If it is not your first stay at one of our St Pete Beach hotels or you are planning an extended vacation, you may be looking to explore the surrounding areas. With St Petersburg, Tampa, and Clearwater all within a short drive, there is so much to do here at any time of the year. Hidden throughout these cities are gems that only a lucky few travelers know about. After you have taken in all the sun you can handle on our beaches, here are a few other family activities for you to check out.
Sunshine Skyway: While a highway may not seem like something worthy of a trip away from the white sands, the Sunshine Skyway is much more than your typical bridge. It spans over four miles across the Tampa Bay, providing stunning views of the emerald green waters. Due to the views, many car manufacturers film commercials on it. The Sunshine Skyway, considered the “flag bridge” of Florida, was named the third best bridge in the world by The Travel Channel.
Fort de Soto: Easily seen from the Sunshine Skyway is Fort de Soto County Park. Comprised of five interconnected islands, it is consistently named one of the nation’s best beaches. With over 1000 acres, there are plenty of hiking and kayaking trails. Many love the white sand beach because it is one of the few in the area that allows dogs to run free.
Honeymoon Island: A trip to Honeymoon Island, a natural barrier island, deserves a full day of your vacation. The island offers a look at the untouched, natural beauty of coastal Florida. While walking around the island, you will see various mangrove swamps where you will see crabs, osprey, and other wildlife. You can also take the ferry to the more isolated Caladesi Island for some kayaking and fishing.
Clearwater Beach Walk: The walk is part of the city’s “Beach by Design” project. It features a promenade with stunning landscaping, views of the beach, and easy access to the various retail shops and beachfront restaurants. Many love the blend of city life and beach tranquility that is found along the walk.
Pier 60: The expansive fishing pier features a recreational park that is fun for all ages. The lights of the pier make it a hotspot for night fishing. It is also one of the largest beachfront playgrounds on the Gulf of Mexico. “Sunsets at Pier 60” is a festival that occurs every night from 6 to 9pm every night of the year. Along with hosting a variety of crafts and entertainment, the event ends with a stunning view of the sunset.
With all there is to do within just a few miles of our St Pete Beach hotels, you will never have to worry about growing bored. If you have any questions about any of these attractions feel free to ask our friendly receptionists at the Plaza Beach Resorts.