Saint Petersburg Travel Guide

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Saint Petersburg Highlights

  • Pro
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     a small friendly community with great beaches and sights 

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     If you choose to be outside a lot in the summer, it is hotter than blue Hades. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great place to relax and to party! 

Saint Petersburg Things to Do

  • Explore the downtown waterfront

    St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront is lined with an extensive network of parks that offer scenic vistas of Tampa Bay, the city skyline, and even the distant skyline of Tampa on the far shore. In recent years, Downtown St. Petersburg has also developed a reputation for top-notch museums, like the Dali, and a thriving local art culture. The...

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  • The St. Pete Pier

    Jump on the Trolley and head over to the pier while it's here! This controversial Pier is on its way down:( Grab some ice-cream and spend an afternoon taking in the views and watching the birds enjoy the beauty of the Bay.

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  • The Dali

    This gorgeous museum is a must-see when you visit. Definitely on the top of my St. Pete list! Plan to spend a few hours visiting this museum, taking in Dali's versatile art styles, the lovely Spanish cafe Gala, the gorgeous architecture, scenic views and the landscaped garden. Don't forget to pose with your Dali-moustache.

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Saint Petersburg Restaurants

  • Homemade Italian Gelato

    Do yourself a favor and indulge in some yummy gelato! With a vast array of flavors, it gets confusing, but you can pick 3 to a small cup:) My fave is the Affogato -with espresso and gelato in a large cup to share:) You can also do this with italian hot chocolate+gelato, a more decadent version that's memorable!

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  • Delicious treats at an awesome local...

    If you're looking for a spot to sit and watch the world go by, while sipping some delicious espresso drinks and eating some yummy croissants or biscotti, Kahwa is your spot! There are 2 cafes in downtown St. Pete, 2 in Tampa and 1 in South Tampa and this place is just blossoming! Cafe Mocha, Iced Latte, Cheese Croissant, any of their sandwiches!

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  • Amazing Italian deli+market

    This huge market is the size of a warehouse! The market includes a hot deli, fresh homemade pasta, salads, bakery and espresso bar + tons of choices to take home. An interesting local spot - be prepared to wait during lunch hour! Grab a ticket, order at the counter, pay at the patio to eat there beside the old fountain. Sandwiches

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Saint Petersburg Nightlife

  • Central Avenue, Downtown St. Pete

    Central Avenue in downtown St. Pete has a nice, compact collection of restaurants, bars, and clubs that would make many cities envious. The anchor tenant in this area is Jannus Live (formerly Jannus Landing), the large and popular concert venue. On the same side of the same block as Jannus Live area about 10 bars including Pelican Pub, The Garden,...

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  • Daiquiri Deck and have a drink on the...

    Outdoor deck on the beach that serves over 40 types of daiquiris -is known for their grouper sandwiches Open 11 AM to Midnight and has full menu during this timeHappy hour is Monday to Friday 4 PM to 7 PM Casual its a beach bar

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  • JimmyB's

    Anyone who says anything disrespectful about Jimmy B's is freakin CRAZY!We just came back from a three day getaway from St. Petes and we practically Lived at Jimmy B's.Darlene and Billy (bartenders) were awesome people, the drinks were stern, the music was trippin and my girlfriend had the hottest body in the place(so sayeth the locals).Saw Shake...

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Saint Petersburg Transportation

  • Intracoastal Waterway

    The Intracoastal Waterway is a 3,000 mile recreational and shipping channel that runs along the coast from Maine to Texas. The waterway was authorized in 1919 and is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge

    The 5.5-mile long Sunshine Skyway Bridge carries I-275 and US-19 over the mouth of Tampa Bay connecting St. Petersburg and Sarasota. The bridge was constructed from 1982 to 1987 to replace the original Sunshine Skyway Bridge that was badly damaged in a boat collision in 1980. The first bridge here had one span built in 1954 and the second span in...

