General information about the St. Pete/Clearwater area's award-winning beaches, including an overview video, can be found here.
Happening Clearwater Beach offers cabana and watersports rentals, volleyball and boat tours, plus shops, seafood restaurants and nightlife. Stroll along the Beach Walk promenade and don't miss the nightly Sunset Celebration at Pier 60. Madeira Beach is home to John's Pass Village & Boardwalk, a hub for shopping, dining and nightlife, and a jumping-off point for fishing charters and boat tours. St. Pete Beach makes it easy to live the beach life. Spend the day shopping on historic Corey Avenue, dine at a waterfront restaurant or spend the day skimboarding. No visit would be complete without stopping by the Loews Don CeSar Hotel. Built during the Jazz Age, the famous "pink palace" has hosted many famous celebrities and has been a beacon of the beach for more than 80 years. To the south, Fort De Soto Park offers a ton of amenities, including bike, kayak and canoe rentals, two fishing piers, a paved bike path, historic fort, boat ramp, dog beach, ferry to Egmont Key and lots more, but the park is so large that it never gets crowded. Click here to read an article about all of our fabulous beach towns.
With its ideal location on the Gulf of Mexico, the St. Pete/Clearwater area is perfect for watching the sunset, whether you choose a lively beach bar, sunset cruise or quiet park. Read about the best beach sunsets and Florida sunset spots here.…
Many of our beaches are tailor-made for kids, with wide stretches of sand, gently sloped shorelines and minimal wave action. This article details some of the most family-friendly beaches in the area. For ideas for family fun beyond the beaches, click here.
For listings of area hotels and vacation rentals on the beach, click here.
Yes. The Jolley Trolley runs along the coast from Clearwater Beach north to Tarpon Springs. The Suncoast Beach Trolley (watch a video here) travels from downtown Clearwater to Clearwater Beach, then south through Indian Rocks Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach to Pass-a-Grille.
With a little advance planning, you’ll find a convenient spot right near your (new) favorite beach. This article will give you the specifics on locations and fees (if any).
We are working to make sure the beaches you love today are here the next time you visit. Due to the natural movement of sand along our shorelines, from time to time we renourish our award winning beaches by pumping sand from one area to another. This restores and widens the beach creating more room for volleyball, sunbathing, romantic walks or just relaxing. In addition to ensuring our beaches are made of fine white sand, wider shorelines also protect dunes and coastal structures, giving great views of sand and surf.
Beaches are wide open during the beach renourishment process. To make it easy for beachgoers, sand ramps are created over temporary construction pipes that are placed from the point of origin (usually offshore) to the area where sand is needed. Any detours or construction areas are clearly marked and fenced off. So, the beach and Gulf are safe and accessible during this time.
Crews work around the clock in order to get our beaches back to normal as soon as possible. A schedule is set specifying zones that are designated for renourishment during different phases, so no area is affected for long, however, weather conditions can have an effect on the timeline. The 2012 preliminary beach renourishment project schedule is: Clearwater (South of Sand Key Park) to Belleair Beach, April 15 to July 17; Indian Rocks Beach, July 19 to Aug. 23; Indian Shores, Aug. 25 to Oct. 3; and Redington Shores-North Redington Beach, Oct. 5 to 18.
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Yes, with as many miles of waterfront as the St. Pete/Clearwater area has, fishing piers are abundant. Clearwater Beach’s Pier 60, Redington Shores’ Long Pier, the Skyway Fishing Pier and Fort De Soto Park's Gulf and bay piers are just a few of the options you’ll find.
In general, if you’re fishing from a boat or land and are 16 or older, you must have a fishing license. For specific information about Florida fishing regulations, click here.
There are seasons during which certain species are available to be fished. There also may be size limits and bag limits for your catch, depending on the species. For the most up-to-date information, click here.
You’ll find listings for St. Pete/Clearwater area fishing charters here.
Marinas with boat rentals are sprinkled around the St. Pete/Clearwater area. Click here for more information.
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It’s hard to narrow down the choices because there are so many wonderful options and it depends on whether you’re looking for a neighborhood coffeehouse, a romantic restaurant or a beachfront tiki bar (or great seafood or Cuban food or …). Click here for an overview of the dining and nightlife options in the St. Pete/Clearwater area.
Nightlife comes to life at clubs, restaurants, beach bars and more throughout St. Pete/Clearwater. Click here for more information.
Waterfront dining ranges from casual classics (think grouper sandwich with your toes in the sand) to slightly fancier waterfront restaurants to favorites in downtown St. Petersburg – a waterfront strewn with parks, shops, museums and, of course, restaurants. Learn more about St. Pete/Clearwater waterfront dining...
The theater options in St. Pete/Clearwater are many and varied. Click here to learn about spending an entertaining night at the theater.
