St Petersburg, Florida – “The Sunshine City”

The historical city of St. Petersburg (Population 250,000) is located in Pinellas County Florida. It’s the 5th largest city in the whole state. Founded in 1908, it is located in close proximity to St Pete whose fabulous beaches are known nationwide.

The city holds the Guinness world record for the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days) with an average of some 361 days of sunshine each year. Not for nothing has it earned the sobriquet “The Sunshine City”. And is the perfect place to get that elusive tan.

The city offers a never-ending kaleidoscope of activities suitable for tourists and residents alike of all ages:

St Pete Beach

The Sunshine city faces the waterfront and as such has miles upon miles of pure, white sandy beaches and as such is a magnet for people who have a penchant for waterspouts, such as swimming, fishing, water skiing, and so forth. You can Jet Ski, parasail, paddle board, boat, fish, swim or just amble along the sea shore collecting shells.

Museums

For art and history lovers, there are many world-class cultural attractions to explore in downtown St. Petersburg. In fact the city’s fame as a centre for art and culture spans not just the continent but all over the world. And has drawn both artists and art lovers from every part of the globe. Some of its most famous museums include:

  • The Dali museum: As the name implies its arguably the most well known centre for Salvador Dali’s eccentric art, in the world and is a source of inspiration for not just other aspiring artist artists but other visitors too.
  • Museum of Fine Arts,: The MFA has under its roof not just the collected and excellently curetted works of such celebrated artists as Monet and  Cézanne but historical artifacts dating back 5000 years!
  • The Holocaust Museum: “Never again” is the watchword for the Holocaust. And the Florida Holocaust Museum faithfully follows this watchword by informing all its visitors of the depths of human perversity. Founded by German Jews who escaped Nazi persecution, the museum has a heart stirring collection of artifacts from the terrible days of the Second World War. It also offers its visitors a virtual tour of the place.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

The aquarium is a hospital for sick and convalescing marine wild life. Here you can see wild sea otters and nesting turtles. But perhaps the most popular attraction of the park is “winter’ the friendly dolphin who is the star of the book ‘Dolphin’s tale’ as well as the movies Dolphin’s tale parts one and two.

St. Petersburg Hotels

Since the city is an ideal playground for tourists from not just the country but all over the world. It has a large number of hotels to cater to every budget. The more popular ones include the Grand Hyatt residency and Spa at around 400 dollars to the Sand Pearl resort at around $350, to the under $100 budget options such as Mugnuson Hotel and the Clearwater beach Hotel.  

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