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About Gulf Coast

Kick off your flip-flops and get ready to sunbathe on these amazing beaches. With brilliant blue waves lapping gently upon sands as soft and white as sugar. The beaches along the Gulf Coast are among the most beautiful and majestic in the country.
  
The Gulf Coast stretches for some 770 miles along Florida’s west coast. As well as stunning white sand beaches the area is rich in wildlife sanctuaries,
picturesque coastal towns, trendy shops and boutiques plus plenty of cultural treasures.
 
Not sure where to stay on the gulf coast? Look no further!  We have a wide selection of breathtaking villas with all the mod cons and wonderful Gulf Coast sights and sounds nearby, relaxing for all the family and a huge selection of fantastic places to stay.

Sarasota

Sarasota County is a beautiful subtropical destination and cultural hot spot located on Florida’s Gulf Coast 80km south of Tampa. The city of Sarasota is on the mainland and the six beautiful barrier islands are easily reached by either a scenic walk or drive over Sarasota Bay, with properties located on or within a short walk to the beach and great shops and restaurants nearby. As Sarasota was voted America’s No. 1 small city for art, it is the perfect destination for lovers of art and culture; visitors can choose from performing arts, opera, ballet, internationally acclaimed festivals and discovering the area's unique circus heritage. Award-winning white sandy beaches, jewel blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and an eclectic variety of cultural activities make Sarasota the perfect escape for couples and families.

Beaches
 
There are an abundance of sugar white sand beaches to be found in Sarasota and the extensive coastline is lined by six islands, each revealing its own personality Lido Key has a variety of beaches including the unspoilt and secluded North Lido Beach or the family friendly Lido Beach. Longboat Key is a more manicured area with exclusive beachfront communities. On the extreme southern end of Longboat Key is Quick Point Nature Reserve offering scenic bay beach views and excellent bird watching opportunities surrounded by beautiful lagoons. Venice Beach is famous for the prehistoric sharks’ teeth and beautiful shells that are found along the shore, great for beachcombers of all ages; divers also love this area for its stunning reef. 

SIESTA BEACH, SARASOTA - THE #1 BEACH IN AMERICA 2017
Siesta Beach, Sarasota boasts that it has the finest, whitest sand in the world, which attracts sand collectors and beach lovers from all over. The clear, clean waters along this gently-sloping beach-face make for ideal swimming.  The beach is hundreds of yards wide, attracting fitness fans and volleyball players. Siesta is a year-round beach that is very popular with snowbirds during the winter months. There are lifeguards along this crescent-shaped beach along with full amenities. Recent upgrades include expanded parking, while maintaining the beautiful natural environment, and a free trolley to transport beachgoers.

Dr. Beach also named Siesta Key Beach as the No.1 beach nationwide in 2011, and Trip Advisor Choice Awards 2015 awarded Siesta Key as the number one beach in the US.

Art & Culture
 
Sarasota County is known as Florida’s Cultural Coast and offers an assortment of cultural activities. The crown jewel of the Sarasota cultural scene is The Ringling Museum, John and Mable Ringling brought the circus to Sarasota in 1927 and created a legacy that continues to this day. The Asian Art Wing of The Ringling Museum, which opened in January 2016 showcases a modern design in contrast to the rest of the estate. Visitors can also head to the 1926 art deco theatre to experience superb acoustics at the Sarasota Opera, or The Gulf Coast’s professional ballet company, Sarasota Ballet for both classics and modern works. Sarasota Ballet just celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2015-16 season. Sarasota hosts a range of cultural and arts celebrations throughout the year such as the Greek Glendi and Venice’s Italian Feast & Carnival in February, the Sarasota Film Festival in April and the Sarasota Music Festival in June. The Ringling International Arts Festival is a four day event held annually in October showcasing a variety of dance, music and theatre from around the world.
 
Sports
 
Nathan Benderson Park opened in Spring 2012, the 400-acre lake has been transformed into a world class rowing facility and The World Rowing Championships will be held here in autumn 2017. Events at Nathan Benderson Park will also include Triathlons, Canoe & Kayaking, Stand-up Paddleboarding, Dragon Boat Racing, Water Polo and 5k & 10k Runs. A playground and paths for walking and cycling add to the variety of entertainment in the park. Sarasota also offers over 30 exceptional golf courses at terrific values. 
 
