St Petersburg Florida Travel Guide
St. Petersburg Marina © John O'Neill
When settlers started moving to the St Petersburg area around 1875 to take advantage of the warm weather and breezes blowing off Tampa Bay, 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 a supposed 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 very diverse and comprises 26 communities all with a unique feel and charm ranging from the Greek influence in Tarpon Springs to the Scottish heritage of Dunedin. St Petersburg boasts a fascinating and rich culture just waiting to be explored, with delightfully eclectic eateries, museums, galleries and boutiques.
Some of the fun and 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; perfect for a Saturday afternoon in St Petersburg.
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