Florida's Sunshine City really does deliver on its promise
Warm gulf waters, white sugar sands and fiery Florida sunsets
Don’t get us wrong, Miami is great, but if you’re after a holiday that isn’t the norm, lives up to the same hype and is beautifully serene, then get yourself down to Sunshine City (that’s St. Pete/Clearwater's nickname for anyone out of the cool loop).
An accessible flight to Tampa International Airport then waking up in Dunedin at The Fenway Hotel next to the Gulf of Mexico is seriously breathtaking.
And here's why St. Pete/Clearwater really does deliver on its sunny promise.
Kayaking Around Caladesi island
Kayaking around Caladesi Island is a moment that needs to be soaked up. A need, a want, a must!
The mangrove trail is incredibly easy to navigate and if you’re lucky, then on your trip over you may spot a couple of Dolphins.
Like, hello, actual Dolphins. Sold.
Olde Bay Café
Looking for food afterward doesn't take long, being next to the ocean lends itself to some of the best seafood restaurants being right on your doorstep, and the Olde Bay Café didn’t disappoint.
Originally a wooden shack with a loading dock, the place has been stunningly renovated to offer the freshest catches of the day.
Literally, you also get to overlook the marina while you eat. Big mood!
The Brewery Scene
St. Pete/Clearwater is known for its 40+ breweries, and 7 of them just so happen to be in the Dunedin area, so you know that’s where everyone was.
Dunedin Brewery is Florida’s oldest brewery and its beers are hand-crafted in small batches, daily. It has this actually not-so-out-of-place Scottish vibe to it too.
Downtown St. Petersburg is where the best mural art is at though, and that’s just fact.
Local muralist, Derek Donnelly, is a pro when it comes to the city’s urban art scene, and gives the best little tidbit stories about the creators behind each piece you see.
Especially great if you know nothing about art (not looking at anyone in particular).
Bodega is a fab place to eat if you’re looking for some Cuban sandwiches and juices that taste fresher than you ever thought fresh could taste.
The Haunted Hotel
The Don CeSar Hotel is haunted, actually! That’s the first thing you need to know. It’s architecturally one of the most stunning hotels in the area, but like the original owner just won’t call it quits and now roams the halls looking for his loved one. Google it. It’s actually super cute.
Minus the Haunting of Don, the CeSar is also located right on the Gulf, with a giant swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a spa. Everything you need to feel your oats and get that relaxation on.
Check Out Downtown
Downtown St. Pete has so much to offer in terms of its culture that it can seem a little overwhelming, but in the best way possible. It’s always better to have too much to do than too little.
The city is scattered with museums, from The Dali to The James Museum. If museums are not your gig, then sunset sailing with Dolphins might be (no idea where the connection is here, but hey, let’s roll with it).
Seriously, watching dusk set over the horizon with Dolphins swimming alongside the boat is a whole moment. One that really shouldn’t be missed.
Food is always a must and St. Pete doesn’t disappoint. The Don CeSar have an award-winning restaurant in-house called the Maritana Grille, and the food is incredible, offering locally sourced produce.
You’ll find a lot sourced locally as St. Pete/Clearwater prides itself on the community, and you get a real feel for it when you’re there.
By Jordan Platt
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