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St Pete Beach

St Pete Beach Holidays

St Pete Beach, Florida, with its year-round sunshine and miles of pristine beaches is the perfect holiday destination. Set against the warm inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico the resort offers a range of watersports, sunset cruises and dolphin watching, or if you prefer, the chance to just relax.

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A resort for all seasons

St Pete Florida is a resort city that lies on a barrier island on Florida's west coast. While the city and surrounding area is packed with visitor attractions, it's the beautiful family-friendly beach St Pete is best-known for. Because Florida's weather is warm all year round, St Pete Beach is not just for the summer months.

With Tampa International Airport and St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport both less than an hour's drive away, access to the resort and St Pete Beach hotels is straightforward. Plus, the Suncoast Beach Trolley service allows for easy travel throughout the town.

When you're on the search for St Pete Beach Florida hotels, there are many to choose from. But without doubt the most distinctive is The Don CeSar on Gulf Boulevard, with its grand architecture and pink façade, an amalgam of Mediterranean and Moorish styles. It has a popular children's beach play area, swimming pool and a range of bars and restaurants where both Al Capone and F Scott Fitzgerald once dined. Alternatively, the Tradewinds Island Grand Beach resort is ideal for families, or those looking for a cheap St Pete Beach holiday might prefer Sirata Beach Resort.

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Take to the water

One of the most exhilarating activities on offer at the beach is parasailing, so if you want to soar above the Gulf of Mexico, go along to Suncoast Watersports on Gulf Boulevard and book a session. If you're feeling adventurous, check out the 'Adrenaline Junky Ride'.

For something a little more sedate, try the stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. There are also some great snorkelling sites on the nearby Egmont Key Preserve and Sand Dollar Island. You might just encounter a sea turtle or an impressive manatee – a threatened species, which can weigh as much as 545kgs.

If you want to try your hand at fishing, Merry Pier on Pass-a-Grille Way is a lovely spot to visit. You can rent all the equipment you need to get started making catches such as flounder, snook and redfish. For a deep-sea adventure, half-day and full-day charters are available.

There's more boating fun at Fort De Soto Country Park at the southwest edge of Mullet Key, a mere 20-minute drive from St Pete Beach. You can also explore the park's historic Fort De Soto, visit the Quartermaster Museum, or just walk the miles of trail and admire the local flora and fauna.

Exploring the area

For something a little different, St Pete Segway Tours, based in neighbouring St Petersburg, are huge fun for all the family. Once you've got the hang of it, off you go exploring.

For art lovers the Salvador Dali Museum, in the Waterfront Museum District in St Petersburg has a fabulous collection, the largest outside Europe. There's a combination of permanent exhibitions enhanced by a regularly changing programme of temporary ones.

St Petersburg is renowned for its championing of the arts. Alongside the Waterfront Museum District there are six other arts districts to investigate. For bookworms, Haslam's Book Store with over 300,000 new and used books is another venue well worth a visit.

Shopping heaven

If shopping is high on your list of things to do, then the Corey Area Shopping District has a range of speciality shops and galleries to tempt you. The Vincent William Gallery with its original paintings, sculpture and exquisite blown glass is a firm favourite with visitors, who return year after year. For designer outfits, handbags, jewellery and other gifts, Annabels is a great choice.

Corey has restaurants and cafes too. The Chill Food Haven and Lounge is popular with families and PJ's Oyster Bar has, as the name suggests, an unrivalled selection of fresh seafood, including some you may not be so familiar with. They have grilled tuna steak, shrimp, a local favourite, Mahi Mahi, and oysters of course. To complete the meal it's got to be the scrumptious key lime pie. On a hot day you can wash it all down with a cold beer.