Take a Break in Petersburg & Clearwater

As if having some of the best beaches in the country wasn’t enough, St Petersburg and Clearwater on the Gulf Coast also boast a diverse and eclectic range of activities and entertainment for every taste. The bright, clean sandy beaches with their glistening turquoise waters are undoubtedly the jewel of this area, but the burgeoning art scene, wildlife and nature trails and cool laid-back culture means there’s much more to St Petersburg and Clearwater than meets the eye.

History

Dunedin Historical Museum

This railroad station was converted into a museum space that tells the story of Dunedin’s history through hands-on exhibits.

Florida Holocaust Museum

An important and sobering memorial to the millions of people who lost their lives or survived the Holocaust. Using personal stories, photographs and personal objects, you’ll learn about this painful period of history and see how the museum is helping people achieve a more positive future.

Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center

The Safety Harbor Museum leads you through every part of Florida history, from the first fossils through to pioneer settlements and on to the thriving resorts of today.

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

A car lover’s dream, this museum celebrates the progressive technology of the 20’s and 30’s and the iconic cars that were manufactured at the time. See original, restored examples of some incredibly rare vehicles.

CULTURE, ARTS & CRAFTS

Boca Ciega Millennium Park

Whether you come for the renowned bird watching or for a peaceful fishing spot, the observation tower overlooking Boca Ciega Bay offers panoramic views for all visitors. Dedicated twitchers can also spot dozens of species along the boardwalks. This family-friendly park also has picnic areas and a playground.

Boyd Hill Nature Park & Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center

You’ll have plenty to explore throughout the 245 acres of wilderness at Boyd Hill Nature Park. Flora and fauna are conserved throughout the five eco-systems that make up the park.

Fort De Soto Park

Five beautiful islands make up Fort De Soto Park. The wildlife here is second to none – pelicans bask on the shore and sea turtles hatch on the beach. As well as the miles of natural hiking trails, there’s a dedicated dog beach and lots of beautiful spots for the kids to play.

Caladesi Island State Park

We might be biased, but in our opinion, there’s no better beach in the country! This barrier island’s bright white sands will stun and captivate you. Take the boat from Honeymoon Island, look out for dolphins from the deck and be prepared to fall in love with this little piece of paradise.

Florida Botanical Gardens

Green-fingered visitors will be taking note as they amble through the pretty landscapes and beautifully designed formal gardens. The Florida Botanical Gardens has everything from a perfectly clipped rose garden to resident alligators.  

Sunken Gardens

Enjoy nature at its best at the Sunken Gardens in downtown St Pete. Exotic plants and flowers fill the gardens while flamingos perch and butterflies flutter by as you wander along the pathways and past trickling waterfalls.

BEACHES, SURFING, PARKS & RIVER CRUISES

Belleair Beach

See how the other half live for the day with a visit to classy Belleair Beach. Lined with beachside mansions, the shoreline here is chilled out, quiet and exclusive.

Clearwater Beach

A favourite beach spot for many, Clearwater beach has a lively promenade, cabanas, and crystal clear waters ideal for paddling.

Madeira Beach

Known to locals as ‘Mad Beach’ this fun spot is a great place to explore retro style independent galleries and casual boutiques as well as catching some rays on the sands.

Pass-A-Grille Beach

Situated at the far end of St Pete Beach, this relaxed piece of shoreline is a world away from the busy resorts. Unwind on the calm beach or make the most of the flat seas with some gentle paddleboarding.

HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPA TOURISM

A vacation on the Gulf Coast is just the place for some R&R. The warm sea breeze and sunny days are fabulous, but if you’re looking for a little extra, St. Petersburg has some excellent spas, independent and resort-based, that will give you the boost you need.

ECOTOURISM, WILDLIFE & THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Boca Ciega Millennium Park

Whether you come for the renowned bird watching or for a peaceful fishing spot, the observation tower overlooking Boca Ciega Bay offers panoramic views for all visitors. Dedicated twitchers can also spot dozens of species along the boardwalks. This family-friendly park also has picnic areas and a playground.

Boyd Hill Nature Park & Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center

You’ll have plenty to explore throughout the 245 acres of wilderness at Boyd Hill Nature Park. Flora and fauna are conserved throughout the five eco-systems that make up the park.

Fort De Soto Park

Five beautiful islands make up Fort De Soto Park. The wildlife here is second to none – pelicans bask on the shore and sea turtles hatch on the beach. As well as the miles of natural hiking trails, there’s a dedicated dog beach and lots of beautiful spots for the kids to play.

Caladesi Island State Park

We might be biased, but in our opinion, there’s no better beach in the country! This barrier island’s bright white sands will stun and captivate you. Take the boat from Honeymoon Island, look out for dolphins from the deck and be prepared to fall in love with this little piece of paradise.

