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Area information - St. Petersburg FL

at Eckerd College

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Tel: 1(727) 864-7820
E-mail: spe@ELS.edu

  • Enjoy mild climate year-round, with 361 sunny days per year
  • Try jet skiing, dolphin watching, pirate cruising, swimming and sunbathing at famous beaches less than 10 minutes away
  • Shop for bargains in our nearby malls and outlets
  • Attend professional baseball, football, hockey and soccer games
  • Experience Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Sea World and Busch Gardens
  • Visit downtown for museums and cultural events


Area Description

ELS St. Petersburg is located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College, only five minutes from the famous Gulf of Mexico. St. Petersburg, situated on Florida's tropical west coast, is well known for its beaches, mild climate, and educational and cultural attractions. Many students enjoy taking trips to Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Disney, EPCOT, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Cultural attractions include the world famous Salvador Dali Museum, Chihuly Glass Exhibition and the Museum of Science and Industry. Outdoor sports are popular including, golf, tennis, fishing, swimming, boating, and hiking.

Area Attractions

  • Nationally famous local beaches including Fort De Soto and St. Pete Beach
  • Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Waterparks
  • Salvador Dali Art Museum and other museums
  • Boating tours including fishing, pirate sailing and dolphin watching
  • Premium shopping malls and outlets
  • Concerts, theaters, fine dining and dancing
  • Professional sports including Lighting Ice Hockey, Major League Rays Baseball, National Football League Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Soccer League Tampa Bay Rowdies

Distances to Key Locations (from ELS Center)

Housing Options: Minutes Method
Homestays in the area (Homestay) Up to 45 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Eckerd College Campus Residences (Student Residence (on campus)) 1 Walk
Local Places:    
Airport 60/45 Bus/Car
Bank 5/5/5 Walk/Bike/Car
Downtown Area 60/30/10 Walk/Bus/Car
Post Office 5/5 Walk/Car
Restaurants 10/5/5 Walk/Bus/Car
Shopping Mall/Outlet 10/10/5/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Supermarket 10/5/5 Walk/Bus/Car
Public Transportation 5 Walk
Pharmacy 10/10/5/5 Walk/Bike/Bus/Car
Sports Stadium 30/10 Bus/Car
Other Nearby Cities:    
Tampa, FL 30 Car
 Orlando  90  Car

Local Transportation

Most students share taxis to go shopping or to the beach. There is a public bus stop on campus which students can transfer from to go downtown or shopping. To reach the Orlando and other Florida attractions students usually participate in ELS sponsored excursions.

Recommended Hotels

Contact hotel directly for prices.

Tradewinds Islands Resorts
5600 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Phone: 800.360.4016

Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center
5300 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Phone: 855.344.5999

Grand Plaza Hotel
5250 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Phone: 800.448.9091