As colorful autumn swiftly transforms into snowy winter in the northern half of the United States, Florida’s Gulf Coast remains a warm, tropical paradise. A beach day should be on every itinerary here in sunny St. Pete Beach, even in the middle of “winter.” Whether you’re hoping to build an elaborate sandcastle, spike a volleyball in the white sand, or share a picnic with family or friends, St. Pete Beach is the perfect tropical getaway. With so many fun beach activities at your disposal near Travel Resort Services (TRS), it will be hard to pry yourself from the ocean’s edge.

Build a Sandcastle

Building a sandcastle is one of the most popular free things to do in St. Pete Beach because it’s relaxing, amusing, and family-friendly. The two most important rules of sandcastle building are being creative and having fun. Remember to use moist sand and to work from top to bottom. You’ll need water periodically, so be sure to bring along buckets to fill with ocean water. Don’t forget a shovel, funnel, putty knife, and five-gallon pail.

Beach Volleyball

There’s nothing quite like a down-to-the-wire game of beach volleyball near the Gulf of Mexico’s still, teal waters. Caprice Resort and Gulf Winds Resort are steps from four beach volleyball courts on beautiful Upham Beach Park. Volleyball at Upham remains one of the most popular St. Pete Beach activities, especially on a beautiful winter afternoon.

Read a Suspense Novel

Reading a new book under the Florida sun likely doesn’t immediately come to mind when most people think about fun beach activities, yet sunbathing with a good novel remains a favorite past time for many. One of the best genres for beach reading is suspense because they’re often quick, easy, and stimulating reads. Before the Fall, Gone Girl, Wayward Pines, and the John Cleaver series are all fantastic beach reads.

Pack a Light Picnic

Pack a cooler and piece together a memorable beach picnic in St. Pete. Our beaches can grow quite hot, even in the wintertime, so remember to bring towels and a trusty cooler. Prepare refreshing chicken and spinach Caesar wraps with fruit and vegetable sides for lunch. The kids can sip on juice boxes while mom and dad work their way through a crisp Vienna lager or Czech pilsner. Almost all fruit is ideal for a hot day, but we recommend berries, watermelon, and apple slices.

Fly a Kite

St. Pete Beach doesn’t pretend to be the kite-flying capital of the world, but our white, sandy beaches are the perfect locale for an afternoon of kiting. The weather conditions are excellent in the wintertime, especially in Treasure Island. The Treasure Island Kite Festival takes place every January. There will be competitions, kite-making, public flying, and much more! With so many fun beach activities to choose from, you’ll never have a problem filling out each day in sunny St. Pete Beach! TRS has hundreds of affordable oceanfront vacation rentals, so browse through our extensive catalog to find your next home-away-from-home.