St. Pete Beach in Focus
St. Pete Beach in Focus
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The Tampa Bay Beaches is a gulfside strip on the west coast of Florida, comprising multiple municipalities which attract visitors every year. St. Pete Beach is one of Pinellas County’s most beloved beaches. It has been voted a top 10 beach 7 years in a row by TripAdvisor and just took the #2 spots in 2020 for the Best Beaches in the US.
MEET THE BEACH: St. Pete Beach
Tampa Bay’s Beaches were originally known as four different keys rather than a cluster of beaches: Long Key, Treasure Island, Sand Key and Clearwater Beach Key. Long Key, the most southern island, was then made up of four areas: St. Petersburg Beach, Pass-A-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, and Belle Vista Beach. In 1957, the four communities merged and formed the City of St Petersburg Beach. Later, in efforts to achieve its own identity, the City voted to shorten its name to St. Pete Beach.
This long stretch of Gulf Boulevard we now know and love has definitely made a name for itself. St. Pete Beach has received a number of awards and recognitions over the years, including “The Sunset Capitol of Florida”. With a history as rich as its sunsets, St. Pete Beach offers something for everyone. The beautiful pristine beaches, amazing selection of locally owned restaurants, shops, and award-winning accommodations for guests, it’s no wonder why this beach is a favorite for visitors and locals alike.
ACTIVITIES: Here’s what to do
St. Pete Beach with its great stories, welcoming businesses, beautiful sunsets and picture perfect weather offers plenty to see and do year round.
AN ACTIVITY FILLED BEACH DAY
St. Pete Beach offers activities for every type of traveler. Whether you're an adventure seeker, traveling with the family, love a good meal or a live band and a cocktail, there is an option for you.
You can entertain yourself or the family with a variety of activities. Many accommodations offer rentals for beach cabanas, jet skis, banana boats, and more. The crystal blue waters are not only great for swimming and fishing, but add kayaking or stand up paddle boards perfect for those looking for a more active destination.
Are you more of a foodie? While there are national branded restaurants nearby, the locally owned eateries add a lot more flavor to your time on the beach. Unparalleled breakfast spots, waterfront dining, and of course award-winning seafood restaurants line the city streets. Ready for a tropical drink and some great music? Pick your favorite beach bar, find a spot in the sand and watch the sun go down in style.
RELAX IN PASS-A-GRILLE
Pass-A-Grille Beach, the most southern tip of St. Pete Beach, was once “used as a campground for fishermen to obtain fresh water and to grill their catch”. This coastal corner of the beach is still a great option for a laid back beach day or a fresh catch of your own. On either side of the island you have miles of uninterrupted beach where you can sit back and relax or go down to the pier to enjoy a day on the water.
BUY BEACHES FIRST ON COREY
There is no shortage of locally owned businesses on St. Pete Beach, but if you are looking for a non-stop shopping experience you will find your happy place at the Historic Corey Avenue Shopping District. The ultimate place to #buybeachesfirst. You can visit a variety of specialty shops, art and jewelry galleries, clothing stores and more. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat, the perfect gift for your loved ones and maybe a little something for yourself!
Looking for an authentic local experience? Make sure you visit the Corey Avenue Sunday Market. Every Sunday locals and visitors alike safely shop in the streets amongst a variety of business vendors. Shop around for featuring fresh food, organic produce, handmade crafts and artisan products while enjoying live music and sunny skies.