A city on Florida’s Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg is known for its pleasant weather, and its nickname, Sunshine City, couldn’t be more accurate. This makes St. Petersburg extremely popular for outdoor activities, and, with a number of beautiful award-winning beaches, it is no surprise that the city’s golden sands are one of its most popular attractions.
St. Pete Beach
In 2012, St. Pete Beach was voted as the best beach in the USA by TripAdvisor, as well as the fifth best beach in the world. With seven miles of wide stretches of soft yellow sand and some of the calmest waters in the region, St. Pete Beach is always popular with those seeking watersport activities, from stand-up paddleboarding to parasailing to kiteboarding, as well as with families.
The Egmont Key State Park is a barrier island just south of St. Petersburg and is only accessible by boat. With the waters being especially clear here, snorkelling is always popular, with one of the busiest snorkelling spots situated around the submerged remnants of old Fort Dade. There are no roads or cars on the island, and absolutely no facilities, so if you do plan on spending a day here, you will need to bring supplies. Daily boat tours are available to Egmont Key from St. Pete Beach and Fort DeSoto, meaning that you could easily spend the day on a fun beach-hopping adventure.
Fort DeSoto Beach
Fort DeSoto Beach is another of the city’s beaches that has been voted in the past as being the best in the USA, with seven miles of wide stretches of white sand, and is located at the southern tip of St. Petersburg. It is situated in a 900-acre country park, meaning that in addition to the beaches, there is plenty more to do in the area, from casting a line at one of the two different fishing piers to paddling down a canoe trail to hiking up a nature trail.
Maximo Beach and Park
Maximo Park is a beautiful waterside park with a truly picturesque beach front along Boca Ciega Bay. The beach is lined with Australian pines, providing just the right amount of shade for an afternoon picnic, while the two beachside playgrounds will entertain the children, and adults, who want to do something active. For panoramic views out across the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay, head to the observation tower, which also showcases a breathtaking view of the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
With more sunny days on average per year than most other destinations in the world, St. Petersburg is ideal for a vacation by the beach, especially when you take into account that this is where some of the best beaches in the world are. The soft white sand and turquoise waters on just about every part of the city’s coastline does make it harder to pick a beach to check out, but, once you do, you can be sure that you will have a beautiful and memorable day.