St. Pete/Clearwater Named in Coastal Living’s 20 Best Places to Live List

Coastal Living recently named St. Pete/Clearwater to its list of 20 Best Places to Live in 2017, calling the area an "upstart city on Florida's Gulf Coast." The magazine based its rating off of beaches, cultural attractions like the Dalí Museum, dining and entertainment options, and places to stay, saluting the area's "historic, small-scale neighborhoods" for balancing "big-city pleasures." Coastal Living also took into account the population, average high and low temperatures, median home price, area commutability, and average days of sunshine.

Relax on St. Pete/Clearwater Beaches

Recognized as TripAdvisor’s No. 1 Beach in the US in 2017, Clearwater Beach garners the attention of visiting beachgoers, and neighboring St. Pete Beach, taking the third spot in the US, is also a must-visit with its clear waters and powdery sand. St. Pete/Clearwater offers additional sandy escapes. At Fort De Soto Park you can explore a historic fort and the surrounding trails, then search for shells and sand dollars around the kid-friendly tidal pool. Just a short ferry ride away, enjoy some quiet time on Egmont Key, where you can relax on a natural shoreline, or snorkel the gulf. Find the right beach for you here.

Arts & Culture in St. Pete/Clearwater

It’s not all beaches and sunscreen in St. Pete/Clearwater though. The area is also rich with culture. For a jaw-dropping art collection, visit the Dalí Museum and, just blocks away, the Morean Arts Center. Afterwards, wander through downtown St. Pete for a peek into the area’s upscale shops and restaurants. In the Grand Central District, you’ll find a selection of whimsical storefronts and eateries like Big Sea/Roundhouse Creative StudioARTpool Gallery or Queenshead Euro Bar and Restaurant.

Dining & Nightlife in St. Pete/Clearwater

St. Pete/Clearwater’s culinary scene is thriving with hot spots like Michael Mina’s Locale Gourmet Market and The Mill, where a rustic atmosphere meets delicious dishes. Soak up a waterfront view and a casual dinner at Clearwater Beach’s Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille, or Paradise Grille on St. Pete Beach. Enjoy late-night cocktails at The Mandarin Hide, or­ for a rooftop view, The Canopy at The Birchwood. Day or night, the Gulp Coast Craft Beer Trail, running from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, will lead you to the area’s breweries for homebrewed pints in laidback settings.

Where to Stay in St. Pete/Clearwater

Daydreaming about life here? Plan a visit, and stay at the city-chic Vinoy Renaissance Resort located in the heart of downtown St. Pete, overlooking a harbor of yachts, and nearby upscale shops and dining. The historic Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach is known as the “pink palace,” and is renowned for its luxurious suites and ornate architecture. On Clearwater Beach, Sandpearl Resort frames the Gulf of Mexico. Light and airy luxury meets fine dining and beachfront bliss at this resort. For a more intimate stay, St. Pete/Clearwater’s boutique hotels like The Birchwood and Hollander Hotel are filled with character and are close to area attractions. See St. Pete’s unique hotels here.

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Dali Museum

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Museums

Address
One Dali Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-823-3767
Toll Free: 800-442-3254

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Clearwater Beach

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Beaches

Address
10 Pier 60 Dr.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 888-799-3199

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St. Pete Beach

City: St. Pete Beach
Category: Beaches

Address
4700 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-582-2267
Toll Free: 727-464-3379

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Fort De Soto Park

City: Tierra Verde

Address
3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Phone: 727-552-1862

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Egmont Key State Park

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Beaches

Address
At the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach
St. Petersburg, FL 34698

Phone: 727-893-2627

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Morean Arts Center

City: St. Petersburg

Address
719 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-822-7872

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Grand Central District

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Attractions

Address
1600-3100 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Phone: 727-828-7006

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Big Sea/Roundhouse Creative Studio

City: St. Petersburg

Address
1970 Central Av
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-386-8031

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ARTpool Gallery

City: St. Petersburg

Address
2030 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Phone: 727-324-3878

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Queenshead Euro Bar and Restaurant

City: St. Petersburg

Address
2501 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Phone: 727-498-8584

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Locale Market

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
153 2nd Av N
Sundial Shoppes
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-800-3204

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The Mill Restaurant

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Dining

Address
200 Central Av
Suite 100
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-317-3930

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Frenchy's Rockaway Grill

City: Clearwater Beach
Category: Dining

Address
7 Rockaway St.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-446-4844

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Paradise Grille

City: St. Pete Beach
Category: Dining

Address
900 Gulf Way
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-367-1495

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The Mandarin Hide

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Nightlife

Address
231 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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The Canopy Rooftop Lounge

City: St. Petersburg
Category: Nightlife

Address
340 Beach Dr, NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-896-1080

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Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club

City: St. Petersburg

Address
501 5th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-894-1000
Toll Free: 888-303-4430

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The Don CeSar

City: St. Pete Beach

Address
3400 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Phone: 727-360-1881
Toll Free: 800-282-1116

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Sandpearl Resort

City: Clearwater Beach

Address
500 Mandalay Ave.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: 727-441-2425
Toll Free: 877-726-3111

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The Birchwood

City: St. Petersburg

Address
340 Beach Dr. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-896-1080

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Hollander Hotel

City: St. Petersburg

Address
421 4th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-873-7900

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