St. Petersburg, Florida, offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and romantic moments that make it an ideal destination for couples seeking a reprieve from the norm. From its pristine beaches, stunning sorbet colored sunsets to its vibrant art scene and outdoor activities, St. Petersburg provides the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.
Basque in the Elegance of The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
With a history that dates to 1925, The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club is the perfect blend of old Florida glamour and modern elegance. With Mediterranean Revival architecture and luxurious accommodations, you will fall in love with the soft color palettes and tranquil waterfront location in downtown St. Petersburg, where time seems to slow down, the colors seem just a little brighter and the sea breeze just a little more calming.
The property features a gorgeous pool area, spa, tennis courts, and golf course, while shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums are just a short walking distance away. All rooms feature luxurious amenities such as Nespresso coffee makers, marble baths with walk-in rain showers, lighted makeup mirrors, Harry Josh blow dryers and Ortigia bath products. Whether you are enjoying a couples’ massage, sipping signature cocktails on the verandah or lounging poolside, The Vinoy provides an enchanting setting for a romantic escape.
Exceptional Dining Experiences
St. Petersburg offers a variety of dining options, providing a romantic setting for a memorable meal. Whether you prefer a fine dining experience or a casual beachside café, you can indulge in a variety of delicious cuisines while enjoying picturesque views of the marinas, waterfronts, and sunsets.
If you crave Mediterranean inspired small plates, with a hefty wine list, head to Allelo. With 500 labels on the wine list and 1,200 bottles in the cellar, you will be sure to find the perfect pairing. For a truly exceptional experience, head to award-winning The Black Pearl in nearby Dunedin, with 12 cozy tables and Chef Christopher Artrip turning out artful dishes like white truffle lobster risotto and Chilean Sea Bass Lyonnaise. The French American cuisine is perfectly paired with an elaborate wine list from Head Sommelier Adam Paul.
Walk Hand in Hand and Explore Downtown St Pete’s
The St. Pete’s Pier spans 26 acres of trails, shops, restaurants, public art, and recreation areas on the waterfront. Walk hand in hand while taking in the sights and sounds- maybe a concert at the Mahaffey Theater, or checking out the extensive collection at the Museum of Fine Arts. Try to catch a sunset in St. Petersburg, Florida, as they are truly stunning.
Whether you choose to watch the sun sink below the horizon from the beach, a waterfront park, or a rooftop bar, the vibrant colors and tranquil atmosphere create a picturesque romantic ambiance. Watch as the sky transforms into a canvas of oranges, pinks, and purples, and the sun’s warm glow reflects off the calm waters. After dark, don’t miss the St. Pete’s Pier Bending Arc by artist Janet Echelman. Made up of 1,662,528 knots and 180 miles of twine, the constantly changing sculpture is a symbol of embracing change.
Explore Art and Culture
St. Pete’s has been mentioned as one of the top U.S. cities with a “big time art scenes”. Between the museums, galleries, studios, performance arts and over 200+ murals, St. Pete’s is the perfect getaway for those that appreciate art and culture.
The city is home to the renowned Salvador Dalí Museum, which houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside of Spain. You can explore the museum’s surreal exhibits together and immerse yourselves in the artist’s fascinating world. Don’t miss the Dalí Alive 360° immersive experience, which celebrates the life of Salvador Dalí with a 360-degree multi-sensory art experience inside of The Dalí Dome.
The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned American glass artist Dale Chihuly’s vibrantly unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot gallery. Chihuly’s art appears in over 400 permanent collections all over the world, including in Canada, England, Israel, China, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia. Known as a pioneer in studio glass, Chihuly
For a bit of whimsy, head to the Warehouse Arts District and Fairgrounds St. Pete to explore immersive art and technology in the theme of a kitschy Florida Motel with work by 60 different acclaimed artists from Florida and around the globe. Opened in September 2021, the 15,000 square foot venue is the perfect place to be playful and encounter surprises in every room while exploring The Temple of Cosmic Balance, Sunnymooners Suite or the Electric Sky Lounge.
Gorgeous Beaches & Outdoor Activities
St. Petersburg, Florida, is famous for its 35 miles of stunning beaches that boast powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. Whether you visit popular St. Pete Beach, serene Fort De Soto Park, or Clearwater Beach, you and your partner can enjoy romantic walks along the shore, sunbathe on the soft sand, and take in dazzling sunsets. The gentle waves and warm weather make it a perfect destination for swimming, paddleboarding, or simply relaxing under the sun.
St. Petersburg offers a range of outdoor activities for couples seeking adventure and connection with nature. You can rent bicycles and explore the scenic Pinellas Trail, which stretches for miles through lush greenery and charming neighborhoods. For a more leisurely experience, you can take a romantic sunset boat tour, kayak through mangrove tunnels, or go dolphin-watching. Whether you’re hiking in a nature preserve, birdwatching, or enjoying a picnic in one of the city’s beautiful parks, St. Petersburg provides ample opportunities to connect with your partner while surrounded by natural beauty.
Kimberly Fisher is a Pursuitist contributor. As a freelance writer and on-camera host, Kimberly has traveled the world and has published over 400 articles in over 44 publications including Sherman's Travel, Huffington Post, JustLuxe, Luxury Lifestyles UK, eHow, Examiner, Food Wine Travel Magazine, Luxe Beat, NiteGuide, Ocean View, and USA Today. Disclosure: Kimberly is under contract with Casa Del Sol.