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Saint Petersburg (Florida)

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Saint Petersburg [1] is located at the base of the Tampa Bay peninsula in Pinellas County, Florida, and enjoys a more subdued social atmosphere than its larger cousin, Tampa. The city has tried to characterize the downtown as an arts and entertainments destination and you will find no shortage of arts and crafts stores, galleries, and museums along with cafes and boutique food shops all within a couple blocks of the Tampa Bay waterfront.

Understand[edit]

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 70 71 76 81 86 89 90 90 89 84 77 72
Nightly lows (°F) 53 54 59 64 70 74 76 76 75 68 60 54
Precipitation (in) 2.3 2.8 3.4 1.6 2.6 5.7 7 7.8 6.1 2.5 1.9 2.2

Check Saint Petersburg's 7 day forecast at NOAA

With water on three sides of the city, St. Pete is a superb location for fishing, sailing, and wandering beaches.

Saint Petersburg was founded by John C. Williams from Detroit, Michigan, who purchased the land in 1876. The town began with the help of Peter Demens, who was instrumental in bringing a railroad connection there in 1888. Saint Petersburg was named after the Saint Petersburg in Russia, the birthplace of Peter Demens. A local legend says that John C. Williams and Peter Demens flipped a coin to see who would have the honor of naming the city. Peter Demens won and named the city after his birthplace, while John C. Williams named the first hotel after his birthplace, Detroit. The Detroit Hotel still exists downtown, but it was converted into condos in 2002.

The city publishes the free "Downtown St.Petersburg Guide & Map" booklet, updated each season, that contains maps, trolley routes, and listings for hundreds of museums, events, restaurants, & hotels along with coupons. You can find the guide in dispensers throughout downtown and in many businesses.

Get in[edit]

By airplane[edit]

  • Saint Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (IATA: PIE), [2] is served mostly by budget airlines and used for private aviation. It is a hub for Allegient Air which flies to about two dozen small airports throughout the Midwest & Northeast. Air Transat to Halifax & Toronto (both seasonal); Sunwing Airlines to Toronto; Vision Air to Gulfport-Biloxi.
  • Tampa International Airport (IATA: TPA), [3] has a much wider selection of airlines and more frequent arrivals and departures and is just 10mi (16km) across the bay. TIA can be reached by taking I-275 across the Howard Frankland bridge and taking the first exit, State Road 60/Veterans Expwy, north.
  • Albert Whitted Airport (IATA: SPG) is on the southeastern edge of downtown and extends into the bay. It is used for general aviation and features in the annual Honda Grand Prix during which the runway and taxiways are part of the course.

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak offers service via Tampa's Union Station with connecting thruway bus service. Amtrak's ticket office for St. Petersburg is located at 5251 110 Av N in Pinellas Park, in the Pinellas Park Square Shopping Center (Corner of US 19 and 110 Av N).

By car[edit]

The primary route in and out of the city is Interstate 275. I-275 runs north to Tampa and connects with Interstate 4 (Orlando, East Coast) and Interstate 75. I-275 runs south over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Bradenton and connects with Interstate 75 heading south to Sarasota, Ft.Meyers, Naples, and South Florida.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

There is a county-wide bus system called PSTA (short for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority). The buses run daily from 6AM-8PM Sun-Thurs and 6AM-midnight Fri & Sat. The price is $2 per ride. Daily unlimited-ride cards are available on board for $4.50. The PSTA bus system can transport you all over St. Petersburg and to other towns in Pinellas County. They also allow small domestic animals as long as they are in carriers. [4]

By trolley[edit]

There trolley-styled buses, [5], on two separate lines:

  • The city-run Downtown Looper makes a loop around downtown and connects rides with most destinations between 5th Avenue N-6th Avenue S and east of 5th Street N/S. Fare is just 50¢ for adults & youth; 25¢ for seniors (65+), disabled, & Medicare cardholders; and free for children 5 and under. The fare is paid every time you board with no free transfers.
  • The PSTA-run Central Avenue Shuttle runs along Central Avenue and also connects to the Pier, Williams Park, and St.Pete Beach. The fare is free between The Pier and Baywalk, 50¢ between Baywalk & Grand Central Station, and $2 west of Grand Central Station. Seniors (65+), disabled, & Medicare cardholders travel for half price (25¢ or $1) and children 5 and under are free. When the trolly is traveling west, you pay when you exit. When the trolly is traveling east, you pay when you board. GO Cards are accepted on this line.

