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What travelers to St Petersburg are saying
360 days of sun in St. Petersburg, Florida
Around 250,000 people live in the area commonly referred to as St. Pete, known to some as the Sunshine City. St. Petersburg is located on the peninsula that separates the Tampa Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. This region is one of the most frequented destinations for the 2.8 million people living in the Tampa Bay area of Pinellas County. Travelers can access St. Pete from the mainland due north, or by crossing the series of bridges spanning the shore from the east or south. People are drawn to St. Petersburg for the beautiful beaches, pro sports and flavorful food.
Things to see in St. Petersburg
Museums and art culture in St. Petersburg
One of the most popular stops for visitors to St. Pete is the Dali Museum, which proudly displays the world's largest collection of the famous surrealist's artwork. For travelers who prefer art of the more straightforward variety, the Museum of Fine Arts is nearby. Its collection spans artwork created through the ancient and modern eras.
More than 20 art galleries located downtown open their doors each month for a public gallery hop. Some shops even allow patrons to participate in creating brand-new art on the spot. The Great Explorations Children's Museum is a good bet for families with kids who tend to be more hands-on, since young ones are encouraged to touch, explore, move and interact with the exhibits here.
St. Pete also has professional opera, available at the Palladium Theater located downtown.
Other St. Petersburg activities
Other options for your to-do list include the Mazzaro Italian Market, the Mahaffey Theater, the Kenwood History District, Sunken Gardens and the St. Petersburg Pier. Sunken Gardens is open every day and covers four acres that feature a butterfly garden, more than 50,000 tropical plants (some estimated to be a century old), an orchid arbor and exotic birds. This botanical attraction is a sanctuary near the heart of St. Pete.
Take a walk downtown to check out the Mediterranean-inspired buildings and historic architecture. If your exploration of the old part of the city piques your inspiration, hundreds of antique shops are located nearby on Central Avenue. Beachfront restaurants with umbrella-shaded tables are the norm on Beach Drive. The nightlife downtown and at St. Pete Beach is diverse enough to accommodate all age groups and interests. While some prefer to dance at the Coliseum, others slink over to the jazz clubs on Central, or visit the sports bars by Tropicana Field.
St. Petersburg travel information
Most guests looking for St. Petersburg hotels prefer to stay as close to the beautiful shoreline as possible. You won't have a problem finding hotels located off the Gulf of Mexico's coast or in downtown St. Pete. Most of the attractions, dining and shopping options are located around the downtown hotels or near the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE).
Even though Tampa, Clearwater and St. Pete all seem to be in close proximity, it may take 40 minutes or more to travel between the cities in light to moderate traffic. St. Pete is accessible from Interstate 275, which splits into 375 and 175, allowing commuters to travel to either the northern or southern sections of downtown. Travelers coming from the south may access St. Pete through Bradenton by crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which stretches across the water for what seems like miles.
Best time to visit St. Petersburg
Many travelers prefer visiting the St. Pete-Clearwater area during the summer months due to the increase in outdoor concerts, local festivals, fireworks and Tampa Bay Rays baseball games. The parades and dancing at the Gulfport GeckoFest during Labor Day weekend also attract visitors from afar. The busy season in St. Pete usually lasts from January to May.
If you prefer bargain rates on travel accommodations, head to the area during June, September or October. The average annual temperature is 73 degrees, and there are usually more than 360 days of sunshine recorded each year.
Ultimately, there is no bad time to visit St. Pete, since special events crowd the calendar year-round, and the weather itself guarantees a good time. Who can resist a place that practically promises an endless summer?
Recently booked St Petersburg hotels
|Hotel||Last booked||Stars||Price from|
|Dolphin Beach Resort||18 minutes ago||$116|
|Alden Suites||1 hour ago||$106|
|Beachcomber Beach Resort Hotel||2 hours ago||$108|
|Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort||2 hours ago||$116|
|Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel & Conference Center||2 hours ago||$130|
|Comfort Inn & Suites Northeast - Gateway||5 hours ago||$91|
|Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront||16 hours ago||$168|
|Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort||16 hours ago||$187|
|Sirata Beach Resort||17 hours ago||$141|
|Bay Palms Waterfront Resort Hotel and Marina||17 hours ago||$113|
Recently Rated St Petersburg Hotels
|Comfort Inn & Suites Northeast - Gateway||
4.0 / 514 reviews
|Dolphin Beach Resort||
3.6 / 5182 reviews
|TradeWinds Island Grand Resort||
3.9 / 5302 reviews
|Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove||
3.3 / 551 reviews
|Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort||
3.9 / 5186 reviews
|La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay St Petersburg||
3.2 / 5133 reviews
3.9 / 5145 reviews
|Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel & Conference Center||
3.9 / 5357 reviews
|Bay Palms Waterfront Resort Hotel and Marina||
4.1 / 537 reviews
|Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort||
4.2 / 536 reviews
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Featured St Petersburg Hotels
4900 Gulf Boulevard
No Resort Fees - Free Guest Parking - Free Wi-Fi
Experience Florida's natural beauty and sparkling waters of the Gulf Coast from this beachfront hotel. The Dolphin Beach Resort is located directly on the sands of St. Pete Beach and the Gulf of...
