St Pete Beach – Beach Towns Series

Did you know that you live next to the #1 beach in the United States and #5 in the world, per TripAdvisor’s 2021 Travelers Choice awards? That’s right, the next beach town in my #LovingStPeteBeachTowns series is nationally acclaimed St Pete Beach (SPB). This is the second of TEN local beach towns in this series! This is the first of three posts dedicated to St. Pete Beach. Make sure to follow for the other two, plus info on the other eight local beach towns!

As you’ll see in the brief ‘Long Key’ history below, Pass-a-Grille (our initial #beachtown in this series) is technically part of SPB, though most locals consider them two distinct areas. While we absolutely love PAG for the community and peaceful family time, we equally love St. Pete Beach for fire pits, live music, ‘toes in the sand’ restaurants/bars, Sunday morning market & dancing at Jimmy B’s Beach Bar & Bistro (if wife twists arm).

After School Plans:

We lived 200 feet from Spinners Revolving Roof-Top Lounge and the Sirata Beach Resort for a while and had a blast. Our after-school routine was to head across the street for live music. If Bongo Beach Bar and the Sirata didn’t have anyone that day, we’d simply stroll down to TradeWinds Island Resort. Then we would head to the Guy Harvey Outpost (now RumFish Beach Resort, owned by TradeWinds). This is vacation territory, doesn’t matter the day, there’s live music somewhere!

While there’s a ton to do, SPB still has a small town feel when compared to ie the Ft. Lauderdale’s of the world. You can drive the length of the island in around 9 min (add a few during busy times). There’s a number of small neighborhoods, couple playgrounds, couple churches, a Publix, pharmacies and veterinarian. Pretty much everything one might expect for small town living. Plus, plenty of restaurants and activities. Much more on that in our final two SPB posts!

St Pete Beach History:

In 1957, the island known as Long Key became ‘St. Petersburg Beach’ after residents voted to consolidate 4 municipalities: Pass-a-Grille, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista & St. Petersburg Beach. Then in 1994, residents voted to change the name to “St. Pete Beach”, shortening for paperwork and to distinguish from Saint Petersburg.

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One 📸 directly from The Hotel Zamora

Note: Spinners is currently closed for renovations under new ownership.

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