St Pete Beach Holidays
Superb Gulf Coast beaches
St Pete Beach is an appealingly laid-back Gulf Coast resort on the west Coast of Florida, 20 miles south of Clearwater Beach. St Pete Beach is popular with British visitors looking for a relaxed Florida beach resort with a distinctly upmarket atmosphere. Holidays here centre on 7 miles of superb white sandy beaches on a low island linked to the Florida mainland by a causeway. The attractive island setting gives this resort a uniquely easy-going feel.
St Pete Beach has a wide-ranging appeal with accommodation and restaurants to suit all budgets. Dolphin spotting cruises, fine museums, a pier, animal sanctuaries and the Florida Aquarium all ensure holidays here are a hit with children. There are also outstanding watersports facilities on offer, excellent fishing and first-class golf. Nightlife centres on the relaxed live music venues and beachside bars at Madeira beach. For a livelier scene try downtown St Petersburg.
A holiday in St Pete’s Beach offers an excellent opportunity to experience a string of idiosyncratic Gulf Coast resorts. A bridge links the island with the equally popular Florida resorts of Treasure Island, Indian Rocks, Redington Beach and Madeira Beach. Your holiday here should include a visit to the lively city of Tampa and stylish St Petersburg for art and antiques. Other excursions could also include trips to Fort De Soto, Caladesi Island and the Pinellas County Recreational Walking Trail. And if time allows you are well placed to visit the incredible Busch Gardens African theme park and the world famous Disney and Universal theme parks in Orlando.
Florida is nicknamed 'The Sunshine State' due to its reputation for good weather and tourists flock here year round along with Americans from colder states who want to avoid the harsh winters at home. St Pete Beach attracts visitors all year round and enjoys high temperatures throughout the seasons but one of the best times to visit is from October to April when the weather is milder and less intense than high summer. Temperatures average around 18 degrees at this time of year when humidity remains low and the air feels pleasantly clear and fresh. This is also the driest time of year and heavy rainfall, although always a possibility sub-tropical areas, is unlikely. Sea temperatures are lower during the winter but this doesn't stop people making the most of the beach. The summer can be very hot in the Tampa Bay area and occasionally quite wet. August receives the highest level of rainfall of the year. However, due to its ocean-side location, even during July and August when temperatures can reach over 30C, St Pete Beach is still an ideal destination.
St Pete Beach has one of the most stunning strips of barrier beach in Florida, if not the whole of the USA. St Pete Beach is part of a 30-mile stretch of white sand and crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This beach has all the amenities you need such as restaurants, cafes, bars, showers and sun loungers. This is an ideal spot for anyone looking for a relaxing time in the sunshine.
St Pete beach is a haven for tourists and sun seeking Americans but a slice of local life can be found at Passe-a-Grille at the southern tip of St Pete Beach. With its small, pretty houses, sand swept streets and laid back vibe this is a lovely place to watch fishing boats enter the bay and watch a stunning sunset.
Fort Desoto Park
Just south of St Petes Beach, the Fort Desoto Park and beach seems a million miles away from the high-rises and neon lights further up the coast. It is made up of five separate islands. You’ll find herons, pelicans, egrets and plovers, along with sea turtles tha nest along the beach in summer. You may even see some dolphins. With unspoiled beaches, walking and biking trails, an old fort and fishing piers, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the natural beauty of Florida. In 2011 it was named America’s best family beach by the editors of Parents. The magazine praised this spot. Children can swim in the lagoon like pool which is shallow and safe.
Boat Trips and Fishing
Boat trips are available in and around St Petes Beach. Fishing excursions, sunset trips and dolphin watching adventures are all on offer and getting on the water is a great way to experience Florida at its best. Experienced skippers will tell you all you need to know about the history and geography of the Florida coast.
St Petes Beach is on the edge of the bustling town of St Petersburg. With a pleasant downtown area, pretty waterfront park and pier, St Petersburg is home to a host of attractions. A wonderful Salvador Dali museum, good shopping, cinemas and galleries are all on offer if you felt like a break from the beach.