Beach Paradise Along Florida’s Sunset Capital
It goes without saying that a resort named after wildlife conservationist Guy Harvey would be heavily entwined with the natural lifestyle. There’s no better place for Guy Harvey Outpost to be located, as it overlooks the Gulf of Mexico from St. Pete Beach, officially known as “the Sunset Capital of Florida.” Here, you can rent paddleboats to explore the sea, rest on a beachside hammock, and enjoy the beach restaurant and bar.
Two-person cabanas line the soft sands of the beach, which is just outside the resort. The resort’s Yogafit fitness classes often take place along the beach, and there’s always an assortment of outdoor activities going on, including parasailing, dolphin watching, and riding waverunners.
Cocktails and quick bites are available at the Sand Bar, located near the pool and beach, and Guy’s Gulfside Grill offers a full breakfast, from omelets to stuffed french toast. For lunch and dinner, the Guy’s menu becomes seafood-centric. Savor a shrimp cobb salad or blue-crab ravioli while soaking in the scenery on the poolside patio.
With sunflower-yellow walls and bedspreads with tropical motifs, the rooms seem to mirror the vibrant color scheme of Guy Harvey’s artwork. Courtyard suites and standard rooms are similarly styled, but the courtyard suites are better suited to accommodate large groups and families, with more than twice the space and pullout sofas in the living rooms.
St. Petersburg, Florida: Cultural Hub with Sunny Seaside Parks
Located just south of St. Petersburg on the Gulf Coast, St. Pete Beach was named the Top Beach Destination by TripAdvisor readers in 2012. Nearby St. Petersburg receives an average of 361 days of sunshine per year, a statistic that bodes well for a town known for its outdoor parks. At the 400-acre Sawgrass Lake Park, there’s a mile-long boardwalk on one of Florida’s largest maple swamps. Keep an eye out for native birds, turtles, and alligators. On a peninsula that juts out into Tampa Bay, you can paddle a kayak through the brackish waterways and mangrove tunnels of Weedon Island Preserve.
St. Petersburg is also known for its culture. The newly revitalized downtown pulses with activity thanks to an urban-redevelopment plan that brought in shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Tour the Dalí Museum, whose exhibits showcase 96 oil paintings, drawings, photographs, and transcribed raps by the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.
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