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St Petes Beach
Just a 90-min drive from Orlando, St Pete Beach is known as an increasingly desirable holiday destination. With its laid-back atmosphere and some of the best beaches in the USA combined with fantastic shopping, entertainment, and sunset opportunities. As for the weather, no need to worry as St Pete is in the Guinness Book of Records for having the longest string of consecutive sunny days, an amazing 768 to be precise.
Must See and Do
St Pete has been a favourite of sun-starved Brits for a long time now, with its easy-going lifestyle which offers a mix of budget and first-class beach hotels alongside some excellent, family-friendly attractions. Animal lovers will enjoy the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, where injured seabirds are nursed back to health. The beach itself is as splendid as you might expect but if you fancy something a little more exquisite, then head to Fort De Soto State Park, whose spectacular beach frequently appears in the Top 3 listings for America’s Best Beaches.
Seafood is the name of the day, at popular restaurants such as Frenchy’s Stone Crab Company, P J’s Oyster bar or Snapper’s Sea grill. If you fancy a more American fare, the Salt Rock Grill serves Prime Rib and Wody’s Waterfront offering huge burgers and there famous Buffalo Wings.Italian lovers should try TJ’s Italian Cafe, a family owned restaurant and voted one of the best Italian Restaurants in South Florida.
Nightlife is very low-key here so if you fancy something a little more upbeat then you will need to head to Downtown St Petersburg, it’s less than a 20 minute ride away by taxi. There is a vast choice of International cuisine to choose from and you can dance the night away in some of the top lounge bars and clubs. Downtown St Petersburg is one of the county’s best kept secret, as celebrities such as Paris Hilton have been known to drop in for a night out now and again! If you want to toast the Sunset why not hop aboard a dinner cruise or head down to one of the Beach Bars, or sample many other bars at St Petersburg’s Baywalk. Or you can try your luck at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, less than an hours' drive away with over 3,200 slots and machines, restaurants, bars, and lounges.
There are plenty of shopping ideas to help you spend your dollars. There are malls and shopping centres such as the Seminole Mall, Tyrone Square Mall and Dolphin Village Shopping Centre for all your gifts and soverniers. Those looking at trying the local surf visit the Surf Shack, Two Coconuts Swimwear or Aguera Wind and Surf, plus many other boutique shops selling local crafts and specialised gifts.
Jan – Sunshine Music and Blues Festival
Mar – Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg
Apr – Mainsail Arts Festival
Dec – Lighted Holiday Boat Parade
Please note: all events listed are for helpful information only and many are subject to entrance fees and/or prior reservation, and may be cancelled at any time. Please check with the relevant tourist office if you need further information on these or any of the other events in this region.
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