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St. Petersburg, Florida
Commonly known by locals as "St. Pete", and aptly given the nickname of "The Sunshine City," the city of St. Petersburg is often a frequent vacation destination with plenty of days of sunshine and numerous beaches resting on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
St. Petersburg and Tampa both anchor opposite sides of the Tampa Bay market with a combined population of about 3 million residents, making it the second most-populated metro area in Florida and the 19th largest in the United States. The St. Petersburg and Pinellas counties have a population of nearly 1.2 million.
In 2005, Fort Desoto was rated the No. 1 beach in America by the annual Dr. Beach rankings. Also noted for its arts community, St. Petersburg regularly places top 25 in the nation among arts destinations. Recently, St. Petersburg has become known and regarded as one of America's most livable cities.
The St. Petersburg Pier is a popular tourist attraction, open to the public, retail shopping, adventure activities, and casual and fine dining restaurants. Frequently docked at The Pier is the replica of HMS Bounty used in the 1962 MGM movie starring Marlon Brando, as well as the Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as Ted Turner adaptations of Treasure Island and Yellowbeard.
Downtown St. Petersburg is the Central Business District, containing high rises for office use, most notably the Bank of America Tower. The downtown perimeter also houses several parks, most of which are waterfront or lakefront. Straub Park is nearly a half mile long, boasts a waterfront location, and is home of the Museum of Fine Arts. This area also contains Vinoy Park, which is known to hold music festivals, including the Vans Warped Tour. Most of the dining downtown can be found on Central Avenue.
Saint Petersburg boasts the largest dedicated public waterfront park system of any city in North America, with a waterfront park system that stretches seven miles and is used year round for public events, festivals and other activities.
Visit St. Petersburg, Florida
City of St. Petersburg, official site
Online Travel Guide
Visit Florida St. Petersburg Information
The Looper Sightseeing Trolley
St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Tampa International Airport
St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
Hotels in St. Petersburg
Stetson University College of Law
University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg College