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Destination guide

Old world charm at Saint Petersburg vacation home rentals

St. Petersburg has a couple of nicknames to match its personality. Call it the Sunshine City when you're picturing its beaches that sparkle under bright blue skies. Call it St. Pete's when you're reminded of its casual, cool, creative vibe. St. Pete's used to be known as a place where spring breakers could party the night away and retirees could enjoy peace and quiet the rest of the year. The spring breakers and retirees still love the city, but new fine arts museums, modern restaurants, and craft breweries attract young couples and families, too.

Things to do

Attractions near Saint Petersburg vacation rentals

The fabulously weird-looking Salvador Dali Museum – it's a concrete block with what looks like giant glass blobs oozing out of cracks in the exterior – is a great example of St. Petersburg's sophisticated brand of fun. The free guided tours are hailed by visitors and locals. Just a mile away is the Chihuly Collection, a gallery of Dale Chihuly's glass works that offers glass-blowing demonstrations at the affiliated Morean Arts Center across the street. St. Pete's Museum of History is unique, too, featuring a 3000-year-old mummy and the world's largest collection of autographed baseballs.

Activities

A mix of beachy relaxation and urban fun

St. Pete's doesn't take its coastal location for granted. The city has the third-largest waterfront park system in North America. That's 7 miles of promenades, boardwalks, and beaches used year-round for festivals, outdoor concerts, and other public events. Oh, and let's not forget what beaches are normally used for: families, spring breakers, and snowbirds flock to St. Pete's sandy shores to sunbathe, surf, camp, and kayak. By day, walk the picturesque downtown streets and hit up the shops and museums. By night, enjoy the restaurants and stylish bars on Central Avenue and 3rd and 4th Streets.

Day trips

Day trips from Saint Petersburg vacation homes

St. Petersburg is an ideal base for exploring all of Clearwater. Vacation homes are available near places like Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine park with educational exhibits and dolphin encounters, and Honeymoon Island State Park, a beach park with opportunities for swimming, fishing, and beachcombing. You could also visit the Florida Botanical Gardens, a cultivated garden with local and tropical plants and natural habitats.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Saint Petersburg vacation homes

Your St. Petersburg vacation rental will be swathed in a humid subtropical climate that makes springtime heavenly and summer a tad stormy. March through May is the most popular travel season, with lower rainfall, lots of sun, and highs in the 70s and 80s. June through November is hurricane season. Temps are hot and humid is high, but prices drop and the beaches are still inviting. The sun keeps shining in the Sunshine City through winter. Temperatures cool down to the 50s and 60s, and it'll be easier to spot a manatee.

Natural features

Saints alive! Saint Pete's is alive with watery wildlife

Set in an area that's more than 55% water and bordered by bayous and bays on three sides, your St. Petersburg vacation rental will be close to the wonders of wetland wildlife. On Riviera Bay lies Weedon Island Nature Preserve, 3,700 acres of aquatic and wetland ecosystems. You can sign up for a guided hike or spot turtles, lizards, and seabirds on your own as you stroll the boardwalks and kayak through the mangroves. The Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum gives you a glimpse of less marsh-y forms of plant life, 800 palm trees to be exact.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around St. Petersburg

Fly into Tampa Intl. Airport (TPA), the closest airport, located 16 mi (25.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into St. Petersburg-Clearwater Intl. Airport (PIE), which is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) away.

Food and drink

Regional cuisine in Saint Petersburg

Florida’s Gulf Coast has some of the best cuisine in the state, especially in Saint Petersburg. It combines the traditions of Tampa, such as smoked fish and Cuban food, with local ingredients and flavors for a unique culinary culture. Just visit a restaurant near your vacation rental to sample smoked mullet, schio ramen, white anchovy crostini, southern fried chicken, or any other Gulf Coast treat.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near St. Petersburg?

The heart wants what it wants, and right now it's craving a vacation. Now's the time to pack your suitcase and retreat to one of these top vacation rentals in or near St. Petersburg:

  • "Casa Dolphina” Privatetropical Paradise" is a guest favorite. Around 6 miles from St. Petersburg, it has 6 bedrooms and lots of useful amenities, including an outdoor pool and an iron and ironing board.
  • Another enticing choice is "Centrally Located Private Pool Home", which is around 25 miles from St. Petersburg. With 3 bedrooms, wheelchair accessibility and air conditioning, it has everything you need to keep you content and comfortable.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect St. Petersburg vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near St. Petersburg?

For an out-of-the-box experience, book one of Vrbo's tiny house rentals in St. Petersburg. A word of warning though — after you've stayed in a tiny house, the urge to downsize and move into one of these miniature digs will be tough to resist!

  • Look forward to a simpler way of life at "Just Exquisite Cozy New Studio. Enjoy "tiny House" Living Steps To The Beach". Amenities at this small wonder in Clearwater Beach include a hair dryer and a TV.
  • "Hidden Gem Tiny Home With Backyard Coolness" offers conveniences such as a garden and an oven. Located in St. Petersburg, you'll be able to live big in this small yet comfy property.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near St. Petersburg?

Escape from the daily grind at one of our weekend getaways in or near St. Petersburg. Whether you want to hang out with buddies or spend treasured time with your love, we'll have something to suit your needs. These top-rated options are hard to beat:

  • "Spacious Top Floor, Oceanfront 3 Bedroom Condo" is ideal for one or two days of R&R. It comes with useful amenities, such as a microwave oven and a TV, and is located around 16 miles to the northwest of St. Petersburg.
  • Alternatively, pack a few clothes into your suitcase and set out for "Beautiful Waterfront Two Balcony End Unit Beach Condo+4 Free Water Park Passes". This well-liked getaway is around 15 miles northwest of St. Petersburg and features nearby museums and a beach view.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around St. Petersburg?