The Firestone Grand Prix, Mainsail Arts Festival, Tampa Bay Blues Festival, St. Pete Pride, Tampa Bay Golf Championship and Dunedin Highland Games are among the area’s bigger annual events. In addition, art walks, farmers markets, outdoor concert series, half marathons and 5Ks, Tampa Bay Rays baseball games and spring training for two Major League Baseball teams help fill the busy calendar. To see a listing of area events, click here.
The Epiphany Celebration in Tarpon Springs, the Dunedin Highland Games and the Florida African American Heritage Celebration are just a few of the area’s cultural festivals. Click here to read an article about the area's cultural festivals. To see a listing of area events, click here.
Many of our beaches are tailor-made for kids, with wide stretches of sand, gently sloped shorelines and minimal wave action. This article details some of the most family-friendly beaches in the area. When it’s time to take a break from the beach, you’ll find lots of fun activities for families with kids to choose from.
The St. Pete/Clearwater area is famous for its award-winning beaches and 361 average days of sunshine, both of which are free. But the beach is far from the only option for vacationers on a budget. Read here about free and inexpensive attractions and activities in the St. Pete/Clearwater area.
Great Explorations, The Children’s Museum is packed with fun and educational exhibits and activities designed specifically for kids. Across the bay in Tampa, the Glazer Children’s Museum includes 14 galleries and more than 175 interactive exhibits for children up to 10 years old.
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Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport are the closest airports. For more...
Orlando is about 100 miles (90 minutes) away, and Miami is a 270-mile (4-hour) drive. Atlanta is 470 miles away, and New York City is 1,150 miles away. For more...
Florida is served by two major Interstate highways that originate outside the state – I-75 and I-95 – and one that traverses the state, I-4. I-75 runs the length of Florida's west coast, and I-275 connects I-75 with the St. Pete/Clearwater area. For more...
The Jolley Trolley runs from Clearwater Beach north through Dunedin to Tarpon Springs. The Suncoast Beach Trolley travels from downtown Clearwater west to Clearwater Beach, then south through Indian Rocks Beach, Redington Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach to Pass-a-Grille (watch the video here). The Looper Trolley circulates through downtown St. Petersburg, making 13 stops at major attractions, hotels and restaurants. In addition, buses operated by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority serve the area. For more...
Tolls are charged on the Pinellas Bayway, which connects St. Petersburg to St. Pete Beach and Fort De Soto Park. Tolls are also charged on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which connects St. Petersburg to points south.
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The area known for its record-breaking number of sunny days extends a warm welcome to GLBT visitors. Gay-friendly accommodations range from large resorts to intimate inns and B&Bs. When the sun goes down, the night lights up with entertainment, bars and venues where you can kick back and relax or dance the night away. Pride Month in June includes St. Pete Pride – one of the largest in Florida, with a lively promenade, street festival, live music and more. In October, enjoy Taste of TIGLFF & Street Festival during the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Also in October, North Pinellas Pride is an action-packed week in Dunedin highlighted by the Miss North Pinellas Pride Pageant, family picnic, tea dance, gay bowling, pool party and much more. For more about gay-friendly activities in the area, click here. For general information about GLBT travel in the St. Pete/Clearwater area, click here.
The Grand Central District of downtown St. Petersburg, which hosts St. Pete Pride, and the adjoining Kenwood neighborhood are known for having gay-friendly restaurants, cafes and hotels. Dunedin, a Scottish-flavored town in northern Pinellas County, is home to North Pinellas Pride. Several years ago, residents of Gulfport – a sleepy village of pastel cottages, working artists, eclectic shops and a range of great eateries – passed one of the first and most comprehensive anti-bias ordinances in Florida. The beach of choice among GLBT folk is Sunset Beach on Treasure Island. Head to the south end to swim and tan with "family." For general information about GLBT travel in the St. Pete/Clearwater area, click here.
Yes. The best-known are the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club and Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club.
Our vast collection of museums encompasses world-class art museums, numerous local history centers, children’s museums and many more. The Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg is the best-known museum in the area, but don’t overlook our many other priceless gems: the Florida Holocaust Museum, Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, Great Explorations Children’s Museum and scores of others. For more...
Wonderful museums are scattered all over the St. Pete/Clearwater area – a car would be required to see them all – but a handful of museums are clustered in downtown St. Petersburg, so you can walk between them. Or take the Looper Trolley – it stops at the Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of History and the Florida Holocaust Museum, the fare is 50 cents, there’s service every 15 minutes and the drivers will help you get the lay of the land.
The Dali Museum is located in a stunning new building on St. Petersburg’s scenic waterfront. Click here for more information.
Many of our parks are set around bodies of water, whether it’s the Gulf of Mexico, a lake or a bayou. Find information about the great variety and natural beauty of St. Pete/Clearwater area parks here.
