St. Pete/Clearwater, located on the sun-drenched peninsula on Florida’s west coast, is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay to the east. Boasting 35 miles of award-winning white-sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters, exotic nature trails and stunning hotels, it is the perfect place for a family or couples holiday – all ages will love this diverse and eclectic holiday destination!
The St. Pete beaches are packed full of activities to keep everyone entertained from taking a dip in the warm turquoise waters to boating, paddleboarding, fishing, jet skiing, beach volleyball, biking along the Beach Walk promenade and dolphin boat tours – keep your eyes peeled for all the magnificent wildlife this destination has to offer, including Florida’s famous manatees!
The lively Clearwater Beach also has an abundance of activities. The ultimate place to visit at sunset, as Pier 60 hosts street performers, live music, craft stalls and food every evening. Clearwater Beach is regularly named one of the best beaches in the US in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, while St. Pete Beach, on the south side of St. Pete/Clearwater’s 35-mile coastline, was named TripAdvisor’s #1 Best Beach in the US at the 2021 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.
Beyond the beaches, St. Pete/Clearwater has a plethora of activities to enjoy – be it a walking tour of the colourful urban murals in the Downtown area, a visit to the world-renowned Dalí Museum, a visit to the Tropicana Field Stadium to watch the Tampa Bay Rays play Major League baseball, a visit to the recently expanded Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Florida’s Marine Life Rescue Centre), food tours in the Edge District, a glass-blowing class at the Morean Arts Centre, or visit a craft beer brewery – you’ll have the choice of over 40!
The St. Pete Pier, is a £68 million development across 26-acres of downtown St. Pete which opened in the summer of 2020, and was named the #2 New Attraction in the US by USA today. Home to a state of the art playground, it’s very own beach, waterfront restaurants and a rooftop tiki bar overlooking the downtown skyline. The pier is a huge draw for travellers of all ages, offering something new and exciting that goes beyond typical expectations.
St. Pete/Clearwater has an abundance of accommodation to choose from whether that’s family-friendly or romantic boutique – you’ll have plenty to choose from. The legendary gem that is The Don CeSar is located right on St. Pete Beach. Not only is the hotel surrounded by gorgeous white-sand beaches and ocean views, but the “Pink Palace”, opening in 1928, has a fascinating history.
This destination offers fantastic accommodation from the Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar, to the sleek, modern new builds such as Wyndham Grand, with views across the Gulf Coast. A favourite hotel in the area that is great for the family with an old school jazz vibe, is the Fenway Hotel. The boutique and stylish Postcard Inn is perfect for a romantic or group beach getaway.
The food scene in St. Pete/Clearwater has expanded hugely over the past 10 years. The destination features everything from the Freshest Florida Seafood, to international cuisine from around the globe. Foodies flock over to this area, whether that’s for the rustic-chic Brick and Mortar in St. Pete or the open-air seafood restaurant that is Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill in Clearwater. If it’s a special occasion, get you glad rags on and head over to St. Pete for dinner at the Maritana.
St. Pete/Clearwater is covered with stunning rooftop bars. Voted the best Rooftop Bar in St. Pete/Clearwater, head over to Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest in Clearwater Beach. St. Pete Beach has been named the sunset capital of Florida, so why not check out The Hurricane, grab a cocktail and watch this breathtaking sunset.
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