Make us your home page
Instagram

New York Times writes '36 Hours' on St. Pete Beach. Did they get it right?

You've only got a day and a half to visit the stretch of Pinellas County beaches from Fort De Soto to Madeira Beach. What should you do?

According to the latest entry in the New York Times' "36 Hours" travel series headlined "36 Hours in St. Pete Beach, Fla. (and Environs)," the trails, fishing and "lazing" on the sand at Fort De Soto Park are a must. So is a visit to the John's Pass Village and Boardwalk and the Merry Pier in Pass-a-Grille.

They would recommend a stay the Gatsby-esque Don CeSar, that pink palace that opened in 1928, or the recently opened Hotel Zamora. Both beautiful, solid choices (and both likely to run you at least $259 a night, possibly hundreds more, especially for the Don CeSar, on weekends).

A local, perhaps, might point you toward a less expensive stay at the multitude of less glamorous, but perfectly beach-serviceable lodging nearby (the Thunderbird in Treasure Island, and the St. Pete Beach Suites, aka "the old Dolphin Motel," come to mind).

But there will always be nitpicking from locals when it comes to non-locals writing about their territory.

One online commenter pointed out the omission of the iconic Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish. The story points people toward Sea Critters Cafe in Pass-A-Grille, Sea Porch Cafe in St. Pete Beach and Island Grille & Raw Bar in Tierra Verde.

Sure, the recommendations of blackened grouper and gulf snapper will ring true for locals, but lobster bisque? Where's the stone crab, or gator, or even some local clams?

And where's the beer?

Few will disagree with the writer's assertion that Jimmy B's Beach Bar is a great spot for a ridiculously big, ridiculously-named cocktail of extreme fruitiness and a side of (possibly sloshed) people watching (though no Caddy's? No Undertow? Really?), but Tampa Bay is a paradise of craft beer, even at the beach. What about Mastry's Brewing Co. or Mad Beach Brewing?

Non-local eyes do have their advantages, though. People around here might normally avoid the touristy shops at John's Pass Village altogether, but the story points out the quirky Treehouse Puppets & Treasures hidden among T-shirt spots there.

Sweet Brewnette, the cool, retro, women-owned coffee shop in Madeira Beach that might not be on locals' radar yet also gets a shout out. And did you even know there was a Gulf Beaches Historical Museum in Pass-a-Grille? Now you do.

Did they miss one of your favorite spots by the beach? Let us know in the comments.

New York Times writes '36 Hours' on St. Pete Beach. Did they get it right? 03/16/17 [Last modified: Friday, March 17, 2017 12:57am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 5 things to do under $5: Type artists, shuffleboard, toy train show, Wildflower Walk

    Events

    1 Letterheads Typefest: The muralists who run Illsol Space, a gallery in Tampa Heights, said their respect for handmade fonts and sign painting techniques moved them to curate this exhibit featuring type-based muralists, hand-style lettering designers, sign painters, letterpress studios and type designers. …

    Colm O’Connor, a Dublin sign writer, is among the 22 artists featured in the Letterheads Typefest exhibit at the Illsol Space gallery.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 23

    Events

    The Art of the Brick: An elaborate display of more than 100 pieces of Lego artwork including the life sized sculpture of a man ripping open his chest, a 20-foot-long T. rex skeleton, a giant skull and replicas of famous works including Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night and Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona …

    Nathan Sawaya with a sculpture from his The Art of the Brick exhibition coming to Tampa June 23- Sept. 4. It will be open for free Wednesdays through Sundays,  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 802 E Whiting Street, Tampa. No tickets are required.[Courtesy  of the Art of the Brick]
  3. I give you a fish, you give me back my man

    Blogs

    The B-52s are a band with such a distinct visual look that you could tell it was them with just a glimpse of a picture. But was it always beehives and bright clothes for the hipsters from Athens? You can find the different looks of the B-52s in their video for the irresistible Give Me Back My Man.

  4. Joss Whedon's ex-wife accuses him of cheating, being 'hypocrite preaching feminist ideals'

    Celebrities

    Joss Whedon made his name directing cult television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and big-budget action movies, which often featured women in empowering roles. Many applauded him for being a champion of women, a feminist in an industry accused of misogyny and sexism.

    Joss Whedon at the screening of "Much Ado About Nothing" in 2014. Whedon's ex-wife Kai Cole alleged in an essay published by The Wrap on Sunday that Whedon had multiple affairs during their 16-year marriage. (Associated Press)
  5. For James Blunt, life is still 'Beautiful,' especially on tour with Ed Sheeran

    Music & Concerts

    Here's how much You're Beautiful still weighs on James Blunt: He specifically references his biggest hit twice on his new album, The Afterlove.

    ISCHGL, AUSTRIA - NOVEMBER 29:  James Blunt performs live on stage during the ‘Top Of The Mountain Concert’ on November 29, 2014 in Ischgl, Austria.  (Photo by Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)