The beautiful landscape of St. Petersburg is brimming with an eclectic assortment of fun things to do whether you are visiting for recreation or business. Many visitors who come for business decide to extend their stay, once they see all that St. Pete has to offer. Since you might have a limited amount of time off the clock, here is a list of the five hotspots of St. Pete that will ensure a good time and time well spent. From the pristine beaches of St. Pete beach to the dazzling night life on Central Ave, you will be able to unwind from your stressful day of work and slide into vacation-mode quite easily with a local craft brew and a brilliant view of the sun setting into the gulf.
1. St Pete Beach
You will quickly see why Trip Advisor named St. Pete beach the #2 Beach in America for 2020. St. Pete Beach includes the largest stretch of undeveloped public beach in the area. Let the conference calls and the endless emails melt away as you soak up the sun, digging your toes in the snow-white sand and luxuriate in “The Sunshine City”. For all you watersport enthusiasts, there is parasailing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle-boarding available to enjoy along the
coast of St. Pete Beach, whether you are skilled sportsman or a novice. For accommodations, Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront would place you in the perfect location to enjoy all of the hot spots after work has concluded and it is time to play.
2. Central Avenue
Explore the shops, boutiques and restaurants that make up the fun, funky and fabulous Central Avenue in St. Pete. The avenue comes alive at night with many of the bars and restaurants promoting live music inviting wandering visitors off the busy sidewalks and into their establishments. Due to the annual mural festival Shine St. Pete, Central avenue is lined with Instagram-worthy shots of vibrant murals and street art that add to the diverse creative spirit of St Pete.
3. Green Bench Brewing Co.
The craft brewing industry has taken off, with the opening of so many different breweries it can be difficult to discover a diamond in the rough. Look no further, Green Bench Brewing Co. was the first craft brewery to open in St. Pete in 2013 and has a passion for brewing quality craft beer. For those who might be traveling alone on business, Green Bench’s community setting is welcoming and a great place to grab a pint of an exquisite local craft brew. Wells City Cellar which is located adjacent to Green Bench is an extension of the brewery where they have built their oak barrel aging facility. There is balcony seating where you can view the facility’s brewing capabilities up close and personal. In between the two properties is a “beer garden” where patrons can mingle and “cheers” with new friends in a wonderful diverse atmosphere.
4. Beach Drive
Experience Beach Drive, a beautiful waterfront area where you are able to dine al fresco at one of the many unique multicultural restaurants. A great choice for classic American cuisine is Parkshore Grille. Popular for solo dining for lunch or dinner, you can enjoy steaks and seafood coupled with your favorite wine on the sprawling patio. Savor the setting Florida sun as you stroll down Beach Drive past coffee and pastry shops, cute boutiques and trendy bars where you can stop in for a night-cap to wrap up your day.
5. Saturday Morning Market
If you are recovering from a late night out on the town and are interested in an authentic St. Pete experience, the Saturday Morning Market is the perfect bookend to your work week. It is the largest weekly fresh market in the Southeast U.S., attracting around 10,000 customers a week. Peruse fresh produce, hand-made crafts, and delight in ready-to-eat food from 15 different nationalities. If you are looking for accommodations which offer relaxing options within your hotel, Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park is conveniently located to St. Pete airport and only a ten-minute drive to Tampa airport. Hilton offers wonderful amenities such as an outdoor infinity pool, lakefront dining and an in-house spa.
Whether you are traveling solo for business or a part of a larger group that want to seize the opportunity to explore St. Pete while you are in town, these are some of the top recommendations. You will quickly discover the seemingly endless options St Pete. has to offer and will be happily surprised with the myriad of colorful choices that lay at your sun-tanned feet.