Set on Long Key, St. Pete Beach, which bills itself as "The Sunset Capital of Florida," offers miles of sugar-white sand beaches, a well-developed tourism infrastructure, superb fresh seafood restaurants. Meeting venues in St. Pete Beach are less than a half-hour from the urban centers of St. Petersburg and Tampa—and yet they seem a world away.
St. Pete Beach is located 14 miles from St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport and 30 miles from Tampa International Airport. Popular nearby attractions include Tropicana Field (10 miles), Fort Desoto State Park (9 miles) and Busch Gardens Theme Park (38 miles).
Hotel venues in St. Pete Beach comprise resorts, condominiums units, smaller national chain hotels and several mom-and-pop motels. The main meetings-oriented options include the venerable 277-room Don Cesar Beach Resort, A Loews Hotel (with 40,000 square feet of meeting space); the 584-room Tradewinds Island Grand, with 70,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 382-room Sirata Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center, with 30,000 square feet of meeting space.
For special event venues, many groups head for the open water aboard private charter yachts and boats and group-oriented vessels such as Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise, StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht and Calypso Queen Boat. Beyond the beaches, there are numerous options less than a 10-minute drive away for spouse programs, team building, and after meeting entertainment and recreation. Some of the more popular activities include attending Major League Baseball games at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, visiting the Salvador Dali Museum, which houses the largest collection outside of Europe of the works of the artist Salvador Dali, and enjoying eco-based activities like bike riding, hiking, and bird and butterfly watching at Boyd Hill Nature Park, a 245-acre award-winning park along the shores of Lake Maggiore.
While large-scale shopping malls in St. Petersburg and Tampa are easily accessible, Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach, which dates back to the 1950s, provides a walkable, outdoor shopping experience with art galleries, gift shops, clothing stores and restaurants. Most St. Pete Beach venues for dining are situated on Gulf Boulevard convenient to major resorts and hotels.