The Sunshine City
Holidays to St Petersburg will find you in the sun-soaked town of many names – the locals call it St Pete, and, after holding the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine – a whopping 768 – it has also been aptly named The Sunshine City. On average, it sees 361 days of sunshine a year – still very impressive.
And that sun looks pretty good at the city's incredible array of white sand beaches, art museums and community events that attract visitors from near and far. St Petersburg is so well-rounded, somebody should start calling it, Florida's Cosmopolitan City.
With its swoon-worthy array of beaches, St Petersburg used to have a reputation as a popular retirement spot, but recent years has a seen a shift toward a younger crowd. We have a feeling that the wave of bars and clubs had something to do with it.
There's a special emphasis on live music here, with clubs boasting some of Florida's finest musicians and watering holes for serious jazz fans. Big time clubs have also taken root, pumping out multi-storey dance parties until three in the morning, plus easy-going cocktail bars to keep your nights colourful and sweet.
On the calendar
Throughout the year, St Peterburg's streets come alive with popular community events. If there's an American holiday happening, you can believe there'll be a celebration here. Martin Luther King Jr. Day sees a parade and music, while Christmas features a Santa Parade and icy events, despite the warm temperatures.
Bluesfest sets up shop along the waterfront in the spring with live music and big names in the blues scene, while St Pete Pride takes over a weekend in June with block parties, art festivals and a signature pride parade. Book a package holiday to Florida at just about any time of year and you can guarantee there'll be a little something going on.
Time to dine
Expect to eat well while on holiday in St Petersburg, as the cuisine here is about as varied as varied comes, with fare from all over the world. Caribbean, Mexican, British, Italian and American – you name it, there's a restaurant for it. Plus a diner, steakhouse and wine bar, too.
But because of its seaside location, St Petersburg is especially treated to an enviable selection of fresh seafood. You'll find each cuisine comes in a range of vibes, too, from waterfront chic to a swanky rooftop, a corner cantina to a classic American diner.
Days at the museum
Don't be fooled – St Petersburg holidays wont leave you stranded in your average beach town. It's home to a surprising number of museums and cultural activities to round out an otherwise beach-heavy holiday.
The Salvador Dali Museum is found within St Petersburg, and is home to the largest collection of Dali pieces outside of Europe. The region is also home to the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Morean Arts Center, where you'll find wildly wonderful glass sculptures in the permanent Chihuly Collection.