429 Million Wasted Vacation Days Something To ‘Beach’ About

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:08am

St.Pete/Clearwater (Dec. 30, 2014) - Lose 20 pounds? Spend more time with family? Learn a foreign language? All noble, lofty goals for 2015, but we've got one that's obtainable and fun: Use all your vacation days.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, American workers are wasting 429 million vacation days---a staggering 1.1. million years of time---every year. Because of that, we're encouraging you to make 2015 your best year yet by spending 3.2 days, the average time wasted per person, in St. Pete/Clearwater.

To get you started, we've created a specific 3.2-day itinerary for an unforgettable visit.

DAY 1
Get Surreal at the Dali Museum | Experience a world-class exclusive exhibit with "Picasso / Dali, Dali / Picasso" in downtown St. Pete.
Taste the Craft Beer Trail | After checking out St. Pete's art scene, hit a handful of our 15 craft local craft breweries that call St. Pete home, like 3 Daughters Brewing, Cycle Brewing, Green Bench Brewing Co. or St. Pete Brewing Co.
Indulge at Locale Market | The Gulf Coast's newest culinary destination dreamed up by Chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona gives your senses a delicious taste of local offerings.

DAY 2
Dive Into Tarpon Springs | Go to Greece without actually flying around the world. Hop aboard a boat to watch sponges harvested from underwater and indulge in authentic Greek cuisine.
Kayak Honeymoon/Caladesi Island State Parks | Soak in nature and the untouched beauty of Florida's most popular state park, Honeymoon Island, from the water on your way to Caladesi.

DAY 3
Sky Surfing | Get a once-in-a-lifetime perspective as you fly above our 35 miles of beaches aboard this ultra light hang glider.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium | Hang out with inspirational movie star "Winter" the dolphin at this operating marine hospital.

DAY 3.2 (estimated to be about eight hours)
Find your favorite beach bar | Here are some good options...
Kick back & relax | Toes in the sand and a cold drink in your hand.

Of course, these are just some suggestions on how to spend 3.2 days in St. Pete/Clearwater.

Whether your vacation mirrors that or not, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater wishes you well in 2015 and encourages you to help put an end to the wasted vacation time epidemic and enjoy at least 3.2 days in our destination.