Forget about Disneyland – when in Florida, go see St. Pete

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When you mention Florida to many people, they automatically assume you are off to immerse yourself in theme parks and fairytales. But if you want a very different sort of holiday, then don’t dismiss the sunshine state.

This is particularly true if you want to enjoy all the glories of a pristine, white beach and abundant sun. Because St. Pete Beach regularly tops league tables of the best coastal destinations in the USA, as does its close neighbour, Clearwater.

St. Pete attracts thousands of tourists

St. Pete Beach could be classed as one of America’s best kept secrets, as many of its visitors are US sun-seekers escaping their own winters to enjoy the year-round warmth and blue skies.

The barrier island community off the coast of Saint Petersburg also boasts great proximity to both Tampa, with its international airport, and the equally white beaches of lovely Clearwater.

Jump on board the Suncoast Beach Trolley to explore more of what this stunning coast has to offer and see for yourself what keeps tourists coming back for more.

Largely undeveloped and very laid back, St. Pete Beach offers many water sport options. This includes parasailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing and kite boarding. Once you have worked up a thirst, this coastal community is known for its warm and welcoming beach bars and restaurants.

How to get to St. Pete Beach

Look for flights that take you to either Tampa International Airport or St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. Flying to Orlando is also an option, but you will be looking at a road trip of around two hours to get to St. Pete Beach.

Don’t forget you will need to apply for an ESTA for trips to any part of the USA. It couldn’t be easier though, as you can complete an online ESTA application.

Where to stay

The choice of accommodation extends to some 3,000 options. This ranges from luxury resorts such as the iconic Don CeSar, a ‘pink palace’ that dominates the beach, but also plenty of more intimate and budget facilities. There are also plenty of campgrounds around St. Pete Beach.

So you may not get those trademark mouse ears on your holiday to Florida this year, but don’t forget to pack your flip flops!