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Beach of the Week: St. Pete Beach, Florida

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BeachManiacBlogWithText3_150pxAlso named the sunset capital of Florida, the beautiful St. Pete Beach is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, just west of the city of St. Petersburg and just 30 miles from Downtown Tampa. It came to being from merging four beaches including Pass-A-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista Beach and St. Petersburg Beach. It’s white sand and gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico make it a popular tourist destination. Three different boardwalks are available to take visitors across sand and sea plants to enjoy its popular swimming area. Endless activities are available on the beach, and you can kayak through the calm waters or take a ferry to nearby Caladesi Island State Park. St. Pete Beach Pier, another popular attraction on the beach, is open 365 days a year and offers an even more entertaining and fun experience. Not only does the Pier encourage dolphin watching and pelican feeding, but has bike rentals available for one, two, or six people to tour the beach and other areas of St. Pete. If you’d rather walk, many of the restaurants and shops in the area are within walking distance. A somewhat longer of a walk, or a shuttle ride, to the southern part of the beach will take you to Shell Key for a snorkeling adventure. Among the attractions are the landmark pink Loew’s Don CeSar Beach Hotel.



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Best beaches near Orlando

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BeachManiacBlogWithText_150pxFor all the great entertainment the Orlando, Florida, area has to offer, its location in the north-central part of the state leaves it somewhat separated from what we here at beachmaniac.com feel is Florida’s greatest attraction: its beaches. But the good news is that if you are visiting Orlando, and you can tear yourself away from the amusement parks, you are a short drive from some great beach locations.

VisitFlorida.com recently pulled together a list of six nearby beaches on the Atlantic Coast, some of them just a one-hour drive from Disney World. We are not only sharing that list – and linking to TripAdvisor reviews of the beaches – but we are adding a few Gulf Coast beaches as well, since you can get to the Gulf Coast from Disney World in roughly an hour and half.

Atlantic Coast beaches near Orlando:

Gulf Coast beaches near Orlando:

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Siesta Beach does it again: Named America’s best beach

 

TripAdvisor traveler photo

TripAdvisor traveler photo

BeachManiacBlogWithText_150pxThis kind of attention is nothing new for Siesta Beach, with its pristine, sugary white sand and wide expanse, but this Florida Gulf Coast slice of paradise has been named the best beach in America by the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

“I was totally blown away by how fine, soft, clean and uncrowded the beach was. My feet were in heaven,” wrote on recent traveler.

And while the sand is the main attraction at Siesta Beach, the island that serves as its home is also a big draw. The beaches of Siesta Key, just south of Sarasota, are lined with condos and hotels, but the island nonetheless has retained a quiet get-away atmosphere. You won’t find a lot of restaurants and bars on the beaches of Siesta Key, but that keeps it quiet and family-fun oriented.

The other top 10 American beaches in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, in order, are:

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Marco Island is most expensive beach destination in Florida

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Marco Island Marriott. TripAdvisor traveler photo.

beach_maniac_blog_100pxMarco Island, located a few miles from the Florida Everglades and close to Naples, is the most expensive beach destination in Florida, according to the latest survey from CheapHotels.org.

The survey specifically compared the hotel rates of 20 popular Floridian destinations for this year’s February and March time period, the high season for most beach destinations in the Sunshine State.

In Marco Island, travelers will have to spend an average of $302 per night for the most affordable double room. It bears pointing out that only hotels located close to the beach and with a positive average client rating were considered for the survey.

The following table lists the 10 most expensive beach destinations in Florida. The rates indicated reflect the average rate for the cheapest available double room (minimum: 3-star hotel) at each locale for the time period spanning February 1 through March 31, 2014. Although this survey comes from CheapHotels.com, I am linking out to TripAdvisor pages where you can compare prices from multiple sources for your specific vacation dates.

  1. Marco Island $302
  2. Sanibel Island $287
  3. Key West $254
  4. Delray Beach $253
  5. Fort Myers Beach $214
  6. Islamorada $198
  7. Anna Maria Island $197
  8. Key Largo $184
  9. Sarasota $183
  10. St. Pete Beach $181

For the full results of the survey, visit http://www.cheaphotels.org/press/florida2015.html

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10 Florida beaches make TripAdvisor’s list of 25 best in U.S.

Siesta Key's sugary sand makes it a popular destination for beach walking and sun-bathing. TripAdvisor traveler photo.

Siesta Key’s sugary sand makes it a popular destination for beach walking and sun-bathing. TripAdvisor traveler photo.

