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.
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.