St. Pete Beach is a resort beach town covering a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay. Located to the west of St. Petersburg, this tranquil town is known as the Sunset Capital of Florida for its dramatic views of sky and sea.
St. Pete Beach has white sand beaches lined with boutiques and seafood spots in the Pass-A-Grille Historic District as well as a lively downtown centered on Corey Avenue. Resorts range from classically elegant Florida landmarks from the 1920s to lavish contemporary five-star affairs. Three bridges connect St. Pete Beach to neighboring islands and St. Petersburg’s Bayway Isles neighborhood.
Real estate within St. Pete Beach includes elegant waterfront homes and condominiums with exceptional Intracoastal views. Many charming coastal cottages can be found in the historic Pass-A-Grille neighborhood.
• Boutique shops and seafood restaurants
• Historic Pass-A-Grille neighborhood
St. Pete Beach provides its residents with a laid-back, vacation-style atmosphere all year round, and its stunning beaches are some of the best in the United States. Popular activities include fishing, kiteboarding, paddle boarding, parasailing, and windsurfing. Dining and entertainment options range from casual beach bars to swanky hotel lounges.
The Pass-A-Grille Historic District at the southern end of St. Pete Beach houses many shops and restaurants near the beachfront. The Hurricane is a bar and grill in a brightly-colored Victorian building that serves mouthwatering steaks and seafood. The Hurricane’s rooftop is the perfect place to enjoy St. Pete Beach’s famous sunset views with a margarita.
8th Avenue is lined with boutique stores. Shop for original artwork at A Little Room for Art, beachwear at Doddy Beach Boutique, fashion and gifts at Bamboozle and Paradiso, and unique fine jewelry pieces at Evander Preston. At the end of 8th Avenue, Merry Pier offers a fresh fish market, fishing supplies, and charter boat excursions.
Many more bars and restaurants line the waterfront along Gulf Boulevard. Head to Undertow Beach Bar for relaxed pub eats and live sports or The 360 Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Zamora for panoramic views over the gulf and Intracoastal Waterway.
Corey Avenue runs east to west across St. Pete Beach and features a wide range of boutiques, specialty shops, spas, bars, and restaurants. Visit the Swigwam Beach Bar for casual drinks, Crystal Cottage for one-of-a-kind home décor items, or Modern Optics for stylish eyewear. On Sunday mornings from October through May, Corey Avenue Market has as many as 70 vendors selling art and gourmet foodstuffs.
St. Pete Beach has miles of white sandy beaches on the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Pass-a-Grille Beach is the longest in the entire Clearwater/St. Petersburg region. Here, you can take in mesmerizing sunset views, catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins, or head out on a boating excursion. Enjoy abundant fishing or head on to the 1,800-acre wildlife haven of Shell Key, where you can see nesting sea turtles and a plethora of bird species.
St. Pete Beach Recreation Center is a community hub with outstanding facilities, including a six-lane junior Olympic swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and a variety of exercise classes and programs for all ages.
St. Pete Beach resorts include The Don CeSar, a lavish pink palace that has been a local landmark since 1928. The Don CeSar’s guests have included many of America’s most famous people from the Jazz Age onward, beginning with F. Scott Fitzgerald and including presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, George Bush Snr. and Jr., and Barack Obama.
In late November, St. Pete Beach celebrates the start of the festive season with a nighttime lighted Holiday Boat Parade. Many other events take place in St. Pete Beach throughout the year, including a Seafood & Music Festival beginning the last weekend in January.
St. Pete Beach is zoned to the Pinellas Public School District. Highlights include
• Ami Kids Center for Personal Growth, Public (Alternative), 6-11
• Geoff Beaches Elementary Magnet School, Public (Magnet), K-5