The Best of St. Pete/Clearwater

  • By Christian Armond
  • Published 03 May 2016
  • Revised 13 September 2017
The Best of St. Pete/Clearwater
  • By Christian Armond
  • Published 03 May 2016
  • Revised 13 September 2017
The Best of St. Pete/Clearwater
  • By Christian Armond
  • Published 03 May 2016
  • Revised 13 September 2017
With a superb location along Florida’s spectacular Gulf Coast, it’s no surprise that St. Pete/Clearwater is home to some of the best beaches in the Sunshine State, but what else do these two fantastic coastal cities offer? We’re going to show you with our guide to the best of St Pete/Clearwater.

Best Beaches
clearwater beachClearwater Beach:
A near-perfect white sand beach with clear shallow waters and a palm-lined Beach Walk Promenade with plenty of shops and eateries. Head to the north side of the beach to escape the bustle of Pier 60 and Clearwater Marina.

St. Pete Beach/Pass-a-Grille Beach: Pass-a-Grille Beach is a long undeveloped stretch of St. Pete Beach where you won’t find any high-rise buildings or crowds. Go shelling or snorkelling and soak up the laid-back vibes of this Old Florida beach.

Best Downtown Areas
St. Petersburg: Take a walk along Central Avenue and Beach Drive where you’ll discover a host of fantastic galleries, shops, museums, bars and restaurants whilst taking in the amazing views of Tampa Bay.

Dunedin: Explore Main Street of quaint Downtown Dunedin and browse in a number of local antique stores, clothing boutiques and unique gift shops. You can also stop for a drink or a bite to eat with a variety of alfresco eateries and taverns also located along the street.

Best Sporting Events
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Tampa Bay Rays: Top off your day at the beach with a classic American baseball game. Crowds flock to the Tropicana Field to catch The Tampa Bay Rays taking on opponents like the Boston Red Socks in Major League Baseball.

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete: The Firestone Grand Prix roars into Downtown St. Petersburg every March for three days of high-speed action and plenty of family fun.

Best Festivals

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: There’s no room for collapsing castles here, this ten-day festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Clearwater Beach who gather to watch sculptors transform tons of sand into artistic masterpieces.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday: This world-class jazz festival comes to town for four days and is held at Coachman Park along the waterfront and has featured famous artists like Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck.

Best Foodie Spots

Mazzaro’s Market: This famous St. Pete’s food market does get busy at times but it’s worth a visit for the focaccia, cheese room and deli counter alone.

Saturday Morning Market: Every Saturday from October to May between the hours of 10am and 2pm, locals and visitors head to downtown St. Petersburg to pick up fresh produce, sample delicious street food and catch live music whilst browsing artisan booths.

Best Outdoor Adventures

Parasailing: Take to the skies above Clearwater Beach and experience the ultimate rush as you soar 800 feet above the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Diving Artificial Reefs: With more than 40 artificial reefs located between 38 to 200 miles off the coast of St. Pete/Clearwater, discover a world of underwater colour and thousands of intriguing species of fish.

Best Museums

The Dali Museum: Feast your eyes on the largest collection of work outside of Spain by world-famous surrealist artist Salvador Dali in this stunning waterfront museum.

Museum of Fine Arts: Get your cultural fix at this Downtown St. Petersburg museum where you’ll find works from world-famous artists like Monet and O’Keeffe as well as ancient art.

Best Rooftop Bars

The Hurricane: Sample their signature ‘Hurricane’ cocktail whilst enjoying outstanding 360-degree views of Pass-a-Grille.

Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest: You’ll find Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest atop Clearwater Beach’s Pier House 60 Marina Hotel. Sit here to watch the sunset and admire the views of Downtown Clearwater, North Clearwater Beach and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Villas: Find your very own home-from-home with a fantastic selection of beachfront villas located in Clearwater. Go from sofa to sea in a matter of minutes and enjoy plenty of home comforts as well as things like private pools and BBQs.

Hotels: With hotels to suit every taste and budget, youll find plenty of options around St. Pete/Clearwater. Make the most of fantastic resort facilities, such as swimming pools, spas and on-site dining.

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