Immerse yourself in the culture of St. Petersburg from the privacy and comfort of your own studio apartment. Whether you plan to relax on your own or live it up with a few friends, we'll help you find the ideal studio apartment in and around St. Petersburg:

  • Unpack your bags at "The Surf Cottage. Walk To Beach". Amenities including spa and beauty services and off-street parking options will help you feel at home here.
  • "Walk Out The Door And On To The Beach" is another great choice. Get comfy and take advantage of nearby birdwatching activities, internet services and more.

With the moolah you save on your studio apartment, you can afford to see even more of St. Petersburg. Cultural sights like Salvador Dali Museum and St. Pete's Historic Coliseum will help you get a feel for the personality of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near St. Petersburg?

Short-term rentals are plentiful in and around St. Petersburg. Kick back for a night or two in a luxury cabin, a studio apartment or a large home. Whatever sort of vacation rental you prefer, you'll have lots to choose from with Vrbo. These are some of our favorites:

  • Close to the heart of St. Petersburg, "The Surf Cottage. Walk To Beach" is ideal for a quick getaway. While you're about, make sure you get to leading attractions like Salvador Dali Museum and Tropicana Field.
  • Sleep, relax and explore from "Relax In This Salt Water Pool Home", another excellent option. Sunken Gardens and Museum of Fine Arts should be on your itinerary when it's time to see the sights.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near St. Petersburg?

Forget flowers and chocolates. Sometimes all you need is to take off for a weekend, just you and your honey. At Vrbo, we've got romantic getaways in and around St. Petersburg that would make even Cupid swoon. Here are some we think you'll fall in love with:

  • Located around 6 miles from St. Petersburg, "Casa Dolphina” Privatetropical Paradise" is an ideal place for doting couples. A nearby bay and beauty services are some of the amenities here.
  • Alternatively, spend a few blissful days sipping on bubbly and canoodling at "Centrally Located Private Pool Home", around 25 miles from St. Petersburg. Beach sun loungers and a restaurant dining guide will help set the scene for romance.

Are there mansions for rent in or near St. Petersburg?

You'll find some awesome mansions for rent in and around St. Petersburg. If you're in search of somewhere with ample room as well as a large dose of wow factor, these stunners will tick all your boxes:

  • Charm, elegance and oodles of character — "Bayside Paradise Mansion - Waterfront And Private Pool" has it all. Approximately 16 miles northwest of St. Petersburg and offering a swimming pool and a beach view, this place is difficult to beat.
  • With a swimming pool, golf and plenty of other high-end amenities, "Tierra Verde - St. Petersburg Waterfront Mansion Estate" will get your squad's nod of approval. This opulent retreat is around 9 miles to the southwest of St. Petersburg.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near St. Petersburg?

Take a look at these large group vacation rentals in or near St. Petersburg where you won't have to leave anyone off your guest list:

  • You'll have ample space to sprawl out at "Casa Dolphina” Privatetropical Paradise". Around 6 miles west of St. Petersburg, this impressive retreat has 6 bedrooms accommodating up to 12 guests. Quality amenities include a water park and a water view.
  • Nothing takes priority over hanging out with loved ones, and "Direct Beach Front - Pool Home" is the perfect place to do that. Located around 14 miles to the west of St. Petersburg, as many as 14 guests can stay in this vacation rental which has 6 bedrooms. A water view and a kitchen are among the numerous amenities at hand here.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near St. Petersburg?

Of all the amenities a vacation rental can offer, a pool is easily the most fun. Have a look at these houses for rent with a pool in or near St. Petersburg and spend your days splashing around. Just remember to take your inflatable unicorn:

  • Make yourself comfortable at "Treasure Island Beach House 200 Yards To Beach And Short Walk To John's Pass", where your top priority will be spending time in the pool. Amenities including a dishwasher and a kitchen help make this retreat a favorite with guests.
  • Otherwise, enjoy a more leisurely pace of life at "Best Social Distance Caladesi House". Along with an invigorating pool, you'll also have use of a dining table and nearby birdwatching activities.

St. Petersburg has a humid subtropical climate, with average summertime temperatures hovering between 80 ºF and 90 ºF. But there's no need to wait until summer to visit! Check out the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the perfect St. Petersburg vacation rental and plan your escape for whatever season you like.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near St. Petersburg?

Every family catch-up should be memorable. Whether you're planning some time away with the kids or a celebration with relatives, these large family vacation rentals in or near St. Petersburg offer a comfy home away from home with plenty of space for everyone:

  • Get your nearest and dearest together at "Casa Dolphina” Privatetropical Paradise", which has 6 bedrooms that sleep up to 12 guests. This retreat is located 6 miles to the west of St. Petersburg and comes with amenities such as a balcony and childrens activities.
  • "Spacious Top Floor, Oceanfront 3 Bedroom Condo" is another excellent option. It's about 16 miles to the northwest of St. Petersburg, has 3 bedrooms and accommodates up to 8 guests. Useful amenities here include towels and a dishwasher.

If you want to see some family-friendly attractions around the area, you won't have to go far. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Great Explorations Children's Museum and Beach Walk offer fun for young and old.

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