St Petersburg is in the running for Yachting magazine’s Best Yachting Town! This is the first year for this contest and it has been narrowed down to 50 international semi-finalist cities. The magazine hopes to make this an annual competition.
There are 6 towns in Florida included on the list: St Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale, Islamorada, Key West, Punta Gorda and Stuart. It is interesting to me that the areas that I have lived over the years are all on the list. Maryland, where I grew up has 2 towns, Annapolis & Oxford. I lived in the Virgin Islands for a while & New Sound, Virgin Gorda made the list. Then I lived in California for 20 years & of course, several towns in California are the list: Monterey, San Francisco, Tiburon, San Diego, Newport Beach. Now I live in St Petersburg. I absolutely MUST live near the water!
It’s quite an international list. The cities outside of the USA include Bocas Del Toro, Panama; Puerto William, Isla Navarino, Chile; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Horta, Faial, Azores; Poole, UK; and Sidney, British Columbia, Canada .
AmericanStyle magazine put St. Petersburg at the top of its list of 25 Arts Destinations for midsize cities this year. (It is the second year in a row.) Maybe we’ll get Yachting magazine’s top Yachting Town designation too. St Pete does have a great waterfront with marinas, yacht clubs, restaurants, theatres & museums. Boaters have been coming here for many years. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club, founded in 1909, has a very competitive racing schedule for smaller sailboats starting in January and ending in early May. Each year, the club also hosts more than 50 regattas.