This week’s installment of our Florida Cruising Guide features St. Petersburg.
If you think that Saint Petersburg is just a boring area for retirees, think again! That may have been the case a decade or so ago, but as the saying goes, “this is not your father’s St. Petersburg.”
Bermuda shorts with black knee socks and shuffle board courts, have now been replaced with Formula One racing, world class art and cultural festivals, and a downtown and waterfront that rivals any in Florida!
Navigation and Nautical Details
According to US Harbors, St. Petersburg, is a large resort city, on the West side of Tampa Bay, six miles south of the Gandy Bridge. The Point Pinellas channel extends north for about 5.5 miles from deep water in lower Tampa Bay to an entrance channel leading west to basins at the Port of St. Petersburg and Bayboro Harbor. In 2008, the controlling depths were 19 feet in Point Pinellas channel, thence 21 feet in the entrance channel to the turning basin at the Port of St. Petersburg with depths of 21 to 23 feet in the basin, except for shoaling in the SE corner near Light 10, thence 15 feet to the basin at Bayboro Harbor with 10 to 12 feet available in the basin, except for lesser depths along the S edge.
The Port of St. Petersburg, the deepest and southernmost basin along the city waterfront, is about 500 yards long and 400 yards wide. The Port of St. Petersburg Wharf, along the N side of the basin, provides about 1,500 feet of berthing space. The wharf is used for the receipt and shipment of general cargo, mega-yachts and mooring of cruise vessels.
Dockage and Marinas
Northward along the St. Petersburg waterfront from the ship basin are the Municipal Pier and three yacht basins. There are hundreds of slips in the downtown area. Day cruisers can usually find transient dockage during off periods, however, waiting lists may be long for a permanent slip. Anyone hoping for even a short term stay during weekends and holidays should reserve well in advance.
Activities On and Offshore
During any given weekend, particularly during “season,” (November- March) there is something going on in St. Petersburg. The waterfront city is surrounded by nearly 140 beautiful parks and preserves and many fine art museums. There are numerous family friendly attractions, plus a wide range of restaurants and exciting night life.
Recommended sights to see on a visit by yacht to “St Pete,” include: The Pier, the Museum of Fine arts, taking in an event at the Mahaffey Theatre, the Salvador Dali Museum, visiting the unique Sunken Gardens, or enjoying a pro ballgame at Tropicana Field.
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