St Petersburg Florida is one city that has so much to offer it’s almost overlooked that it sits along some of the most beautiful beaches, bay side and along the coast.
Today, we are exploring the natural gems that make Florida so attractive — the coastal areas and waterfront of St Petersburg.
Let’s start with Ft. DeSoto Beach. It’s located at the southernmost tip of St. Petersburg and is often called the best beach in the whole nation. Poeple love to tour the 5 interconnected islands that make up Ft DeSoto, which sits on 900 acres. Enjoy camping throughout the year, many miles of nature trails and even paved trails.
Though, for the outdoor enthusiast a nice trip along 2.25 miles of the canoe trails from the 800-foot boat launch or fishing are among their favorite water-related past times.
There are areas to host little get togethers from the public picnic areas, complete with grill and covered pavilions. Most of all, they love to come early or stick around until sunset and moonrise with a view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Treasure Island is quintessential old Florida, and is a municipal beach of St. Petersburg. It shares the shore with Gulf of Mexico community, Treasure Island, with 500 ft of white sand-lined shores. Enjoy a snack bar and beach volleyball and restroom and showers.
The city operates the parking lot, which is actually accessible every hour of every day. Parking is either by the hour or sold in 12-hour segments through onsite parking meters for $2/hour or just $6/12 hours.
Keep in mind, if you are coming to camp, you cannot park RVs or buses in these lots. You can probably find out more about the campground parking situation.
Maximo Beach & Park is at Pinellas Pt Dr S and 34th St. It has a wonderful nature boardwalk and 3 boat ramps along with 2 playgrounds that hug the beach.
Enjoy miles upon miles of nature trails and bike trails. There’s even an old-growth 70-acre archaeological site. Look on at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and the Gulf of Mexico for a panoramic view that’s priceless.
Those are just a couple of the beaches that are available for St. Petersburg residents and area visitors. There’s plenty of beauty. Take it in from the many miles of nature trails or from the paved fitness trails, depending on what you prefer.