St. Petersburg, on a peninsula located on the west coast of Florida's Pinellas County between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, is called “The Sunshine City.” Not only does it boast of having an average 360 days of sunshine per year, but it also holds a Guinness World Record for “the most consecutive days with sunshine,” that being 768 days! Once known as a sleepy beach town, it has grown into a popular tourist destination with its white sand beaches, crystalline balmy water, and numerous exciting activities. The population of St. Petersburg is approximately 260,000, making it Florida's fifth most populous city and the Tampa Bay Area's second largest city.
Real estate property types include Single Family Homes, Townhomes, Condos, Co-Ops, Apartments, Lofts, and Mobile/Manufactured Homes, which gives an outstanding selection of the best places to live in St. Petersburg.
Education is of primary importance. Public primary and secondary schools are administered by Pinellas County Schools. There are five public high schools and seven private high schools within the city limits. The non-profit Science Center of Pinellas County gives field trip classes to more than 22,000 students annually and offers workshops to 2,000 more.
Institutions of higher education include the University of South Florida St. Petersburg; St. Petersburg College, a state college; Eckerd College, a private four-year liberal arts college; and the Poynter Institute, a journalism institute that owns the Tampa Bay Times and has a unique arrangement with it.
For recreation, examples of the best places in St. Petersburg include the award-winning St. Pete Beach, 50 golf courses, a seafaring fishing adventure, as well as romantic lunch and dinner moonlit cruises on Tampa Bay where you can also take a vintage paddleboat ride. Downtown is the heart of the city and is filled with amazing top-rated shops, restaurants such as The Pier which is five stories of shopping and dining, clubs, bars, a vibrant arts scene, and an active nightlife with live band music. The Locale Market is a 20,000-square-foot marketplace that offers the freshest and finest local artisanal foods.
Fort De Soto Park is an award-winning outdoor lover's park with dry land, watersport activities, and beach camping. Boyd Hill Nature Park gives an idea of what the city looked like before modern development came along. There are guided historic tours as well as tours by boat to watch playful dolphins or travel by Segway, bicycle, or other means of transportation.