The two lines connect at (no free transfers): Baywalk & The Pier. Connections with PSTA bus routes are available at Grand Central Station & Williams Park. The city also runs a free "Baseball Shuttle" between downtown parking garages and Tropicana Field for certain games where large crowds are expected.

By Tour[edit]

Day Tripper Express provides round-trip transportation/tour services from Clearwater Beach and Sand Key Beach Hotels every Friday for $30.50 per person see your Hotel Concierge or call 727-365-5832.

By car[edit]

There are over 25,000 available public parking spaces in St. Petersburg. Metered parking spaces along streets in downtown and at parking lots along the bay. There are also several public parking garages in downtown. As of October 2011, the rates along the Pier are $0.75/hr.

Rental Cars are available from:

  • Dollar Rent A Car. 5005 Gulf Boulevard, St Pete Beach, FL‎ - (727) 367-3779
  • Enterprise Rent A Car. 297 75Th Ave, St Petersburg, FL‎ - (727) 363-3801
  • Payless Car Rental. 2350 34th Street North, St Petersburg, FL‎ - (727) 321-6352(Corporate office only)‎
  • Best Buy Car Rentals. 8440 Bay Pines Blvd, Saint Petersburg, FL‎ - (727) 209-1828‎
  • Avis Rent A Car. 5300 Gulf Boulevard, St Pete Beach, FL‎ - (727) 367-2847‎
  • Hertz Rent A Car. 333 1st Street South, St Petersburg, FL‎ - (727) 823-5895

By taxi[edit]

  • TAXI (Pinellas County Taxi Service, Inc.) (813) 358-TAXI (8294), 4231 55th Ave N, St Petersburg, FL http://www.ihearttaxi.com
  • Town Taxi. (727) 525-5700, 5205 Haines Rd N, St Petersburg, FL
  • Independent Taxi (Independent Taxi Service Company) (727) 327-3444, 5656 66th St N, St Petersburg, FL http://independenttaxiservice.com
  • Pronto Cab. (727) 823-3995, 920 19th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL
  • Blue Star Cab. (727) 327-4104, 1311 22nd St S, St Petersburg, FL
  • Yellow Cab (Peninsula Transportation Group, LLC) (727) 222-2222, 1850 SE 17th St, Ste 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 http://yellowcabflorida.com
  • Yellow Cab (Florida Gulf Coast Transportation Group, LLC) (727) 799-2222, 1850 SE 17th St, Ste 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 http://www.yellowcabflorida.com/florida-gulf-coast-transportation/
  • United Cab (Bay Area Metro, LLC) (727) 777-7777, 17174 Us Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33764 http://gounitedtaxi.com

By bicycle[edit]

The Pinellas Trail starts in downtown and runs the entire length of Pinellas County.

See[edit][add listing]

The new Dali museum.
  • Salvador Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd. South, +1 727-823-3767 (), [6]. M-W & Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM, Th 9:30AM-8PM, F 9:30AM-6:30PM, Su Noon-5:30PM. In November 2011 the Dali museum opened in a new building located on the downtown waterfront between the Mahaffey Theater & Albert Witted Airport and built to protect the collection from a Category 5 hurricane! From huge canvases to portraits of the Spanish artist, this museum hosts the largest collection of Dali artwork in the United States. Admission, as of October 2011, is: $21 adults; $19 seniors 65+; $15 students 18+ (with acceptable student ID); $15 youth (13-17); $7 children (6-12); and free for children 5 and under. On Thursdays, admission is just $10 from 5PM to closing.  edit
  • Sunken Gardens, [7]. A lush oasis of plant life in the heart of Saint Petersburg. The garden offers a maze of paths through dense vegetation, with the lowest point in the garden at least 15 feet below street level. It was originally a lake drained by a plumber who charged nickels to enter, but became a roadside attraction for many years until falling into disrepair. In 1999 the city of Saint Petersburg bought the property and began restorations. The Great Explorations Children's Museum [8] now inhabits a building on the property as well.  edit
  • Fort DeSoto Park, [9]. A grand stretch of beaches and wilderness at the southwest edge of Saint Petersburg. Named for the historic Fort DeSoto [10], the park offers fishing, camping, recreation areas, and several miles of undeveloped beach area.  edit
  • Don CeSar Hotel. [11] This majestic pink colossus radiates gold as the sun sets over the Gulf. Once used as a R&R hospital during World War II, this high-scale resort offers boutiques, an ice-cream shop, and beautiful beach access along Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach.
  • Florida Holocaust Museum. [12] Located at 55 Fifth Street South. Hours are 10AM-5PM with the last admission at 4PM. Founded by Walter and Edie Loebenberg, the museum opened in 1992. It moved to its current site in 1998.
  • Chihuly Collection presented by Morean Arts Center, 400 Beach Drive NE, (727) 896-4527, [13]. Mo-We & Fr-Sa 10AM - 6PM; Th 10AM - 8PM; Su 12PM - 6PM. A permanent collection of glass art by the world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

