner

St. Pete Beach

This is probably the first beach that visitors think of when they think about St. Petersburg, and it doesn’t disappoint. With a great selection of water fun, boutiques, restaurants, and (of course) a beautiful beach, this is one of my favorite day trip destinations in the area.

St Pete Beach Chairs - Coastal Wandering

5. Lounge On Saint Pete Beach

Here’s another noteworthy and award-winning beach to check out. It was actually named the #4 U.S. beach on TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Top 25 U.S. Beaches in 2019. (Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island and Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island also made the list).

St. Pete Beach is well known for its wide sandy shores and clean white sands. It’s great for shelling or simply lounging, and even though it’s popular with locals and travelers alike, there’s always room for everyone without the beach feeling over-crowded.

6. Plan An Action-Packed Water Adventure

If you’re looking for a water adventure that packs a little more adrenaline, look no further than St. Pete Beach. Whether you’re in the mood for stand-up paddle-boarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, or even parasailing, you’ll have a variety of high-octane water sports to choose from.

7. Visit the Don CeSar

While not technically a day trip activity, if you aren’t staying at the Don CeSar then you at least need to go take a look at it! This five-star hotel, fondly known by many as the Pink Palace, is truly a sight to behold. Think Great Gatsby meets tropical paradise! Built in the late 1920s, this popular beachfront property has been hosting travelers for almost a century!

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Don CeSar in St Pete Beach - Coastal Wandering

8. Enjoy A Drink And The Sunset At Our Favorite Restaurant in St. Pete Beach

Cap off your day with a cocktail at Salty’s Tiki Bar and Beach Lounge. I love sitting on the sofas on the beach around a fire pit table, kicking back as I watch the sunset. Toes in the sand and maybe even a little live music – what could be better?!

St Pete Beach Sunset - Coastal Wandering

Salty’s is a particularly great choice if you’re in the mood for a frozen cocktail, though they also serve beer and wine. Snack on some appetizers as you enjoy the end to a perfect day at the beach.

Key Details For Planning Your Visit To Saint Pete Beach

Parking: You’ll find a mix of permit and metered parking in the St Pete Beach area.

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Suggested St. Pete Beach day trip itinerary:

  • 9 am – 10 am: stroll along the shore and take a look at Don CeSar
  • 10 am – 12 pm: rent a stand-up paddle-board to get out on the water
  • 12 pm – 1 pm: picnic lunch
  • 1 pm – 4 pm: lounging with a book on the beach
  • 4 pm onwards: relaxing at Salty’s for snacks, drinks and a sunset view

Pass-a-Grille Beach

While Pass-a-Grille is officially part of St. Pete Beach, this hidden gem offers a distinctly different vibe. Head to Pass-a-Grille for a relaxing day away from the hustle of downtown St. Petersburg.

9. Enjoy the Pass-a-Grille Beach

You’ll find these four beautiful miles of undeveloped public beach where Gulf Boulevard meets the Don CeSar. Pass-a-Grille is recognized as a National Historic District, this beach is quieter and calmer compared to its neighboring Saint Pete Beach.

These sandy shores are perfect for shelling and enjoying your surroundings – dolphins playing on the shoreline, spectacular sunsets, and snorkeling – without the crowds of the main Florida beaches.

10. Watch The Sunset at Hurricane Seafood Restaurant

A day in Pass-a-Grille isn’t complete until you’ve enjoyed a grouper sandwich at the Hurricane. For us, it’s a family tradition. We’ve gone to the Hurricane for years!

You’ll find this restaurant at 9th Avenue and Gulf Way, situated perfectly for spectacular sunset views. If the grouper sandwich isn’t for you, you’ll also find classic Southern recipes like boom boom shrimp and crab cakes. And you’ll want to try your best to get yourself seated on the rooftop bar – it’s the best sunset view in Pass-a-Grille!

Key Details For Planning Your Visit To Pass-a-Grille

Parking: Try the North and South Ends of Pass-a-Grille Beach for the easiest parking options. Meters typically start at around $1.25 per hour.

