Lovely Vinoy Park in Saint Petersburg

On the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida is the beautiful Vinoy Park with tall banyan trees, lively outdoor cafes, iconic museums and the historic Vinoy hotel overlooking Tampa Bay. We spent the day strolling around this gorgeous area.

Giant banyan tree in Vinoy Park

Giant banyan tree in Vinoy Park

It's mostly street parking along Bayshore Drive, but you will also see some parking garages around the corners as well. Some restaurants offer valet service. Make sure you have some cash/coins with you for those parking meters.

EXPRESS TOP / JOHANSEN CAMERA BAG 

EXPRESS TOP / JOHANSEN CAMERA BAG 

CALIFORNIA MOONRISE PALAZZO PANTS 

CALIFORNIA MOONRISE PALAZZO PANTS 

We spent time strolling in the park under the grand banyan trees. Some people were climbing these trees to get a cool picture, but we decided not to since I'm the biggest klutz and hurt myself anytime I try to do anything adventurous.

The historic Vinoy Hotel

The historic Vinoy Hotel

We made our way towards the Vinoy Hotel to cool down and explore a bit. We have stayed here once before and I highly recommend anyone visiting St. Petersburg to stay at this hotel because their customer service is top notch! Just note that this hotel is said to be haunted (although we never experienced any ghost encounters).

Vinoy Hotel lobby

Vinoy Hotel lobby

The Vinoy Hotel, built in 1926, has a stunning lobby area with an indoor and outdoor bar with lounge areas designed like you're in a library.

Vinoy Hotel lounge area

Vinoy Hotel lounge area

A few blocks away is an awesome upscale grocery market called Locale Market. There is a little grocery store, ice cream shop, meat department, pasta station, bakery, fresh juices, sandwiches, soups, salads, chocolates, wine and more! There's just so much in one place.

Locale Market

Locale Market

Downstairs is the grocery area with different food stations and upstairs is the chocolate and wine selection with the Farmtable Kitchen restaurant and bar.

Farmtable Kitchen at Locale Market

Farmtable Kitchen at Locale Market

For lunch, we ate at Cassis American Brasserie. The restaurant was gorgeous and the food was fantastic, but the service was a little off. We're pretty sure our server was a little high on something or he was just really sleepy. The host and server just acted really odd the entire time and it was both uncomfortable and entertaining.

Cassis American Brasserie

Cassis American Brasserie

In the evening, we walked around the park and the marina to take in the scenic view of the bay. We stopped by Bella Brava for some appetizers and drinks and everything was incredible! Make sure you get the Bella Bruschetta. The sweet, fresh tomatoes are to die for!

TOBI BLACK CULOTTE JUMPSUIT 

TOBI BLACK CULOTTE JUMPSUIT 

THE DAYZ TOKYO WHITE JUMPSUIT

THE DAYZ TOKYO WHITE JUMPSUIT

Wish we could have made it to The Canopy rooftop bar too, but it started raining, so we had to call it a night. It's a beautifully decorated bar with stunning views of the bay.

We absolutely loved our time at Vinoy Park and will be sure to make more frequent visits. We'd like to check out the Dali and Chihuly museum and try out more restaurants in the area. There's just so much to choose from!

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