Top ChoiceBeach in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Fort DeSoto Park

Fort DeSoto Park

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 fishing piers and an extensive nature trail hopping over...

Top ChoiceBeach in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Pass-a-Grille Beach

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 public parking. Here you can watch boats coming through...

Top ChoiceSeafood in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Walt'z Fish Shak

The MO at Walter Gerbase's fish shack is simple: the day's domestic-only catch (often featuring grouper, cobia and amberjack) is chalked on the board; you choose one grilled, fried or blackened and served with...

Seafood in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Guppy's

For variety, quality and price, it's hard to beat Guppy's, which packs diners in nightly. Preparations are diverse, skillfully spanning styles (and budgets), from ocean-raised, garlicky cobia to...

State Park in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Egmont Key State Park

Union troops were stationed on uninhabited Egmont Key during the Civil War, and you can visit Egmont’s ruined Fort Dade by ferry from Fort DeSoto Park. Once here you can explore the ruined fort and abandoned...

Seafood in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Ted Peter's Famous Smoked Fish

Since the 1950s, Ted Peter's has been smoking fresh salmon, mackerel, mahimahi and mullet in the little smokehouse here, then dishing it up whole or in sandwich spreads. You eat at outdoor picnic tables; nothing...

Bar in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Hurricane

Skip the mediocre restaurants and head straight to the rooftop bar for 360-degree views and the best sundowner spot on the beach. The Bloody Marys are famous here, and well paired with the fresh grouper sandwich.

Wildlife Reserve in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

The largest wild-bird hospital in North America, this sanctuary has more than 100 sea and land birds for public viewing, including a resident population of permanently injured pelicans, owls, gulls and falcons,...

Beach in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

St Pete Beach

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...

Beach in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Treasure Island

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 and beachside tiki bars, many of which are connected by the...

Seafood in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Salt Rock Grill

This contemporary, upscale harborside eatery puts everything on display: the basement wine cellar through a floor cutaway, the waterfront from sweeping windows and the outdoor deck, and the open kitchen's...

Seafood in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Paradise Grille

With a deck right over the beach, cold beer and the best pound of shrimp on the beach, this is indeed a little slice of paradise. It also does a mean breakfast, and there's a craft market and live music on...

Bar in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Undertow Bar

Locals, bikers and coeds all mingle along the three flagstone-topped bars to booze it up and flirt, day or night, on the edge of the sand. When live reggae or DJs aren't playing, country music dominates the jukebox.

Burgers in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Sandbar Bill's

Located right on the beach, the tiki bar at the Bon-Aire Resort is a local favorite for chargrilled, hand-pattied burgers and rib-eye sandwiches. Not hungry? Jackie will keep you supplied with Rum Runners as the...

Beach in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Indian Rocks Beach

This quieter, family-oriented beach appeals to day-trippers looking for their own stretch of sand. Most of the action is clustered around 17th Ave, where there are public restrooms and several popular seafood...

Deli in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

La Casa del Pane

With proprietors hailing from Altamura, the bread capital of Italy, it's hardly surprising that this local deli dishes up the best croissants, focaccia and pizza on the beach. The coffee's the real deal, too.

Pier in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

John's Pass Village

For an industrial-strength concentration of Florida seaside tackiness, tie up the boat (er, park the car) at this former fishing village now transmogrified into an all-in-one, wharf-sized nautical tourist trap....