Hello. I’m Morgan Preston - and I’m a Realtor with Coastal Properties Group and the My Florida Coastal Team. I specialize in the vibrant Downtown St Pete area - here in Sunny Florida. If you haven’t visited this gem of a city yet - I highly recommend you plan a trip. I am confident you’ll fall in love with this beautiful social city - just as I did. One of the most popular attractions and must-see stops I recommend visting is The Downtown St Pete Pier! This beautiful 26-acre waterfront masterpiece is packed full of entertainment and delicious restaurants. Along with its breathtaking views of Tampa Bay and the St Pete city skyline - the pier is complete with a splash pad, discovery center, marketplace, beach, and 6 different restaurants. It truly is a go-to spot for both locals and tourists alike.
The entrance of the pier is located at the intersection of Bayshore Dr and 2nd Ave N in downtown St Pete. You can find paid parking on the pier itself or along the surrounding waterfront.
First Stop - Restaurants!
Frescos Waterfront Bistro
At the entrance of the pier is one of my favorite restaurants - Frescos Waterfront Bistro. They have a delicious menu focusing on Italian and Seafood dishes - with a bit of a cajun/creole twist. Frescos has a Pet-friendly waterfront dining deck and even a few boat slips reserved for guests. So just pull up by water and enjoy a drink at one of their bars or stay on your boat and enjoy dockside service.
Hops and Props
Across the way from Frescos is another great stop for food and drinks. Hops and Props!...
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a hidden gem located in St. Petersburg. If you love nature and you love being outside, this is the perfect park for you.
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The Clearwater Marina offers access to a variety of boating activities and is home to the finest fishing and charters, sightseeing boats, dinner cruises, dolphin tours, parasailing, and personal watercraft rentals.
It has a pizza shop and a couple of casual dining seafood places with outdoor seating, Crabby's Dockside and the Salt Cracker Fish Camp, which are both pet-friendly.
Yacht Starship is America's first three-diamond rated dining yacht. Currently, Star Ship IV sails out of the Clearwater Beach Marina. Their staff is super friendly, the food is great. They cap off their five-star service by giving a freshly baked cookie as people depart the ship. the Star Lite Majesty is also the other major dinner ship that sails out of the Clearwater Beach Marina.
Captain Memo is the iconic pirate ship you see sailing around Clearwater Beach. Enjoy pirate antics during a two-hour odyssey, including a treasure hunt, face painting, water gun games, stories, and dancing for all ages. The ship is staffed with a spirited crew of pirates. The cruise is about 30 to 40 dollars, and well worth it.
The Little Toot dolphin adventure cruises range from 60 to 90 minutes. You'll get up close and personal with Florida's most playful dolphins because of the way the boat is designed. Sea Screamer is a one-hour narrated speedboat adventure, touring celebrity mansions and historic landmarks on Clearwater's waterfront. They guarantee you'll see dolphins. There's one right there!
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Pier 60 is the center of Clearwater Beach. Fishing is just part of the fun at Clearwater Beach's iconic pier and park.
There are water slides and trampolines, operated by Big Event Slides. It is about $30 for unlimited water slides per day.
Every evening, Sunsets at Pier 60 is a family-friendly street fair, with magicians, stilt walkers, break-dancers, and other street performers. It begins two hours before sunset. There are also crafters, potters, candle makers, jewelers, selling unique items. On some nights, bands perform, as well as an outdoor movie theater, all completely free.
Beach Walk is a $30 million dollar wide promenade, winding from the Opal Sands to Pier 60. It's great for walkers, bicyclists and rollerbladers.
Enjoy the sun and the surf and sand volleyball courts, where tournaments are regularly held.
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Pasadena Yacht and Country Club
Pasadena Yacht and Country Club is located across Boca Ciega Bay from the Gulf Beaches and just minutes from downtown St Petersburg. The history of this landmark facility dates back to 1924. The club and homes are surrounded by 300 acres of sub-tropical landscaping. The residents and members enjoy a sense of community in an exclusive, luxurious environment. The golf course is open to guests. This 18 hole championship golf course was designed by Wayne Stiles and Walter Hagen was the first golf pro at PYCC.
Pasadena Yacht and Country Club is a private club with first-class amenities which include golf, a health club, a Junior Olympic swimming pool, a marina 82 with boat slips, tennis courts and three dining areas. Adult and junior golf, swim & tennis programs are offered throughout the year.
