St. Petersburg is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. It is known as a vacation destination for both American and foreign tourists. As of 2008, the population estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau is 245,314, making St. Petersburg the fourth largest city in the state of Florida and the largest city in Florida that is not a county seat. Although the city of Clearwater is the county seat of Pinellas County, all county services are available through county offices in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is the second largest city in the Tampa Bay Area, which is composed of roughly 2.7 million residents, making it the second largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the state.
Long known as a “haven of rest” for the sick or weary, it is not difficult to understand the solace one can find here. With a slew of beaches and inland rivers, St. Petersburg is the perfect place to stretch out and relax or experience nature to a good, full extent. Both beaches, located on the north and south sides, are heavily “touristed” for most of the year. Again, this being a distinctly coastal town, fresh seafood is almost required. Any place along the beach is usually much better than average. Check out Clearwater Beach or Sand Key Park for tall Florida palm trees and long, sparkling gulf beaches. Some of the outlying islands have extensive wildlife. Shell Island and Egmont Key both house wildlife refuges that are open to explore.