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We previously reported on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Beaches for 2014, but the travel site has now expanded the list to the Top 25, and Florida beaches receive a lot of well-deserved recognition. Among the Florida beaches in the Top 25 are Siesta Key Public Beach (#3), St. Pete Beach (#9), Caladesi Island State Park (#11), St. Augustine Beach (#14), Bahia Honda State Park and Beach (#17), Pensacola Beach (#19), Panama City Beach (#20), Clearwater Beach (#21), Lido Beach in Sarasota (#22), and Navarre Beach (#25). In this article, the Palm Beach Post and VisitFlorida.com expand on the news:

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7 of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 U.S. Beaches for 2014 are in Hawaii

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. TripAdvisor photo.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. TripAdvisor photo.

beach_maniac_blog_100pxHawaii has seven of the top 10 beaches in the United States, including the top beach: Lanikai Beach in Kailua on the island of Oahu, according to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards for 2014.

The other Hawaii beaches in the Top 10 are Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina; Maui (2), Hanalei Beach, Hanalei Kauai (4);  Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui (5), Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui (6); Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii (8); Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu (10).

Two Florida beaches made the Top 10: Siesta Key Public Beach and Saint Pete Beach. Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort, S.C., was the other Top 10 beach.

Other non-U.S. beaches in our part of the world that made the list of the Top 10 Beaches in the World are Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (2); Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico (3); and Playa Norte, Isla Mujeres, Mexico (10).

Top 10 beaches in the U.S.:

1. Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

2. Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

3. Siesta Key Public Beach, Siesta Key, Florida

4. Hanalei Beach, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii

5. Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii

6. Wailea Beach, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

7. Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina

8. Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

9. Saint Pete Beach, Saint Pete Beach, Florida

10. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

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Best Florida Beaches: Gulf Coast

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Check out our annual guide to the best beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Grab a towel, lounge chair and your sexiest swimsuit, and then dive in.

 

Beach Maniac‘s insight:

Among my favorites are Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Naples and Clearwater.

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Amazing video captures dolphins frolicking along wake-surfer near St. Pete Beach, Florida

A video of two dolphins “surfing” and frolicking alongside a teenage wake-skater has gone viral. The clip, which was taken by a local man off the coast of St. Pete Beach, Florida, and sent to Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC), has received more than 1 million online views. The piece has been picked up by media outlets across the world, including the Huffington Post, ESPN, ABCNews.com and World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Dolphins are familiar sights in the local waters of the Gulf of Mexico but seldom are they caught having this much fun!

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Florida resort offering rides on exhilarating JetLev water-propelled jet pack

JetLev. Photo Credit: Screen shot from promotional video.

This ride is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Beginning in April, the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida, is offering rides on a JetLev, a water-propelled jet pack that allows you to skim across the water or soar up to 30 feet in what the resort describes as “the coolest, most exhilarating water sports ride of your life.” With the JetLev, you can pretty much live the James Bond dream.

The JetLev is powered by a 200-horsepower engine that sucks water from the Gulf of Mexico and then propels it through two nozzles with such force that it drives the user into the air. Although the user has some control, so does a trained operator who can control speed and direction via remote control.

A ride on the $100,000 unit will cost $285 for 45 minutes, and users – flyers if you will – must be 18 years old.

The JetLev:

 

What do you think? Would you be daring enough to try the JetLev?

 

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St. Pete Beach

Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor

Also named the sunset capital of Florida, the beautiful St. Pete Beach is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, just west of the city of St. Petersburg and just 30 miles from Downtown Tampa. It came to being from merging four beaches including Pass-A-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista Beach and St. Petersburg Beach. It’s white sand and gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico make it a popular tourist destination. Three different boardwalks are available to take visitors across sand and sea plants to enjoy its popular swimming area. Endless activities are available on the beach, and you can kayak through the calm waters or take a ferry to nearby Caladesi Island State Park. St. Pete Beach Pier, another popular attraction on the beach, is open 365 days a year and offers an even more entertaining and fun experience. Not only does the Pier encourage dolphin watching and pelican feeding, but has bike rentals available for one, two, or six people to tour the beach and other areas of St. Pete. If you’d rather walk, many of the restaurants and shops in the area are within walking distance. A somewhat longer of a walk, or a shuttle ride, to the southern part of the beach will take you to Shell Key for a snorkeling adventure. Among the attractions are the landmark pink Loew’s Don CeSar Beach Hotel.



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