Outdoors & Nature 
 
With year-round warmth and lush landscape Sarasota County is the perfect destination for exploring the great outdoors and connecting with nature. Visitors can head inland to Myakka River State Park – one of Florida’s oldest state parks. The 148km of nature serve as popular hiking, fishing and camping destinations. Visitors can walk among the treetops on the Canopy Walkway or kayak in the Myakka Lake tributary and get up close to alligators. Paddle boarding along Lido Key or kayaking through the mangrove tunnels on Sarasota Bay allows visitors to see dolphins and manatees in their natural habitat. The Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium offers up-close experiences with turtles, manatees, sharks and over 100 species of marine life, including two touch pools, viewable working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits this is great day out for families. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a beautiful public garden with over 20,000 exotic plants, research and education centre offering a butterfly garden, banyan grove and a new Rainforest Garden exhibit, and plenty of room for little ones to stretch their legs.
 
Shopping & Dining
 
The colourful neighbourhoods of Sarasota offer visitors a variety of shopping and dining experiences. The Mall at University Town Centre,  the area's newest shopping district, is a two-level enclosed shopping centre and features a Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, along with over 100 other shops; it is one of the biggest developments in South West Florida. Downtown Sarasota is a vibrant area with scores of independently owned shops and St. Armands Circle has a wide variety of high-end boutiques, alternatively the trend hunters can head to Southside Village. Eight main shopping districts in the area can be found, along with unique artist colonies for shopping and browsing. Sarasota offers a wide range of dining options from casual beachside restaurants to world–class elegant resort dining, and has the highest concentration of zagat-rated restaurants than anywhere else in Florida.
 

Bonita Springs

Just to the south of Fort Myers Bonita Springs looks out onto Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a great destination to explore nature parks on the beach with as Lover Key State Park made up of four barrier islands offering hiking and bicycling, a canoe launch, kayak and canoe rentals and miles of pristine beaches. The everglades are a short drive away and explored on own or as part of an organised tour on airboat.
 
The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa is set in 26 acres of lush tropical gardens offering a perfect resort stay. The resorts boat takes guests to their private beach on a barrier island just off shore while the resort itself has an 18 hole golf course and waterslides (soon to open is an on resort waterpark).
 
At nearby Coconut Point there is an array of shops and restaurants to browse or if you are looking for a bargain, Miromar Outlet Mall with over 140 brand name and designer stores and restaurant to discover.
 
Bonita Springs is suitable for families & couples who are looking for resort stay while being close to shops and attractions in a tranquil setting. 
 

Bradenton, Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key


Anna Maria Island earned a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award as one of the Top Ten Islands in the United States.  Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk received a 1st place award as the top cultural, sports and recreation project by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commission.  Plus six of our beaches now have the prestigious “Blue Wave Certification” from the Clean Beach Coalition.  With easy access to three international airports, we’re close to all the major attractions, yet far from the crowds.  
 
Horse Surfing
The Bradenton Area continues to receive nationwide media attention for horse surfing experiences along Palma Sola Bay. Tagged by many as the World Capital of Horse Surfing, we are home to the only horseback riding stable in the State of Florida that offers horseback riding on the sand and swimming with horses. 
 
“The Greenest Little Mainstreet in America”
Florida’s first LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy Retail Park 
On the quaint island of Anna Maria, history is being made with the first platinum LEED and Zero Net Energy Commercial Park. A collection of Historic 1920’s bungalows have been retrofitted into boutique shops and cafes with a green twist.  The historical relics are completely powered by solar energy and geothermics.  
 
Village of the Arts
If you’re an art lover, Bradenton is the place to visit! A national arts magazine has listed Bradenton as one of the nation's top 10 small cities for art. The June 2012 issue of "American Style," a lifestyle magazine that focuses on art, artists and galleries, ranked Bradenton as tenth in its nationwide poll of the public arts and cultural amenities in small cities. 
 
Bradenton Riverwalk
As Downtown Bradenton’s showpiece, the riverwalk serves as an outdoor gathering place and host for many diverse events and activities.  The stretch is a mile and a half and is one of the longest public Riverwalks in Florida.  Running alongside the Manatee River, the Riverwalk includes a Family Fun Zone with a splash fountain and playgrounds, a great lawn for picnics, kayak launch, a day dock for boaters, a botanical walk and the 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater. 
 
