A July 2001 trip
to St. Petersburg by texana
Quote: Since Mother decided to retire to Florida, I've been making twice-yearly trips to St. Petersburg, & I decided to make the best of it.
I've gotten messages from many people on IGOUGO who are making the same trips to Florida--should we start a club? Perhaps we could exchange mothers? Meet for an 'early bird special'. Sweat!
They are usually a good value for money, but give you a very long evening as you are home prior to the Evening News. I held up very well until one waitress thought I was Mother's husband! Oh, well. I'll never wear that shirt again--it must have been the shirt.
Prices are 20% to 30% lower than the regular menu prices. The service is the same. I try to tip as if the prices were 'regular'.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 4, 2000
Early Bird Specials
Throughout St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Florida
Curiously, I still sometimes take the long way around to get to Sarasota. I really am not comfortable driving this bridge.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
between St. Petersburg and Sarasota
St. Petersburg, Florida
Attraction | "Salvidor Dali Art Museum"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2000
The Dali Museum
One Dali Boulevard
St. Petersburg 33701
With Florida traffic what it is, that's an issue. If you use a 'bargain finder' such as Quikbook, likely this is an airport where you can get a cheaper ticket. Car rentals available.
Due to the general slow down in the economy, fewer flights are available, but you can still get your dates.
A hill in Florida! When you run out of road on Clearwater Beach go over to the mainland and head north on OLD Highway 19 all the way to Tarpon Springs. If you are lucky, the traffic will be bad and it will take a couple hours.
With the slow down in the economy, there is much less tourist activity in this part of Florida. Hotel prices are very competitive, so hunt for bargains.
Rent cars are also less expensive than in the past. Bargain hunt with them also, before you go to Florida.
Looking at my expenses for my 7/01/01 trip, I spent about 35% less than on previous trips at the same time of the year. The savings were on the rent car, air fare and gas.
Although I love swimming at dawn, I'm stepping into the water later when more people are around.
I can't promise you that these beaches are safe from shark attacks, but I still swim off them.
So far so good!
I figure the miles are worth slightly less than 3 cents each.
I'd rather travel cheap and have the money in my pocket than get the miles.
Save some of your miles for those emergency trips when you have to haul out to see Mother in the hospital. If you have a miles award certificate in hand, you can go out to your airport and get a ticket for a flight. I telephone ahead to get a reservation.
Both American and Delta are very good about getting me on flights when I have to go in a hurry. Yes, I would prefer to use my miles to go to Europe, but it's cheaper to use an award certificate to get an emergency flight than to pay 'day of' prices.
Both American and Delta are very aware of family members that 'gotta go' to St. Pete in a hurry. The customer service reps at both airlines have always been wonderful.
South Gulf Shores, Florida