My accommodations were provided by Superior Small Lodging, but all other expenses were my own. All opinions are 100% my own.
This was my first visit to the gulf side of Florida. One of my friends told me that once you go to the gulf side, you never want to go anywhere else. While I agree that it was so beautiful, the ocean was gorgeous and WARM and there was so much to do, I’m still a fan of the whole state of Florida.
We stayed in a two bedroom/ two bathroom suite. It was huge with a full kitchen and living room too. The couch pulled out to a double bed too. There were ceiling fans and an air conditioner to save us from the Florida heat. The suite so was comfortable and spacious. It would be perfect for my family of 5. The unit was so clean and even had some toiletries in case we forgot any. Since we didn’t have beach access, we were able to go to the main Plaza Beach Resort location and use their beach access and avoid paying for parking to go to the beach (though we did that once, without realizing we were going to have to pay).
So after my two days of exploring the area, here are my recommendations of what to do and where to eat.
What to do in St. Pete Beach
Venture down to Fort DeSoto. This beautiful state park will cost $5 to get in and park, but worth the money. There are several sections to visit while here so plan a full day. Visiting the old fort is so interesting. The giant cannons and old walls are fun to explore. Read all the plaques so you can learn the history. There aren’t very many so it won’t take long. There is also a gift shop and snack bar at the fort.
If you have time, and desire, definitely participate in water activities go parasailing, paddle boarding, kite boarding, sailing, jet skiing or any other of the variety of water sports you can imagine. St. Pete Beach is definitely where you want to play in and by the water!
Where to Eat in St. Pete Beach
Before leaving I tried to gather recommendations from people on where to eat but I didn’t get too many, so what’s a better plan? Ask the locals. Taking the recommendation of the locals we visited Silas’ Dents and Crabby Bills.
Both restaurants were so good. I got some delicious Coconut Shrimp at Silas’ Dents. It came with a sweet sauce to dip and was pretty awesome! I’d recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the area, be sure to ask for a table with a view.
We also found a lovely little French bakery & Deli near the Dolphin Landing Marina that had tons of yummy pastries and morning beverages.
Have you been to St. Pete Beach? What activities or restaurants would you add to my list?