St Pete Beach

Tampa Bay

Anchored by the huge, historic Moorish Mediterranean Don CeSar Hotel, St Pete Beach is a long, double-wide strand with parasail booths and chair rentals seemingly every 50ft. It's crowded with families and spring breakers, who appreciate the big public parking lots, restaurants, bars and motels just steps away.

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Nearby Tampa Bay attractions

1. Pass-a-Grille Beach

2.13 MILES

The epic sliver of sand that is Pass-a-Grille Beach is the most idyllic barrier-island beach, backed only by beach houses and a long stretch of metered…

2. Treasure Island

3.47 MILES

Even wider than St Pete Beach and more jam-packed with fun-seekers, concessions and motels. Very built up, with lots of public access, volleyball courts…

3. John's Pass Village

4.94 MILES

For an industrial-strength concentration of Florida seaside tackiness, tie up the boat (er, park the car) at this former fishing village now…

4. Chihuly Collection

6.89 MILES

Dale Chihuly's glass works are displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London and the Louvre in…

5. Morean Arts Center


This lively community arts center hosts interesting rotating exhibits in all media. If you love glass, don't miss Morean's attached Hot Shop where full…

6. Florida Holocaust Museum

7.04 MILES

The understated exhibits of this Holocaust museum, one of the country's largest, present mid-20th-century events with moving directness. Temporary,…

7. Salvador Dalí Museum

7.41 MILES

The theatrical exterior of the Salvador Dalí Museum speaks of great things: out of a wound in the towering white shoe box oozes a 75ft geodesic glass…

8. Fort DeSoto Park

7.56 MILES

With 1136 acres of unspoiled wilderness, Fort DeSoto is one of Florida’s premier beach parks. It includes 7 miles of beaches (including a dog beach), two…