Hours: Dawn to dusk.

Accessibility: Limited accessibility.

Suggested Pass-a-Grille day trip itinerary:

  • 9 am – 10 am: pack a breakfast sandwich for breakfast on the beach
  • 10 am – 12 pm: shelling along the beach, beginning (or ending) at Don CeSar
  • 12 pm – 1 pm: picnic lunch
  • 1 pm – 5 pm: kick back on the beach with your favorite book
  • 5 pm onwards: grab a cocktail and grouper sandwich on the Hurricane’s rooftop bar

Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida

Make sure to save a little time to enjoy the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida. You’ll find plenty of wonderful restaurants and attractions nearby. Perfect for a morning or afternoon away from the beach.

11. Visit The Dali Museum

If you need a little break from all the sun and surf, try spending an afternoon at The Dali. Offering a comprehensive overview of the life and work of Salvador Dali, this museum boasts the largest collection of Dali pieces found outside Spain. Among the 2,400+ works, you’ll find everything from oil paintings to sculptures, manuscripts, and even some book illustrations.

12. Wine & Snacks at Annata (One of the Best Restaurants in St. Petersburg, FL)

There are plenty of great restaurants in downtown St. Petersburg, but the best restaurant (in my opinion) is Annata. You’ll find this gem of a restaurant and wine bar on the harbor, near North Straub Park. We love this restaurant so much we visited twice on our last trip!

St Petersburg Florida Restaurants Annata Wine Bar - Coastal Wandering

While Annata’s menu offers a nice mix of Italian and international dishes made with local ingredients. My favorite? The charcuterie. You’ll find everything from duck prosciutto and shrimp chorizo to truffle ham and sriracha lomo. Not to mention a wide and varied selection of cheeses from all over the world.

St Petersburg Florida Restaurants Charcuterie - Coastal Wandering

Bottom line: Wine? Check. Good eats? Check. Annata is a must-visit when you’re in the area.

Key Details For Planning Your Visit To Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida

Parking: There are time restrictions on most street parking spaces. Look for metered parking garages if you’re planning to park for more than a couple hours.

Hours: Varied, check your destinations for current hours of operation.

Suggested downtown St. Petersburg half-day trip itinerary:

  • 12 pm – 12:30 pm: drive from a morning at Fort De Soto, St. Pete Beach, or Pass-a-Grille
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: picnic lunch along the waterfront
  • 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: visit the Dali Museum
  • 4:30 pm – 5 pm: walk along the waterfront & through Straub Park (towards Annata)
  • 5 pm onwards: wine & charcuterie at Annata (and grab a pic of the nearby St. Pete street mural while you’re there)

St. Petersburg Florida Greetings from St Pete Street Mural - Coastal Wandering

Start Planning Your St. Petersburg, Florida Vacation

So there you have it. A travel guide to downtown St. Petersburg, Florida as well as the beaches and surrounding areas of Fort De Soto Park, Saint Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille. Use these short half-day and full-day itineraries to mix and match your way to your best beach vacation yet!

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Top 12 Reasons to Visit St. Petersburg Florida

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Best Reasons to Visit St. Pete Florida

There is so much more to St. Pete than award-winning beaches, but that in itself is a reason to visit. Discover the top reasons to visit St. Petersburg Florida.

Top 12 Reasons to Visit St. Petersburg Florida

This Floridian city is the second largest city in the Tampa Bay area. The coastal city has historically been a popular choice for retirees, but younger people have started moving here as well. People flock to St. Petersburg to check out the downtown art scene, local beaches, and filming locations for some of America’s most popular movies.

Despite not being a flashy tourist destination, there are plenty of great reasons to visit St. Petersburg. From fun beach activities to affordable attractions, Florida’s Sunshine City is worth traveling to!

