Downtown St Petersburg, Florida. Vinoy Park on Beach Drive North East.
Every day this lush park is full of locals who call this beautiful side of St. Pete home. At daybreak, many local artists come to paint or photograph the morning light. Yoga classes are taught at 9am. At lunch time, the park fills with the lunch crowd who use the needed break to take in the salt air. Between 2-4pm the neighborhood regulars gather to watch the dolphins come to feed along the seawall and provide quite a show as they dance in the waves. We all know Tony who arrives each day at 5:30pm to hand feed each of the park squirrels one peanut. He has taken the time to name each and every one.
Far away from the tourists that clutter the gulf coast, the bay is our coast. We enjoy the sunrise and see the sunsets reflection in the clouds over the Tampa Bay. After dark the trees in the parks are lit with small bulbs that cast a romantic glow along the walkways. Some of St. Pete’s best restaurants line Beach Drive as do great coffee shops, upscale bars, tea rooms and unique boutiques.
We are home to MLB players, IndyCar drivers, actors, NFL players and USF students. From art galleries and high rise apartments to the Saturday Market full of locally grown organic produce and the open park-lined bay views, it’s the heart of our city. And it’s only getting better.