The large county of Pinellas is home to several cities that boast rich treasures, including the largest artificial reef in the country, and home to more than 50 golf courses. This makes for several productive hours if you love the outdoors. Pinellas County’s seat is Clearwater, and its largest city is St. Petersburg.
Home to several notable landmarks including Caladesi Island, Clearwater Beach and Fort De Soto Park, the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is a stone’s throw away from Tampa Airport. And there’s more to the area than meets the eye. Here are a few little known facts about the area.
St. Petersburg: The birthplace of Wikipedia, spring training, Home Shopping Network and commercial aviation…who knew? It also holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most consecutive days of sunshine at 768, so you cannot complain of the lack of sunny days here (hence, a perfect destination if you’re a beach lover, no?). The St. Pete/Clearwater beaches have both made it to Dr. Beach’s list of best beaches in the world. The best sand on the east coast is a distinction that belongs to Clearwater Beach, according to a Conde Nast Traveller rating.
Dunedin: A city in Pinellas County, Dunedin has a rich Scottish Heritage. It hosts the annual Highland Games, and is home to several beaches including Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, and Caladesi Island State Park. Caladesi also has the distinction of being on the best beaches in the world. It also is home to Dunedin Brewery, the state’s oldest microbrewery.
Tarpon Springs: Another Pinellas County city, Tarpon Springs is very famous for its sponges and is the Sponge Capital of the World. It also has the largest Greek population of any city in the country. The city has several ceremonies related to the Greek Orthodox Church.
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