The "Snell Arcade" building houses some of the shops and restaurants that line Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg.
  • The Pier - [14] Located in downtown St. Pete on Tampa Bay at the end of Second Ave N.E. Built in 1973, the upside-down pyramid main building is home to shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars, a large food court, an aquarium, a large bayside observation deck and other activities. The Pier also hosts concerts and cultural/leisure activities. Visitors can feed the pelicans, catch a free trolley from the Pier to go downtown into St. Pete or catch a sightseeing cruise. Parking is $3 except for special events and a shuttle is available to take you to the main building. Street-side parking is available for $0.75/hr. The building is open 365 days/year. Hours are Mo-Th 10AM-9PM; Sa 10AM-10PM; Su 11AM-7PM although restaurant and attraction hours vary.
  • Tampa Bay Rays, [15] Tropicana Field. This baseball team plays home games in Saint Petersburg. Tickets are between $9-$275. Tickets are widely available for all games.
  • Circus McGurkis. [16] "A celebration of love, community and the power of nonviolence to change the world." Sponsored by the Quakers, this distinctly local event has been celebrated for over 30 years. Circus McGurkis is held the last Saturday of October, bringing together social and political activists, local businesses, and members of the community in a bazaar-like atmosphere of peace and friendship.
  • Art Walk in Gulfport. [17] Held 6-9PM on the first Friday of each month in Gulfport along Beach Blvd. Local artists show and sell their wares, with refreshments and dining for the community.
  • Saint Petersburg Times Festival of Reading. [18] A celebration of reading hosted at Eckerd College annually in November. Acclaimed authors, journalists, and critics join in panels and give talks while children enjoy theater, storytelling, and games.
  • First Friday. [19] On the first Friday of every month there is a Street party on Central Ave. from 2nd to 3rd St. 5:30PM to 10PM. It is free and usually has live music.
  • Central Avenue's Monthly Gallery Walk – Second Saturday of every month. Extended evening hours at participating galleries throughout downtown, 5:30PM to 9PM. See and acquire some of the area's finest art; meet gallery owners and artists.
  • Jannus Landing. [20] Built in 1888 Jannus Landing is the oldest outdoor concert venue in Florida. Some of the largest bands come to play the small venue because of its unique look and feel.
  • Tampa Bay Segs - [21] Offers the opportunity to see Saint Petersburg on a Segway® Human Transporter. Tour covers at all of the highlights in St. Pete. Tour begins in Baywalk.
  • Baywalk - [22] Located in the heart of downtown St. Pete includes places to enjoy the areas fine dining, shopping and entertainment
  • Gulf Beaches - [23] Beautiful sandy beaches from Fort DeSoto Beach to St. Pete Beach to Clearwater. All beaches are a short 10-15 minutes west of the city of St. Pete.
  • Gulfport is a very colorful and cute waterfront town about six miles southwest of Downtown. There's a lot of great cafes here, plus a ton of art galleries. Growing nightlife scene also.
  • EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals (RENT-A-HARLEY)[24], Toll free: 888-660-5511. This is a great way to spend the day enjoying all that is offered in the beach communities.
  • Jet Fighter flight, +41 44 500 50 10, [25]. The customer can fly the Aero L-39 Albatros Jet fighter itself under close watch of the pilot.  edit
  • Island Boat Adventures, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, 727-871-2628, [26]. Island Boat Adventures offers daily dolphin watching / snorkeling trips to Egmont Key Island. Egmont Key is a magnificent island and a Florida state park that is just a few miles off shore at the mouth of Tampa Bay and is accessible only by boat. $39.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • 400 Beach [27]. 400 Beach Drive. 727 - 897 - 9699. Includes a chocolate shop, a gallery & dining. 1 block north of Parkshore Plaza.
  • Agora. 915 Central Ave. 727 - 895 - 6419. Visit Agora on Central Ave for Indian & Chinese furniture, lighting, incense, jewelry & more that you probably won’t find anywhere else. Everything is unique & is a great buy if you’re in a spending kind of mood but don’t want to blow the bank account.
  • Being[www.shopbeing.com]. 1575 4th St. N. 727 - 822 - 6252. Wide variety of home interior accessories, plus gifts and mementos. Open M-Sa 10-6.
  • Bernies & Son Jewelers. 154 Beach Dr. NE. 727 - 823 - 2000. Voted Tampa Bay's Favorite Jeweler in "St. Pete Times" poll. 33 years of offering St. Petersburg estate as well as unique one-of-a-kind handmade custom jewelry. Quality repairs & personalized service.
  • Nest [www.nestgalleries.com]. 1545 4th St. N. 727 - 498 - 6988. Opened in summer 2014. Offers beautiful home furnishings, decor, art, lighting, linens, and unique luxury gifts. Open Mon-Sat, 10AM - 6PM
  • The Florida Craftsman. 501 Central Ave. 727 - 821 - 7931. The gallery offers fine craft for collectors of traditional materials & innovative designs in clay, wood, fiber, glass & jewelry. This statewide organization features exhibitions of regional, national & emerging artists. Hours: M-Sa 10AM-5:30PM.
