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St. Petersburg sits on the glittering coast of the Bay of Tampa, with sandy, secluded beaches that feel far from the bustle of the city. However, they're close to downtown which is a thriving business area, with large tower blocks and impressive shopping plazas that have appeared in recent years. If you prefer a small town vibe, then head to the waterfront which has smaller boutiques and craft stalls, giving it a fun, bohemian atmosphere.

Things to see

Dedicated to one of the best known surrealists; The Dali Museum has suitably challenging architecture, with a contrast between sharp concrete angles, irregularly shaped glass domes, and long spiral staircases. It's surrounded by gardens that have also been created in a Dali style, with sculptures such as a giant mustache to give it that surreal character. Inside, you'll find several bright galleries full of Dali's work, as well as temporary exhibits from famous artists. Another unique display can be found at the Chihuly Collection, a gallery dedicated to Dale Chihuly, a glass artist whose works often resemble exotic trees and flowers. As you walk through the slightly darkened galleries, the glassworks catch the spotlights and seem to have a neon glow about them, creating a one of a kind experience. Tropicana Field hosts major league baseball games for the local team, the Tampa Bay Rays, with a huge domed stadium that's filled with over 45,000 spectators cheering on game nights. There's even a tank of rays that you can see up close, and a hall of fame where you can see displays about your baseball heroes.

Hotels in St. Petersburg

Most leisure visitors choose to stay close to the beachfront, and you'll find many 2 to 3 star hotels just a short stroll from the sand. You'll often find extras such as free WiFi and parking, with onsite restaurants and bars so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Many hotels have rooms that overlook the waterfront, and enjoy amenities such as cable television and coffee makers. If you'd rather stay close to downtown, you'll be able to enjoy many chain hotels in St. Petersburg which offer affordable and comfortable rooms, with hotel facilities such as free continental breakfasts, outdoor pools, and a daily free newspaper.

Where to stay

Downtown St. Petersburg is a lively, high rise area that is a mixture of business and leisure. In addition to the tall office blocks, there are palm tree lined streets featuring modern shopping centers such as the impressive Sundial, with a large square surrounded by boutiques, salons, and casual restaurants. There's also a huge choice of restaurants downtown, with everything from laid back diners, to Italian bistros, and seafood restaurants serving the catch of the day. Closer to the waterfront there's a relaxed atmosphere, with the new 400 Beach Drive offering high quality galleries and handcrafted gifts, as well as being close to the peaceful bay front parks.

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