St. Petersburg, long dismissed as a
retirement home for Americans, now projects a younger, fresher image. The downtown
activity revolves around a building shaped like an inverted pyramid, known as The Pier,
which houses boutiques, restaurants and an observation deck. It towers majestically over
the coastal city, affording a panorama that is particularly enchanting in the
Around the peninsula occupied by St.
Petersburg, five bridges link the mainland to a string of islands in the Gulf of Mexico.
The exquisite beaches and crystal-clear waters of these islands, often called the
Holiday Isles, have led to their considerable development. Vacationers of all ages are
irresistibly drawn to this heavenly playground, where the most physically exerting
activity is often building sandcastles.
located in the extreme south of the archipelago are the least populated. North of the
five islands, you come upon the village of Tierra Verde right before St. Petersburg
Beach, where a carnivalesque, holiday atmosphere reigns. This sizeable beach features
myriad water activities, but there are more sites waiting to be discovered along the
Where on earth
The city of St. Petersburg, located in central-western
Florida, occupies a peninsula across the bay from Tampa. Its shoreline is sculpted with
small coves bathed in sunshine and peaceful waters.