A cold drink on a warm beach, grouper straight from the docks to your plate, galleries filled with artisan glass, and streets lined with hundreds of murals – this isn’t your average beach destination. St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida, is famous for its Gulf beaches (consistently ranking as America’s Best Beaches) and most people come for the soft sand, warm water and Florida sunshine. And then between the tropical drinks, sunset celebrations and dolphin excursions, they discover surreal artworks at the Dalí Museum; international flavors at chef-owned Greek, Cuban and Asian restaurants; quaint downtown centers; buzzy craft breweries; local artisans blowing glass, molding clay and painting the streets; and outdoor adventures that feel miles away from civilization.
We’ve captured some of the highlights below, but it’s just a glimpse into the full experience. If you’re craving more fun in the sun, we suggest checking out Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s arts page, beaches and Gulp Coast craft brewery experience.