Yes, trails of all sorts crisscross the St. Pete/Clearwater area. Our parks are laced with trails, including a seven-mile paved trail in award-winning Fort De Soto Park and many other rustic trails through coastal habitats. For information about other great places to walk or run, click here. The Great Florida Birding Trail is a network of nearly 500 sites throughout Florida, including the St. Pete/Clearwater area. With kayaking and canoeing along the more than 100 miles of Florida Blueway trails in the area, your biggest challenge may be deciding which segment to paddle. For information about Outdoors and Nature, including videos, articles and listings, click here.
Click here to read more about the 38-plus-mile-long Pinellas Trail, a former railroad corridor that now is reserved for biking, hiking, running or rollerblading and is one of our most vibrant and popular recreational areas.
From award-winning Fort De Soto Park to Anclote Key Preserve State Park to commercial RV parks, camping is a great way to see the St. Pete/Clearwater area. Click here for a listing of campgrounds in the area.
The St. Pete/Clearwater area extends a warm welcome to people traveling with their pets. Numerous hotels, resorts and inns in a variety of price ranges put out a welcome mat for pets. For more...
If your dog likes to play in the waves with you, try the dog beaches at Tierra Verde’s Fort De Soto Park and Dunedin’s Honeymoon Island State Park. They’re award-winning beaches, so both you and pooch will enjoy your visit.
For some tail wagging with friends, pay a visit to the dog parks at A.L. Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs, John Chesnut Sr. Park in Palm Harbor, Sand Key Park in Clearwater, Walsingham Park in Largo and Boca Ciega Millennium Park in Seminole. And well-behaved furry friends on a leash are always welcome on the Pinellas Trail. See the parks listing for more information.
Bring Fido along when you head out shopping. Eighth Avenue in Pass-a-Grille is lined with places to tie up a leash while you browse. Similar scenes abound in Tarpon Springs, Gulfport, Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach and John's Pass between Treasure Island and Madeira Beach.
The area features the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin and the New York Yankees in nearby Tampa. And nine other teams, including Florida Baseball Teams play within a two-hour drive. For more on Baseball Spring Training and Florida Baseball Teams...
The Tampa Bay Rays, the 2010 American League East Division Champions, play at Tropicana Field, west of downtown St. Petersburg, where the famous glowing orange dome shines after every home win. Free shuttle service carries baseball fans from downtown to the games. For more...
Find information about walking tours of downtown St. Petersburg here. The Dunedin Historical Museum offers walking tours of that Scottish-influenced town’s downtown area. Ghost Tours of Tampa Bay conducts tours of downtown St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach and John's Pass Village & Boardwalk. In addition, duck tours, pirate tours and more are available.
The average high/low temperatures are: January – 69/54, April – 81/65, July – 91/77 and October – 84/70. For more...
Yes. Find live beach cams of Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach here.
The St. Pete/Clearwater area has distinct seasons, but there’s no one best time to visit. Dress for the season, and you’ll be ready to make the most of your visit. In late spring and summer, breezy, casual clothes work best. Fall and winter temperatures vary from mild to cool, so determine in advance of your visit whether shorts and sandals are still in season or if it's time to pack a light jacket and pants. For more...
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Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30.
Our area, with its spectacular beaches, lush gardens and unique wedding venues for every budget, is a great place to get married. Click here for videos, articles, listings of wedding services and more, and start planning your special day.
Beach weddings can be as simple or as fancy as you like. You can reduce stress and elope to the St. Pete/Clearwater area. Make it a true “weddingmoon” and stay on the beach afterward. Or get married at sunset on the beach before friends and family. Either way, you’ll be creating memories of your special day to last a lifetime. For more...
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Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail and an incredible survival story, has become an inspiring worldwide celebrity. In fall 2011, Clearwater's beloved Winter made her big-screen debut alongside Harry Connick Jr. in the movie Dolphin Tale. With themes of friendship, perseverance and hope, the movie carries on the uplifting message that has made its way around the world and back. For more...
Winter’s home is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, on the causeway heading out to Clearwater Beach. The Clearwater aquarium is careful to note that it’s a nonprofit working marine hospital, not a theme park. The animals aren’t trained for shows and tricks. The aquarium is a long-standing attraction with a unique focus: Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release. It prides itself on providing an up-close experience with marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays and more. Whether they’ll be released into the wild or are permanent residents, the animals inspire and educate. For more...
Open year round, the aquarium has exhibits and a daily schedule of activities, training sessions and presentations. Meet the three other bottlenose dolphins, including 1-year-old Hope, as well as the other residents: otters, sea turtles, nurse sharks, cownose and southern rays (you can feed them as part of the stingray exhibit) and numerous fish. Sign up for individual animal interactions to get up-close and personal with the dolphins. Or take a Sea Life Safari Boat Tour, a two-hour interactive trip through coastal waters. In addition, visit Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, an exhibit in downtown Clearwater, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the major motion picture, including sets and props used in the movie, re-created movie scenes and early prototypes of Winter’s prosthetic tail. For more...