We recommend that all travelers book their air tickets by October. December-January is a peak travel season for Florida, so the sooner you have confirmed flights the better — and cheaper — they will be. We recommend that you fly in to either the St. Petersburg Airport (PIE) or the Tampa International Airport (TPA).
If you are renting a vehicle or driving to the event, we have negotiated free parking for all Winter Intensive participants. The Sirata web site lists a parking fee, but it will not apply to you.
If you are looking to share a rental car, or find somebody who is renting a car, please post on our Facebook page.
However, you should not find it necessary to rent a car. There are airport shuttles, and taxicabs/uber/lyft etc. available to get you to the hotel, and there is also an inexpensive trolley service that connects to many restaurants, beaches, and attractions once you are at the hotel. Plus, nearly everything you might want to get to is within walking distance of the hotel.
Here are a few things to consider packing for the seminar:
Buki (weapons) 1-2 hakama 2+ keikogis Sunglasses* Sandals* Sunscreen* Hat* Quarters, detergent for laundry* Camera**
(* items marked by an asterisk will probably be available for purchase locally or at the hotel)
(** photography or videocameras are not allowed while class is in session without prior approval)
Maps of St. Petersburg FL:
– Google Maps
– Apple Maps
More information about St. Petersburg can be found: https://www.stpete.org/visitors/index.php