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St. Petersburg named one of 20 best places to live and visit by Coastal Living magazine

A view of the downtown St. Petersburg skyline and waterfront from just north of the North Shore Aquatic Complex. The view is looking south toward Albert Whitted Airport. At the center, left, is where the St. Petersburg Pier used to be. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

A view of the downtown St. Petersburg skyline and waterfront from just north of the North Shore Aquatic Complex. The view is looking south toward Albert Whitted Airport. At the center, left, is where the St. Petersburg Pier used to be. SCOTT KEELER | Times

Coastal Living magazine has featured St. Petersburg as one of the 20 "best places to live," while touting it as an ideal vacation spot for those not looking to make Tampa Bay their home.

"Nestled on the bright blue waters of Tampa Bay, this cosmopolitan city just keeps getting better and better," the article says .

The article highlights many of Pinellas County's biggest attractions: The Dali Museum, St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, Fort DeSoto Park and the Don CeSar Hotel.

For food and drinks, Coastal Living directs visitors to cocktail bar Mandarin Hide, local coffee chain Kahwa, and Locale Gourmet Market.

The writers say St. Pete strikes a balance between historic, small-scale neighborhoods and big-city pleasures.

"With mild winters, this is a year-round city of outdoor play, and the proximity of 35 miles of white-sand beaches adds a quality-of-life layer that few other sophisticated enclaves possess," the article says.

St. Petersburg named one of 20 best places to live and visit by Coastal Living magazine 04/21/17 [Last modified: Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00pm]
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