#5 Best World Beach, -TripAdvisor 2012
Sugar-white sand and tranquil turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico are the backdrop for this postcard-perfect beach destination. St. Pete Beach offers the perfect balance for families, those looking to relax and get away from it all to the younger active crowd seeking adventure.
The city of St. Pete Beach is located on Long Key, a barrier island of the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida. You’ll find plenty of restaurants, recreation, quaint shops and world-class art museums, including the largest collection of paintings, apart from Spain, by Salvador Dali.
Homes in this area reflect many cultures and eclectic styles from old Florida to modern upscale mansions. Accommodations range from beachside cottages to the historical and architecturally grand Don CeSar Resort.
When it comes to activities and recreation, attractions in Orlando are less than a two hour car drive away with Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater even closer all offering a plethora of entertainment and cultural experiences.
As if one award winning beach was not enough, not far away are the award winning beaches of Fort De Soto Park, Caladesi Island State Park and Clearwater Beach, Florida. Where else can you find so many beaches to make “America’s Best Beach” list within such close proximity?
With an average of 361 days of sunshine per year, it’s no wonder readers have selected this beach as one of America’s best.