From laid-back beach towns on the Gulf of Mexico to artsy-hip cities, the St. Pete/Clearwater area is filled with vibrant communities, each with its own personality.
Enjoy the sunshine on one of America’s Best Beaches; visit Florida’s oldest microbrewery in Dunedin; eat delicious Greek food in Tarpon Springs and visit world-class museums and the new St. Pete Pier in downtown St. Pete. Whatever your traveling style, you’ll find something to discover at every turn.
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Greek flags fly everywhere in Tarpon Springs, painting this Hellenic-flavored town blue and white. Wander along the working waterfront on the Anclote River and take a boat ride to learn about the town’s historic sponge-diving trade. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Greek or a delicious Greek pastry in one of many excellent restaurants.
Stay at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club and play on one of the four championship courses. Fishermen can drop a line in the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Tarpon. Enjoy a stroll along downtown’s Florida Avenue especially during festivals, crafts fairs and First Friday celebrations, with rides for kids and opportunities for everyone to sample food from local restaurants.
Craft beer aficionados will find plenty to sample in this walkable town north of Clearwater. Start at the Dunedin Brewery, Florida’s oldest microbrewery, then browse Main Street’s boutiques. Rent a bike to explore the Pinellas Trail, stopping for lunch and ice cream along the way. At Honeymoon Island State Park, hike through a pine forest and enjoy a beautiful beach, or hop a ferry to Caladesi Island’s quiet sands.
This small city is home to the wonderful Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where you can see rescued dolphins, sea turtles, otters and more. In springtime, you can cheer for the Philadelphia Phillies during their spring training games at BayCare Ballpark. In the fall, beautiful Coachman Park is host to the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. For spectacular views any time of year, drive, bike or walk across the Clearwater Memorial Causeway toward Clearwater Beach.
Voted America’s No. 1 Beach in 2019, 2018 and 2016, Clearwater Beach is famous for its gorgeous, wide stretches of sugar-white sand lined with resorts ranging from opulent to budget-friendly. Plenty of restaurants and shops are at hand, along with all the watersports and beach activities you could ever want. A must-do? Joining the nightly sunset celebration at Pier 60, complete with live music and buskers.
Beach-themed John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk is the centerpiece of “Mad Beach.” Shop and dine in the multilevel complex on the Intracoastal Waterway, or head out for a brunch or dinner cruise on the triple-decker Calypso Breeze. If you’re visiting in October, don’t miss the popular John’s Pass Seafood Festival. Walk the town’s two-mile beach early in the morning to have your pick of seashells.
Friendly, hip St. Pete is packed with world-class museums and galleries, shaded bayfront parks and colorful neighborhoods including the Grand Central District, which hosts a huge Pride celebration. Check out the new St. Pete Pier, meander along Central Ave. to explore indie shops and cafes, and be amazed by glasswork at the Chihuly Collection.
Bohemian, artsy, quirky – all these words describe charming Gulfport, set on Boca Ciega Bay. Shop for one-of-a-kind goods in colorfully decorated cottages. Hit up the Gulfport Beach Bazaar for antiques, items made by local artists and “Keep Gulfport Weird” T-shirts. Mingle with locals during weekly dances at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom and at Tuesday Fresh Markets on Beach Boulevard.
St. Pete Beach
St. Pete Beach is easy to find. Just look for the landmark Don CeSar, a luxury resort known locally as the “Pink Palace.” The beach is equally legendary – come see for yourself why it was voted Tripadvisor’s No. 1 Beach in 2021. Rent Jet Skis, join a fishing charter or take a dolphin-watching or sunset cruise in this popular watersports hub.
This sleepy community south of St. Pete Beach isn’t on the way to anywhere, and that’s a fine thing. Admire historic cottages, stroll along 8th Avenue from the Gulf beaches to the bayside and embark on a shelling tour to nearby Shell Key. Make your way to the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant to toast the sunset from the rooftop bar – it’s a time-honored tradition.