These peaceful animals are located throughout the St. Petersburg area. You can find Manatees in abundance in Tampa Bay and Tarpon Springs and in the local waterways.
But a favorite place to view them is the power plant at Apollo Beach, located just south of St. Petersburg. This is a must-see! And did I mention that it is totally free?
Beautiful clean sand, and lots of gulf shore. You cannot ask for much more. Madeira Beach is beautiful in the winter time. The weather is temperate with highs in the 80s even in the winter. Perfect for a restful afternoon, a puzzle book and a pair of sunglasses.
Keep in mind that Madeira Beach is not dog friendly. And public parking is all paid parking. But it is well worth the visit.