Spent a fun few days last week at St. Pete Beach so wanted to give a short trip report. It was our third visit.
Accommodations: Stayed at the Beachcomber for the third time. Our room was an efficiency beachfront, number 509, which had an excellent view of the Gulf. It's the second time we've had one of the efficiency beachfront rooms, and no complaints at all. It's nothing fancy, but a good value for the money and appears to have been updated since the last time we were there. Friendly staff, nice courtyard, clean rooms.
Food: Our favorites this trip were Sea Critters at Pass-a-Grille, the Boardwalk Grill at John's Pass (inexpensive, friendly service, excellent homemade fries), the Toasted Monkey next door to the Beachcomber, and Rick's Reef just up the street. Blackened mahi tacos were excellent at Rick's Reef and we would've definitely gone back there again if it hadn't been the night before we were to leave the next morning.
We were disappointed in the food at Jimmy B's this trip so unfortunately can't list it among favorites this time. The best breakfast we had was at the Frog Pond and we ended up having breakfast there three times.
Entertainment: Disappointed in the entertainment this trip at Jimmy B's also, just wasn't as good day or night as it was during our last two stays at the Beachcomber. It's a great bar, but just didn't enjoy it this time like we have in the past due to being disappointed with the food and the entertainment this time, so we didn't spend much time there like we usually do.
We heard others complaining about it while we were there too, and noticed the bar wasn't nearly as crowded this trip as it was on our previous February stays. We do love good live music and saw an excellent musician at the Toasted Monkey, Billy Agans.
One thing that was new to us this trip was since the Toasted Monkey and Jimmy B's both have live entertainment, from our room you could hear both at the same time even with the sliding door closed, and I can see where it could get a little annoying if you wanted more peace and quiet.
We didn't mind it at all, but just wanted to mention it in case it might bother others. We didn't spend much time in our room anyway, and we always take ear plugs on vacation wherever we go in case it's loud at night, so the music didn't bother us when we were going to sleep.
We took the Trade Winds Casino Cruise on Friday. It's a five-hour cruise which leaves from John's Pass and includes one hour to get to international waters in order to be able to gamble, then three hours out there, then an hour to get back.
The best part of it was being able to take a long boat trip sitting on the deck and enjoying the beautiful weather and watching the dolphins around us. We got a special at the ticket office for a total of $15 for the two of us for admission, two buffets, and parking. They have various specials throughout the week. I'd do it again just to be able to be out on the water for such a long time for such a low price.
A few people were a little queasy due to some chop in the water, and it's a good idea to take along some dramamine just in case. You can find some at a little gift shop across the street from the ticket office.
I think my new favorite spot in the area is Pass-a-Grille. We went to the beach there twice in the mornings and it was so peaceful, very few people around, and just beautiful.
This turned out to be longer than I'd planned, sorry, but that's our trip. Lots of relaxing, beach walking, beautiful weather for the most part.