St Petersburg/Clearwater, FL are places that we did not know much about, so we decided to correct that hole in our knowledge base. We drove around St. Petersburg and some of its neighborhoods and found it to be another of those pleasant Florida beach and tourist locations with lots and lots of stores, traffic, boating and beaches. We walked the “pier” and showed Flat Stanley the sights.
Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach at sunset is a not so spectacular attempt to be like Mallory Square in Key West at sunset; however, it would be a great place to observe the setting sun when the clouds decide to cooperate. Based on a statue on Pier 60, the first Greek landed in the area in 1528 with a Spanish expedition. He had no way of knowing how strong the Greek influence would become in this part of Florida.
There are lots of condos on the beach and nearby that apparently can be obtained at a very good price. As we were driving south along 19A, they were actually trying to wave folks into a waterfront condo complex for a look at $60K units.
If you are looking for a vacation spot with lots of sun, shopping and sand-this could be the place.