Written by Capt. Jeff Werner
September 2018

St. Petersburg holds the Guinness world record for the greatest number of sunny days in a row, so it has been nicknamed “The Sunshine City.” Topping out at 768 consecutive days of sun is just one of the many reasons St. Pete is a popular boating destination. Its vibrant downtown on Tampa Bay is host to galleries, theaters, a farmers’ market, an expansive waterfront park and a major league baseball team.

Standout attractions include the Dali Museum, which fills 20,000 square feet with paintings, photos and memorabilia from the master of Surreal Art. The Mahaffy Theater is a cultural jewel that features an elegant ballroom, stellar waterfront views and European box- style seating.

A short distance away from the city is St. Pete Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Whether lying in the sun, walking on the white sugar sand or beachcombing, St. Pete Beach is the perfect day-trip getaway. A stroll through the Don CeSar Hotel, built in 1928, is a step back in time and a perfect venue for watching the sun set into the Gulf.

WHERE TO DOCK

St. Petersburg Marina

(727-893-7329)

Offering docks at two downtown basins, a mooring field and an exclusive superyacht marina, these municipal facilities are a “best bet”  for visiting yachts to enjoy St. Pete.

Vinoy Renaissance Resort &  Golf Club

(727-824-8022)

The marina features 74 state-of-the-art docks next to the resort, and it can accommodate vessels up to 130 feet. Both transient and annual slip leases are available.

WHERE TO DINE

Brick & Mortar

(727-822-6540)

This newcomer in the heart of downtown’s Central Avenue entertainment district has quickly garnered rave reviews. “It is upscale but not expensive, with a menu of New American food that feels contemporary but not gimmicky, with enough sly Indonesian and Spanish touches to be quirky and surprising,” writes the Tampa Bay Times.

Parkshore Grill

(727-896-9463)

Everyone’s favorite restaurant on Beach Drive along the downtown waterfront. Whether dining al fresco or inside surrounded by mahogany and waterfalls, tasting their award-winning contemporary American cuisine for lunch or dinner is a St. Pete must.

The Canopy Rooftop Lounge (727-896-1080)

Perched on top of the Birchwood Inn, this gorgeous sky-high eatery offers an extraordinary view of Tampa Bay and the St. Pete skyline while serving delicious dishes and cocktails. Lounge in private cabanas or get cozy around a firepit while you soak up the fun.

Bella Brava

(727-895-5515)

Inspired by traveling the hills of Tuscany, this Italian restaurant blends traditional and contemporary cuisine using the region’s freshest cheeses, herbs, meats and seafood.