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.
For more fun ideas on how to enjoy your stay in St. Pete Beach, check out this article 36 Hours in St. Pete Beach
Theme Parks & Aquariums in the St. Petersburg Area
|Suncoast Beach Trolley – Hop on the Suncoast Beach Trolley and you can explore all of the unique beach communities from its beginning at Park Street Terminal in downtown Clearwater to 75th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. Check out the shops on Corey Avenue, enjoy the sights at John’s Pass Village, or just take in a beautiful sunset. The Suncoast Beach Trolley runs every 20 – 30 minutes from 5:05 a.m. to 10:10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Sunday, with service until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Look for special trolley bus stop signs located frequently along the route. A bus stop is located directly outside the Tradewinds Resort. In addition to the services along Gulf Boulevard, connector routes run between the coast and downtown St. Petersburg. Click here for the Suncoast Beach Trolley schedule.
Fare: $2.25/ride or purchase an Unlimited Daily GO Card for $5.00 and ride all day
|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 Central Avenue Trolley features a multi-zone fare system that offers free transport between the Pier and BayWalk. Rides between BayWalk and PSTA’s Grand Central Station cost 50¢ and normal PSTA fares ($2.25/ride) will apply between Grand Central Station and Pass-a-Grille. Click here for the Central Avenue Trolley schedule.
(fares subject to change)
|The Downtown Looper– The St. Petersburg Trolley Downtown Looper route connects you to all the city’s major museums and attractions. The Looper runs daily every 15 minutes from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings. Look for the bright red and yellow trolleys. Click here for a Downtown Looper map.
Fare: 50 cents/ride (seniors & disabled, 25 cents/ride)