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  • Gandy Bridge - Connecting St Pete and...

    The Gandy Bridge is the only direct connection between the bay area cities of Tampa and St. Pete. The original Gandy Bridge opened in 1924 as the longest toll bridge in the world, and it cut the driving distance between Tampa and St. Pete from 43 to 19 miles. It is interesting to note that the bridge stopped charging toll in 1944 when it was seized...

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Saint Petersburg Shopping

  • shopping in a open air plaza

    Bay Walk in an open air plaza shopping center located in Downtown St. Petersburg off of 2nd Ave. A good selection of store options as well as the premiere movie destination in downtown. There are a limited amount of restaurant options as well. Bay walk is currently in a state of redesign. So new shops are starting to pop up. Good place to stroll...

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  • shopping, dining, and entertainment al...

    Right smack downtown St. Petersburg is Baywalk, an outdoor shopping and dining center. If you're in the mood for a film, there's a 20 screen cinema. There's even live entertainment on the mainstage. The stores and restaurants here are large and corporate, much to my distaste, however I still enjoy strolling through the area because it's relaxing...

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  • International Shopping Plaza in Tampa,...

    This is a new 2 level shopping mall near the Tampa International Airport which has numerous stores, large fine department stores, food court, full-service restaurants. You can buy just about everything.

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Saint Petersburg Local Customs

  • Taste of Pinellas - Annual music and...

    Taste of Pinellas is one of the best local festivals I've ever attended. The 2011 version features some 60 local restaurants as well as 14 great bands and fireworks. We arrived on Sunday, the last day of the festival, and it was hot, hot, hot. Entrance was around $14 a person, certainly reasonable. We ate at a ton of restaurants including Red Mesa...

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  • Sunday Night Drum Circle

    Treasure Island Drum Circle is an absolutely wonderful way to watch the sunset and participate in some local culture. It happens every Sunday – starting approximately an hour before sunset till 10 PMThe event is free and open to everyone….make music, dance, or just listen. Drums, Tibetan Chimes & Singing Bowls, Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls,...

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  • tailgating?

    One of the best parts of going to a game is the tailgating. In fact, the team web site encourages it. I cooked enough food to choke a pig, loaded my cooler with beer, and brought beach chairs. I envisioned hordes of fans mingling and eating before the game. Sadly, when we pulled into the lot there was nobody tailgating. We tried to start a...

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Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Be careful in the nights

    When you are walking around downtown St. Pete take care to not venture too far off from the main blocks around 4th Ave S, Central Ave and Vinoy Park. Behind the Vinoy is the old northeast- a nice residential area, but don't wander too far off.

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  • Hurricane Season

    So you are on vacation and a hurricane is coming...or you are going to the Atlantic during hurricane season and want to know what to do. First and foremost don't panic...and listen to the authorities. The cone of uncertainty is big so it may not hit you....I’ve lived off the Atlantic Ocean for 20 years now and during that time have lived through...

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  • crime statistics

    for the most part st. petersburg is a very safe place to visit for the tourist. there are some high crime areas that you should avoid. search st. petersburg on the attached web site for area crime statistics.

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Saint Petersburg Tourist Traps

  • The Pier - overhyped, overpriced

    I had some friends come and stay with me at the beach recently and when they asked what there was to do around here I couldn't really think of anything so I just suggested The Pier downtown. Unfortunately the only good thing about The Pier is the view from the top, which is impressive. The other floors contain a myriad of ways for shops to help you...

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  • 7.50 for watered down beer!

    ugh, after enjoying a few pints of Guinness in the parking lot, I was dismayed to find the stadium sold only Bud and Miller. On top of that, it was $7.50 per cup!what a horrible thing to endure.

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  • Most of the places located...

    Most of the places located directly on the beach are tourist traps. Better to purchae else where. Looking for a suit? Try Tyrone Mall, I do rememeber a pretty good selections at this shop on Johns Pass though, if its still there. Heard the place caught fire. Had the mix and match tops thing going on. http://johnspass.com/ . Sea Shell...

