St Pete Beach – One of Florida’s Best Beaches
You have heard about the phrase “follow the yellow brick road” from the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. In 1916 Pinellas County, Florida built a red brick road on top of a dusty one lane road leading to a patch of beach running along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. And follow they did – straight to St. Pete Beach! Millions of tourists travel what is now the six-lane highway we know call Gulf Boulevard.
Today several miles of white St. Pete Beach sandy beaches are loaded with hotels, restaurant, t-shirt stores and trendy shops. St. Pete Beach is known for the wide variety of family based water sports. Few days go by when there are a few people gliding over the waters on a parasail being towed by a boat out of one of the marinas. In addition St. Pete Beach has great charter boat fishing, numerous sailing adventures, jet ski rentals and the obligatory ecological tours looking primarily for dolphins.
The real draw is the beach. You can walk to dozens of beach bars, restaurants and shops catering to the beachgoers. Some of the most famous beach bars offering daily entertainment are along the shore at St. Pete Beach. Some of our favorite stops include:
- Jimmy B’s Beach Bar located in the Beachcomber Beach Resort Hotel.
- Spinners Restaurant for the best view in 15 miles. Located atop the Grand Plaza Hotel.
- Woody’s Waterfront is a quaint and quirky waterfront bar a mile or so north on Blind Pass.https://woodyswaterfront.com/
- Tradewinds Hotel complex has a paved beachwalk along the middle part of the beach.
- A locals favorite is The Undertow Beach Bar just south of the Tradewinds, but before the Don CeSar Hotel. If you like bikinis and beer you will love this place and their mini-river built into the bar.
We can’t forget the “Pink Lady”. In 1928 the grand dame of St. Pete Beach opened with great fanfare under the name of the Don CeSar Hotel. This hotel is a trip back in history when elegance, luxury and location was the
playground of the rich and famous. Today the Don CeSar remains a a beacon for boaters who can spot her from far offshore and tourists who flock there for rooms and a view unmatched on the beach.
St. Pete Beach is popular because of proximity to Tampa International Airport (30 miles), Florida freeway system, shopping at John’s Pass (5 miles) and nearby Clearwater Beach (20 miles). Average year round temperature is about 80 degrees which makes this a great destination for tourists and locals.
Don’t miss one of Florida’s most popular beaches, St. Pete Beach!