South Florida Museum
Bradenton’s South Florida Museum is home to the oldest known Manatee in the world.  Snooty, who turned 66 years old in July, is always a fan- favorite!   In addition to Snooty, the museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. 
 
Eco Tourism and Agritourism
When our visitor’s need a break from the sun and sand, there are several agri-tourism treasures for them to explore, offering entertainment and education for curious minds of all ages.  All they need to do is head inland. Here are just a few of the many great places to start:
  • The Bradenton Area boasts not one, but two world-class wineries:
    • Bunker Hill Winery- is a "GREEN" Environmentally Responsible Winery and offers complimentary tours and tastings of their handcrafted wines. 
    • Rosa Fiorelli Winery- has a 10-acre Muscadine vineyard and their wines have won more than 100 awards. Tours include your choice of an authentic Italian lunch and wine in a complimentary souvenir glass to take home. 
  • Dakin Dairy Farms – A visit to Dakin Dairy Farm is not only fun; it’s good for you! The farm is one of only three dairy farms left in the Bradenton Area. 
  • Mixon Fruit Farms- has always been famous for its plump, juicy citrus, its gift shop and Groveside Café. But now, visitors can take a ride on the Orange Blossom Express through the groves past the Children’s Magical Maze and Wildlife Rescue, where the family will delight in an interactive show with rescued Florida animals, reptiles and birds. Our favorite thing about Mixons … their homemade orange swirl ice cream!
  • Robinson Nature Preserve - Robinson Nature Preserve in Bradenton is an exquisite nature preserve that is a popular destination for wildlife photography and bird watching, Tucked into the corner of northwest Bradenton, it includes 487 acres of coastal saltern, marsh, and mangrove habitat.  
  • Turtle Watch Tours - In the Bradenton Area, the beaches are shared with Florida’s abundant wildlife and families visiting from May through November can experience “turtle nesting season”. 
 

 
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The center is close to hundreds of miles of pristine white-sandy beaches in Florida’s Gulf Coast vacation areas like Siesta Key Beach, Long Boat Key, Fort DeSoto Park near St. Petersburg Beach and Anna Maria Island. Just a short distance away are many major attractions and family destinations such as Busch Gardens, Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, South Florida Museum, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art. A wide variety of water and outdoor activities including golf are available throughout the area along with a vast array of fine and casual dining opportunities. 130 stores featuring Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Lacoste, Lucky Brand, Michael Kors, Movado, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Samsonite and more, with every day savings of 25% - 65% . Travelplanners customers receive a complimentary Savings Passports featuring hundreds of dollars in added value discounts and special offers.

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Cape Coral

To the North of Fort Myers is Cape Coral,  renowned as a waterfront wonderland with more canals than anywhere else in the world (over 400 miles of waterways) and also by birding enthusiasts a wide abundance of wildlife, having the largest population of burrowing owls in Florida. Exploring Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve is a great way to see local wildlife with raised walkways through the mangroves giving visitors a fist hand experience of Florida’s eco system. 

A short drive from Fort Myers City and the historical winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River, Cape Coral is ideal for those who want to be by the water and on the water. Many holiday home rentals in Cape Coral are waterside and include a boat as part of the home rental so you can navigate to a nearby beach or moor up at a waterside restaurant. 

Cape Coral also boasts a stunning resort the Westin Cape Coral; a paradise for those looking to relax and be pampered after a long drive and after a fun filled Orlando visit. The Westin is surrounded by water with its own marina with a daily boat transfer to Fort Myers Beach for those looking for a more activities. With a kids club, golf course, spa and an array of eateries The Westin is a great place to chill in the sun.  Cape Coral is suitable for families, groups & couples who are looking for a relaxed holiday on the waterfront setting. Cape Coral offers holiday home rentals directly onto the sound via canals that run through the area. Most properties have direct water access with boats included. 

Captiva

Captiva Island is the smaller sister island to Sanibel to the North which is famed for its sunset being perfectly positioned on the Gulf of Mexico. Captiva is renowned for its slow pace of life -  a place where people come to relax. Sit on a beach, read a book, walk the 5 miles of pristine beach to South Seas, learn to fish, catch up with friends and family or pitch up to the Mucky Duck Pub on the beach and be amazed at the glorious sunset you will see  - Captiva is a place to savour. 
 
