Put away your thick trench coat and boots and trade them in for a pair swim trunks (or a bikini if you’re a girl), and flip flops! You don’t have to stay up north and endure another snowstorm – it’s already beach weather on Florida’s west coast, giving you a great excuse to get away and enjoy one of the most beautiful year-round climates in the U.S.
An early spring is one of St. Pete Beach’s best-kept secrets. Locals start going to the beach as early as February, enjoying crowdless beaches with plenty of room to wiggle their toes in the sand. The water is still fairly, cold, but resorts offer heated pools, should you wish to cool off, and you can enjoy plenty of activities in the sand and nearby outdoor areas.
You’ll always find a game of pick-up beach volleyball, and plenty of people who will play with you, whether it’s at a resort or one of the area’s beachfront bars. Locals enjoy an active lifestyle and are friendly with vacationers. Ask to join in on the fun!
The St. Pete Beach area is filled with avid runners and cyclists. There are running groups that run nearly every morning on the beach, and you can find a 5k race or road race nearly every weekend. Plenty of these races offer fun runs and fun rides too, so you and the family can get together and get some great exercise in while on vacation.
Markets are always popular in St. Pete Beach. Historic Corey Avenue always has a great Sunday Market. It also has arts and crafts festivals and art shows that feature the work of local artisans, with some exquisite jewelry, paintings, clothing, pottery, free music, spices, and more.
This is a great time of year for boating. You can usually score some off-season deals on boat rentals, including cruisers, wave runners, Jetskii rentals, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and more. You can also go on sightseeing and fishing excursions, enjoying a rare glimpse of Florida’s spectacular west coast.
Visit Fort DeSoto and Shell Key, enjoying Florida’s majestic wildlife in its purest form. You’ll be mesmerized by a colorful array of birds, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, and even alligators in the fresh waters.
Snorkeling is always a great way to explore shallow waters – just not in the fresh water where the alligators are. If you do visit Fort DeSoto, be sure to watch for signs where there is no swimming allowed. Sharp currents can be dangerous.
No matter how you choose to explore Florida’s outdoors, there is never a shortage of things to do or fresh air to invigorate your lungs. It’s just the type of retreat you need!