The City of St. Petersburg has so much to offer; restaurants, museums, theater... but the attraction for many people who flock to Florida's Gulf Coast, are the area's amazing beaches, some of the most beautiful in the world. In fact, Fort De Soto was named America’s Top Beach for 2009 by Trip Advisor, the world's largest online travel community. In 2005, “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach.
Here are just a few of the GLBT friendly beaches you'll find just outside the St. Pete city limits.
It is tempting to call Gulfport the "Key West of Central Florida." As one friend of mine was told when she moved there “we don’t care who you sleep with in Gulfport.” It has retained its small town feel, despite being surrounded by metropolitan Tampa Bay. It has long been know for the number of resident artists. And foodies will not be disappointed, every Tuesday, the vendors line Beach Blvd for the weekly Gulfport Fresh Market.
The most popular beach for the LGBT community is Sunset Beach. It is located on the tip of Treasure Island. As its name suggests, it is a wonderful place t catch a sunset. It is also the only beach where alcohol is allowed (no glass containers). The surrounding area is residential which gives the beach a more intimate feeling.
Another favorite is the Pass-A-Grille section of St Petersburg Beach. Like Sunset beach, it is located on the western tip of its barrier island. It is also primarily residential with one very notable exception. The Hurricane is a fun restaurant with a roof top bar which provides another great venue for sunset watching.
Fort Desoto is a county park and the north beach has been consistently rated one of the best beaches in the U.S. and. There are several beaches, the late 19th century Fort, some kiosks for refreshments, camping and a special beach reserved for dogs.