St Petersburg Florida Travel Guide
St. Petersburg Marina © John O'Neill
When settlers started moving to the St Petersburg area in 1875 for a wamer climate, they didn't know what they had discovered. A wonderfully picturesque peninsula located on Florida's west coast, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay to the east, St Petersburg is the fourth largest city in the state of Florida and is commonly referred to as 'St Pete' by locals. It offers up 35 miles (56km) of stunning white sandy beaches on eight major barrier islands and is home to some of America's award winning beaches, such as Caladesi Beach.
With an average of 360 days of sunshine each year, it has earned the nickname 'The Sunshine City' and is a popular tourist and retirement destination. This area's heritage is diverse and comprises 26 communities, ranging from the Greek influence in Tarpon Springs to the Scottish heritage of Dunedin. St Petersburg's unique melting pot culture has resulted in some delightfully eclectic eateries, museums, galleries, and boutiques, all with their own unique charm.
Some of the many diverse attractions in St Petersburg include the Salvador Dali Museum and the mazes of the Sunken Gardens. The Pier offers a concentration of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars, a large food court, aquarium, and bayside observation deck.