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This is the airport you'll be landing in when you visit the Sunshine State's cities of St. Petersburg (or "St. Pete" as the locals like to call it) and Clearwater, which with the city of Tampa constitute the region known as "the Tampa Bay Area" of Florida.
If you want to get the best out of this part of Florida, your best option is to arrange a hire car; it's great to have wheels of your own to travel out to see the wonderful sights and attractions.
As it happens, both cities acquired a somewhat unfortunate reputation in years gone by, which is thankfully now changing for the better. Clearwater, for its rather staid 1950's-style downtown area and for the fact that it became home to the Church of Scientology, and St. Petersburg, for its somewhat incompatible juxtaposition of hosting raucous college student spring-break parties while being the state's retirement capital.
Clearwater locals are highly ambivalent about the concentration of Scientologists in their city and most resolutely don't want it to be defined by that somewhat eccentric feature. Like Tampa, Clearwater and its lovely beach hold the enviable record of enjoying 361 days per year of continuous sunshine (check it out in The Guinness Book of Records).
The beach area is exceptionally lively, especially in the summer months when it fills with sun-worshipping extended families and coeds, but it's blessed with talcum-white sand and glorious turquoise sea that simply beseeches you to come in and take a dip. The beach is heavily peppered with lively bars, hotels and seafood snack huts, especially near the area known as Pier 60. Every evening as the sun sets, the day's end is celebrated at Pier 60 with a veritable carnival of musicians, magicians and other performers.
If you'd prefer a quieter and less populous beach to chill, try the family-friendly 65-acre Sand Key Park and Beach (but bring your own lunch - the snacks that adorned Clearwater Beach are not to be found here).
One of the best ways of seeing the natural beauties St. Petersburg has to offer is to take the enchanting St. Petersburg Segway Nature Tour; a knowledgeable guide escorts small groups of visitors though the area's natural treasures. Gaze at manatees and dolphins in the sparkling sea, as you move along the Tampa Bay seawall and enjoy the flamingos, koi-filled ponds and bounteous orchids in the exotic Sunken Gardens.
The hire car you arranged at the start of your stay will, you'll discover, be worth every penny.