Set on a barrier island, west of St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach is a Florida resort city with beautiful white, sandy beaches, and a variety of attractions and activities. Overseen by the pink Moorish-style Don Cesar Hotel, or ‘Pink Palace,’ a 1928 landmark and icon of the island, St. Pete Beach is sprinkled with nostalgic Old Florida hotels and inns, and features the longest undeveloped stretch of public beach in the county - Pass-a-Grille Beach.

Outdoor activities range from swimming, beachcombing, and paddleboarding, to surfing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing, and cultural attractions include the lively Corey Avenue district, which is packed with museums, art galleries, trendy specialty shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars. There are many great things to do in St. Petersburg nearby.

1. Gulf Beaches Historical Museum

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum
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Located in Pass-A-Grille’s National Historic District, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum traces the history of southern Florida’s barrier islands. Built in 1917 as the first church in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater barrier islands, the now-turned house museum features several interesting exhibits of photographs, news clippings, artifacts, and objects, some dating back to the 1500s. Notable exhibits in the museum include the story of Silas Dent, the Hermit of Cabbage Key, extensive postcard collections, a World War II exhibit, and Don Cesar artifacts. The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum has a gift shop selling books, cards, and souvenirs. St Petersburg beaches are relaxing and free to visit.

115 10th Ave, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, Phone: 727-552-1610

2. Mastry's Brewing Co.

Mastry's Brewing Co.
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Housed in a renovated tire shop on St. Pete Beach, Mastry's Brewing Co. is a locally-owned and operated brewery that produces a variety of unique and flavorful craft beers. The first craft brewery and tasting room on St. Pete Beach, Mastry’s Brewing draws inspiration from traditional styles and exotic locales to create one-of-a-kind craft brews, such as a chocolate coffee porter known as JMC and the ever-popular Hefeweizen. The taproom offers a rotating selection of Mastry’s beers, along with guest taps from other local Florida breweries, and has indoor and outdoor seating, and a pet-friendly beer garden. Romantic restaurants in St Petersburg offer options for a fun meal.

7701 Blind Pass Rd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, Phone: 727-202-8045

3. Corey Area Shopping District, St Pete Beach, Florida

Corey Area Shopping District, St Pete Beach, Florida
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Nestled between Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the Corey Area Shopping District is a shopper’s paradise with a wealth of clothing stores, specialty shops, unique boutiques, imaginative gift shops, and one-of-a-kind jewelry galleries. The district is home to the historic Art Deco Beach Theatre, many wonderful restaurants serving a wide range of cuisine from around the world, and buzzing bars offering colorful cocktails. The thriving area hosts a seasonal Sunday Morning Market from October through May featuring fresh food, organic produce, handcrafts, and live music from over 80 vendors, and hosts numerous fun events throughout the year like arts and crafts festivals, wine tastings, and parades. Read about the most beautiful white sand beaches in Florida.

7395 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, Phone: 727-363-0772

4. Gennaro's Pizza & Restaurant

Gennaro's Pizza & Restaurant
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Gennaro's Pizzeria and Italian Cuisine is a local trattoria on Pass-a-Grille Way that serves homestyle Italian cuisine and thin-crust pizza in a warm and welcoming setting. Established over 20 years ago, the restaurant is perfect for a casual lunch with friends at the counter or a romantic dinner for two with a cozy, quiet, candle-lit dining room. The menu features traditional Italian dishes like spaghetti, lasagna, and an array of hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas with various toppings, and decadent desserts like ricotta cheesecake and cannoli shouldn’t be missed. The food is accompanied by a selection of casual Italian wines, craft beers, and Pellegrino, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily. Browse our things to do in Florida guide for more ideas.

2004 Pass a Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, Phone: 727-360-0563

5. Chill Restaurant & Bar, St Pete Beach, Florida

Chill Restaurant & Bar, St Pete Beach, Florida
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Located in the Corey Ave Shopping District, the Chill Restaurant & Bar is an easy-going eatery that serves contemporary cuisine and traditional and eclectic specialties breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The restaurant has a spacious dining room with elegant décor, a covered outdoor patio for alfresco-style dining, a full service bar serving craft beers, casual wines, and handcrafted cocktails, an espresso bar, and a private party room for special events of up to 40 people. The menu features New American fare with plenty of options for diabetics, gluten-free, vegetarians and vegan diners. Read about the best Florida weekend getaways for a relaxing vacation.

357 Corey Ave, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, Phone: 727-360-2445

6. The Wharf Restaurant, St Pete Beach, Florida

The Wharf Restaurant, St Pete Beach, Florida
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Located in Pass-A-Grille, The Wharf Restaurant is an elegant restaurant with convenient boat slips and beautiful views of Tierra Verde, Shell Island, and the Intercoastal waterway. The casual, festive restaurant specializes in contemporary New American cuisine and fresh seafood, organic salads, prime steaks, and decadent desserts. A full-service bar presents a wealth of signature libations ranging from more than 20 craft beers on tap and by the bottle and imported spirits to fine wines from around the world to signature and classic cocktails. The restaurant has big-screen televisions for major sports games, and hosts live music on the weekends. Browse our best places to visit in Florida guide for more ideas.

2001 Pass a Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706, Phone: 727-367-9469

7. Pass-a-Grille, St Pete Beach, FL

Pass-a-Grille, St Pete Beach, FL
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Pass-A-Grille is a quaint, laid back beach town at the southernmost end of St. Pete Beach that is home to the beautiful Pass-a-Grille Beach, an outdoor art market, casual seafood restaurants and bars, cafés, and trendy beach boutiques. The spectacular white sandy Pass-a-Grille Beach is lapped by the warm waters of the Gulf Coast and lined with plenty of entertainment in the form of restaurants, cafés, and bars. Merry Pier is a popular fishing spot and the departure point of guided boat tours to the secluded Shell Key Preserve. Browse the best romantic Florida islands.

Pass-A-Grille Beach, FL 33706, Phone: 727-403-6136

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