Artists have been drawn to Captiva because of its lifestyle and it is easy to see why - the beauty of the area is immense with island dotted around Pine Island sound, beautiful cactus and bougainvillea’s adorn the drive through the island which takes you to the heart of Captiva, not quite a metropolis, but a wonderful collection of local cafes and restaurants dotted along the sand backed road where people watch the slow moving Captiva world go by.
 
South Seas Island Resort at the tip of Captiva offers a stunning resort experience holiday with 2.5 miles of beach on its doorstep and is home to the Captiva sailing Club, being at the gateway to Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico which are perfect to discover the fortitude of beautiful islands nearby.
 
Captiva is suitable for families, groups & couples who are looking for a quiet holiday nature on their doorstep. Being relatively remote by road (one hour to the mainland) means that it is the perfect destination for longer stays, island hopping and exploring the area. Accommodation on Captiva is mainly focused on holiday homes.

Fort Myers & Sanibel Island


The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel  
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in Southwest Florida are made up of 100 islands strung along the Gulf of Mexico. The area is renowned for its laid back barefoot holiday destinations each offering visitors a different story, but drawn together nature and the water. No visit to the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel would be complete without discovering the islands and taking to the water and island hopping to experience the rich wildlife and flora that exists. Think perpetual sunshine, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Think fashionable boutique and outlet shopping. Think of days spent spotting dolphins and searching for sea shells. Read a book, build a sandcastle or enjoy the warm gulf waters with the kids. Imagine evenings spent enjoying delicious seafood and watching sunsets. From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel connected to the people and unspoiled nature around you. Find your island on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

Suggested travel options, perfect for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Twin Centres
Orlando, Miami, Key West, New York City, Las Vegas & Boston are all great twin centre options. Hotel, self-catering and villa rental options across the islands. *****The Key West Express offers daily catamaran service between Fort Myers Beach and Key West; approximately 3.5  hours each way - a stunning boat transfer for those visiting Miami and Key West. The Key West Express is a full service operating twice daily year round.*****
 
Pre post Cruise
Relax on the beach after a cruise departing Fort Lauderdale or Miami  -  only two hours’ drive away
 
Fly Drives
Along the Gulf of Mexico coast, Atlantic and Gulf and New Orleans to Southern Florida all work well
 
Point to Point Popular
With families across generations  -  relax with nature in the sun and reconnect with what matters to you
 
Driving Distances (Fort Myers Beach)
Fort Lauderdale      132 Miles / 2 hrs drive
Tampa                      147 Miles / 2.5 hrs drive
Miami                        148 Miles / 2.5 hrs drive
Orlando                    169 Miles / 3.5 hrs drive
 
Top 10 Things To Do
 
Sunrise or Sunset  -  A picture postcard
Whether an early bird or night owl experiencing the sun rise and fall against the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, is a truly spectacular event. The sky above transforms into a performance of soft light that melts into the horizon. Fort Myers Beach entertains the morning sun quite majestically while Captiva is renowned for its sunsets which change with a blink of an eye.
 
Become one with Nature at the J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge
Lose yourself in the largest undeveloped mangrove eco system in the USA with miles of primordial wetlands. Watch flocks of birds migrate across land and sea and see alligators and manatees dance along the drivable ‘safari’ trail through. Migratory birds of over 220 species are protected in this pristine habitat.
 
Step back in time at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
As well as learning about Edison and Ford’s lives and inventions, visitors can go back further and learn about the Koreshan settlers, Florida pioneers and the area’s original inhabitants, the Calusa Indians.
 
Island hopping, Florida Style
With 100 barrier islands to explore, the best way is to jump on a boat, whether paddle powered or escorted by a trusty captain, by getting on the water you will really experience The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Many of the area’s islands are uninhabited mangrove clusters while others take visitors' breath away with their beautiful beaches and historic homes and wonderful restaurants on islands such as the wonderfully names Cabbage Key and laid back Gasparilla 
 
Sanibel Sea School 
Living with nature is the lifeblood of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel and every effort is made to ensure the beaches and wildlife is protected for everyone to enjoy. Sea Schools for kids are fun ways for kids to learn about nature and the waters of Sanibel and Captiva. Kids get to spot Dolphins, search for crabs, discover beautiful shells and learn about the abundant wading birds that live off the islands. A variety of fun and educational courses are available.
 
