City Profile: St. Pete Beach

By: VISIT FLORIDA staff

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A blend of cosmopolitan sensibility and beach bum appeal, St. Pete Beach offers a distinctly Floridian destination.

Kick back on the sandy white beaches of St. Pete Beach as the gentle balmy waters of the Gulf of Mexico lap at your toes. With an average of 361 days of sunshine per year, this strip of beach is guaranteed to please throughout the year.

Warm in summertime and temperate during the winter, close to attractions in Orlando and even closer to the cultural and cosmopolitan attractions of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, St. Pete Beach strikes the perfect balance for the casual, laid-back beach bum and the active attraction seeker alike.

St. Pete Beach as we know it today was formed in 1957 when the four tiny towns of Pass-A-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista Beach and St. Pete Beach voted to consolidate. Today, visitors can relive some of the area's rich heritage at the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, which traces the history of Pinellas County's barrier islands all the way back to when Ponce de Leon first encountered them in the 14th century.

Minutes from St. Pete Beach is Ft. De Soto Park, where Ponce de Leon once anchored in search of the Fountain of Youth. This 900-acre park, once an outpost during the Spanish-American War, is now a peaceful refuge where visitors can walk, swim, or picnic amidst Florida's unspoiled natural beauty.

Thrill-seekers can glide through the air on a parasail or bouncing over the water on a Wave Runner. Charter boats offer the excitement of deep-sea fishing and a chance to wrestle with enormous tarpon. Likewise, relaxation is as close as the sandy shoreline or a casual afternoon of fishing from a sea wall. Golf courses speckled throughout the area provide opportunities for a friendly game in the afternoon breeze.

St. Pete Beach plays host to many activities that the entire family can enjoy. Art festivals, dance performances and musical events are sure to keep spirits high, while tropical boutiques, seafood restaurants and nightclubs offer a taste of Florida's fun-loving beach town lifestyle.

Visitors can watch awe-inspiring sunsets, enjoy great weather and pristine white sands, all within a short drive of world-famous attractions. Conveniently located just a few miles away from St. Petersburg's restaurants and entertainment, a quick drive away from Tampa's professional sporting events and Busch Gardens, and less than 100 miles away from the Orlando attractions, St. Pete Beach is the best of both worlds.

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