St. Petersburg, a few miles east of the Tampa Bay Beaches, is the fourth largest City in Florida. Its beautiful waterfront serves up stunning views of Tampa Bay and combines with world-class museums such as The Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and (Dale) Chihuly Exhibit to lure thousands of visitors annually. For the past three years, St.Petersburg has held the designation as #1 in the Top 25 Arts Destination for Mid-Size Cities by American Style magazine.
The City is also home to the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball, the historic Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, and a walkable downtown filled with shops, galleries, studios and dining establishments.
Major events include the Honda Grand Prix , Ribfest, and Mainsail Arts Festival. www.stpete.org
Tampa is the 54th largest city in the country and is an easy drive from the Tampa Bay Beaches area. It is famous for its cruise port, the Spanish influence of Ybor City and its major league sporting teams: NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa is also the spring training home for MLB’s New York Yankees.
Award-winning Tampa International Airport is serviced by major domestic and international carriers. Rental cars and shuttle busses make it easy for visitors to access all our beach communities.
Fun day trip ideas, allowing you plenty of time to be back for a glorious beach sunset, include: * Busch Gardens * Adventure Island * MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) * Florida Aquarium
Major events include the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Outback Bowl, and Florida State Fair.
Quaint Gulfport, minutes away from St. Pete Beach, is one of the oldest settlements in southern Pinellas County. Located on Boca Ciega Bay, it features a compact beach, full-service Marina and the historic Gulfport Casino which hosts dancing ranging from ballroom to country style.
Several boutique-style bed and breakfast inns and over a dozen galleries and eclectic shops make Gulfport a unique spot to visit. In 2011, Gulfport was deemed "Best of the Road for Food" by Rand McNally; foodies will find a tempting assortment of eateries offering inside and outside dining.