Shopping
A fantastic holiday favourite in the USA, it is something that The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel excels at.  Miromar Outlets in Estero has over 140 top designer stores offering discounts of up to 70%. Grab a coffee or lunch as you will be sure to spend the day on those bargains! www.miromaroutlets.com  On your way to or from Sanibel? Tanger Outlets is the perfect for a pre or post shopping experience. And if you are in the Bonita Springs area Coconut Point Mall offers a nice selection of high end brands in a very walkable, outdoor space. 
 
Watchable Wildlife
Anhigas dive, pelicans flap, herons pose, alligators cut through the water and manatees roll like giant grey jelly beans… animal lovers will find a lot here to enjoy. Watch dolphins when you hop on a seagoing charter with outfits like Tarpon Bay Explorers, or come to Sanibel Island and visit education centres like the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. The clinic serves as an animal hospital for birds, otters, sea turtles and even deer. 
 
Paddle the Same Trails… as the Calusa Indians
Head out on one of the largest, best executed blueways in the country - a network of water trails. Get geared up with one of the local outfitters at Estero River Outfitters and hit the teal spiderweb that is the Great Calusa Blueway, which provides access to 190 miles of pristine, waterbound goodness. 
 
Get your fish on
From March through June, anglers from all over the world come here for Megalops  -  the tarpon, one of the world’s great game fishes. You can catch some yourself at Boca Grande Pass, on the south edge of Boca Grande, known as the ‘Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World’. 
 
Watch the world go past
Head to Times Square and San Carlos Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach to watch the world go by. Street cafés and restaurants offer live music and beach stores sell all you need for the kids to look the part on the beach.

Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades

Whether travellers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast - Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades — has an array of holiday options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, world-class golf, a thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all.

Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the Paradise Coast is easily accessible from some of Florida’s largest cities. Travellers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 43 destinations

Naples
They call it the Paradise Coast. It's the Southwest Gulf Coast area of Florida that includes the resort cities of Naples and Marco Island, along with Everglades City and several national, state, local and private parks and nature preserves.
 
Naples Beach & Pier
The white sands of Naples Beach hold obvious appeal, and the historic Naples Pier, open 24/7 for fishing as well as people-, bird- and dolphin-watching, is a popular gathering spot for visitors and locals alike to watch the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Family Attractions
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is located in a 52-acre old-growth historic botanical garden and is a great spot for families. The zoo, accredited by the Association for Zoos & Aquariums, continues to add new exhibits that entertain as well as educate. 

Golf
With over 90 golf courses in the greater Naples area, it's obvious that golf is a major focus for residents and visitors. Although many of these are considered private, some turn semi-private in the off-season, meaning that they will allow non-members to play between May and December. 
 
Everglades National park
Many people don't realize the Gulf Coast entrance to Everglades National Park, located in Everglades City, is the gateway to the saltwater portion of this expansive national park. Many say this is the most beautiful section of the park, and it is a favorite with sport fishermen and paddlers for its natural wilderness and quiet beauty.

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Pensacola

Anchored at the western tip of Florida, stretching miles along the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola Beach’s mild temperature, sugar-white beaches, and crystal clear waters draw beach lovers, fishing enthusiasts and environmentalists alike. 

Pensacola Beach’s atmosphere ranges from lively crowds at the main beaches with lifeguards to quiet, secluded beaches bordered by wispy sea grass. No matter what the season, beachgoers can relax on the sunny, peaceful shores of the Pensacola Beach’s award-winning, emerald-green coastline.

Located on Santa Rosa Island, one of the longest barrier islands in the world, Pensacola Beach has an old Florida feel with natural beaches, local hangouts, first-rate fishing and a historic fort.

Named Best East Coast Beach in 2016, visitors can access Gulf Islands National Seashore — the nation’s longest stretch of protected seashore — on both sides of Pensacola Beach. The secluded national park makes an ideal spot for biking, snorkeling or kayaking.
 
