While you're sporting flip-flops be sure to stop in at one of the many Tiki bars that line the beaches for some island music, dancing, and one-of-a-kind tropical drinks. Stay a while and watch the sun set over all that gorgeous water. Nature lovers wanting a unique experience should visit the beach at Fort de Soto Park in the summer where roughly 150 Loggerhead turtles successfully nest each year. Coming at the right time, lucky visitors can watch the baby hatchlings make a mad dash to the sea. Even if you miss the Loggerhead turtle excitement, coming to this beach will not be a mistake. In 2005, it had the honour of being ranked America's #1 beach. Naturally, being so close to so much water, St. Pete's is a dream destination for the surfers, jet skiers, parasailers, fishermen, boaters, and water-lovers in the family. Cruises of all kinds run daily so vacationers can fully enjoy coastal life.
While the beaches are St. Pete's main attraction, they aren't the only place to visit in the Sunshine City. St. Pete's has a vast array of parks, preserves, museums, theme parks, spas, golf courses, and shopping outlets to keep you happily occupied. Visitors taking a break from the beach may want to stroll in the Salvador Dali Museum which houses the largest collection of the great Spanish surrealist artist's works outside of Europe. Travelers will also want to get their picture taken by St. Petersburg Pier, an iconic five-story inverted pyramid shaped structure that offers fine dining, an aquarium, as well as a host of festivals and special activities sure to amuse the whole family. Racing enthusiasts will want to time their visit to the Sunshine City around the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg where the fastest in the world take on the challenging course. Truly there is something for everyone at St. Petersburg, Florida.