  • Haslam's Bookstore. 2025 Central Ave. 727 - 822 - 8616. Florida's largest bookstore with over 300,000 books. A large selection in nearly every category and many old and/or collectible sets. Their prices are high for used books and many of the new books are previous (5+ year old) editions in new condition (i.e. 8-10 year old travel guides in new condition sold for their retail price). Nonetheless, with the huge selection, you should be able to make many interesting finds.
  • I. C. Sharkets Seafood Market, 13040 Gandy Blvd. (Gandy Blvd. Go east on the left after Derby Lane), (727) 498-8568, [28]. Fresh seafood market, steamed blue crabs, boat rentals, bait & tackle, Marina on Tampa Bay  edit
  • The Saturday Morning Market, Al Lang Stadium parking lot (1st Ave. S and 1st St, downtown), (727) 455-4921, [29]. 9AM - 2PM. Fresh fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, hot/cold food, live entertainment, and other vendors. Open from Early October to Late May.  edit
  • Shapiro's Gallery of Contemporary Arts. 300 Beach Drive NE. 727 - 894 - 2111. Shapiro's is a 3,000 sf gallery on Beach Drive and features jewelry, clay, glass, wood, metal and Judaica. Mobiles, kaleidoscopes and outdoor art for the patio and garden.
  • Talk of The Town[www.talkofthetowntogo.com]. 111 2nd Ave NE. 727 - 896 - 5400. Huge selection of fashion jewelry, handbags, evening bags, luggage, dog accessories, etc. From trendy to traditional. Champagne toast every weekend.
  • Treasures of Morocco[www.treasuresofmorocco.com]. 1441 Central Ave. 727 - 894 - 2422. Rugs, lamps, mirrors, tiles, ceramics, fountains, mosaic tables, Moroccan and Mediterranean furniture. Now doing Moroccan catering. Located opposite Tropicana Field.
  • Moonfish Bay Gallery & Artist Studio, 218 150th Avenue, Madeira Beach (Just over Tom Stuart Causeway on right 2 blocks before Gulf of Mexico!), 727-742-2903, [30]. Vary depending on season see website or call. Fine Art the Beach! Gallery features rotating exhibitions of mostly Florida artists and is also the studio of artist Deborah Dabinet. You are likely to find just about any type of work depending on the show – oils, acrylics, sculpture, etchings, block prints, glass, silk paintings, and lots more.  edit
  • Gulf Beach Weddings, 6655Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach Florida, 727-475-2272, [31]. A great place for a perfect beach wedding. Come for a vacation leave as husband and wife, or renew your vows.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • El Cap's Burgers and Sandwiches. 3500 4th St N, Tel: (727) 521-1314. A local legacy. Cap's is wallpapered with awards for Best Burger from every conceivable publication. Excellent sandwiches, family friendly, popular with local sports fans.
  • Central Cafe & Organics. 243 Central Av, Tel: (727) 824-0881. Tasty healthy lunches and dinners. Many vegetarian options, in addition to tuna and chicken dishes.
  • Evos, 2631 4th Street North, 727-571-evos. [32]. A chain that offers healthier alternatives to most fast-food joints, Evos offers healthy burgers, wraps, shakes and "air fries" in a fun, friendly environment. Everything is either hormone free or organic and there are plenty of choices for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Taco Bus, 2324 Central Ave. Tel: (727) 322-5000. [33]. Excellent Mexican street food served outside from a food truck.
  • Mazarro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Avenue N. Tel: (727) 321-2400. [34]. Extensive deli, delicious meats and sandwiches, prepared meals, soups, salads - all very reasonably priced. Coffee/espresso bar, extensive wine cellar with selections from all over the world. Nice craft brewed and imported beer selection too. Eat in or take out. Just off of I-275 on 22nd Ave N.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Cafe Alma, [35], 260 1st AVENUE SOUTH #100. Next to Regions Bank. Open from lunch to late night, the atmosphere sets the mood for the stimulating yet charmingly straight forward International dishes. 2-4-1 Drink Specials and Tapas Specials Everyday.
  • Captain Al's Waterfront Bar & Grill, [36]. Also located at the Pier is Captain Al's, though it is on the first floor of the facility rather than the fourth. It's menu is primarily seafood, though it does have a small assortment of soups, salads and meat/poultry dishes. The quality of their seafood-based meals is very high. It is less expensive than Columbia's upstairs; prices range from around $6-$15 USD for most dishes. Be aware that the price for their Grouper and "Fresh Catch of the Day" is somewhat variable, though.
  • Columbia Restaurant, [37]. Located at the Pier in Downtown St. Pete. It is on the fourth floor and offers a panoramic view of Tampa Bay. There is also another location on Sand Key near Clearwater. Great Spanish menu, steaks and authentic Cuban sandwiches. It is somewhat pricey, however -- meals typically range from $10-$30 USD.
  • The Moon Under Water, 332 Beach Dr. N.E. across from the Museum of Fine Arts, (727)896-6160. Menu features a variety of Indian cuisine, traditional English plates, American favourites and excellent curries. Great fish & chips. Over 15 import beers on tap!
  • The King and I restaurant, Central Ave. between 4th and 5th St N. Great sushi and thai. You won't be disappointed with their sushi special (menu on the board, behind the sushi chef station). Thai food is excellent too! Also Open Sunday for dinner - it is very difficult to find a restaurant open on Sunday in St. Pete's downtown area.

