America's Best Little Beach Towns
St. Pete Beach, FL
More old Florida than new, this lazy, low-key town on the central west coast of the Sunshine State is blissfully free of party-down revelers and velvet-rope VIP rooms. Instead, souvenir shops and surf shacks surround the main drag, Gulf Boulevard, and cutoffs and flip-flops are dress code of choice.
Stay: The Don CeSar, a pink lady of a resort that dominates the prime location on the sand dunes, delivers barefoot luxury with all the amenities—spa, beachfront pools, and wide open Gulf views.
Eat: Reserve one of the eight tables at award-winning Fetishes and treat yourself to a French feast: mini steak au poivre, redfish with lobster sauce, and flambé desserts including bananas foster.