Anclote Key State Park Three miles offshore from Tarpon Springs is the beautiful Anclote Key State Park. Whether you choose a private charter or ferry to access this group of islands, you will enjoy the 11,773 acres of nature. Bring plenty of water and supplies as there are no provisions or facilities in the park. The south end of the island boasts a historic 1887 lighthouse for park guests to explore.
Bellaire Beach The stretch of Bellaire Beach is located in Pinellas County between the towns of Clearwater and Indian Rocks. There are four beach access points to this 4500 feet of sandy shores. The peaceful atmosphere of this waterfront town provides a charming backdrop for the two tennis courts and municipal marina.
Ben T. Davis Beach Located just 9 miles west of Tampa and 15 miles from Clearwater, Ben T. Davis Beach offers miles of powdery, white sand and crystal gulf waters. There is a 4-mile biking trail and pedestrian bridge in town for visitors to stroll along before catching the breathtaking sunset. This narrow stretch of shoreline features boat ramps, picnic shelters, grills & concessions.
Caladesi Island State Park This beautiful, untouched island is located 3 miles off the shore of Dunedin, just north of Clearwater Beach. Caladesi island has so much to offer the adventurist and beach comber. The 600 acre island has a mangrove forest on the bayside for the kayaking enthusiast. Beach chairs, umbrellas, and kayaks can be rented from the marina before crossing over to the island.
Clearwater Beach / Pier 60 Park Be sure to visit one of the top-rated beaches in America and bring the entire family. The clear and shallow waters combined with the sandy white beaches provides for a gulf coast adventure like none other. Children love playing on the giant recreational playground and parents enjoy the 1,080 foot fishing pier. This beach has everything you will need for a full day at the beach, including facilities. Don’t forget to stay for the sunset… it’s magical.
Egmont Key State Park Located southwest of Fort De Soto Beach, this state park can be accessed by ferry or private boat only. This pristine island is a great place to relax, collect shells, and explore the Fort Dade military ruins or the historic 1858 lighthouse. Take in the views of this wildlife refuge while walking on the nature trails. There are no restaurants or facilities on this island, so be sure to pack plenty of water and needed supplies.
Fort De Soto Park Made up of five interconnected islands, Fort De Soto Park is 1,136 acres with 3 miles of sandy white beach. The overall park also includes a 2.25 recreational canoe trail, a 6.8 mile – 12 foot wide asphalt trail, nature trails, dog park, boat ramps, restrooms, camping areas, playgrounds, and concessions areas. The beaches and park contain plenty of sea life, wild life, bird life, and plant life for nature lovers to enjoy.
Fred Howard Park Located in Tarpon Springs, Fred Howard Park provides opportunities for fishing, sunbathing, and exercising among the 155 acres of Gulf shore. The park consists of 6 restrooms, 2 playgrounds, ball field, wind surfing area, swimming area, beach showers, canoeing and kayaking launch areas, and the white sandy beaches. Expect to pay a small fee for parking upon your visit.
Honeymoon Island State Park This beautiful island has more than 4 miles of beachfront to explore and is very close to Clearwater in the nearby town of Dunedin. Everyone in the family can take part in activities such as, swimming, bicycling, shelling, hiking, and fishing. For the nature lovers, the wildlife in the area is plentiful and can be seen in the air and along the ground. The Rotary Centennial Nature Center is nearby to answer questions and provide education about the state park’s natural resources and wildlife.
Indian Rocks Beach This beach-front town is your home-away-from-home. Indian Rocks Beach has beautiful white sand beaches that stretch far and wide along the Gulf coast. There are plenty of recreational activities, a nature preserve, and park for your family to enjoy. This hidden gem of a beach town has a variety of casual dining options and is only 7 miles away from the city of Clearwater.
Indian Shores Located just 8 miles from Clearwater, this barrier island town has lots of sun and sand with access from Tiki Gardens Park. A claim to fame of this beach is the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, the largest hospital for wild birds in the United States. Close to John’s Pass Village and Clearwater Beach Pier, there are plenty of day and night-life activities for your vacation adventures.
Madeira Beach The sandy shores of Madeira Beach is located in a city sharing its name, Madeira Beach. This 2.5 mile stretch of shoreline has everything to offer during your vacation getaway, including many restaurants, shopping, and night life. This coastal town includes a large shopping and dining area on the south end, John’s Pass Village, and offers many land and water activities for all ages.
North Redington Beach This coastal town has a long strip of beachfront that borders the Gulf of Mexico and the inland waters of Boca Ciega Bay. Located a short distance from Clearwater and St. Petersburg, this quiet beach community offers plenty of activities for the water enthusiast. Take in parasailing, jet skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, and dolphin watching, or just lounge on the beach and listen to the surf.
Pass-a-Grille Beach Located at the southernmost point of St. Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille Beach is the coziest of beaches. Nestled in a quaint coastal town with plenty of shops, this beach location offers ice cream shops, boutiques, outdoor markets, fishing, and so much more. Stroll along the beach, reserve a paddle board, or search for your collection of shells, come along as Pass-a-Grille beach is waiting for you.
Redington Beach Redington Beach is a small coastal beach town located on a barrier island along the Gulf of Mexico. There are 5 public beach access points in the one square mile town and 4 parks. Visitors can enjoy waterskiing, fishing, boating, and dolphin watching.
Redington Shores Located just minutes from Clearwater, this coastal beach town covers 220 square miles with plenty of white, sandy beaches and shoreline. Redington Shores has something for everyone in the family including boating, fishing, water sports, and parks for relaxation.
Sand Key Park Located in Clearwater, Sand Key Park is a combination of two fantastic places…a beach and a park. The park offers picnic areas with grills, a dog park, a playground and water fountains. The beach provides endless sand and sun and has beach cabanas and bathhouses for its guests. Visitors in need of wheelchair access will be surprised to know that special beach wheelchairs for use in the sand and surf are available for guests, free of charge.
Shell Key Park & Preserve As one of the country’s largest barrier islands, Shell Key Park is an 1,800 acre wildlife preserve that provides protection to many of the local marine and wild life. Access by boat only, ferries can be taken from Fort De Soto Park or use of a private boat is also allowed. Plenty of beautiful beachfront for your family to enjoy, but there are no restroom facilities on the island. Camping is permitted in designated areas.
St. Pete Beach This barrier island is 7 miles in length and hosts over 5 miles of sandy shoreline. The waters along this coast are calm providing a great opportunity for the many water sports and recreational activities available at St. Pete Beach. If you like shells, St. Pete Beach has areas of shelly sand great for digging to find that special shell. Hungry? Want a souvenir? Come along, as the city of St. Pete Beach provides all of your dining and shopping needs.
Sunset Beach Located in Tarpon Springs, just 14 miles from Clearwater, is a hidden gem of a beach. This lesser known beach is where you can come and relax without the crowds. The locals enjoy the picnic areas, swimming, and boating opportunities. If you love music and romance, this is the place to be at sunset, hence it’s name, Sunset Beach. Between April and November, guests can enjoy the live music along the sandy shores while capturing the view.
Treasure Island Come and discover your own treasure on this 3 mile stretch of sandy white beaches, sprawling along the gulf coast. Enjoy snorkeling, shelling, sunning, swimming, parasailing, and much more on this beautiful beach. For additional entertainment, visit Gators Cafe & Saloon, the longest waterfront bar, with a tiki lounge and tasting room. This public beach has restrooms, showers, water fountains, plus a bicycle rack and ample parking.