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If the first thing that comes to mind when you start daydreaming of a vacation is sparkling sands overlooking brilliant blue waters, then a beach vacation in St. Pete Beach is the thing for you. Located just southwest of Tampa and boasting the largest stretch of undeveloped public beach in the area, St. Pete Beach frequently ranks among the best beaches in the world – and in fact, this gem was voted as the No. 1 Beach in the U.S. and No. 5 in the world by TripAdvisor as recently as 2012. And, the great thing about that is that it is voted on by travelers – not editors or critics.

Blessed with year-round sunshine – the Sun makes an appearance an average of 361 days per year here – and mild temperatures, St. Pete Beach is actually located on the barrier island southwest of the City of St Petersburg. This location surrounded by water and miles upon miles of sandy beaches means that it is a haven for sunbathers, recreational enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Watersports are as abundant as grains of sand here, with parasailing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, kiteboarding and countless other activities all complementing the spectacular swimming in the crystal clear Gulf waters. You just never know…perhaps a school of dolphins will come up and frolic around your feet as you wade out into the Gulf. This Southwest Florida vacation spot truly is like a beach painting come to life.

Back on land, visitors will enjoy exploring the colorful culture and art of the area. The Corey Avenue District and the Pass-a-Grille Historic District offer a lively mix of romantic restaurants and cafes, family friendly specialty shops and galleries as well as the classic Beach Theatre. Venture just a few minutes off the island and back on the mainland and experience a roller coaster of imagery at the nearby Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg. Or take a trip back in time at the historic Fort De Soto Park or enjoy the dining, shopping and entertainment of the St Petersburg Pier.

Outdoor enthusiasts will want to catch the undisturbed natural beauty and eclectic coastal wildlife with a ferry ride over to the Caladesi Island State Park. A kayak ride through the calm waters is always fun, and provides an uncommon vantage point for vacations – a view of the land from water.

And, of course, being surrounded by water on all sides means there is a place to hang a fishing pole or rod and reel practically in every direction. From sport fishing on a charter to fishing in ankle deep water at the water’s edge, St Pete Beach can make an angler out of anyone.

So whether you are looking for location to get away from it all and be a beach bum, or you are active-types looking to experience thrills and explore historic forts and sites – a vacation to St Pete Beach strikes the perfect balance.

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St. Pete Beach Florida Restaurants

Restaurants

From dining on succulent seafood while overlooking the marina to enjoying the quaint atmosphere at a downtown café, St Pete Beach offers plenty of great dining, from casual to gourmet and formal. Come hungry, because your taste buds will definitely get a workout in St Pete Beach.
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St. Pete Beach Florida Golf

Golf

Heading down to St Pete Beach for a beach vacation? Well, why not bring along your clubs and combine building sandcastles in the morning with an afternoon tee time sinking birdie putts on gorgeous greens? While there is only the private Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club nestled between the southern tip of St. Petersburg and St Pete Beach, there is a trio if championship caliber golf courses in nearby St Petersburg. Each will provide just enough of a challenge to be thrilling. However, it’s the spectacular tropical landscaping and breathtaking views that will have your heart racing down the fairways.
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St. Pete Beach Florida Fishing

Fishing

With ample sun practically every day of the year, it’s easy to catch plenty of sun rays. However, anglers will want to rent a boat or charter a fishing expedition and try their hand at catching some of the finest fish you’ll ever see. This particularly includes some exciting sportfishing, of which there is certainly no shortage in St Pete Beach. No experience is necessary, just come with a sense of adventure and be prepared to reel in tarpon, snook, trout, permit and kingfish and more!
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St. Pete Beach Florida Shopping

Shopping

While sun and surf activities certainly take center stage at St Pete Beach, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy on dry land. Dozens of quaint boutiques and specialty shops line the beach roads offering sweet souvenir scores and hand-made gifts. If you crave something more, travel a few minutes into St Petersburg and trek through The Pier – a five-story dining and shopping complex at which you could spend an entire day and still not do it all.
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Things to do in St. Pete Beach Florida

Other Things To Do

Fabulous restaurants, tiki bars and bistros line Gulf Boulevard with ample opportunities for fishing, golf, shopping and entertainment. Sightseeing, shelling and beach activities abound with plenty of water sports to go around too, including diving, snorkeling, sailing, parasailing and wave running. It’s all right here on sunny St Pete Beach, where you can find everything you’re looking for to make the perfect beach vacation by world-renowned sugar-white sands and the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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