We had initially planned on heading straight to Clearwater to the beach today but after a little bit of a lie in (till 8am!) we decided to head straight to St. Petersburg to add some real culture to our holiday at The Salvador Dali Museum.
By the time we hit Tampa I was driving the mustang like I’d owned it for years and my confidence on the American roads had increased. Until I took a wrong turn.. Before we knew it we were speeding around the Tampa bypass which was like spaghetti junction on steroids. He roads were tilted like a velodrome and everything was going full speed ahead.. And sat nav didn’t even know the roads existed.
After a slight panic we decided to follow our nose and actually we ended up crossing one of the bigger bridges across the bay towards St Pete’s, a far nicer drive than the main interstate the initial route had planned for us.
The Dali museum was impressive as soon as we pulled into the car park. The building was inspiring and the backdrop of the harbour with palm tree lined roads was like something off a post card. The admission was around $45 for 2 adults with parking charged at $10 and for that you could spend as long as you liked walking around listening to the mobile audio tour they hand to you at the entrance.
My friend Gayle is a massive fan of Dali and his work so again I couldn’t leave without buying her a little something. It seemed perfect, like a ‘saw this and thought of you pressie’ much like that of Jacqui’s from NASA. I know she’ll be pleased.
From there we went onto the Don Cesar on the beachfront of St Pete’s. My friends at work had told me it was a ‘must do’ to have their ice cream when visiting the gulf coast. Unfortunately for us though, on that day the parking was so limited we would’ve had to have walked around a mile to get to the hotel. Something nether of us were prepared to do in 32 degree heat! Maybe next time…
After an impressive drive over Tampa Bay along the Skyway Bridge, our day finished at Siesta Key, home of Americas number 1 beach, and one voted in the top 10 beaches in the world. We checked in at Tropical Beach Resort and got ourselves straight out onto the white flour-like sand before 6pm and bathed in the crystal clear green waters as warm as a bath. What a perfect way to end the day.
Skyway Bridge. Tick.