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St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches/USA

Introducing St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Ah, at last, the beach. In just 20 minutes from downtown St Petersburg, you can reach the legendary barrier-island beaches that are the sandy soul of the peninsula. This 30-mile-long stretch of sun-faded towns and sun-kissed azure waters is the perfect antidote to city life and the primary destination of most vacationers. Winter and spring are the high seasons, particularly January through March. During these months, readiness is all: book rooms far in advance, and get up early to beat the traffic and snag sometimes elusive parking spaces.

While St Pete Beach is the biggest town, a string of communities offers variations on a theme: of sand and Gulf waters, of seafood and radiant sunsets.