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Get to know St. Petersburg

Charming St. Petersburg is surrounded by water on three sides, situated on the Pinellas peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of its geography, St. Pete’s residents are never more than ten minutes away from a beach and enjoy gorgeous weather almost daily. Known as “The Sunshine City,” St. Pete holds the world record of longest stretch of consecutive sunny days: 768. Recently, St. Petersburg has blossomed from sleepy hamlet into hipster central—there’s even a push to call it The ‘Burg, instead St. Pete. Artists have been painting hundreds of murals and restaurateurs are opening innovative restaurants downtown, making the town the latest in cool destinations. The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club is a perfect example of the city’s evolution: Started in 1924, it has regained its throne as the community favorite with its perfect overlap of ancient pastime and hipster trends.

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Living in the Tampa Bay area

Central West Florida encompasses the area surrounding Tampa Bay, including Tampa itself and stretching down to St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Sarasota. This coastal region is what people imagine when dreaming about Florida, a place where year-round sunshine beckons and every day is a beach day. Many have been lured to Tampa Bay by its weather, including baseball’s annual migration to spring training and The Ringling Brothers Circus’s long-time winter home in Sarasota. There’s a wide range of places to live, whether it’s year-round or only for a snowbird’s sojourn. The area includes barrier islands with picturesque beaches, busy urban downtowns, artsy neighborhoods of cafes and bungalows, and inland master-planned gated communities that are among the fastest growing in the nation. There’s no shortage of fun in Tampa Bay, with pro sports teams in residence, well-regarded museums, delicious restaurants, and a ton of outdoor activities on land and sea.