5500 Gulf Blvd.
20% off your stay
This tropical beachfront resort is a playground for both kids and kids-at-heart. The Island Grand is surrounded by meandering canals and miniature golf greens. The grounds have so much built-in...
Wonderful resort. Great for the kids, and adults.
4999 34th St North
The La Quinta Inn St. Petersburg hotel is close to all popular attractions: Beautiful Gulf Beaches, Tropicana Field- Home of the Tampa Bay Rays, BayWalk Center and the St. Pete Pier, Mahaffey...
Just OK stay
4506 Gulf Blvd
Complimentary Happy Hour and NO RESORT FEES
Plaza Beach Hotel Beachfront Resort is a Key West style resort on the tropical island of St Pete Beach. St Pete Beach is famous for its sugar white beaches and the Plaza Beach Resort is situated...
4237 Gulf Blvd
Complimentary Happy Hour and NO RESORT FEES
Bay Palms Waterfront Resort is a Florida Tropical boutique resort situated directly on the Boca Ciega Bay, which boasts one of the largest privately owned fishing piers in St Petersburg at 1500...
Visiting Family in St. Pete
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
Stay and play at the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove! With an average of 360 days of sunshine a year, two pools and a private beach, this full service 18 acre tropical resort is located directly on...
6000 Gulf Blvd.
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Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort is nestled on the pristine shores of St. Pete Beach, where vacationing couples and holidaymakers can view the 33,500-gallon aquarium at Guy Harvey...
5300 Gulf Blvd.
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Located on 13 acres of sugary sand on St. Pete Beach, the Sirata Beach Resort combines warm Gulf breezes with famous West Coast sunsets. Guests can stroll along the sandy beaches, swim in the pools...
Memorial Day Weekend Somewhat Dissapponting
5250 Gulf Boulevard
NO RESORT FEES!
The Grand Plaza Beach resort is the tallest and closest hotel to the Gulf of Mexico on St. Pete Beach. Leisure or corporate travelers will find a sanctuary of more than five acres of lush...
If you have nothing but time to wait this hotel is for you
234 Third Ave North
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In an historic building just blocks from the bay, the Hotel Indigo® Saint Petersburg hotel is an inspiring home base from which to explore top art museums, restaurants and attractions, with...
501 5th Avenue NE
Rate includes breakfast
The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is the only luxury hotel on the west coast of Florida that combines a private marina, 18-hole golf course and 12-court tennis complex. Boasting an ideal...
Vinoy in August
12 Alden Suites
5900 Gulf Boulevard
NO RESORT FEE, FREE PARKING!
The Alden Beach Resort is the Right Place on St. Pete Beach! Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on five lush acres this beachfront resort offers a perfect combination of comfort, value and...
333 1st St S
Park, Stay & Go
Enjoy your stay in the heart of the waterfront district of downtown Saint Petersburg, Florida. The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront hotel is perfectly located for easy access to the Dali Museum, the...
1200 34th Street, North
Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi
a place to soak up the sun...welcome to the Hampton Inn St. Petersburg.Exquisite culture and majestic nature intertwine with big-city thrills in St. Petersburg, a coastal metropolis that once made...
950 Lake Carillon Drive
Park, Stay & Go
With beautiful lakefront views, the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park hotel is set in the Carillon Nature Reserve just five minutes from St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport and 10...
6200 Gulf Boulevard
Free Room Upgrade & No Resort Fees
The Beachcomber Beach Resort and Hotel, located directly on St. Pete Beach, provides a resort style atmosphere on 5.5 acres of lush tropical landscaped gardens and private sand. The resort is...
good old hotel
95 Central Ave
"Anchoring the downtown scene is the newly renovated Ponce de Leon Hotel and its buzzing restaurant Ceviche" --New York Times, August 2008 Centrally located on the scenic downtown...
4321 Gulf Blvd.
Save 35% - Stay 4 Nights or More
Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort is a European style boutique waterfront resort situated directly on the Boca Ciega Bay. Enjoy morning sunrises over the sparkling open water and breathtaking...
ok for families
875 - 94th Avenue, North
This 100 percent nonsmoking hotel is situated in the heart of the business district, centrally located near Gulf beaches, St. Petersburg downtown, Raymond James Stadium, Tropicana Field,...
Extended business stay
20 Hotel Zamora
3701 Gulf Blvd
The first new hotel to be built in St. Pete Beach in decades, The Hotel Zamora is a white-washed Mediterranean boutique palace that though breathtakingly modern feels anchored in a bygone era....