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St. Pete Beach is on the southernmost of a string of barrier islands that protect the Pinellas County peninsula. Located on Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast near the mouth of Tampa Bay, and blessed with miles of gorgeous white sand beaches with a tropical resort feel, St. Pete Beach is part of the Tampa Bay region, one of the nation’s fastest growing metro areas. St. Pete Beach offers you and your family world class vacation rental homes and condos while being just a short drive from Florida's many theme parks.

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St. Pete Beach offers a relaxing, fun and sun oriented getaway with a variety of condos, vacation homes, hotels, and resorts. Choose an accommodation near any of St. Pete Beach's local attractions that offers comfort while making the most of the beautiful beaches and attractions at affordably priced rates.

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Activities

Nicknamed the Pink Palace, the Don CeSar is an area landmark with a rich history, and well worth a visit, even if you are not staying there. The Don CeSar Hotel is unique because it is not just a first class resort hotel, but also a National Historic Landmark. Just to the south of St. Pete Beach is historic Fort Desoto Park, offering self guided tours of the ruins and cannons, as well as two spectacular beaches. The Gulf Beaches History Museum in Pass-A-Grille’s National Historic District is housed in the first church that was built on the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area’s barrier islands. Exhibits trace the history of the area’s barrier islands. Accessible only by boat, Shell Key Preserve was named one of the state’s most important birding sites by Audubon of Florida. This undeveloped barrier island is known for excellent shell collecting, sunbathing and bird watching.

Events

The Annual Downtown St Pete Beach Corey Area Art Festival is held in February along St. Pete’s historic main street, Corey Avenue. This quaint district harbors two blocks of specialty shops and restaurants. Rib Fest takes place in November in beautiful Vinoy Park on Tampa Bay, in downtown St. Petersburg. A fun filled three- day festival that is a classic rock concert, a rib lovers paradise, and a great family get together all at the same time.  Strictly Sail St. Petersburg takes place at Spa Beach Park in early November and is an in-water sailboat show featuring sailboats from 6 to 50 feet, cruising gear, equipment, seminars, special events, children's activities, parties and more.

Water Sports

The Gulf Coast beaches of St. Pete Beach and the Sun Coast are perfect for swimming, skiing, or catching up on your tan. You can also find powerboat and sailboat rentals, as well as jetski rentals. The warm Gulf of Mexico waters are inviting for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Golfing

While there is no true "off-season" in the St. Petersburg area for golfers, some seasons are not so crowded as others. The beautiful climate in west-central Florida is near perfect year round, and the many golf courses ensure a playable course for all. Pinellas County is loaded with great courses from the Gulf Coast to Tampa Bay.

History

Pass-A-Grille, which is the most southern tip of St. Pete Beach, is thought to have gotten its name from the Cuban fisherman, known as "Grillers", who camped along the waters edge of the island and would smoke their fish before returning home. Traveling thru the pass, you could see the fires on the beaches thus Pass-A-Grille. Soon settlers began to make Pass-A-Grille their home and in 1902 the first store was built on Long Key. In 1905, Pass-A-Grille opened a Post Office and in 1911, Pass-A-Grille was incorporated as a town and twenty -one residents voted at the first election. In 1914 electric came to Long Key Island and in 1922, the island's first fire station was established.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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