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  •  Many Floridians don't even know about downtown (5+ / 0-)
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    St. Pete. I grew up in VA, but visiting the area to see my dad's mom. I only knew the area as a place where folks went to die. But after moving there in 2008 from Mountain View, CA (the bucolic town where Goggle is based), I was amazed to find this gem. It is so scenic carriages ply the old cobble-stone paved neighborhood. The original curbs are all granite. The bay views are lovely.

    A mile south is the new Dali Museum, one of the most interesting I've ever been in with the largest collection of Dali's masterworks outside of Spain.

    Spurring east off Beach is Central Avenue, home to a wonderful Saturday AM farmer's market where vehicle traffic is shut down. On the 1st Friday of every month, they close it off to cars for a monthly party with lots of live music. Central is home to all the Bohemian haunts of St. Pete, divert food joints and the like.

    You'll hear some people talk about Ybor City in neighboring Tampa as a place to hang out. Its the old cigar district. But if you ask me, that's a filthy pit with obnoxious drunks kids, aggressive cops, commercialized pocked mocked by tatoo parlors and hukahs bars....and I'm not talking about the groovy ones.

    No, downtown St. Pete is the place. And drive due east on Central and you'll run smack dab into Treasure Island on the Gulf Coast with sparkling beaches in less than 15 minutes.

    To stay in St. Pete, chose one of the old independent hotels or one of the many B&Bs in the "Old Northeast" neighborhood that anchors St. Pete and starts a block from downtown.

    I'm just Double Tapped the hell out.

    by pajoly on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 08:40:08 AM PDT

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