Florida Botanical Gardens

Green-fingered visitors will be taking note as they amble through the pretty landscapes and beautifully designed formal gardens. The Florida Botanical Gardens has everything from a perfectly clipped rose garden to resident alligators.  

Sunken Gardens

Enjoy nature at its best at the Sunken Gardens in downtown St Pete. Exotic plants and flowers fill the gardens while flamingos perch and butterflies flutter by as you wander along the pathways and past trickling waterfalls.

sport

Best Pro Kiteboarding Center

Experienced boarders or those looking for a new experience are welcome at Best Pro Kiteboarding Center. You’ll feel the wind in your hair and see the coastline from a whole new perspective with this thrilling and challenging activity.

Cypress Breeze Farm

For a unique way of seeing more of the Tampa Bay area, try out Cypress Breeze Farm’s guided horseback rides. Bond with your horse as you trail through fascinating habitats and unforgettable trails.

Golf in St Petersburg

If your perfect place to relax and unwind on holiday is on the expansive fairways or putting greens then the golf clubs in and around St. Pete will not disappoint. With an impressive pedigree as the original national headquarters of the PGA, you’ll be following a long line of legends at Dunedin Golf Club. Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course poses a real challenge and is a favourite of many of the local pros, while the friendly and welcoming Mangrove Bay Golf Course is also an excellent place to play.  

Dining

You’ll build up quite an appetite with days of sunbathing and nature hiking. Downtown St Petersburg is lively and cosmopolitan and boasts an eclectic range of restaurants with cuisines to suit every budget and taste. The beachfront resorts also have some impressive alfresco dining options and can provide the perfect sunset meal.

Shopping

Sundial St. Pete

A one-stop destination conveniently situated in downtown St Petersburg, the Sundial has an exclusive selection of shops, restaurants and salons that will have you reaching for your wallet.

Westfield Countryside

The most convenient shopping destination in the centre of Clearwater. Find all the retail options you need at Westfield Countryside, as well as restaurants, a cinema, and an ice rink.

Hotels

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

Relax in the luxurious surroundings of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa and make the most of the many amenities at this four-star hotel. Spend your days poolside and at the spa, or get involved in the nearby watersports and other outdoor activities before finishing the day by dining alfresco and having a drink at one of the local bars.

Sandpearl Resort

Nestled on one of the island’s most spectacular beaches, this world-class resort,  with its sea view balconies and eco-friendly suites, will be your own piece of paradise during your stay. As well as a full-service spa with a wonderful range of treatments, The Caretta on the Gulf restaurant is one of the most highly regarded in Clearwater Beach. With everything from wine tasting to dolphin watching nearby, this is the perfect base for your trip.

Sheraton Sand Key

The Sheraton Sand Key is an award-winning resort sat on 10-acres of white sand beach. You can lounge on your balcony overlooking Clearwater Beach, try out some of the watersports activities or explore downtown St. Pete. It is all within easy reach. And when the evening arrives, your toughest task will be deciding what to eat at the exclusive, fine-dining restaurant.

Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club

A golf course, an exclusive marina and the deluxe tennis courts make this the perfect getaway if you like to keep active on vacation. If walking the halls of museums and galleries is more your pace, the expert staff at the resort will show you the best places to explore nearby.

Hotel Indigo

The comfortable rooms in this restored historic building in downtown St Petersburg make for a warm welcome to the quaint neighbourhood and are the perfect base to explore the attractions and nightlife nearby. Spend your downtime in the outdoor pool and make the most of the glorious Gulf Coast weather.

Kimpton Zamora

With its striking facade and Spanish-inspired architecture, a stay in this luxurious boutique hotel will be a treat for even the most discerning traveller. Its expansive suites and balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico make this one of the top hotels in the area. 

The Don CeSar

When you arrive at the striking Don CeSar hotel with its signature pink hue and grand architecture, you’ll feel like you’re in a dream. And with the Spa Oceana, 24-hour fitness centre and one of the best locations on St Pete Beach, you’re not going to wake up anytime soon.  

PostCard Inn

Sink into the beach lifestyle and relax amongst surfer vibes and laid-back charm at the Postcard Inn. Don’t miss cocktails at the authentically retro beach bar – it’s the oldest in St Petersburg!

Family attractions

Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens has thrilling rides and unique experiences for adults and children of all ages. Wildlife lovers will be fascinated by the Animal Care Center which offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the resident wildlife is cared for. Hair-raising roller coasters are not to be missed – try them if you dare. There are also plenty of eateries and shopping options to complete a fun-filled family day out.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is dedicated to looking after injured and abandoned dolphins, turtles, otters and other creatures in need of a safe home. Educational displays about the adorable animals make for an unforgettable trip.

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