Last Thursday, Ava and I headed to St. Pete Beach for a little mommy and me beach date.
We had so much fun! We looked for seashells, played in the water, built sand castles, had lunch and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Spring is the perfect time of year for Florida beaches and lately the weather has been gorgeous!
BEATING THE ST. PETE BEACH CROWD
GO EARLY: The best thing you can do for yourself when looking for public parking at St. Pete Beach for the day is to GO EARLY! Arrive at the beach before 10:00am during the week and probably even earlier on the weekends.
We parked in the public parking area across from Chick-fil-a and Publix. Don’t park at Publix or Chick-fil-a, you will get towed!
This public parking area opens at 7:00am. We arrived at 10:00am both days and were one of the few people there.
When you arrive you will need to pay for parking at the parking meter. I believe you can pay by card, cash, or phone. Not sure about the cash though.
Both days we went to the beach, we left between 12:00pm – 1:00pm and there were people driving around the parking lot trying to find parking. There was also a long line at the parking meter to pay for parking.
There is also public parking by The Postcard Inn, but not as nice as the one across from Chick-Fil-a.
GO EARLY, LEAVE EARLY
We are the type of beach bums that like to arrive early and leave early. Thankfully, the beach isn’t too far from us so it makes it easier to do this. Plus I love the early morning sun and cool breeze.
We arrived at 10:00am and left at 12:30pm. That was just enough time for us and we beat the traffic heading home.
If you’re not an early bird, and you’re not looking to stay all day at the beach, then you could go in the late afternoon, just a few hours before sunset. That’s a great time too. Many people are leaving the beach and parking is opening up.
PACK LIGHT OR BRING A WAGON
I’ve gone back and forth and back and forth on whether or not to invest in an umbrella and chairs for the beach. Since we didn’t plan on staying long we packed light which included…
- sand bucket and shovel
In the car I made sure to have a change of clothes for both of us.
If you plan on staying all day I recommend bringing an umbrella and chairs and one of those beach wagons. The wagons make things so much easier!
You can also rent an umbrella and chairs for the day between $20-$30.
BRING A TRIPOD AND TAKE PICTURES
My tripod is my go to thing. I bring it with us just about every where we go. When we first arrived at the beach I set the self timer on my camera for 10 seconds and had it set to take 10 pictures in a row. I placed my camera on the rail of the walk way leading to the beach and we snapped this picture real quick.
Once we were settled on the beach I set up my tripod, hit the self timer and snapped a few pictures of us playing in the sand and then put it away for the day.
If my husband isn’t around or if I want him in the pictures I always set up my tripod for the first few minutes into an activity and take 10 quick pictures in one snap.
All of our pictures from this day were taken with my tripod. You can find tripods for your camera or cell phone on Amazon along with a remote control to make it easier. My camera can connect to my phone so sometimes I use my phone as a remote control.
Ok, now tell me your favorite Florida beaches and what things do bring to the beach with you? Do you go for just a few hours or all day? Any recommendations on a good beach umbrella?