Explore St. Pete Beach
St. Pete Beach HotelsWith long sandy beaches perched on the Gulf of Mexico, St. Pete Beach is a small and friendly town that offers a warm welcome to those on vacation. Away from the beach you’ll find a charming small-town vibe, with plenty of unique boutiques and restaurants. The calm seas make for excellent fishing, and in the evenings you can sit in one of the waterfront restaurants, enjoying seafood caught that very day as you watch the amber sun set above the ocean.Things to seeThe charming Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is a small, stone building that used to be the first church on the barrier islands. Inside, you’ll find photographs and artifacts from throughout the history of the island, and can learn about the pirates that used to seek shelter in the area. Visit Upham Beach and you’ll see why those first visitors took to the area. With long, golden sandy beaches and turquoise seas, it’s an idyllic spot for visitors to sprawl out on the shore. East of the town you’ll find the Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center, where you can enjoy a trip out into the calm waters to spot dolphins frolicking, get a great view of the sunset, or spend the day out on a tropical atoll. Hurley Park is also an excellent spot for outdoor fun, with play areas surrounded by palm trees, picnic areas, and sports field to run around in. Merry Pier is an essential stop for those who enjoy fishing, with an island shuttle service and tackle store where you can pick up supplies. If you come back empty handed, don’t worry, there’s also a fish market where you can pick up the catch of the day. Hotels in
St. Pete BeachSt. Pete Beach hotels make the most of their proximity to the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, with family-friendly resorts overlooking the sea. Some hotels will also have private beaches in addition to outdoor pools, fitness facilities, restaurants, and bars. Guestrooms in these hotels are ideal for those on vacation, with flatscreen televisions, cable channels, WiFi, and in-room safes. If you need to get some work done, there are many hotels with business centers and concierge services to make your trip easier. There are also plenty of cheaper, chain hotels in the surrounding areas, with clean, basic motel style accommodation. Where to stayDowntown St. Pete Beach is centered around Corey Avenue, a historic street which runs the width of the island. Down this palm tree lined road you’ll find dozens of charming, quirky boutiques, laidback restaurants specializing in freshly caught seafood, and art galleries showing work from talented locals. The south end of the town hosts many of the major resort hotels along the seafront, as well as neatly designed suburbs blooming with exotic flowers. How to get to St. Pete BeachSt. Petersburg–Clearwater International Airport is less than half an hour’s drive away, with rental cars and taxis available at the terminal. There are also private shuttles available to St. Pete Beach, and these will need to be booked in advance. St. Petersburg also has a Greyhound station downtown, and from here you can then take a trolley service to St. Pete Beach and the surrounding areas.