One of the southern-most barrier islands in Pinellas County, St. Pete Beach is a Floridian resort city and beach town of the very best kind. The city is internationally recognized for the 1928 landmark Don CeSar resort, a gathering place for celebrities and world leaders. The local Pass-A-Grille area offers art galleries, surf shops, a dog-friendly beach, and the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum (located in a 1917-built church). Just south of St. Pete Beach is Shell Key Nature Preserve and Fort De Soto Park, untouched nature attractions that feel completely removed from the nearby urban center.
St. Pete Beach embodies an eclectic blend of stunning beachfront resorts and high-rise condominiums with quaint beach houses and cozy cabanas. It’s no wonder the city won first place in TripAdvisor’s contest for Best Beach in the U.S. in 2021 and fifth place for best beach in the world. As one travel guide put it, “This friendly, laid-back beach town is part family destination, part low-key haven for aspiring beach bums.” And the city’s unmatched 361 days of sunshine per year add to the enjoyment of this Florida paradise.
St. Pete Beach is best known for its diverse attractions. This beach town has something for everyone, from the natural tropical wonders at Upham Beach Park and Secret Garden to the upscale urban amenities at Tradewinds Island Grand and the Postcard Inn. Unique establishments offer timeless experiences, like Rumfish’s three enormous aquariums, one of which you can snorkel in! And live music reverberates around every corner, embodying the love for music that nearby St. Petersburg is so well known for.
For residents who want to get out on the water, there are several marinas and boat launches, including the Marina Bay of St. Pete Beach and the Pass-A-Grill Marina. Residents who prefer a stroll in the park can enjoy Horan Park, Egan Park, and Ron McKenney Park. The nearby Isle Del Sol Yacht & Country Club services boat enthusiasts and golf aficionados.
St. Pete Beach is also a major center for annual events and community happenings, known for world famous festivals, competitions, and gatherings. Perhaps the most famous is the Don CeSar’s annual Polo Event, a truly unique sport of polo on the beach. This event takes place on the Don CeSar’s private beach, a stunning display of horsemanship and teamwork. Just as there is something always going on in St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach hosts frequent events and festivals, maintaining a tradition of daily activities and happenings.
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