St Petes and St Pete’s Beach

The girls wanted a day at the beach and they had a vision in their minds of white sand and cabanas.  The weather was a bit temperamental so we started by stopping off at St Petersburg (St Petes).  We parked on a meter on 2nd Avenue and then walked down to the Pier.   It was a really hot day and we were already feeling the heat.  There are a couple of small beaches here but the girls were disappointed as they were being frequented by the local tramps.

The Pier was very quiet as it was mid week.  We browsed the shops on the ground floor and had a walk out the back to view the Pelicans and boats, watched some fishermen and then passed the pelican feeding station.

The Pier is open 365 days a year. Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Attraction and restaurant hours vary. Parking is available at special parking lots – the Dolphin and Pelican Parking Lots for $3 ($5 for special events). Trolleys will transport you from the parking areas. Valet parking is available for a nominal charge of $4 per car ($6 for special events).

The girls weren’t very impressed and were very hot and thirsty so we stopped for a drink at the bar at the end of the Pier  – Frescos Waterfront Bistro where the bar man took pity on us and directed some fans directly onto us.

Back along 2nd Avenue to the car we passed some impressive sculptures – my personal favourite was the O Wave outside the American Brasserie.

Next I drove the girls to St Pete’s Beach – first tip make sure you have plenty of change for the street meters – you can park right next to the beach.  It was very hot and sunny and the sight of the white shell beach with the ubiquitous royal blue cabanas made the girls smile.  There were lots of birds, pelicans and gulls and also a heron paddling in the waves.  We enjoyed a beach snack and a quick hour in the sun/shade watching the beach guys rake the beach before we headed back to the villa.

Another great day out

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