For those that watch the channel, scour my Instagram or just catch a post on Facebook, you know that I live, breath, eat and yes, “work” at the theme parks. Frankly, it’s my job.
However, when I look to settle the mind and body the first thing that comes to mind sparkling sands overlooking brilliant blue waters, and one of our favorite places to go is St. Pete Beach. 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 recently, ranked by those that go and experience this amazing place. The last time we recently visited the beaches, I could feel my blood pressure lowering as we hit Gulf Blvd and breathed in the salty air and felt the ocean breezes. Ahhh….I am ready to go right now!
Again, if you know me, I have gone on at nauseum regarding the fact that I am a beach bum, raised in Pensacola and taking on adventures in flip flops, I swear I have saltwater and Coppertone flowing through my veins. As a Floridian we are blessed with year-round sunshine – the Sun makes an appearance an average of 361 days per year here – and mild temperatures.
We have visited the beaches along the Gulf Coast and several times we have ridden bikes along Madeira Beach and sat and dined at patios, pool bars and restaurants along St. Pete Beach. 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 swim by your balcony hotel room to say good morning during your cup of coffee or that walk on the beach at sunset to just feel the stress and anxiety of the world head out to sea with the surf.
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. We have had a wonderful stays at the Tradewinds Island Resort as well as Fusion on Treasure Island and the Bilmar Beach Resort. Check out the live stream from the one of my mini getaways below:
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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