Sunny days in St. Pete Beach, Florida … – Only hand luggage
The next day in St. Pete started well and slowly. We had spent the last few days almost uninterruptedly on Clearwater and St. Pete (including the natural beauty of Caladesi Island), and I realized that we did not even need a moment to enjoy something of this part of Florida famous for – its beautiful beaches!
The day started with a champagne brunch at Don Cesar (the perfect excuse for a long dip).
We went for breakfast tacos …
Corned beef hash (with a side salad to alleviate guilt.)
Cinnamon bun in a sea of delicious checkered (and hot) caramel sauce …
… and cut oatmeal.
Everything was so delicious and exactly what we needed. I do not think I even understood how my exploration drive had shaped the last few days and how we had not taken the time to slow down.
However, there was one thing we had to do, partly because we had booked it in advance, but mainly because it promised to be one of the best views we have had in St. Pete so far.
We said it was a helicopter fight over St. Pete, so we boarded a taxi and headed to Albert Whitted Airport (a relatively small airport), where we boarded our helicopter with Tampa Bay Aviation.
Seeing St. Pete from above is a totally different experience of the place and really shows you how sprawling it is.
On a good day, you can also see manatees and dolphins from up here (we did not make any that day).
However, my favorite part was once in St. Pete Beach, where you can see the seemingly endless white sand beach!
I was so distracted from the beach that it took me a moment to realize we were flying past Don Cesar (our hotel). It was also funny that for the first time I saw the beach of the hotel. I just realized that I had not attended since we arrived and decided to change that.
Back ashore, we decided to visit the Dali Museum. It was pretty close to the airport anyway, and to be honest, I was curious to see what lay in its walls.
The Dali Museum itself is something of an architectural masterpiece.
My favorite piece (which most people probably are) is the winding staircase. It's just so nice to look at.
And that's before you get into the art …
The museum is a curator of pieces by Dali and his friend / contemporary René Magritte.
It is a brilliant collection of Surrealism paintings and sculptures and is an excellent way to spend an afternoon.
There are also interactive plays as well as displays from other, more contemporary artists, but suffice it to say that if you are in St. Pete, it is definitely worth to take a look at this place.
And so we decided on the beach!
And boy, we took it to the beach! It was just so nice to finally take some time to feel the sand between your toes, to cool off, as the waves gently wash around the shore and in general just relax.
All the plans for lunch quickly came out the window as we walked from the beach to one of the pools on Don Cesar.
And yes, I've got buffalo wings again (this time without bones – which I'm not sure if I do not like it yet, I like the faffa that comes with eating proper chicken wings). We also shared nachos with icy cocktails.
As the sun went down, we drank our cocktail in the rooftop bar on level 11 and continued like this afternoon with some frozen cocktails. (Suffice it to say, the car was safely stowed away with the valet in the hotel – the crossing was like every 5 minutes or so).
The view from the bar up here over the beach is pretty cute!
We had dinner in one of the only revolving restaurants in the US (and I think the only one in Florida) – Spinners (sat at the Grand Plaza Hotel).
It is a strange feeling to eat in a revolving restaurant. I have no idea what I expected – maybe it would be like a roller coaster ride, but it turned out to be an almost imperceptible move.
The only thing you noticed time and again was that your view had changed. It was fun to watch the storm from all sides up here – and yes, it rained a lot that night, but the next morning you could not have guessed it in all the sunshine.
The next day, as it was our last morning in St. Pete, we decided to take some rest and take some bicycles (you can get them for free when you're in Don Cesar) and cycle around the hotel local Neighborhood.
It's been so long since I actually cycled, that I had forgotten how much I loved cycling. As if it was the only form of movement I know I could make her happy for hours. (If it does not go uphill, I would probably knock that challenge out.)
The whole area around St. Pete is actually very charming and before you knew it, it was almost time to drive to the airport. So we put our bikes back on Don Cesar, picked up our car and luggage and made our way to the airport.
Well, actually we should make our way to the airport if we remember a place that several people had recommended to us. It was a new Cuban restaurant called Bodega in town, and there was never a chance to miss a good opportunity to miss (in addition to the fact that everything we had afterwards would be airplane food), we decided to stop by in Bodega.
Do you remember this restaurant here with this amazing lunch? You may also remember, as I said, that it was the best meal we have eaten in St. Pete so far. Well, Bodega is the other place I mentioned that he is competing with. As if they were both in my top 2 restaurants in St. Pete (Joint 1st Space).
The food was so good and reminiscent of spicy, fresh and absolutely delicious Nigerian dishes I grew up with! It was wonderful!!!
We both had the same – chicken butterfly and grilled meats, rice, beans, avocado and fried plantains (* my favorite meal in the world – as if it was the only thing I could eat all day every day and never get bored). Everything was sooooo delicious!
The smoothies here are also worth a visit. They are some of the best ever. Funny, I write that now, I remember someone saying the same thing to me, and I thought, "How cool can a smoothie be – it's just a smoothie!".
It turns out, pretty good! They are all freshly prepared and I have no idea what they are doing, but it is just sooooo good!
In order not to be late for the airport, we had dinner (delicious, freshly made biscuits) and it was time to say goodbye to St. Pete.
St. Pete and Clearwater were just what we needed – a relaxing holiday in the sun filled with great food, and I can not wait to eat and drink through this beautiful part of Florida!