Leisure activities reign supreme in St. Petersburg, but newcomers can rest assured that the city means business, too. Affectionately known as St. Pete, area leaders have stepped up in recent decades to both preserve the city’s historic significance, while also bringing new, exciting features to this popular destination for tourists and residents alike. In fact, the city’s Integrated Sustainability Action Plan is dedicated entirely to achieving 100 percent clean energy, while also keeping homes and businesses up to standard to protect them from Mother Nature’s occasional wrath. Most of the time, the sun shines brightly on St. Pete, to the tune of 361 days per year! With an average temperature of 73.7 degrees, it's easy to see why it earned the nickname “Sunshine City.” St. Petersburg homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $289,400. Homes for sale in St. Petersburg can be found in neighborhoods like Historic Roser Park, the area’s very first established historic district, as well as the close-knit, socially active community of Euclid St. Paul’s.

St. Pete is a peninsula that juts off the western side of Florida, just outside Tampa. The city boasts 244 miles worth of shore, including beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, Boca Ciega Bay and other intracoastal waterways. All this water access has led St. Pete to be a booming hub of watersports, particularly among boaters and sailors. Not surprisingly, it’s home to the southeast’s largest city marina, the St. Petersburg Marina. St. Pete is also beloved for its pristine beaches. Many neighborhoods have direct access, plus there’s plenty of public beaches to choose from. Locals also love to hit any of the nine golf courses, dozens of tennis courts or well-tended dog parks, Fido in tow. The 37-mile-long biking and hiking trail, The Pinellas Trails, is a much-traversed stretch and the longest “urban linear trail” in the Eastern United States.

As well-known as St. Pete is for maritime activities, it is just as renowned for its art community. Its impressive roster of galleries and museums include the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of History, The Chihuly Collection, The Morean Arts Center and many more. Performing arts enthusiasts will especially appreciate access to world-class shows, such as those put on by the Florida Orchestra, St. Petersburg Opera and a variety of local companies.

Sports lovers are also sure to stay busy. St. Pete’s was actually the first site of Major League Baseball Spring Training when teams began to travel for the purpose in 1914. Today, the Tampa Bay Rays make their home at Tropicana Field in St. Pete, and the city hosts an impressive array of yacht races, triathlons, cycling events and other athletic experiences year-round.