The Ultimate Summer Guide to St. Petersburg Beach

St. Petersburg Beach is a totally hip summertime destination that showcases everything great in the Sunshine State. A more subdued and nuanced experience than Tampa, St. Petersburg Beach offers top-notch destinations including historic locales, vibrant arts districts, and warm, sunny beaches ripe for maritime leisure. Let’s explore what makes St. Petersburg one of the most underrated tourist destinations in Florida.

Where to Stay

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If you’re planning a visit to St. Petersburg, you’ll want to know where you’re staying first. Luckily, this city thrives off of tourism every day of the year, so lodging options are seemingly endless. Bay Palms Resort offers a quality boutique stay and offers a massive 1,500 sq. ft. pier that both anglers and eco-tourists will enjoy. The Don CeSar Hotel is also popular among tourists due in part to its convenient location right on the beach and its magnificent architecture. Many of these St. Petersburg Beach hotels are pet friendly, so feel free to bring your pooch. 

Where to Dine


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Thanks to its prime location right on the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg’s dining options excel when it comes to seafood. Maixmo Seafood Shack in Maximo Marina offers Florida coastal favorites like fresh caught crabs, clams, oysters and more. Upscale places like Marchand’s Bar and Grill in the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort have more refined dining experiences that offer plenty of delicious dishes like Florida lobster, strip steak, brunch, and even sushi. Even if you’re not a fan of seafood, you won’t have to look far to find more diverse options like authentic Thai, Latin American, and European-style establishments as well.

Where to Drink


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Although St. Petersburg may seem leisurely and relaxing by day, the local nightlife really heats up when the sun goes down, rivaling more popular entertainment districts around Tampa and Ybor. Taps and Tequila on Central Avenue has some of the best drinks in town, offering icy fresh margaritas and over 50 types of craft beers and micro brews. Downtown St. Petersburg offers plenty of fun martini bars and dance clubs for those looking for something a little more fast-paced. If you’d like to get your singing on, check out one of the many karaoke bars in the area such as Kroaky’s Karaoke and Octave.

Where to Play


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St. Pete has plenty of exciting things to do for the whole family. Sports fans can catch a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field while art aficionados can take a look at some of history’s best surreal artwork at the Salvador Dalí Museum. And of course, the beaches—few things beat an afternoon of digging your toes into the sand and taking a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Luckily, the Tampa Bay Area has plenty of miles of coastlines for you to choose from.

A trip to St. Petersburg, Florida offers an uncommon look into the charming quirks of the Sunshine State you won’t find anywhere else.

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