For history buffs, Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach offers a unique look into the military significance of Pensacola going back before the American Revolution. Designed and built to fortify Pensacola Harbor, the Fort is located on the very tip of Santa Rosa Island within the national seashore.
 
The Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier is one of the longest in the Gulf of Mexico at 1,470 feet, stretching beyond two sand bars. In addition to being a perfect vantage point for some of the most vivid sunsets you’ll ever see, the fishing pier is the perfect place to spot an abundance of marine life – including dolphins, manatees, rays, and sharks.
 
The Pensacola Beach Boardwalk features open-air bars and restaurants, shops, piers and shallow water for kids along the Santa Rosa Sound. Pensacola Beach also offers an array of shopping, lodging, restaurants, beach bars and entertainment – all with minimal travel, traffic, and cost.

St. Pete/Clearwater

With 35 miles of spectacular award-winning white-sand beaches and an average 361 days of sunshine per year, you are sure to find the perfect spot to soak up the sun whenever you visit St. Pete/Clearwater. From the pristine Caladesi Island in the North to Fort De Soto State Park in the South, there is a wide variety of beaches where families and couples can play or relax next to the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico before watching our amazing sunsets.
 
Located just 90 minutes from Orlando and 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater offers something for everyone and a holiday experience second to none.
 
Top 10 Things To Do:
 
  • Spend the day on one of our beautiful ‘Award-Winning’ beaches including St. Pete Beach, TripAdvisor’s number 3 beach in the USA and Clearwater Beach, which ranked at number 4 in the USA for 2017 
  • Celebrate the amazing sunsets at Pier 60 Festival, a nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach
  • Explore natural adventures within our pristine park system including Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands and Fort De Soto State Park
  • Observe astounding art at the Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg which houses the largest collection of the artists’ work outside of Spain
  • Discover our diverse heritage from Tarpon Springs, a historic riverfront town famous for sponge diving, to Dunedin with its Scottish Heritage and antique shops galore
  • Visit Winter the Dolphin, star of the hit movies 'Dolphin Tale 1' & ‘Dolphin Tale 2’ at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Canoe or Kayak through the many mangrove swamps and waterways
  • Play a round of golf at more than 50 challenging courses
  • Enjoy a day at one of the many state of the art spas
  • Shop and dine amid boutiques and bistros, both fine and eclectic
With unmatched natural beauty and engaging people and activities, the St. Pete/Clearwater coast has something to capture the heart of every visitor. From pristine Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands in Dunedin, to the bustling sugar sands of Clearwater Beach, to the laid-back allure of Madeira Beach and further still to Treasure Island and points even farther south, there is definitely a stretch of beach to satisfy anyone. The area isn’t home to America’s award-winning beaches for nothing.
 
In St. Pete/Clearwater anyone can get closer to nature and rent a canoe or kayak to paddle through our peaceful mangrove trails or if you feel the need for speed, why not hire a jet ski from John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach or try your hand at a private two-man speed boat. For a bird’s eye view of our coastline try parasailing from St. Pete’s Beach or have a go at Jetlev and get to fly 30 feet above the water with a futuristic jetpack strapped to your back!
 
Grouper, stone crab and artisan chocolates are just a few of the delicacies to enjoy here. Other people eat, but here we savour and with the added bonus of gentle sea breezes and sparkling water views, who can deny that this isn’t a winning combination! With over 2750 local eateries ranging from local casual gems to fine dining establishments, there will be something to suit every taste.
 
Nightlife in the area is vibrant and varied. From local nightclubs and speciality cocktail bars to the craft beer hub of Dunedin, the St. Pete/Clearwater area has one of the best nightlife scenes in Florida. There is an abundance of eclectic music venues, hot dance clubs, cigar bars, fabulous local breweries and lots more to take your fancy.
 
Take off your sunglasses, put away the sunscreen and prepare to be amazed. Some of the area’s most beautiful and original sights can be found in our area art museums and galleries. Start with Mediterranean-flavoured Downtown St. Petersburg, which is home to the world-famous Dalí Museum, boasting the most comprehensive collection of the Spanish surrealist's works outside of Spain. Or head to artsy Gulfport, where galleries, shops and restaurants occupy Old Florida bungalows and the yearly Gecko-fest celebrates the town's independent spirit.

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