Splurge[edit]

To be classified[edit]

  • Pia's in Gulfport has wonderful charm. Feels like you are in Italy with fabulous food. They also do a great brunch on the weekends.
  • O'Maddys in Gulfport. Overlooking the waterfront. Bananas foster mahi mahi is phenomenal! Great place to grab a drink anytime.
  • Hurricane's Restaurant. Seafood restaurant & bar overlooking beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Located at the southern end of Passegrille. Can be very busy around sunset. Get there early if you want to dine before they convert the restaurant to a nightclub.
  • Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish. Bring in your fresh catch and have them smoke it for you, or have a bite of theirs, with a side of their famous German Potato Salad. Located 1350 Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena.
  • Chiang Mai, Asia Grille, The King and I and Bangkok 9 are just a few of the Thai restaurants found in the downtown section of Central Avenue.
  • Habana Cafe, 5402 Gulfport Blvd, Gulfport. Phone: +1 (727) 321-8855, [38]. Excellent Cuban food in a restored old St. Petersburg home. The lechon and the butterfly shrimp are can't-miss menu items.
  • Amelita's Spanish Cuban Cafe. The owner grew up in Ybor City back in the 50s & 60s and patterned the restaurant after the small Cafes of that era. Nothing fancy, just a large portion of great tasting food, a friendly atmosphere, and moderate prices.  edit
  • The Lobster Pot Restaurant, 17814 Gulf Boulevard, Redington Shores, [39]. .Highly acclaimed, considered one of the best seafood restaurants in the area. $$$$.  edit
  • Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant, 4175 66th St N, St Petersburg, FL‎ ‎, (727) 381-8888. The most authentic Chinese food available in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. This restaurant serves up authentic Cantonese style food - with a special emphasis on freshness and authenticity. $.  edit
  • Captain Al's Waterfront Bar & Grill, [40]. Also located at the Pier is Captain Al's, though it is on the first floor of the facility rather than the fourth. It's menu is primarily seafood, though it does have a small assortment of soups, salads and meat/poultry dishes. The quality of their seafood-based meals is very high. It is less expensive than Columbia's upstairs; prices range from around $6-$15 USD for most dishes. Be aware that the price for their Grouper and "Fresh Catch of the Day" is somewhat variable, though.
  • Columbia Restaurant, [41]. Located at the Pier in Downtown St. Pete. It is on the fourth floor and offers a panoramic view of Tampa Bay. There is also another location on Sand Key near Clearwater. Great Spanish menu, steaks and authentic Cuban sandwiches. It is somewhat pricey, however -- meals typically range from $10-$30 USD.
  • The Moon Under Water, 332 Beach Dr. N.E. across from the Museum of Fine Arts, (727)896-6160. Menu features a variety of Indian cuisine, traditional English plates, American favourites and excellent curries. Great fish & chips. Over 15 import beers on tap!
  • The King and I restaurant, Central Ave. between 4th and 5th St N. Great sushi and thai. You won't be disappointed with their sushi special (menu on the board, behind the sushi chef station). Thai food is excellent too! Also Open Sunday for dinner - it is very difficult to find a restaurant open on Sunday in St. Pete's downtown area.
  • Central Avenue Oyster Bar, 249 Central Avenue. 727 - 897 - 9728. Not just oysters! Fresh seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta dishes cooked to perfection.
  • Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant, 10 Beach Drive. 727 - 209 - 2299. Voted Best Restaurant in Tampa Bay. Original Spanish recipes from Northern Spain. The most unique dining experience in the area! Over 100 hot & cold tapas available with an incredible wine list. Live music Tu-Su. [42]
  • Chang Mai Thailand Restaurant. 1100 Central Avenue. 727 - 895 - 4851. Authentic Thai food!
  • Durty Nelly's Irish Pub. 149 1st Ave N. 727 - 823 - 3878. Durty Nelly's is a friendly Irish tavern that offers a full liquor bar as well as a wide variety of beers. Pool, game machines, live music and Karaoke keep you entertained.
  • Fresco's Waterfront Bistro. 300 2nd Ave NE. 727 - 894 - 4429. St. Pete Times food critic Chris Sherman says, "As delicious as the view... seafood, pasta & chops with imagination." Enjoy New World & Gulf Coast Cuisine, downtown's only waterfront fine dining experience. Sat & Sun brunch. Happy hour every day. Award-winning wine list.
  • The Garden Restaurant. 217 Central Ave. 727 - 896 - 3800. This historic & unique restaurant offers the best value downtown! Fresh local seafood, produce, tapas, pasta dishes & more. Full liquor bar, scrumptious homemade flourless chocolate cake & seating under the banyan tree. Live jazz Fri & Sat nights. www.thegardenbistro.com
  • Moon Under Water. 332 Beachdrive NE. 727 - 896 - 6160.“The Moon” is a delightful Tavern with warm mahogany finishings, working fireplace and wood floors creating a friendly and unique atmosphere. Spectacular views from the covered verandah overlook Straub Park and the Vinoy basin.
  • Parkshore Grill. 300 Beach Drive NE. 727 - 896 - DINE. Superb contemporary cuisine on Downtown St. Pete’s waterfront. Sidewalk dining overlooks the beautiful Vinoy Yacht Basin. Savor fresh seafood, salads, paninis & burgers for lunch or enjoy dinner of lobster, filets, king crab or sumptuous chef-prepared meals.
  • Red Mesa. 4912 4th St. N. 727 - 527 - 8728. Ceviche, Cerveza, Sangria....Just 5 minutes north of downtown, "the" place for regional Mexican & Southwest cuisine. Fresh steaks and seafood served in a casual upscale atmosphere. Lunch and Dinner daily. Sunday Brunch. Beer & wine. www.redmesarestaurant.com
  • St Pete Brasserie. 539 Central Ave. 727 - 823 - 3700. Classic French cuisine, affordable to all. Prix Fixe menu just $19 nightly, 5-6:30PM. Full bar, drink checks 1/2 price & $5 appetizers during happy hour, 5-7PM.
  • 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House. 400 Beach Drive. 727 - 896 - 2400.Downtown's newest restaurant! Fresh seafood daily, Raw Bar, indoor/outdoor seating, lunch & dinner; Sunday brunch. 24 beers on tap, 48 wines by the glass, full liquor bar. Banquet/meeting rooms & private dining rooms available. Sports on 12 flat screens. www.400BeachSeafood.com.
  • Sweet Divas Chocolates, [43]. 400 Beach Drive. 727 - 379 - 4567. Offering fine chocolates, cupcakes, muffins, ice cream, coffees, teas, wines, champagnes, flowers, and gifts. Bistro type seating overlooking Beach Drive and the waterfront.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Downtown is a beautiful waterfront area that teems with nightlife these days. There's everything from microbrew pubs, martini bars, to dance clubs. Rivals Ybor City and Hyde Park areas of Tampa for strongest nightlife scene for 100 miles or better.
  • Grand Central District is about two miles west of Downtown. This area has a bohemian feel and is also noted as a "gayborhood." Lots of laid back bars with a playful vibe.