Top Reasons to Visit St. Petersburg Florida

Places to Stay In St. Petersburg

And if you are looking for a place to stay on St. Pete Beach while you are enjoying all the fun things this beach city has to offer, be sure to check out TradeWinds Island Resorts. TradeWinds Island Resorts – the Island Grand and RumFish Beach Resort – has added 141 guestrooms to its portfolio, along with a new zip line on the beach, and a new Mexican restaurant concept at the Island Grand. The 141 rooms were part of the property formerly known as the Alden Suites, which was acquired by TradeWinds last March and incorporated into the RumFish Beach Resort. The expansion brings the RumFish Beach Resort room count to 353, for a total of 899 guest rooms at TradeWinds Island Resorts.

A 40-acre beachfront playground, TradeWinds Island Grand & RumFish Beach Resort by TradeWinds were created with fun in mind. Soar over the sand via zip line. Kick back in a 10-person Aqua-Bana. Master a stand-up paddleboard. Party with a pirate. Play on the offshore water park and enjoy the three-story High Tide Slide. Feast on the freshest Florida seafood under a 33,500-gallon aquarium. Kids will never be bored with KONK (Kids Only No Kidding) camps, crafts and family activities. Or relax by one of nine pools, indulge in a massage or escape to a beachside hammock. We are committed to ensuring that every guest can “just let go” while visiting one of their resorts.

Reasons To Visit St. Pete Beach

Alright, now that you have your place to stay on St. Pete Beach, let’s check out all the fun things to do while you are in town.

Things To Do In St. Petersburg, Florida

Pass-a-Grille is part of the larger St. Pete Beach, which TripAdvisor frequently names to its list of best beaches in the country. This public beach is perfect for visitors who want to truly relax – you won’t see many tourists here, and the area isn’t congested with hotels or businesses. Despite the beach being secluded and not very populated, it’s still wheelchair accessible. Visitors can rent a Surf Wheelchair for free, which can be used on sand and in the ocean water!

After you’ve spent some time at the beach, check out Historic 8 th Avenue’s restaurants and shops.

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The new St. Pete Pier just opened in July of 2020. This new attraction is on the city’s picturesque waterfront and has something to do for everyone.

One thing to check out while you are at the St. Pete Pier is the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center. The Discovery Center is the only marine environmental and educational experience in downtown St. Petersburg, providing guests from around the world an upfront opportunity to learn and live the story of the recovery of the Tampa Bay ecosystem.

With soaring rooflines, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and outdoor wet classroom, the Discovery Center creates a dynamic visitor experience centered on environmental stewardship as well as the recovery and restoration of Tampa Bay, the largest estuary in the state of Florida. An exhibit-rich gallery of live marine habitats, hands-on interactive displays and video presentations tell the story of Tampa Bay and share the history and recovery of this unique ecosystem, and the integral role played by Tampa Bay Watch since 1993.

The Discovery Center features an exhibit gallery that brings this tale of environmental recovery to life, as well as an indoor classroom, outdoor “wet” classroom, and soon, a brand new Eco-tour boat and floating classroom. The focal point of the exhibit gallery is a centerpiece marine estuary habitat that showcases many of the species found in Tampa Bay. Touch tanks, interactive displays, video presentations, and docent-led tours all combine for an unforgettable experience designed to inspire guests to walk away with a newfound respect for our local environment and how small steps can make big changes in their own environment.

Tickets for the Discovery Center are available online or at the Discovery Center:

Adult (Age 13-61): $5
Child (Age 4-12): $3
Senior (Age 62+): $5
Active Military (with ID): $3
Florida Teachers (with ID): $3
Toddler (Age 3 and under with an adult): FREE

Top Things to do in St. Petersburg Florida

If you are a craft beer fan, there are 35+ local craft breweries along the “Gulp Coast.” There is even a Craft Beer Trail passport that you can download so you can keep track of the places you visited. You will find craft beers like mango habanero and key lime.

Did you know that St. Petersburg has the largest city market in the southeastern United States? Explore the Saturday Morning Market to discover homemade pastries, ethnic cuisine, and organic produce. You’ll also find artisans and vendor booths, both with handmade items to sell. This market has been great for the St. Petersburg community and its businesses – each market brings in an estimated $120,000 for the participating vendors!

