The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is Florida’s Beach and so much more. The most popular vacation spot on Florida’s West Coast, the area consists of 26 distinct communities ranging from Greek fishing villages to barrier island beach communities. With the newly rennovated downtown combined with the already wonderful historic areas, St. Petersburg offers some of the best of all worlds. There is something to please everyone with fantastic beaches, shopping, MLB, parks, and museums.
The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is Florida’s Beach and so much more. The most popular vacation spot on Florida’s West Coast, the area consists of 26 distinct communities ranging from Greek fishing villages to barrier island beach communities.
Florida International University professor Dr. Stephen Leatherman rates three St. Petersburg/Clearwater area beaches among the finest in the country, including Clearwater Beach – the #1 city beach in the Gulf Region. Given the tropical climate and almost 400 miles of coastline, it is little surprise that activities on or near the water are focal points for visitors. More than 60 marinas and yacht clubs provide every type of water activity imaginable.
Activities are not restricted to the water. Golf and tennis play an important role with more than 40 courses in the county, and for those feeling lucky, greyhound and thoroughbred racing are available. Sunsets are a specialty and signal the beginning of an exciting array of nightlife options.
St. Petersburg was first explored by Juan Ponce de Leon when he arrived in Florida in 1521. The city was later incorporated in 1892 with a population near 300 people. The railroads and fishing were the cornerstone to this great city’s growth. Today, seafood continues to be an area specialty, as it is always fresh, plentiful and reasonable.
Dining can be as formal or a casual as one prefers. There are more than 78 major shopping centers and modern malls and a variety of quaint, waterfront villages for arts and antiques.
Art and history are celebrated throughout the year at numerous festivals, shows and museums including the Salvador Dali Museum, Florida International Museum, Florida Holocaust Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg Museum of History and more.
The area’s public parks and nature trails are a showcase for Florida’s natural beauty. Florida’s famous man-made attractions are nearby and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area has a collection of attractions of its own including festive Piers, a Seabird Sanctuary and Marine Aquarium.
Variety is characteristic of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area. One can slip away from the beach and enjoy all the features of a metropolitan area, spend a day on a deserted island, or wander through a pioneer village. Families, couples and business travelers all return again and again. Once you have experienced the area firsthand, it is not hard to see why.
St. Petersburg / Clearwater Utility Information
Pinellas County Schools
Newspaper – St. Pete Times
St. Pete Chamber of Commerce
Utilities – water and waste
Utilities – electricity (727) 443-2641
Utilities – Phone 800-483-4200
City of St. Petersburg
Official St. Petersburg Area Travel Site