It may come as no surprise to any of us who live here that the "Sunshine City" has clinched the second spot among Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice Trending Destinations for 2024. This prestigious recognition is awarded to fewer than 1% of the eight million listings on Tripadvisor. Eight million listings, and we are number two. That’s pretty good.

We all know why we should rank so high, but here’s how Tripadvisor sees it:

Highlighting the city's exceptional appeal to travelers, TA called St. Pete “A Jewel in the Sunshine State's Crown.” Noting that we boast an impressive average of 361 days of clear skies annually, St. Petersburg lives up to its nickname as the "Sunshine City." The city's 244 miles of pristine coastline along Tampa Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, Boca Ciega Bay, and intracoastal waterways add to its allure as a hot beach destination. Visitors can soak up the sun, surf, and sand at the breathtaking Ft. De Soto Park or embark on a scenic 37-mile journey along the Pinellas Trail.

The Sunshine City's Winning Elements:

1. Perfect Weather: St. Petersburg's enviable climate ensures a sunny and pleasant experience for visitors throughout the year.

2. Nature Escapes: Ft. De Soto Park provides a picturesque backdrop for nature lovers, offering a pristine environment for relaxation and exploration.

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3. Outdoor Adventures: The 37-mile Pinellas Trail beckons hiking enthusiasts, offering a captivating journey through the city's scenic landscapes.

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4. Baseball Bliss: Catching a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game adds a dash of excitement for sports enthusiasts.

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5. Sunken Gardens: Escape to the lush and shady oasis of the Sunken Gardens, a serene retreat within the bustling city.

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Tripadvisor's recognition is based on the high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the community over a 12-month period. This acknowledgment positions St. Petersburg as a destination of excellence in travel, further solidifying its reputation as a must-visit location.

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