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Top Choice Beach in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

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 five…
Top Choice Beach 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 Pass-a-…
Top Choice Seafood 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 coles…
Top Choice French in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Fetishes

Under Bruce Caplan's eagle eye sumptuous classics such as steak Diane, coquilles St Jacques and sole meunière are sautéed, brandied and flambéed tableside for tongue-tingling flavor. Go the whole hog and splash out …
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 Kona-coffee-dusted d…
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 houses,…
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 fan…
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, and …
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 br…