Bars

  • Taps & Tequila - Beer Garden | Tequila Lounge, 1235 Central Ave, (727) 822-8239, [44]. M-F (3p-3a), Sat/Sun (11a-3a). Great patio with 24 beers on tap and 50+ bottled beers and Microbrews. Inside lounge with specialty Tequilas, infused Tequilas and Full liquor bar, Wine and Champagne with great daily specials.  edit

Gay Clubs

  • Georgie's Alibi, 300 31rst St N. Local Favorite, drag shows/food/dance floor. Very Popular Thursday nights.
  • Detour, 2609 Central Ave. Dance and drag bar. Nice patio.
  • Sporters Biker Bar, ML King St and 2nd Ave N. Levi/Leather crowd.
  • Lucky Star Lounge, 2800 Central Ave. Small neighborhood bar.
  • Club Nautico, 4900 66th St N. Drag bar.
  • Hideaway/Haymarket, 8300 4th St N. Side by side lesbian and mens bars in the north end of town.
  • A Taste of Wine 241 Central Ave. Wine bar with a good selection, open evenings, also serves light eats.
  • Oar House bar & Liquor store,, 4807 22nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg. fun neighborhood bar, karoke on W-Fr_Sun free bingo and buffet on wednesdays @545PM with Bingo Bitch Rick. M-S 9AM - 2AM Su 1PM - 2AM see www.myspace.com/oarhousestpete  edit
  • Pepperz lounge & Liquor store, 4918 22nd avenue south, Gulfport FL 33707. Fun neighborhood bar, sister bar to OarHouse,Thursday nites are underwear night, Fridays are dance night with DJ-M, Saturday night is Show nite with Hostess Bobby York and special guests, showtimes 10PM and 1130PM, Best Drink Prices in Town! M-Sa 2PM - 2AM Su 2PM- Midnight see www.myspace.com/pepperzbar  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Several beach front and cityside hotels, from chain to locally owned & operated. The Spring Break period of March-April is typically the peak time for rates and crowds. The St. Pete area gets its share of Spring Breakers but many seem to flock to other parts of the state.

Other beachfront communities have their own motel/hotel areas as well. St. Pete Beach, Sand Key, Clearwater, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, John's Pass, and several other communities are in Pinellas County and located along the beach. There is also the city of Pinellas Park.

Travellers might find deals at many hotel/motel locations along 34th Street in St. Pete. This is U.S. 19. These are inland hotels but are just a short drive to the beaches or the city.

  • Bay Palms Resort, 4237 Gulf Boulevard. St. Pete Beach, Phone: (727)360-7642, Fax: (727) 360-1856, [45]. directions: From I-275 take exit 17 (Pinellas Bayway) WEST to St. Pete Beach, then RIGHT on Gulf Boulevard, 3/4 mile to 4237 Gulf Boulevard. Property will be on the right. Checkin is at 3:00PM and checkout is at 11:00AM. To email the Resort use [frontoffice@baypalmsresort.com]. Bay Palms Waterfront Resort is a boutique resort (Gay and Pet Friendly), with only 15 rooms. This property is directly on Boca Ciega Bay and has one of the largest privately owned fishing piers in St Petersburg which is 1500sq feet. You can enjoy great fishing, watch for Manatees and Dolphins, or dock your boat.
  • The Heritage Hotel, [46]. This 1926 historical hotel is in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. Within walking distance to all local attractions including the Salvador Dali Museum, The Pier, Tropicana Field, etc. Put on your walking shoes, step outside our front door, and enjoy all that downtown St. Pete has to offer.
  • Don CeSar Hotel, [47]. This majestic pink colossus radiates gold as the sun sets over the Gulf. Once used as a R&R hospital during World War II, this high-scale resort offers boutiques, an ice-cream shop, and beautiful beach access along Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach.
  • Gulfside Resort, 565 70th Avenue, St. Pete Beach, 727-360-7640, Fax: 727-367-6398, [48]. St. Pete Beach hotel near shopping, dining, and nightlife. Very affordable, clean rooms, nice pool.

