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Welcome International Visitors

St. Petersburg welcomes international visitors to enjoy one of Florida's most popular destinations. From the city's vibrant downtown filled with museums, art galleries, shopping and excellent dining to the city's miles of waterfront parks and snowy white sandy beaches.

Contact the Marketing Department, located in City Hall, 175 5th St. N., at 727-893-7465, in advance of your visit or stop by the St. Petersburg Visitor Information Center of the Chamber of Commerce, 100 2nd Ave. NE, #150, when you are here to receive information about our city's history, market statistics, maps, and brochures from our museums, galleries and other attractions.  For information about Pinellas County contact Visit St. Pete Clearwater.

What is a Sister city? 

St. Petersburg is a member of Sister Cities International, a program created in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, since 1961.

In 2011, St. Petersburg celebrated its 50th anniversary as a Sister City with Takamatsu, Japan. St. Petersburg also has a Sister City relationship with St. Petersburg, Russia. Since October 2011, St. Petersburg has been part of a Friendship City, or Twin City, relationship with Figueres, Spain.

As part of its Sister City relationship, St. Petersburg selects one or two high school juniors to serve as Student Ambassadors during a summer cultural exchange with Takamatsu. Students participate in daily activities, visit landmarks and share cultural experiences with Japanese host families. In return, visiting high school students from Takamatsu are placed with St. Petersburg host families for similar cultural learning experiences. 

On April 29, 2016, Mayor Rick Kriseman signed an agreement with Isla Mujeres, Mexico, to become St. Petersburg’s second Sister City. Since 2015, both cities shared a Friendship City relationship after serving as host cities for the annual spring Regata del Sol al Sol yacht race for more than 50 years.  

The St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc., (SPIFFS), an organization with long-standing support from the city’s international community, has been charged with providing support and future expansion of St. Petersburg’s Sister Cities program.  Those with an interest in the Sister Cities program and furthering cultural exchanges within St. Petersburg, including the Student Ambassador program, should contact SPIFFS at 727-552-1896. 

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