Florida - The West Coast

Much more to St. Petersburg, Fla. than first meets the eye. Try Fort DeSoto Beach, a wonderful national park with campgrounds, tall pine trees plus an awesome beach. Try Pass-A-Grille, a historic district with quaint houses and again, a magnificient beach. Both wonderful opposites!


Florida - The West Coast

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Mary Ann M on November 5, 2000

The very best beaches! Try Fort DeSoto Park, a national park treasure with campgrounds, picnic tables on the beach - bring lunch, overhead pine trees for shade and the Gulf of Mexico a few feet away for cooling off. Also, great for shell collecting! Just watch your picnic lunch, those bandits, the racoons, swiped our lunch while we were shell hunting. Obviously, it's quite lovely, but wildlife thinks so also!

Another wonder is Pass-A-Grill Beach, more for the sun worshippers. Quaint, historic town, with on the beach accomodations. Try 'Hurricanes' for rooftop drinks and to watch the sun go down over the Gulf of Mexico! For the female shoppers - an excellent 'Flea Market' called 'Wagon Wheel' is nearby - great bargains!${QuickSuggestions} If possible, rent a condo. not in St. Pete's proper, but in the area over the $.35 toll bridge, near the beautiful pink grand hotel -'The Don Cesar'. Stop there for a drink! What a place, but expensive. Sundown on St. Pete's beach is quite nice too! And if you must, a side trip to Orlando - Universal and Disneyland is only about 1-1/2 hrs away. ${BestWay} Get around - Best bet is to rent a car at the Tampa Airport, where you will fly into and a short drive of about 1/2 hr to St. Petersburg!


Pass-A-Grille or Fort Desoto

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Mary Ann M on November 12, 2000

Both Pass-A-Grille and Fort DeSoto Park are located in the St. Pete's immediate area. First, Pass-A-Grille, less touristy beach, picturesque. Quaint houses just off the beach in this historic town. Try 'Hurricanes' (a unique building) for drinks, as the sun goes down over the Gulf! Great! Second, and a different type of beach area, Fort Desoto Park is an incredibly lovely national treasure. Lovely Caribbean-like beach, but with a forest look (pine trees) that are right on the beach. Again, the wild life also find it inviting, watch out for the raccoons (they stole our lunch right out of the cooler). Obviously, they enjoy this beach too, plus the free lunch perks! Camping facilities are also available - Enjoy, both are truly lovely!
Fort De Soto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway South
Tierra Verde, Florida, 33715
(727) 893-9185

Pass-A-Grille or Fort Desoto Park

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Mary Ann M on November 12, 2000

Both Pass-A-Grille and Fort DeSoto Park are located in the St. Pete's immediate area. First, Pass-A-Grille, less touristy beach, picturesque. Quaint houses just off the beach in this historic town. Try 'Hurricanes' (a unique building) for drinks, as the sun goes down over the Gulf! Great! Second, and a different type of beach area, Fort Desoto Park is an incredibly lovely national treasure. Lovely Caribbean-like beach, but with a forest look (pine trees) that are right on the beach. Again, the wild life also find it inviting, watch out for the raccoons (they stole our lunch right out of the cooler). Obviously, they enjoy this beach too, plus the free lunch perks! Camping facilities are also available - Enjoy, both are truly lovely!
Pass a Grille Beach
709 Gulf Way
St. Petersburg, Florida, 33706
(727) 367-4726

Flea Markets/Shopping Mall

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Mary Ann M on January 29, 2001

Since we just arrived back from St. Petersburg Beach, a few additional and hopefully helpful tips on bad/cold weather is a must. Just our luck, it was quite cold the end of Jan. and you can be at a loss for ideas on what to do when you can't beach/pool it. We (my husband & myself) found the very best Flea Market(s) - Wagon Wheel Flea Mkt., asked anyone where it's located. I believe it's on Park Blvd. Just not sure of the town. Perhaps 15 mins. from St. Pete's. 2nd, and not quite as good is Red Barn Flea located in Bradentown, perhaps 20 mins. from St. Pete's. If shopping is your thing, the best indoor Mall around this area is Tyrone Square - check it out for some great stores! St. Pete's is always a great vacation area, but sometimes you need to bring out the old Scrabble game and also find alternate things to do! Have a great vacation!

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