The City of St. Pete Beach is a barrier island community located just off the mainland of Saint Petersburg, just south of Treasure Island, and 20 miles from Clearwater Beach. With miles of pristine, white sandy beaches, year-round sunshine, an abundance of recreational opportunities, restaurants, and shopping, St. Pete Beach is among the most enjoyable places to live and vacation in the world.
Visitors come to St. Pete Beach for that classic beach experience…walk down the beach and you’ll find not only swimming and boogie boarding, but people flying kites, playing Frisbee, and building sand castles as well.
Fort De Soto Park
St. Pete Beach is a short 15 minute drive from the city of St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg you can take in a Tampa Bay Rays game, browse through world class museums including the new Salvador Dali Museum, or stroll along streets lined with graceful Mediterranean-style architecture. Whatever your taste, St. Petersburg offers you everything under the sun.
Salvador Dali Museum
Downtown St. Petersburg
Things to do in and around St. Pete Beach area
Take a Break at Fort De Soto Park – Engage in bird watching, spot dolphins from the fishing pier, enjoy some fishing, paddling or hiking, or explore a historic fort. The beach at Fort De Soto Park (just a few miles south of St. Pete Beach) was named TripAdvisor’s #1 beach in the country in 2008 and 2009. The park has a shallow protected lagoon ideal for swimming and offers many recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, kayaking, shelling, birding and camping.
Visit Caladesi Island State Park– Accessible only by private boat or ferry, Caladesi Island is undeveloped and free of crowds. Besides the serene beach and clear water, there are nature trails, kayak rentals and beach cabanas for rent.
Do a Beach Bar Crawl – Three of the more popular beach bars in the area can be found right on St. Pete Beach:
- Jimmy B’s Beach Bar at the Beachcomber– Enjoy a cool cocktail and live music at sunset.
- The UnderTow– Fun specialty drinks can be found at this popular beach bar.
- Woody’s Waterfront Café & Beach Bar– Enjoy Happy Hour seven days a week at this retro-style beach bar.
Sail the Intercoastal – Starlite Cruises sails up and down the Intercoastal Waterway.
Take a Thrill Ride on the Sea Screamer – The Sea Screamer in Clearwater is a fun and exciting family attraction – guaranteed to see dolphins!
Visit a neighboring beach – Like Pass-A-Grille Beach – tucked-away at the southern tip of St. Pete Beach, known for its laid back feel. It is the perfect place to watch the sunset. Or Clearwater Beach – Fodor’s Best Family Beach of 2007 – buzzing with beach activities by day and a sunset festival each night at Pier 60.
Stroll & shop Johns Pass – Johns Pass is a quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village with over 100 merchants, restaurants and water activities, including parasailing, jet skiing, dolphin watching, shelling tours and boat rentals.
Theme Parks & Aquariums in the St. Petersburg Area
|Suncoast Beach Trolley – The Suncoast Beach Trolley connects St. Pete Beach with Pass-a-Grill, Treasure Island, Clearwater and other beach communities along the coast. The trolley, which runs from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm weekdays, and until midnight Friday and Saturday, runs every 20 minutes. A bus stop is located directly outside the Tradewinds Resort.
|Central Avenue Trolley – The Central Avenue Trolley serves Central Avenue from The Pier in downtown St. Petersburg to Pass-A-Grille on St. Pete Beach.
|The Downtown Looper– Hop aboard the St. Petersburg Trolley Downtown Looper route to connect you to all the city’s major museums and attractions. Runs every 15 minutes. Look for the bright red and yellow trolleys.
Fare: 50 cents/ride (seniors & disabled, 25 cents/ride)