The following day in St Pete began off good and gradual. We’d spent the previous couple of days traipsing throughout Clearwater and St Pete (together with the pure magnificence that’s Caladesi Island) nearly continuous, that I realised we hadn’t even taken a second to get pleasure from a few of what this a part of Florida is legendary for – its wonderful seashores!
The day began off with a champagne brunch on the Don Cesar (which was the proper excuse for an extended lie-in).
We went for breakfast tacos…
Corned beef hash (with a facet salad to assuage any guilt. 😄)
Cinnamon roll in a sea of deliciously gooey (and piping scorching) caramel sauce…
… and metal reduce oats.
It was all so scrumptious and precisely what we wanted. I don’t assume I even absolutely realised how my over-eagerness to discover had formed the previous couple of days and the way we hadn’t taken time to decelerate.
There was one factor we needed to do although, partly as a result of we had booked it upfront however principally as a result of it promised to be the most effective views we’d had in St Pete up to now.
Mentioned factor was a helicopter battle over St Pete and with that, we hopped right into a taxi and made our approach over to the Albert Whitted airport (it’s a comparatively small airport) the place we might be hopping aboard our helicopter with Tampa Bay Aviation.
Seeing St Pete from above is such a unique expertise of the place and really exhibits you the way expansive it’s.
On day, you may also see manatees and dolphins from up right here (we didn’t on that day).
My favorite half, nevertheless, was as soon as we obtained to St Pete Seaside, the place you’ll be able to see that stretch of seemingly unending white sandy seashore!
I used to be so distracted by the seashore that it took me a second to grasp we had been flying proper previous the Don Cesar (our resort). It was additionally, funnily sufficient, the primary time I’d really seen the seashore on the resort. I simply realised that I hadn’t really been on it since we arrived and made a psychological observe to alter that.
Again on land, we determined it was most likely price testing the Dali Museum. It was just about subsequent door to the airport anyway and to be sincere, I used to be intrigued to see what lay inside its partitions.
The Dali museum itself is one thing of an architectural masterpiece.
My favorite bit (which might be most individuals’s too) is the winding staircase. It’s simply such a magnificence to have a look at.
And that’s earlier than you get into the artwork…
The museum is a curation of items by Dali and his good friend/modern René Magritte.
It’s an excellent assortment of surrealism work and sculptures and is such an excellent technique to spend a day.
There are additionally interactive items in right here in addition to shows from different, extra modern artists however suffice to say, while you’re in St Pete, it’s undoubtedly price checking this place out.
And with that, we determined it was time for the seashore!
And boy did we seashore it up! It was simply so good to lastly take a while to only really feel the sand between your toes, cool off with these waves gently lapping the shore and usually simply chill out.
All plans for lunch went rapidly out of the window as we transition from the seashore over one of many swimming pools on the Don Cesar for a bit to eat.
And sure, I obtained buffalo wings once more (boneless this time – which I’m undecided if I’m into simply but, I fairly just like the faff that comes with consuming correct rooster wings). We additionally obtained nachos to share together with some icy cocktails.
Because the solar set, we took our cocktail consuming selves over to the Stage 11 Rooftop Bar and carried on as we had that afternoon with just a few extra frozen cocktails. (Suffice to say, the automobile was safely stowed away with the valet again on the resort – the Uber experience right here was like all of 5 minutes or so).
The view from the bar up right here over the seashore is fairly candy!
Dinner had us at one of many solely revolving eating places left within the US (and I feel the one one left in Florida) – Spinners (sat atop the Grand Plaza Resort).
It’s a wierd sensation consuming in a revolving restaurant. I don’t know what I used to be anticipating – maybe that it could be like a rollercoaster experience but it surely turned out to be an nearly imperceptible motion.
The one factor you’d discover on occasion was that your view had modified. It was enjoyable watching the storm roll in from all angles up right here – and sure, it did rain loads that night time however you wouldn’t have been in a position to guess from all of the sunshine the very subsequent morning.
The following day, seeing because it was our final morning in St Pete, we determined to take it straightforward and seize a few bikes (you will get them free of charge while you’re staying on the Don Cesar) and head off biking across the native neighbourhood.
It’s been so lengthy since I’d really been on a bicycle that I’d forgotten how a lot I liked biking. Prefer it’s the one type of train I do know I may fortunately do for hours on finish. (Until it’s uphill, by which case, I’d most likely faucet out of that problem 😄).
The entire space round St Pete is definitely fairly charming and earlier than you knew it, it was nearly time to move over to the airport. With that, we docked our bikes again on the Don Cesar, picked up our automobile and baggage and made our approach over to the airport.
Effectively, really, we had been on account of make our approach over to the airport after we keep in mind a spot a number of folks had really helpful to us. It was a brand new Cuban restaurant on the town known as Bodega and by no means one to overlook out on alternative to eat (addled with the truth that all we might have after that might be aeroplane meals), we determined to cease in at Bodega.
Now, you keep in mind this restaurant right here with that incredible lunch? You may also keep in mind how I mentioned that it was the perfect meal we’d had up to now in St Pete – effectively, Bodega is the opposite place I discussed which rivalled that. Like they’d each be in my high 2 locations to eat in St Pete (joint 1st place).
The meals was so good and was harking back to spicy, contemporary and totally scrumptious Nigerian meals I had rising up! It was AMAZING!!!
We each had the identical factor – rooster butterflied and grilled, rice, beans, avocado and fried plantains (*my primary favorite meal on the planet – prefer it’s the one factor I may eat all day each day and by no means get tired of). Every thing was simply sooooooo scrumptious!
The smoothies listed below are additionally price stopping in for. They’re a number of the finest ever. Humorous, penning this now, I keep in mind somebody saying the identical factor to me and I used to be left pondering “How nice can a smoothie be – it’s only a smoothie!”.
Seems, fairly nice! They’re all ready contemporary in entrance of and I don’t know what they try this’s completely different but it surely’s simply sooooo good!
To keep away from being late for the airport, we obtained ourselves dessert to go (scrumptious freshly made cookies) and with that, it was time to bide St Pete farewell.
St Pete and Clearwater had simply been precisely what we wanted – a revitalising vacation within the solar full of plenty of nice meals and I genuinely can’t wait to return eat and drink my approach by way of this totally attractive a part of Florida!