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Saint Petersburg What to Pack

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    Sun and sand wear to causal restaurant type outfits; nothing is very dressed up unless you are going to an Opera or a very fine restaurant. Don't forget a sweater year around because in the winter it does get cool and in the summer the air conditioning is at full blast. SUNSCREEN AND LOTS OF IT. PF25 or higher for very lite complexsion people....

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    bring a beach bag flipity flops mosquito repelant roaches wander the shores of fort desoto, along with strange looking snakes, and a ton of racoons. Besides the mosquitos its alright though, jk. avoid camping here in July or August

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Saint Petersburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Weedon Island Preserve - Gandy Ave, St...

    Weedon Island Preserve is located just off Gandy Blvd about equal distance between St. Pete and Tampa. The park has several miles of trails, mostly boardwalks along the swamps, a 45-foot tall observation tower with views of both major cities, kayak launch and trails, picnic areas, and more. Long home to Native Americans, Weedon Island became home...

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  • Island in da sun...

    EGMONT KEY STATE PARK The island of Egmont Key has unique natural and cultural histories which have made it a valuable resource since the time settlers first arrived in Florida. Named in honor of John Perceval, the second Earl of Egmont and member of the Irish House of Commons in 1763, Egmont Key has had Spanish conquistadors and nuclear submarines...

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  • Pass-A-Grille, old school Florida

    Going across Pinellas Bay to the beaches, take a left and eventually Gulf Boulevard will turn into Pass-A-Grille Way, and around the intersection of 8th and Pass-A-Grille is the little downtown of Pass A Grille. This is old school Florida at its best, no cheesy high rise condos, all the businesses are family owned. Everything is open air, including...

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Saint Petersburg Sports & Outdoors

  • St. Pete's Baseball History - Al Lang...

    Since 1914, when the St. Louis Browns baseball team began playing in St. 44p[- in the spring, more Major League spring training games have been played in St. Petersburg than any other city. Over the years, the city has been the spring training home of the St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Braves, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals,...

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  • Hey Hey Tampa Bay, Hey Hey Go Rays!

    If you find yourself in the Tampa-St Pete-Clearwater area during baseball season, you really need to get over to "the Trop" for some American League baseball fun. The Rays play their games in St. Petersburg, even though the team name is "The Tampa Bay Rays", at an indoor domed park called Tropicana Field. It's nickname is "the Trop", as you may...

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  • Fishing with Capt Harry at Hook 'em...

    On a recent weekday we went fishing with Capt Harry Conner who runs a company called Hook 'em Harry. Capt Harry is a fourth generation Florida fisherman who obviously loves what he does... who wouldn't want to spend their days on the water? He'll fish in the bay, gulf, or Intracoastal Waterway for just about anything you want to catch like tarpon,...

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Saint Petersburg Favorites

  • When in the U.S.

    Just a general tip for those coming to the U.S.- The local Chamber of Commerce is always a great source of information, maps, items of interest, and many other types of useful information. They exist in most cities and towns and are there for your assistance so make a point to seek them out. You will find them listed in the phone book and often...

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  • forgetting something?

    It may be wise to bring a swimsuit if you decide to visit the beaches of Tampa Bay. Due to distractions, I did not pack until 1 hour before I was supposed to be at the airport on way to Florida, hence I forgot my swimsuit. So no, boys and girls, I did not get tan. I could have gone to the store and bought a new one, but I wasn't feeling too...

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  • waterway houses and privacy

    There's many waterways, canals, etc. in Tampa Bay and many million dollar waterside homes stretching along them. They offer tours of these waterways to view the ritzy houses, and at Christmas time people take the cruises to view the decorative lights. It seems like an invasion of privacy to me. If I paid millions to live in one of these houses, I...

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