The New York Times, Delta Sky List St. Pete As Top Place to Visit in World

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 3:54pm

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (May 1, 2014) - Affirming the area's growing reputation as a top international destination, The New York Times listed St. Petersburg in its ranking of Top 52 Best Places to Visit in 2014 - in the company of the world's most "vibrant cities and spectacular coastlines, unexpected spots and new attractions."

Also taking notice of St. Pete is Sky Magazine, Delta’s official in-flight magazine. Sky ranked St. Pete in its Top 10 destinations from around the globe, praising its “impressive array of arts-focused institutions, all situated on the bay in the city’s cozy, pedestrian-friendly downtown,” ahead of Amsterdam, Calgary and Belize. Sky has a circulation of more than 7 million.

The New York Times’ global round-up appeared in both the national and global travel editions, highlighting St. Petersburg as an example of urban reinvention, noting its "redeveloped waterfront, a stunning Dali Museum, and sophisticated restaurants in place" and historic Central Avenue's "downtown energy," powered by a renaissance of the craft beer scene and funky new dining and accommodations options.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by The New York Times and Sky Magazine as a top travel destination," said DT Minich, Executive Director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater. "In addition to our award-winning beaches, we're honored to be lauded for our world-class art, dining and entertainment options."

Cementing its title as home of America's Award-Winning Beaches, the St. Pete/Clearwater area garnered more than a half dozen major titles this year from outlets ranging from USA Today to TripAdvisor to Parents magazine and more. Here's a rundown of the 2013 accolades alone:

  • Clearwater Beach: Voted "Best Beach Town in Florida" by USA Today
  • TripAdvisor named four area beaches to "Best in the U.S." list: Fort De Soto Park (#4), Caladesi Island State Park (#2), Pass-a-Grille (#15) and Clearwater Beach (#18).
  • Parents magazine named St. Pete Beach one of America's Top 10 Best Beach Towns for 2013.
  • USA Today readers named Fort De Soto Park "Best Family Beach" and Anclote Key Preserve State Park notched "Best Hidden-Gem Beach."