St. Petersburg Travel Guide

Areas to Explore

Anna Maria
Clearwater Beach
Holmes Beach
Belleair Beach
Indian Rock Beach
Indian Shores
Madeira Beach
North Redington Beach
Redington Beach
Redington Shores
Saint Pete Beach
Treasure Island

St. Petersburg Area information

Get the Best of the Bay with Vacation Rentals in St. Petersburg

A Place to Discover Beyond the Beautiful Beaches

The Tampa Bay Area is home to the cities of St. Petersburg (or St. Pete as locals like to call it) and Clearwater. Swimming, snorkeling, and watching dolphins are just a few of the many fun and exciting outdoor activities your family can experience while vacationing on the Bay. But there’s more to see in these sunny oceanfront towns should you decide to venture away from the beach for a day or two. Visiting one of the local world-class museums, swinging a round of golf on a championship course, and enjoying the hiking trails in and around Tampa Bay are just a few of the outstanding adventures that await your next Florida vacation.

Create the Vacation You Want, Where You Want

With Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™, you can find yourself in a cozy neighborhood bungalow, a beachfront home, a luxury downtown condo, or a penthouse villa the next time you travel to Florida. The choice is yours whether you want to stay near the beach or you’d rather be closer to what’s happening downtown. Our large selection of convenient St. Petersburg vacation rentals make it easy to create the Florida vacay of your dreams.

Top Sights in St. Petersburg

Salvador Dalí Museum

Nicknamed “The Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg has a lot to offer in ways of vacationing outdoors. But if you’re looking for one of the more unique things to do in St. Petersburg, spend a day indoors at the Salvador Dalí Museum. Located in downtown St. Petersburg, the museum presents over 2,100 of the eccentric artist’s work, making it the largest Dalí collection outside of Europe.

St. Pete’s Beach Drive

Looking for some fun that’s not necessarily in the sun? St. Pete’s Beach Drive is synonymous with elite shopping, food, and entertainment, and it’s especially well-known for its vibrant nightlife. Stretching along the coast of downtown St. Petersburg, you’ll get the premier upscale beach vacation experience if you choose to spend a day (and most of the night) here.

Moccasin Lake Nature Park

If your kids are feeling waterlogged with too many days on the beach, dry them out with a beautiful hike and some education about nature. The Moccasin Lake Nature Park offers 50-acres of preserved Florida forest and wetlands, plus an education center with rehabilitated bald eagles, hawks and owls. The mile-long walking trail leads to a lake lookout where you can do some Florida birdwatching. There are also long wooden boardwalk paths winding through peaceful canopied forests that are designed to enrich your senses.

Top Experiences in St. Petersburg

Meet a Local Celebrity

Hope truly lives in Clearwater, and not just as a feeling, but as a local celebrity. Rescued in 2010 at just 2-3 months old, the bottlenose dolphin affectionately named Hope is alive and well at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. A trip to the aquarium gives you access to the Winter Zone where Hope can be visited throughout the year.

Keep Music Cool with Daddy Kool

Finding a good record shop is like finding a needle in a haystack these days, but vinyl is far from going out of style. Daddy Kool Records is the place to visit if you’re looking to find those rare, hard to find records from every music genre you can think of. You can also purchase tickets to great St. Petersburg activities like music festivals and concerts.

Catch the Sunset Over Clearwater

If you’re traveling with your special someone or you and your family love chasing the sun, one of the best things to do in Clearwater is catch a spectacular ocean sunset. Spread your blanket on the beach and go from sunup to sundown with the beautiful gulf ocean in front of you. Or make your way to Pier 60. Depending on the time of year, you can pick up a few local trinkets at the Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival before taking in the sunset from the end of the jetty.