Treasure Island

Since we aren’t allowed to have car down here yet we have had to become savvy with public transportation to be able to explore and enjoy Florida. We woke up before the sun at 6 am and quickly showered, got ready and threw a beach bag together. Once we were completely ready we embarked on our journey to St. Petersburg. We walked a mile over to the local bus station and got on a 7:30am bus that goes from Tampa to downtown St. Petersburg. After the short half hour bus ride, we excitedly arrived. St. Petersburg’s downtown is known for its flamboyant street art murals that decorate the buildings of Central Ave. We were instantly greeted by a huge and colorful mural. With only a couple of hours of sleep under our belts, we stopped for breakfast to gain some much needed energy. We sipped smoothies and munched on breakfast sandwiches while we mingled with the locals about their recommended attractions. We discovered a trolley service that takes you all over St. Pete for only 50 cents!! So we quickly finished breakfast, paid the check, and ran over to the trolley stop. When the trolley finally came, we hopped on for about a twenty minute ride and then transferred to another trolley that stops at all of the different beach towns. We decided to get off in a beach town called, Treasure Island. As soon as we hopped off the trolley we walked down the street in search of a beach access pathway. It wasn’t long until we discovered one, we walked along the palm tree decorated walkway until a beautiful white sand beach with a clean blue ocean welcomed us. We ran down the beach letting the soft sand go between our toes until we found the perfect waterside spot to be our home-base for the day. As the day went on the sun got even warmer and more powerful. We baked in the sun and took breaks to cool off in the bright blue bathtub water. After a long morning of sunbathing we took a long walk down beach and collected close to a hundred sea shells! The name, Treasure Island must come from all of the sea treasures you can find on the shore. We stayed at the beach between 10 am and 4 pm only leaving because we were starving and had a trolley and bus to catch! After a long day in the sand and sun, we walked across the street to a restaurant called Rickey T’s and had a delicious lunch! To satisfy our sweet tooths we went to Sweets and Treats a funky ice cream parlor covered in signatures of visitors passed. We devoured our ice creams while we waited for the trolley. We must of taken the “rush hour” trolley because the trolley ride back to downtown was packed and slow! Our bus back to Tampa boarded and 6:00 pm and left St. Petersburg at 6:15. Lets just say we didn’t get back to the downtown until exactly 6 pm. As soon as the trolley pulled up to our stop, we sprinted off and over to the bus station. Thank god the greyhound buses are never on time because even though we were late, we were early!!! We are so excited to have discovered the buses that run to St. Petersburg and the trolley that goes to many beaches up and down the coast of St. Petersburg. The most important thing we learned, however, is the importance of sunscreen because we are now lobsters!! We hope you all had an amazing weekend..Xx

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