Even if you’re not interested in making a purchase at the market, stop by for the live entertainment that starts at 11:00am.

This public park in St. Petersburg is often used as a wedding and event venue. Located on the waterfront, Vinoy Park offers gorgeous views and light fitness trails. Whether you’re there to relax or exercise, there’s plenty of room to enjoy yourself on the park’s 11 acres.

Vinoy Park hosts concerts and festivals throughout the year, so be sure to find out if you’ll be in town for anything exciting. You just might be in St. Petersburg or the annual Beer and Bacon Festival!

Since you are surrounded by water, it’s no wonder that there are plenty of opportunities to go fishing. In fact, there are even some restaurants that will allow you to bring in your fresh catches and they will clean and prepare them for you. Talk about a fresh meal! You can fish inshore, offshore, with a spear, off the pier, on a kayak, with a fishing charter or even on a party boat.

Best Things to do in St. Petersburg Florida

If fishing isn’t your thing, there is still plenty of ways to enjoy the water in St. Pete! You will find companies scattered all along the white sandy beaches that rent jet-skis, paddleboards, sunset cruises, and even parasailing! While you are on the water, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and manatees.

Visit the Morean Arts Center and other galleries St. Petersburg. With free exhibits and museums that charge for admission, you can enjoy fine art on any budget. Some of the galleries even offer programs for kids!

The Morean Arts Center is located at 719 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. There are a few galleries that are affiliated with the Morean, but the exhibits at this address are free.

Surround yourself with over 500 palm trees and cycads at the Gizella Kopsick Arboretum. You’ll find over 150 tree species throughout the arboretum, and they plan to add more species as they find ways to bring them to St. Petersburg. Walk along the park trail to take in the tropical plant life!

The Gizella Kopsick Arboretum is wheelchair accessible, with every facility designed to meet the needs of visitors with disabilities.

Best Things to do in St. Pete

North Shore Park runs along the Tampa Bay to Vinoy Park, and it’s filled with family-friendly amenities. You and your family can play tennis by the water on one of four tennis courts, play in the ocean water, and enjoy the playground. Go for a run on the recreation path while your kids run free on the grass!

There’s an art museum in St. Petersburg dedicated to Salvador Dali, and it’s arguably one of the city’s most well-known attractions. While tickets to the museum are quite expensive, you can visit the museum store and cafe for free. Inside the shop, you’ll find Dali-inspired home decor, tableware, and wearables. You may walk into the store expecting to just browse, but you might not be able to resist buying a melting clock for your house!

If you’re able to splurge on any attraction in St. Petersburg, make “the Dali” the treat of your trip. You just may find that you have a new favorite artist!

If it’s too hot outside to go to the beach, opt for the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum instead! The museum building was once Pass-a-Grille’s first church. Now, it’s home to exhibits that highlight South Pinellas County’s beach communities. Learn about how beach communities were formed, the history behind the nearby islands, and view artifacts from residents!

The museum is free, though it’s closed from Monday-Wednesday each week. They often feature exciting rotating exhibits, like the World War II collection.

Not far from St. Pete is Clearwater, if you are looking for a fun sunset celebration, be sure to make the 30 minute drive over to Pier 60.

There’s a sunset celebration every night in Clearwater! Starting two hours before sunset and ending two hours after sunset, head to the pier to see street performers, vendors, and live crafters. On weekends, catch an outdoor film at Sunset Cinema, Clearwater Beach’s free “theater.” The shows start at dusk, so arrive early to reserve your spot on the lawn!

Top Things to do in St. Pete

The St. Petersburg community is filled with fun things to do, even if you’re on a budget. Whether you prefer beachfront parks or indoor activities, this coastal Floridian city has reasons for everyone to visit! Whether you are planning to stay one night or ten, be sure to make your reservations at TradeWinds Island Resorts.

