My fiance and I are in our early 30's with no children and will be visiting my parents (March 6th - 11th, 2010) who has a condo rented for the winter at Isla del Sol. We are flying into Orlando and spending 5 days there before coming to SP, taking in some of the parks. We visited Orlando in 2007 and am looking forward to returning, but are really looking forward to our days in St. Pete's.
My fiance has never been to St. Pete's and I haven't been there since 1991 when I was a young teenager. I would really like to have some ideas on what items are a must see for the area. We will have a rental car so everything within the region is fair game. Clearwater, Tampa, maybe even Sarasota could be a possibility.
1.)We would like to see an NHL hockey game as well while in the area (although I haven't yet checked their schedule), a good location for good tickets would be appreciated.
2.)What are the best beaches for walking and finding shells?
3.)We both ride motorcycles at home. Is there anywhere local to rent a scooter/motorcycle for the day? I think a cruise adjacent to the Gulf Coast on a scooter would be great way to spend an afternoon together. Obviously being tourists we would like to stay away from the busy sections of the city, and would prefer a slower paced gulf street drive. Something scenic and adjacent to the coast would be great.
4.) Other must see's in the area - open to ideas.
Thanks in advance!