Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, St. Pete Beach occupies the entire space of Long Key, a barrier island at the east central edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring white sand beaches and crystal clear water, St. Pete Beach is the ultimate destination for sun worshippers and active vacationers alike. Activities like skim boarding, kite boarding, sailing, fishing and even surfing (it's one of the few spots on the Gulf Coast where you can surf) can be found on St. Pete Beach. There are a wide variety of lodging options, from mom and pop establishments to more swanky digs, but be sure to visit the Don Cesar Beach Resort at some point during your vacation. Built during the Jazz age, celebrities have flocked to the Don for more than 80 years and the spot is now perhaps one fo the most famous landmarks on the beach.
St. Pete Beach has more than 200 parking spaces; parking is $5 for the day. There are restrooms, shower facilities and boardwalks to take you over the dunes. Swimming be permitted, but there is no lifeguard on duty.