Hotel at a Glance: The Hotel Zamora
The Hotel Zamora is, first and foremost, stylish—the first new hotel built in St. Pete Beach in years, it’s a crisp, white, Mediterranean-style building overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel places guests a short walk from the beach and shopping, and a seven-slip marina lets boaters cruise in to enjoy the hotel’s swank restaurant and bar.
- Lounge away at the outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace.
- Hail the beach butler, a beach basket, full of snacks and icy drinks for the beach.
- Catch a sunset from the rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand.
- Work out on your own schedule in the 24-hour fitness center, and soak away aches in the hot tub.
Saint Pete Beach, Florida: Sunny Seaside Parks Outside Saint Petersburg
Saint Pete Beach was named the Top Beach Destination by TripAdvisor readers in 2012. It’s located just south of Saint Petersburg on the Gulf Coast. The town has an appealing historical district, Pass-a-Grille, where specialty shops neighbor dive bars with outdoor decks. Just beyond the buildings, Pass-a-Grille beach points like a ship’s bow into the bay.
Guests may also want to take a trip to Fort De Soto park. The park features fishing areas, piers and shallows for fishing, a canoe trail, and the Paw Playground, which includes both a park area and a beach area for pets to play unleashed.
The nearby city of Saint Petersburg receives an average of 361 days of sunshine per year, meaning you can enjoy its many outdoor parks virtually whenever you please. The 400-acre Sawgrass Lake Park has one of Florida’s largest maple swamps. A mile-long boardwalk brings you close to native birds, turtles, and alligators. At Weedon Island Preserve, you can paddle a kayak through brackish waterways and mangrove tunnels.
Saint Petersburg recently underwent a downtown revamp that brought in shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Tour the Dalí Museum, where exhibits showcase 96 oil paintings, drawings, and photographs by famed surrealist Salvador Dalí.