Woohoo! Hot off the press, Forbes just named St. Pete to its list of "Best Places to Travel in 2023," naming its vibrant art scene, beautiful beaches, hot urban scene and famously welcoming vibe for LGBTQ+ travelers as reasons.
St. Pete/Clearwater was among the esteemed international list of the 50 best places to travel in 2022, according to the editors of Travel + Leisure. Amazing white-sand beaches, world-class museums and craft breweries earned our destination a coveted spot on the list. Travel + Leisure urged visitors to come in June for the St. Pete Pride celebration, one of the largest in the country. “There’s more to this destination than white sand, pristine waters, and 361 days of sunshine per year,” according to Travel + Leisure.
St. Pete/Clearwater was just named one of the 100 Most-Loved Travel Destinations in the world by travelers who visited in 2022, according to the Tourism Sentiment Index.
The St. Pete Pier was recently named among the best urban designs in the world by the Urban Land Institute. This beautiful attraction on the Tampa Bay waterfront offers scenic views, many events, stellar dining, fishing, boating and more.
Tripadvisor’s community of travelers loves St. Pete/Clearwater! In fact, we have some of the top overall travel experiences in the U.S. and in the world, according to Tripadvisor. Coming in at No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 4 globally is the Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve with Get Up and Go Kayaking, with crystal-clear waters and the chance to see dolphins, rays and water birds. Looking for an amazing boat day? Tripadvisor’s community ranked an outing on the Black Hurricane Deck Boat in Clearwater Beach No. 8 on its list of the top overall experiences in the USA.
And it's not just the big cities earning awards and accolades either. Dunedin was selected as a Best Beach Town by Southern Living in 2022. The publication noted the nature experiences of Caladesi Island State Park and Honeymoon Island State Park, along with the fantastic cocktail hour at Fenway Hotel. In 2023, Southern Living also says both Tarpon Springs and St. Pete are among the dreamiest towns in Florida for antique shopping.