Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, is a great place for the solo traveler to spend a weekend. This compact city offers bed and breakfast stays, restaurants, cafes, shopping and attractions all within walking distance of each other. So, grab your backpack and get ready for the ultimate weekend stay in the city on Tampa Bay.
Friday – Upon arriving, check into The Beach Drive Inn Bed and Breakfast. This historic B&B offers beautiful rooms in the heart of the city. It’s perfect for solo travelers, because it’s close to everything downtown St. Pete has to offer. Guests will enjoy: a wine and cheese welcoming, full breakfasts, guest pantry and vending area, panoramic waterfront views, plush robes, and a private roof-top terrace and garden. I have always enjoyed my stay here. I leave feeling stress free and relaxed.
For dinner, make sure you check out Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant. This Spanish tapas bar offers small meals at great prices. I have enjoyed such dishes as Baba Ganoush, Pan Con Tomate and Garbanzo Humus. Each tapas runs between $3.50 and $12.95, making it the perfect eatery for the solo traveler.
Saturday – Head out to the Salvador Dali Museum after breakfast. Celebrate the renowned, Spanish artist’s work. Here, you will be able to view: 96 oil paintings, drawings, 100 water colors, fine prints, photographs, and surreal objects. My favorite painting dates back to 1960 and is entitled “The Ecumenical Council.” The Dali is my most memorable art museum.
After touring the museum, visit Cafe Alma for a boxed lunch. From $8. to $13. you will be able to enjoy a salad, sandwich or grilled fish with 2 sides. Sides include: Asian slaw, potato salad, pasta salad, yellow rice, or cucumber and tomato salad. Eat in or carry your box down to one of the many benches located along the tranquil bay.
You can’t visit downtown St. Pete without getting in some retail therapy. So, after lunch, visit the Baywalk. This 2 story, open air, shopping center will delight even the pickiest shopper. Stores include: Chicos, White House/Black Market, Happy Feet, and Icing by Claires. There are also numerous boutiques along Beach Drive for your enjoyment.
For dinner, you will definitely need to dine at The Moon Under Water. This outstanding British pub offers such dishes as: burgers, salads, curries, and British specialties. I always order the fish and chips served with fries and peas. Most meals run an average of $11. This is perfect for the solo traveler with a budget.
Sunday – If you didn’t do it earlier, make sure you find time to walk along the bay before leaving this beautiful city. You are sure to spot a dolphin or two. You may even marvel at the numerous boats sailing to and fro. If time allows, visit the Vinoy Renaissance Resort. This historic hotel sits right on Tampa Bay and is considered a landmark of the city. It’s worth checking out.
I hope you enjoy your solo weekend in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. I always do.
The Beach Drive Inn Bed and Breakfast
532 Beach Drive NE
10 Beach Drive SE
Salvador Dali Museum
One Dali Boulevard
Open 10am to 5:30pm
Admission is $21. per person
260 1ST Avenue South #100
Open 9am to 3pm
The Moon Under Water
10515 Gandy Blvrd
Open 11am to Midnight daily
Happy Hour 3 to 7pm
Vinoy Renaissance Resort
501 5TH Ave NE