There is a la carte dining at the Club, as well as a Champagne Sunday brunch and holiday brunch celebrations. There is a Ladies Luncheon and Fashion Show and live music every Friday evening. Some of the other social events include book clubs, bridge, a wine society, chefs table, date night with kid care, poolside movie theater and private trips to broadway shows in Tampa.
Johns Pass is located on the southern end of Madeira Beach at 12901 Gulf Blvd Madeira Beach, FL 33708. Its a fun place to hang out or have dinner or drinks. There are a number of waterside restaurants and bars, and a wide variety of shops. There is also a man-made beach for relaxing and there is some great fishing right off the shores. Its been said that Johns Pass is the #1 tourist attraction in Pinellas County. We like to have a casual dinner at one of the waterside restaurants, and then take a stroll on the boardwalk, and check out what's new in some of our favorite shops.
Restaurants & Bars
There are several restaurants with water views. One of our favorites is The Hut Bar and Grill. They mostly serve "bar food" but what we like about it is that you can sit outside on the dock and have great views of the harbor. You almost always see pelicans and most of the time we've seen a dolphin or two surfacing as they go through the channel. The Hut also has 30 different beers on tap and a wide selection of cocktails and frozen drinks. Bubba Gumps is upstairs with lots of seafood selections, Hooters is also upstairs with their versions of bar food. The Hungry Fisherman has waterside dining with lots of fried and broiled fish/seafood selections.
Sand Key Park
Sand Key Park is absolutely one of our very favorite parks! It has a great beach, fishing piers, a picnic area, nature trails, a playground and a dog park!
The park is located on the very northern tip of Sand Key at 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
Things to Do
The northern part of the park fronts Clearwater Pass which connects Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. You can look out over Clearwater Pass and watch the boats go by or drop your line in the water for some fun fishing. There are several fishing piers to choose from and a free parking area that is just for the fishing area. It’s a great view if you just want to sit and watch, and you might even see a dolphin swim by!
The western side of the park is beautiful white sand beaches where you can walk, lay out your towel, or rent an umbrella or cabana. The eastern side is the park area, complete with pavilions, picnic tables, grills and restrooms. There is also a children’s playground and a fenced dog area. We have seen some beautiful weddings on the beach - what a memory to have!
If you are a nature lover, there is also a salt marsh with trails and...
By Jami McAfee
When my husband and I first moved to Treasure Island, we did a lot of exploring! We have a four-legged baby, or dog Lady, and we wanted to find some pet-friendly beaches we could take her to. One day when we were at the southernmost point of Treasure Island, we found a beautiful small beach, right beside Land’s End Condo. There were a few people there with their dogs, several people had pulled up by boat and anchored. No one had their dogs on leashes, but all got along and were playing on the beach. We were happy to find such a beautiful beach we could take our dog to! Be sure to bring poop bags, as they are not provided.
It’s a quiet beach and the water is always super clear, but we have found that when the tide is up, it is non-existent, so be sure to go when the tide is down! There is also a boardwalk that stretches around the bend to the Gulf, which is great to take a stroll on, just be careful during the summer, it gets very hot. This is by far our favorite beach to take our dog to. We love the Honeymoon Island and Fort De Sotos’s dog beaches as well, but sometimes they are way too busy, and it makes our dog nervous!
Map of Location Near Lands End Condos
Boating and Yachting in Pinellas County
Boating in Gulfport, St Petersburg Florida and Boca Ciega Bay
Boca Ciega Bay is bordered by the cities of Gulfport and St. Petersburg and many boat and yacht owners have the pleasure of keeping their boats and yachts either in front of their homes and condos whiles others use the numerous, closely located public and private marinas or dry storage areas to launch. Yacht basins and marinas located on Boca Ciega Bay offer some of the most protected marinas. Boat owners can either cruise the protected water of the Intracoastal Waterway and visit the many waterfront restaurants or go and spend the evening in St Petersburg, Clearwater or Tampa and stay the night. For those seeking a longer passage Captiva Island, Cabbage Key and Key West are some wonderful options.
The Bay is only a couple of nautical miles from the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf beaches offering easy access to west Florida's best cruising destinations. Boat and yacht owners can spend the day on Shell Key or Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge and State Park which was established in 1974 for the protection of migratory birds and has had a colorful military past. Five artillery batteries from historic Fort Dade, in service from 1898 until 1923 are located on the island. Egmont Key offers excellent diving and snorkeling experiences and the original lighthouse on the Island is still used for navigation today.
Boca Ciega Bay holds an abundant amount of fish due to the number of keys and islands. These include Little Bird Key, Dog Leg Key,...