Welcome to the GayStPete Local Guide to
Neighborhoods, Nightlife, and Beaches!
St. Petersburg, Florida remains the sunniest place to be gay! Just as in this 1926 Chamber of Commerce ad, St. Petersburg’s thriving downtown and proximity to the fabulous Gulf beaches with amazing sunsets has attracted visitors for a century! In 2014, St Petersburg scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipality Equality Index (MEI). The Municipal Equality Index examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.
Explore your creative side with St. Petersburg’s expanding culture, including seven world-class museums, performing arts venues, unique galleries and stores. The Warehouse Arts District west of downtown is booming area for artists and art lovers. Downtown’s public parks host more than 200 events annually including Main Sail Arts Festival, 4th of July, RibFest, Caribbean Festival, Music Festivals, Taste of Pinellas, many concerts and more special events.
Lower your stress levels with our laid back lifestyle and effective transportation networks. St. Petersburg’s diverse economy and increasing job opportunities all beckon for potential residents to take a closer look. In 2006 St. Petesrburg was named one of the “50 Fabulous Gay Friendly Places to Live” by Gregory Kompes.
One of the most beautiful aspects of the St. Petersburg area is the diversity of the neighborhoods. While there is no “gay ghetto” there are many neighborhoods that are gay and lesbian friendly. The price ranges and styles differ greatly. Nearby communities such as Gulfport, Dunedin and Safety Harbor also provide a welcoming community on a smaller scale. The Grand Central District is an urban village in the heart of St. Petersburg and home to many LGBT businesses and the annual St. Pete Pride Celebration in June. We hope you will explore the Greater St. Petersburg Area. Come and play, indeed!