The beaches on the central coast of west Florida have quite a bit for vacationers to enjoy. They offer white sands and the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Condos boast whirlpool tubs, gourmet kitchens and terraces with views for miles. Locations near the water translates to walks along the beach or swimming when the mood hits you.
Ferries, day cruises, and fish charters are just the beginning of the water activities available in St. Petersburg. Tourists are treated to unscripted shows from dolphins and rays. Manatees are another show stopper that requires no introductions. Trips leave from the Florida Central Gulf Coast and set sail to provide an interactive experience with snorkeling and shelling on Egmont and Shell Key.
There is a history to this area few know about. Just off the beaten path of the bigger Florida cities, this oasis offers visitors a taste of unparalleled outdoor wonders.St. Petersburg Pier
Spectacular is the only word that can describe this masterpiece that extends more than half a mile into Tampa Bay. The structure houses hotel accommodations, restaurants, entertainment venues and the best fishing in the area. For things to do, consider shopping at a variety of retail locations before settling in to watch a breath-taking sunset.Sunken Gardens
The history of this beautiful landmark started as a lake hence the term “sunken” that would later become added to the National Register of Historic Places. The gardens consist of themes with a cactus, Japanese, and butterfly space. Indigenous flora and fauna abound with Chilean flamingo, Brugmansia, bougainvillea, shrimp planta, royal palms, and Mexican petunias darting the landscape. Various size ponds in eclectic shapes are attached to a meandering pathway system. Papayas trees and several exotic fruits and vegetable are grown year round.Fort De Soto Park
Fort De Soto Park is located in the heart of several islands to the south of the St. Petersburg’s metropolis. A stunning example is Isla del Sol. It boasts views of Tampa Bay, Gulf of Mexico, and the soaring Sunshine Skyway Bridge that spans more than four miles. There are over 1,100 acres of campgrounds, fishing and picnic areas, and dog parks. Hiking trails offer inspiring nature walks and boardwalks that lead to one of the top sandy beach shores in America. Kayaking near the shore or taking out vessels of various sizes is also an option.
The largest collection of Salvador Dali works is located in an avant-garde museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Visitors are immersed in 20th century surrealist through sculptures, paintings and several mixed media items including film and photography. Mahaffey Theater seats over 2,000 patrons as it rivals its northeastern counterparts with lighted balconies that drip in splendor. Shows include ballets, musical concerts, and the Florida Orchestra. Freefall Theater is a slice of Broadway and Hollywood wrapped in an intimate space.
There is no question it is sunny at this destination. Temperatures are also true to form with cooler evenings in the winter, early spring, and late fall. A sweater will do the trick, while it will not be required during the day light hours. This is not a deterrent for the plethora of outdoor adventures.
Tampa Bay International delivers most air travelers, while Interstate 75 serves those that come by car, motorcycle, and RV. Taking a boat from any destination has a marina slip or private dock waiting.