St. Petersburg, Florida is a coastal community that sits on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by Tampa Bay on one side and St. Pete Beach and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. “What don’t we love about St. Pete” is probably an easier question to answer. Residents of St. Petersburg benefit from the low Florida cost of living while enjoying a lifestyle that seems more like something you’d find in one of the most expensive zip codes in the United States.
There’s a little something for everyone here. From water sports, fishing and boating to a vibrant art community, nightlife, beaches and rising food scene that’s gaining national attention.
Scenic St. Petersburg
Almost anywhere you go in St Pete, you can find a place to admire! The vibrant downtown St. Pete area is bursting with unique local businesses. Take a stroll on Beach Drive or a tour of the city’s astounding murals then stop for a bite of food or ice cream and enjoy the views of Tampa Bay with gorgeous yachts and sailing boats as a backdrop.
Dining and Entertainment
St. Petersburg’s food scene has taken center stage recently, even attracting national attention as one of the best foodie destinations in the country. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here. Meat lovers, vegetarians, and food connoisseurs will all be satisfied, whether you are looking for an upscale night out or just a casual bite. Many restaurants offer live music entertainment. From reggae bands to unplugged guitar or piano, you can find it all here! And the exceptional weather means you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor dining most of the year.
Best Beaches in the World
There are miles of beaches around St. Pete, FL and all of them were nominated the Best Beach in the World at some point. It’s THAT hard to choose a favorite. Fort De Soto Beach, St. Pete Beach, Pass-A-Grille, and Clearwater Beach are just some of the beaches that you’ll love. And don’t forget some of the more hidden spots that only the locals know about. You’ll be in on the secret too when you make St. Pete your home.
Boating in St. Pete
If you love boating, you’re coming to the right place. Between kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, powerboating, yachting, inshore/offshore fishing, water skiing, and wakeboarding, boating in St. Petersburg deserves a whole article of its own.
Although there are many public and private docks, marinas, and yacht clubs where you can park your boat, you may be able to keep your boat right in your backyard. St Pete is lush with homes designed for boat lovers with docks of their own, canals and passes that lead to the gulf. Many restaurants have parking for boats too. Not much beats pulling up to your favorite local haunt after a beautiful day on the water or exploring the secluded islands full of wildlife and historical treasures left over from the Spanish-American War.
Affordability for the quality you are getting
St Petersburg is still an affordable place to live when you consider all that you’re getting. One of the main factors of that affordability is real estate. Cost of living in St Pete, FL is 7% lower than national average.
The median home price is $261,500K and rent is $1,300 a month. You’ll find waterfront homes with their own docks starting at only $600K, and there’s a large variety to choose from.
Come visit once and you will want to come again and again!