An overhead shot of St. Pete Beach from a drone March 2021

St. Pete Beach was named the No. 1 Beach in America by Tripadvisor in 2021.

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St. Pete Beach

Home to Tripadvisor’s No. 1 Beach in the U.S. in 2021, this friendly, laid-back beach town is part family destination, part low-key haven for aspiring beach bums. Wherever you are in St. Pete Beach, you’re never far from great spots to eat, drink and shop.

Plan Your Perfect Beach Day

For hours of family fun, head to Upham Beach Park. (Tip from a local: Check out the “Secret Garden” on the north end of Upham Beach. You can only get to this lush spot by walking all the way to the north.)

For a splurge, the Tradewinds Island Grand resort sells day passes giving you access to the High Tide Slide, pools, a beach cabana, mini-golf, parking and more.

If you’re craving an action-packed day with brews and beach volleyball, check out Postcard Inn or enjoy some live music at award-winning beach bar Jimmy B’s behind the Beachcomber Hotel.

For a truly laid-back beach day, head to Pass-a-Grille Beach.

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If beach bar-hopping is on your vacation list, St. Pete Beach is one of the best places to do it.

Best Local Beach Bars

On the south end of St. Pete Beach, The Undertow is perfect for open-air fun right on the sand. Closer to the main stretch of resorts, you’ll find popular beach bars Harry’s Beach Bar, Jimmy B’s and, next door, Postcard Inn – all featuring live music virtually every day. Or, mingle with the locals at Swigwam, a legendary dive, on Corey Avenue. 

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Places to Stay

Full-service resorts such as the Don CeSar and the TradeWinds Resorts offer luxurious experiences with all the amenities you could desire. But you’ll also find plenty of “Old Florida” accommodations that are hidden gems here. Mid-century hotels such as the Bon-Aire Resort and Pass-a-Grille’s Coconut Inn harken back to vintage Florida without skimping on creature comforts. Hotels like The Saint and Bellwether Beach Resort put a chic modern spin on a classic Florida beach getaway. Beachfront accommodations in St. Pete Beach that won’t strain your wallet include the Dolphin Beach Resort – which has a huge pool and a great beach bar, and Alden Suites, which has surprisingly spacious rooms and great deals on hotel packages.

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