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About St. Pete Beach

The 'Sunset Capital of Florida', St Pete Beach sits on the north shore of Tampa Bay. With miles of powder white sand and warm waves from the of the Gulf of Mexico gently lapping the shore, it's a perfect beach vacation destination. There's culture too, in its art museums and architecture.

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About St Pete Beach

A charming beach haven with dolphins swimming just offshore and a variety of watersports, snorkeling and diving tours to sign up to, St Pete Beach is extremely popular.

The 361 days of sunshine a year helps, of course! But the city is pretty cosmopolitan too - it boasts the largest collection of Salvador Dali paintings outside Spain. It's also close to Tampa (30 minutes’ drive) and Orlando (under two hours) for day trips.

St Pete Beach was St Petersburg Beach until 1957 when it was joined with three others to form St Petersburg City. In 1994, it became St Pete Beach. The north beach area is called Pass-A-Grille after Cuban fishermen who sat and grilled fish there. It was also here, back at the turn of the century, that residents first set up home in the area. It became an official town in 1911 and three years later electricity arrived.

What to do in St Pete Beach

Get the boat shuttle from Merry Pier to Shell Key where you can go beach combing, snorkeling and bird watching. Another fine snorkeling destination is the ruins at Egmont Key.

Drive 15 minutes to Fort Desoto Park for some kayaking, bike riding or even to fish on the pier.

Go and take a look around the gorgeous Art Deco style Don CeSar Hotel - the only one of its kind on the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Visit the Historic Corey Avenue Shopping District for some extensive retail therapy.

Swim with the fishes at the RunFish Grill by snorkeling in the giant 33,500-gallon tank. There you could touch fins with a nurse shark, green moray eel, cobia, snook and other fish with names you've never heard of before.

Head to the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum which this year (2017) celebrates its centenary. It's located in Pass-A-Grille's first church and archives the island's colorful history.

Top travel tips for St Pete Beach

If you're hiring a car, it's worth remembering the main street here is a four-lane road with many traffic lights.

Some of the bars and restaurants can be pretty noisy at night, particularly on the main Gulf Boulevard.

Don't miss the tiny - and quiet - Pass-A-Grille Beach with its beautiful sands and historic legacy.

Get around on the Suncoast Beach Trolley - you can get it as far along as Clearwater Beach and jump on and off when you feel like it. There's a trolley every 30 minutes from 5.05am to 10.10pm daily and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

An idyllic beach vacation resort, St Pete Beach Florida isn't as crowded as some of the other big resorts in the area yet the natural amenities are just as impressive. This is the place to spot dolphins frolicking in the sea and to watch amazing sunsets while sipping on a cocktail.

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