St. Pete Beach is a barrier island community stretched out along 4.5 miles of sandy beaches. Its permanent resident population of
just over 10,000 nearly doubles during the winter months, making it one of the more popular tourism areas on the Suncoast. On the southern
tip of St. Pete Beach lies Pass-a-Grille, a charming historical district with a flavor that is reminiscent of an Old Florida artists' colony.
This idyllic, unspoiled community started as a fishing village and was inhabited long before the rest of the island. Today, its galleries, restaurants,
bed-and-breakfasts and shorelines draw tourists from all over the world.
In St. Pete Beach alone there are over 3,000 vacation accommodation units available to visitors, including major hotel
and resort condominiums. There are also motels and smaller, more intimate lodging facilities.
Below is a picture of Island Grand, part of the Tradewinds Island Resorts
(the largest resort on the Gulf Coast of Florida).
For those of you not staying on the beach, there are many pedestrian beach accesses, as well as one beach access with 235 parking spaces (parking fee) located at 4700 Gulf Blvd.
As you might
expect from a major tourist beach, you'll have no trouble finding something to do on the water. Just walk down the beach and you'll find waverunner
rentals, scuba diving, fishing and parasailing. To enjoy the privacy of a secluded beach take the 10-minute ride to lovely Shell Key (pictured
on the left) on the 49-passenger Shell Key Shuttle catamaran.
It's worth your effort getting to this secluded beach just to see the shells (they don't call it Shell Key for nothing!). Bring a picnic basket
and enjoy the unspoiled beach or the quiet lagoon behind the island.
NOTE: St. Pete Beach officially changed its name from St. Petersburg Beach in 1994. Impress (or annoy) your
friends by correcting them if they call it St. Petersburg Beach...
If you have access to a private boat, Egmont Key offers
440 acres of secluded beaches and historical attractions
such as a 150-year-old lighthouse and gun batteries built in 1898 to defend Tampa during the Civil War. Also a wildlife refuge, don't be surprised to see
various species of birds, Gopher Tortoise and Box Turtles in this state park. A more accessible historic and secluded beach area can be found at Fort Desoto, a
900-acre Pinellas County Park located in the Southwest corner of Mullet Key. Visitors can tour the post buildings, relax on the beach, fish or simply enjoy
the natural, unspoiled beauty on a nature walk.
Pictured on the right is the historic Don
Cesar Hotel located at the South end of St. Pete Beach. A National Historic Landmark, the Pink Castle is known for its rich history and notable clientele
such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Al Capone. Tours of the Don's beautiful botanical gardens are available at very reasonable rates.
If you're looking for a hotel slightly less stately, St. Pete Beach has the highest number of hotel/motel rooms of any
community along the Suncoast - more even than Clearwater Beach!! Check out our site for a
list of motels and hotels in the area.
If you are looking for someplace to call home during your stay in St. Pete Beach,
Resort Rentals has
listings all along the Gulf Beaches. The
Partida Home, on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Pete Beach, is a great two bedroom, two bathroom home with a pool,
just blocks away from the beach. For additional places to stay, visit the Pinellas County
Superior Small Lodging website to see a list of small properties that have passed a
rigorous annual inspection.
Tired of the beach? Take a stroll down historic Corey Avenue where you will find a number of charming shops in the very heart of the city.
For more information about St. Pete Beach, visit the
City of St. Pete Beach website
for city news, library hours, information on basketball, softball, volleyball
and other leisure activities, activities for children 5-12 and activities for
seniors. It is a useful site for residents and visitors alike.