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For a holiday full of peace and relaxation, Gulf Coast holidays in the USA are ideal for the whole family. The region’s local residents are renowned for their kind and welcoming Southern hospitality, and you’ll feel at home as soon as you amble the sun-kissed beaches and charming seaside towns. 

If you fancy some adventure or a break from sunbathing on one of the many dazzling beaches, there’s plenty for you to do on your Gulf Coast holidays too. There’s plenty for you to explore away from the sandy shores. Discover the expansive unmatched collection of Salvator Dalí’s stunning artworks in St Petersburg, which are housed in an attractive glass bubble building by the water. Or head to the 7,600 acre J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to 51 species of reptiles and amphibians, 32 mammals and more than 230 types of birds.

Visit pristine white beaches on your holiday in the Gulf Coast

The main draw of Gulf Coast holidays is the vast number of pristine beaches you can visit. The area offers miles of curved and gleaming white sandy shorelines made of silicate quartz that have been flattened into fluffy, almost powder-like, sand. 

Spend your days lazing on the sun-soaked beaches, or for a dose of adventure consider visiting Cayo Costa State Park, a pristine park bordered with nine miles of empty beaches. The crystal-clear waters here provide ideal conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving.

For a sunset to remember, there’s no better place to head on the Gulf Coast than Pier 60, located on Clearwater Beach. Seek the perfect beach spot and watch the glowing sun melt into the ocean with a celebratory glass of wine. Pair your relaxed beach holiday with fascinating cities, like New Orleans, Austin or Miami for a unique multi-centre trip. 

 

Destination Highlights

  • Watch a postcard-perfect sunset at St Petersburg’s Pier 60, a prime beachside sunset spot in the region
  • Visit Cayo Costa State Park from Fort Myers by boat, for spectacular snorkelling, diving and relaxation
  • Admire the largest collection of Salvador Dali’s artwork outside Europe at the fascinating Dalí Museum
  • Say hello to a host of reptiles, mammals and bird species at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

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Charlotte, Destination Specialist

“When visiting the Gulf Coast be sure to buy a beach trolley pass. This will give you unlimited travel all along the coast between Clearwater and St Petersburg. It’s a great way to see the area, just remember to make a stop at St Johns Pass so you can go dolphin watching.”

 

Charlotte
Destination Specialist
Jessica, Destination Manager

“Hire a car and you can hop between all of Florida’s top attractions. It isn’t the state you typically think of when you think American road trip, but there are some amazing sights to take in.”

 

Jessica
Destination Manager

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Gulf Coast holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival

If you love delicious food and live music, head down to the St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival hosted from the end of January to early February in downtown St. Pete Beach. Treat your tastebuds to local freshly made fare, and your ears to entertaining live performances from some of Florida’s best local musicians. 

 

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