There's no other place in the world where you can find so many beloved white sand beaches in one place. Two St. Pete/Clearwater beaches were voted into the Top 10 of TripAdvisor's 2017 Traveler's Choice Awards of the Top U.S. Beaches, which is based on millions of traveler reviews. Beautiful Clearwater Beach, which checked in at No. 4 in 2017 and No. 1 in 2016, not only has brilliant white sands but also Pier 60, a hub of hubbub and a great place to catch the sunset. On laid-back St. Pete Beach, which landed at No. 3 on the list, take a nice long break at one of the classic beach hotels, or at the world-famous "Pink Palace," The Don CeSar. You'll be able to find your happy place on this 35-mile stretch of Florida beaches.
World class museums, authentic local cusines and local culture
From museums devoted to big-name artists like surrealist Salvador Dali and glass artist Dale Chihuly, to incredible street murals adorning the buildings around St. Pete's Central Avenue, art - and the cultures it celebrates - is all around you in St. Pete/Clearwater.
One of the area's biggest draws for art lovers is The Dali Museum—the largest collection of the surrealist's work outside of Spain, housed in a crazy-cool building in downtown St. Pete. Peruse his gigantic masterworks, take a selfie in the Bubble Mirror, then have a snack and put your feet up in Cafe Gala. Another fantastic stop is the Chihuly Collection featuring fanciful blown glass creations.
But there's more than just gorgeous museums waiting for you. The outdoor art scene is nothing short of astounding. More than 70 murals have popped up in recent years on buildings in the Central Arts District in downtown St. Petersburg. Get a sneak peek of these gigantic public works by browsing the neighborhood on your own, or take the walking mural tour to hear the stories behind their creation.
Indulge in fresh guld seafood, Florida's largest craft beer scene
Looking for local favorites? Check out restaurants that specialize in the area's famous grouper and Cuban sandwiches. Or, head to Tarpon Springs for food so authentically Greek you'll think your airplane took a wrong turn and landed you in the Mediterranean. Then, hit the Gulp Coast, a collection of 30-plus craft breweries - the most of any destination in Florida - including the state's oldest, Dunedin Brewery.
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