On Florida’s gulf coast, in an area known as Tampa Bay, travelers can explore two distinct cities known for incredible beaches and world-class golf courses. But during a trip to this stretch of western Florida, visitors will find an impressive number of things to do, including paddle boarding, boating, and fishing.
Begin your trip to Florida by hitting the beach. This area has 35 miles of soft, powdery sand, including Clearwater and St. Pete Beaches. If you’d rather get wet, the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are an excellent place to paddleboard and boat.
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Adventures travelers can go kayaking in the mangrove-flanked waterways, and even charter a boat to explore the area’s numerous offshore islands.
If you’ve worked up an appetite during your vacation in either St. Petersburg or Clearwater, feast on the region’s distinct culinary offerings. (After all, neighboring Tampa has been hailed as one of the most creative food scenes in the country.)
Grouper sandwiches are considered this area’s unofficial official dish — and you can try them grilled, blackened, and fried.
In addition to grouper, the waters surrounding the Tampa Bay area are filled with hook trout, snook, redfish, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, and tarpon. That’s why the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater attract serious anglers, who can visit year-round for fishing trips.
Travelers in town for the links will find a number of impressive golf courses. Favorites include the Donald Ross-designed Dunedin Golf Club and the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club.
But St. Petersburg is home to so much more than just traditional beach town diversions. Culture hounds can peruse the exhibits at the Dalí Museum, or admire the more than 30 murals in the Central Arts District. History buffs may prefer to meander around the Florida Holocaust Museum or the nearby Dunedin Historical Museum.