Best Places to stay on St. Pete Beach

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Best Areas to Stay in Saint Petersburg, Florida

The Best Areas to Stay in St. Pete, Florida

Where to Stay in Saint Petersburg – A Guide to “St Pete”

Saint Petersburg, known locally as “St. Pete” is a city and tourist destination in Florida. It’s part of the Tampa Bay area. Also nicknamed “Sunshine City”, St. Pete not only is a major beach town, but it is also full of cultural things to do and places to see. In this post, we will talk about the best areas to stay in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Saying St. Pete is a cultural powerhouse for a city its size is not an exaggeration; this Florida town is home to prestigious museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, with pieces of pre-Columbian art and impressionist paintings, as well the Salvador Dalí Museum, the second most important museum about the Spanish artist. Local Mahaffey Theater is home to the Florida Orchestra.

Its location on the Gulf of Mexico means St. Petersburg enjoys a tropical climate. On average, there are 248 sunny days per year in St. Petersburg. July can see temperatures climb to around 90ºF (32ºC), while it almost never drops below 59ºF (15ºF) in February. The best time to visit St. Pete is April, March, and November. It’s still warm enough to go to the beach, but it’s not scorching hot.

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The city center is full of shops, restaurants, bars, and attractions, Boyd Hill Nature Park is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and Fort De Soto Park is a beach with a park to enjoy the sunny days.

Public transport in Saint Petersburg is made up of buses. They are convenient in the areas surrounding the city center, but for the rest of St. Pete, it is recommended to use a taxi or rent a car to get around. You can rent a car in St. Petersburg here.

The best areas to stay in Saint Petersburg are located around its beaches. The most popular areas being Madeira Beach and Treasure Island.

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Located in St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island Beach Resort is surrounded by the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Guests can enjoy the coastal decor, floor-to-ceiling windows, and free WiFi in the accommodations.

Best Location in St Petersburg, Florida: A Quick Guide

Below, you’ll find a list of the best areas to stay in St Petersburg depending on your travel style. Keep reading this post to find all the information you need about each particular area.

  • Best location in St Petersburg for sightseeing: Downtown St Petersburg | Madeira Beach
  • Best location in St Petersburg for nightlife: Downtown St Petersburg | Madeira Beach
  • Best location in St Petersburg for families: Madeira Beach | Treasure Island
  • Best location in St Petersburg without a car: Madeira Beach
  • Best location in St Petersburg for first-time visitors: Madeira Beach
  • Best location in St Petersburg for a honeymoon or romantic getaway: Treasure Island
  • Best location in St Petersburg for business travelers: Downtown St Petersburg
  • Best location in St Petersburg for hipsters: Downtown St Petersburg
  • Best location in St Petersburg for LGTBQ travelers: Downtown St Petersburg

Best Hotels in St Petersburg, FL by Theme

Something more specific in mind? Here’s a list of some of the best hotels in St Petersburg. No matter your reason for visiting the city or style, you’ll find it here!

  • Most unique hotel: Hollander Hotel – Downtown St. Petersburg
  • Best mid-priced hotel: Barefoot Beach Club
  • Best budget hotel: Holiday Inn Express St. Petersburg North / I-275
  • Best luxury hotel: Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park
  • Best boutique hotel: The Birchwood
  • Best hotel with a pool: The Hotel Zamora
  • Best inn / B&B: Bay Street Inn
  • Best aparthotel: The Villas at St Pete Beach
  • Best resort: Bellwether Beach Resort

The Best Areas to Stay in Saint Petersburg, Florida

1. Recommended area: Madeira Beach

This area is located west of downtown Saint Petersburg and has all three ingredients for a perfect holiday: sun, beach and food.

Madeira Beach is known as “The Grouper Capital of the World“, so tasting it at a local restaurant is an absolute must.

One of the attractions to visit in Madeira Beach is John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk, a shopping and outdoor dining complex with stunning ocean views.

Madeira Beach offers lots of parking space, which is great if you’re traveling by car.

Beach parties and a wide selection of nightlife venues also make Madeira Beach a great place to stay. At night, its beachfront fills up with young people looking for a fun night out.

Madeira Beach is also a great area to stay in Saint Petersburg because of its seemingly infinite offer of beautiful hotels and resorts with ocean views, restaurants with exquisite flavors, and private beaches.