These resort/hotel locations offer travellers lodging directly on St. Pete Beach. Walk right out of the hotel onto the white sandy beach; room views of the Gulf of Mexico and plenty of nearby entertainment.

  • Grand Plaza Hotel Resort, 5250 Gulf Boulevard, [49]. St. Pete Beach resort on the Gulf of Mexico, 3 restaurants including Spinners Revolving Restaurant, beach theme weddings and conference centers.
  • Best Western Beachfront, 6200 Gulf Boulevard, [50]. Best Western Hotel on St. Pete Beach, discounted loding directly on the beach, restaurants and live entertainment.
  • Dolphin Beach Resort, 4900 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, Phone: 727-360-7011, Fax: 727-367-5909, [51]. Florida beach front resort, the Dolphin Beach Resort is located right on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Alden Beach Resort, 5900 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, Phone: (727)360-7081, Fax: (727)360-5957, [52]. The St Pete Alden Beach Resort overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and is only 30 minutes from St Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa International Airport. Special features include 900 sq. feet of meeting space, two heated pools, two whirlpool spas, two lighted tennis courts, a children's playground, basketball court, an arcade room, and direct beach access.
  • Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort, 4321 Gulf Blvd, 727-367-2791, [53]. Family owned and operated since 1988, sits directly across the street from the beach and is on the Boca Ciega Bay, small property  edit
  • Plaza Beach Hotel, 4506 Gulf Blvd, 1-800-257-8998, [54]. Family owned and operated since 1988, our collection of beach and waterfront resorts are characterized by small-by-design, family-focused lodging - that means plenty of space and a variety of amenities at a real value.  edit
  • The Ponce De Leon Hotel, 95 Central Ave (From I-275 take exit 23A for I-375 which puts you onto 4th Ave N. When it ends at Beach Drive Make a Right. Make another Right on Central Ave. Is on the Right Side.), 727-550-9300, [55]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. This stylish Mediterranean boutique hotel’s decor captures the epitome of sleek style with the comfort of home for business and leisure travelers alike. For those looking for travel to the warm weather that Florida has to offer year round; The Ponce De Leon welcomes you with air conditioned rooms featuring flat screen cable TV, wireless internet, microwaves, refrigerators, mini-bars, in room coffee and on-premises Laundry. Start at $89.  edit
  • Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, 727-867-1151, [56]. Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove is located 5 minutes from Fort Desoto Park and the Gulf beaches.  edit
  • Courtyard St. Petersburg Clearwater, 3131 Executive Drive Clearwater Florida 33762, 1-727-572-8484, [57].  edit


Stay safe[edit]

Statistically, Saint Petersburg is a safe community. Like any city, there are parts to avoid, but the majority of St. Pete is a modern city full of nice people and hospitable places. Here's a comparison of crime stats: Tampa Vs St. Pete [58] Cities that are tourist attractions are also attractions to those that prey on tourists.

Cope[edit]

The weather is warm year round here with highs typically in the 60s and 70s in the winter and 80s and 90s in the summer. Summers are very hot and humid. Sometimes when it rains in St. Pete, it literally pours!

The hurricane season runs through summer and fall with the peak of the season in September. It has been many years since St. Pete has been directly hit by a hurricane.

Being on a peninsula, the city is surrounded on three sides by water. There are also three very long bridges that access the area, the Sunshine Skyway rises to a height of 17 stories above the Tampa Bay. The Howard Frankland Bridge and the Gandy Bridge are much lower rise as bridges grow. If a person fears long bridges, they should be prepared to deal with this aspect of the area.

Get out[edit]

The port of Tampa is the launchpoint of Caribbean and other cruises. The port is now limited to smaller (relatively speaking) cruise ships since many of the largest vessels on the Caribbean cannot navigate under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (approximately 17 stories high) to enter the bay.

St. Petersburg is about 90 minutes west from Orlando and the various theme parks near Orlando like Disney World and Universal Studios, plus the downtown core of Orlando itself and Little Saigon. Three hours northeast from St. Petersburg is Daytona Beach and Cape Canaveral.


Routes through Saint Petersburg
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