Known for their sunny weather and beaches, the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area, located on the coast just west of Tampa, is a vibrant community that offers so many things to see and do. Whether you’re just visiting, or thinking of moving to the area, here’s 5 reasons to love this area!
With over 35 miles of white sand along the coast, it’s understandable why the Clearwater-St. Pete area is best known for their beaches. Clearwater Beach has been voted #1 beach on Trip Advisor for multiple years, and is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Enjoy the clear blue waters, wildlife such as dolphins, and local restaurants and shops when you stop here. St. Pete Beach is another great spot, with award winning hotels and restaurants lining the beach. Indian Rocks Beach, Treasure Island and Caladesi Island State Park are a few other neighboring beaches to check out if you’re looking to enjoy the sun and sand!
The art scene in Clearwater-St. Pete is fantastic and a must see. The most popular spot is The Dali Museum located in St. Pete, exhibiting a rotation of Salvador Dali’s vibrant and unique art pieces. Dale Chihuly also has a permanent glass exhibition in downtown St. Pete, providing a unique visual experience of his work. There’s about half a dozen theaters in the area if you’re interested in catching a play or show, and you’ll also find over 70 painted building murals in downtown St. Petersburg that can’t be missed.
If you’re a self proclaimed foodie, you’re going to love this area. With hundreds of restaurants offering every type of food you can imagine, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for some local seafood, grab a grouper sandwich and the ‘famous’ smoked fish dip at one of the Frenchy’s locations, enjoy the Spanish charm of Ceviche in St. Petersburg, and try the popular Cuban sandwich at Bodega. Maritana Grille, located at the famous Don CeSar Hotel, Birch & Vine, Salt Rock Grille and Cafe Ponte are a couple local favorite spots to also check out to grab something delicious to eat and drink.
Offering sporting events all year round, you can find soccer, baseball, racing, golf and more when you’re here. The MLB’s Tampa Bay Ray’s stadium is actually in St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field, and while they’ll be building a new stadium in Tampa, you’ll have a few more years to check out some games here. In the spring, the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays do their Spring Training in the area. If you like racing, the annual Firestone Grand Prix takes over the streets of St. Pete in the fall, and you’ll be sure to have fun attending a Tampa Bay Rowdies professional soccer game in downtown St. Pete.
Want to board a pirate ship, parasail over the ocean or pet ocean life? You can do all these, and more, while here! Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise takes you out for an adventure at Clearwater Beach, and provides awesome views and a fun experience for people of all ages. If you’re spending the day at a beach in the area, there’s dozen of rental companies where you can go parasailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, banana boating and do just about any beach activity you can think of. There’s also various sunset cruises and dolphin boat tours that go out daily. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, best know for Winter, the rescued dolphin whose story inspired the movie Dolphin Tale, is a must visit. You can still see Winter as well as other dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and rays, plus educational exhibits and activities.
Once you step into the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area, you’ll fall in love, and these are just a few reasons why. If you’re a resident of the area that may be in need of extra space, we may have a storage solution for you!