Best areas to stay in St Petersburg, Florida – Madeira Beach Accommodation in Madeira Beach – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Saint Petersburg:

  • Beach access
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Restaurants and shopping

Accommodation in this area

Shoreline Island Resort – Exclusively Adult

The Shoreline Island Resort is located right on the Gulf of Mexico, in the city of Madeira Beach, Florida, and offers accommodation for adults 21 and older. This non-smoking, adult-only property has a private beach area and free Wi-Fi.

2. Treasure Island

Treasure Island, whose name is due to a local history based on the discovery of several chests buried in this beach, is a perfect area to stay by the sea.

The main attraction for visitors on Treasure Island is its beach, ideal for diving and romantic walks at sunset.

Treasure Island is also a place to taste great food, as restaurants abound in the area, especially high-end seafood restaurants, as well as cocktail bars and beach lounges.

The island connects with Madeira Beach through public transportation distributed by Boulevard Gulf. Also, you can move on foot or by bike in the area.

Accommodations in this area are geared to all types of traveler and budgets, and numerous local bistros offer great places to relax by the beach.

Where to stay in St. Pete, Fl – Treasure Island Accommodation in Treasure Island – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Saint Petersburg:

  • Luxury hotels
  • Great views
  • Outdoor fun

Accommodation in this area

Twins Inn & Apartments

This apartment, next to the beach, is located on Treasure Island, Florida. It offers a heated outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi. John’s Pass Village and Broadwalk is 750 meters away.

Molloy Gulf Motel & Cottages

Molloy Gulf Motel & Cottages offers beachfront accommodation on Treasure Island. It has a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace. It provides free private parking. St. Pete Beach is 5.1 km away.

3. Downtown Saint Petersburg

Downtown St. Pete has the largest cultural buzz in the city, which makes it a recommended area to stay in Saint Petersburg.

The Downtown area is where Dalí ‘sMuseum is located. This museum is home to one of the largest collections of works by the Spanish surrealist painter.

Downtown Saint Petersburg also stands out for its shops and restaurants.

During the holidays, Downtown hosts the city’s most popular festivals, such as the Sugar San Festival on the pier, a sculpture contest witnessed by hundreds of tourists and locals.

Being the center of the city, this area is well-connected by public transport. Also, from Downtown, it is easy to access the beach on foot.

The Downtown district has comfortable and budget-friendly hotels with excellent services, near the attractions of the city.

Downtown is one of the best areas to stay in Saint Petersburg for its shops and streets full of restaurants, as well as its proximity to the beach.

Where to stay in St Petersburg, Florida – Downtown Accommodation in Downtown St Petersburg – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay in Saint Petersburg:

  • Great transport connections
  • Cheap hotels
  • Dalí Museum

Accommodation in this area

The Inn On Third

This hotel is located in Saint Petersburg, less than 4 minutes’ walk from the Tampa Bay waterfront. The hotel has a tour desk and free Wi-Fi.

4. North Redington Beach

The area of North Redington Beach houses luxury hotels and resorts.

North Redington Beach is a small town located near major attractions of the city.

This area is not as popular as those mentioned above, making it an excellent destination to enjoy peace and tranquility.

The beaches in Redington are popular thanks to their white sand and are ideal for water activities such as fishing and diving.

In this area, you can also visit parks and the Redington Pier.

North Redington Beach is located a 25-minute-drive from Downtown Saint Petersburg. It is also possible to access this area through public transport.

Its location allows you to easily reach the museums, galleries, and restaurants of Saint Petersburg. Therefore, North Redington Beach is among the best areas to stay in Saint Petersburg.

Best areas to stay in Saint Petersburg, Florida – North Redington Alojamiento en North Redington – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why is this a recommended area to stay:

  • Connected to Downtown
  • Peaceful area
  • Beach area

Accommodation in this area

DoubleTree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay – North Redington Beach

The DoubleTree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay – North Redington Beach is located directly on the beach and offers access to a semi-private beach.In addition, it hosts dining options and offers easy access to recreational activities.




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