St. Petersburg is located on the East Coast of Central Florida with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and only a half an hour’s drive from Tampa Bay. The city is home to a population of more than 253,000 residents who enjoy the beautiful beaches, dazzling nightlife, and fabulous weather that graces the region with more than 361 days of sunshine annually.
St. Petersburg’s economy is supported by more than 25,000 businesses based primarily in tourism, finance, technology, and marine sciences. Low unemployment, short commute times, and median home values of approximately $140,000 continue to attract new residents and businesses to the city each year.
Surrounded by water on three sides, St. Petersburg offers a host of opportunities for outdoor sports and recreation. The St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department is a nationally accredited agency that maintains and operates more than 150 parks, nature preserves, beaches, and recreational facilities. Situated on the downtown waterfront, Vinoy Park hosts many of the city’s biggest and best festivals, including the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, held annually during the first weekend of April.
Nearby Fort De Soto Park offers outstanding fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and camping on 1,136 acres of parkland that is home to all kinds of plant and wildlife. The park features three miles of wide sandy beaches, fishing piers, boat launching facilities, camping facilities, trails, and swim areas, as well as ferry service to Egmont Key, a natural, undeveloped island located at the mouth of Tampa Bay that is great for fishing, snorkeling, shell hunting, and bird watching.
Downtown St. Petersburg is home to the world-famous Salvador Dali Museum. The museum features an extensive collection of Dali’s surrealist paintings, as well as gardens, a museum store, and Café Gala, a unique educational restaurant featuring Spanish cuisine and the history behind it. Other notable downtown attractions include Sunken Gardens, Great Expectations Children’s Museum, the historic State Theatre, and Tropicana Field (home of the Tampa Bay Rays).
Gorgeous beaches, exciting attractions, and outstanding community amenities make St. Petersburg a great place to live on the West Coast of Central Florida!