We’re Twins: St. Petersburg and Clearwater

St. Petersburg and Clearwater are in close proximity and they go well together.  The cosmopolitan city of St. Petersburg has long been known for its scenic bay front and renowned art museums. In recent years, lively downtown St. Petersburg has also emerged as a hot spot for shopping, museums, dining, nightlife and entertainment. With 361 days of sun a year and a full spectrum of things to see and do, the Sunshine City (as it’s nicknamed) is one of Florida’s most exciting senior destinations.

One of the area’s most popular beaches, Clearwater Beach buzzes with activity: swimming, boating, fishing, water sports, volleyball and biking or blading along the Beach Walk promenade. There’s no shortage of beach amenities, from concessions and cabanas to marinas, watercraft rentals and playgrounds. If a day of sunshine, sand and calm waters doesn’t bring senior citizens complete bliss, the amazing Gulf sunsets certainly will.

As a top year-round destination, Clearwater offers a seemingly endless supply of entertainment, natural beauty, and outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Pier 60, Clearwater Beach – during the summer on the Clearwater Beach pier they have music, performers, little kiosks with people doing hair braiding, drawing pictures, selling jewelry, etc. It starts from around 7:00 pm and goes till 10:00 or 11:00 pm. In the winter it is only open on weekends. This ultimate destination, ideally situated on Florida’s stunning West Coast, offera something for every senior visitor and every budget.

Seniors Take in Warm Weather and Delightful Breezes

The entire area sounds like a great place for a week-long visit.  Each city has their Visitor Centers, in fact, Clearwater has four centers. They really want you to not miss anything. Yahoo Travel offers suggestions, (48 of them) that you might want to explore prior to your arrival. Visitors say that St. Petersburg Saturday night is really moving, a lot happening there; movies, opera, cafes.

The bar/restaurant at the Marriot Hotel on Sand Key is a beautiful place to have a quiet coffee and chat while listening to the piano player who is there most evenings. Score a homerun with the Tampa Bay Rays, hit the beach, browse through world class museums, or stroll along streets lined with graceful Mediterranean-style architecture.

Along with beautiful beaches, St. Petersburg attracts senior visitors with the Salvador Dali Museum, Fort DeSoto Park and the St. Petersburg Pier. The city, which glimmers between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, is known for its warm weather and delightful breezes. Whatever your taste, St. Petersburg offers you everything under the sun. With an average temperature of 73+ degrees and over 360 days a year of recorded sunshine, it’s no wonder St. Petersburg moniker is the Sunshine City.

Enjoy the area and the rest of Florida too.  jeb



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