Sun and culture make St. Pete one of the most “underrated” U.S. vacation spots, report says

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It’s no surprise that St. Petersburg consistently makes the case for being the best Florida has to offer. Beyond the state, however, it is a different story.  

To outsiders, St. Pete always seems to struggle under the shadow of the more “popular” partner across Tampa Bay.

That runner-up approach could be why St. Pete was ranked fourth on the list of the Seven “Seven Underrated” Cities and Towns in the U.S., complied by vacation website

Others on the list were Lincoln, Nebraska and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Tunica, Mississippi, known as “The Vegas of the South,” came out on top.

There are many reasons “the Burg” is one the country’s most beautiful and best kept secrets, making it the perfect family vacation spot. They include access to some of America’s greatest beaches, as well as the regular sunshine and weather to enjoy those beaches year-round.

Beyond the sun and sand, culture and arts make this part of the Bay area special. St. Pete boasts several outstanding art collections, including the world-class Salvador Dali Museum. It is why the city is regularly ranked as one of the best mid-sized arts cities in the country.

With all that, it is no wonder why St. Pete is an excellent example of the “Sunshine State.” But we already knew that.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.