It’s located on prime Gulf Coast beachfront real estate, just half an hour from downtown Tampa.
There are two onsite restaurants and bars; at PCI Bar & Grill, enjoy appetizers such as root beer-braised short rib sliders ($10) and garlic parmesan tater tots ($5), or some seafood tacos ($18).
Stop by the PCI Beach Bar in the evening for a great view of the Gulf Coast sunset and snacks such as a crab cake sandwich ($10).
The accommodations have a surfer-chic to them; each features flat-screen TVs, vintage light fixtures, and large-scale surf photographs by local artists.
St. Pete Beach, Florida: Sunny Seaside Parks Outside St. Petersburg
St. Pete Beach was named the Top Beach Destination by TripAdvisor readers in 2012. It’s located just south of St. Petersburg on the Gulf Coast. The town has an appealing historical district, Pass-a-Grille, where Florida-style specialty shops neighbor dive bars with outdoor decks. Nearby, Pass-a-Grille beach stretches beyond most buildings, pointing like a ship's bow into the bay.
The nearby city of St. 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. There’s a mile-long boardwalk that runs along the swamp; keep an eye out for native birds, turtles, and alligators. On a peninsula that juts out into Tampa Bay is Weedon Island Preserve, where you can paddle a kayak through brackish waterways and mangrove tunnels.
St. Petersburg recently underwent a downtown redevelopment plan that brought in shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Tour the Dalí Museum, whose exhibits showcase 96 oil paintings, drawings, and photographs by the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.