The Beautiful
Tampa Bay Beaches

Tampa Bay beaches are some of the best known in the country. People from all over the nation make a beeline for Florida during the peak winter season of December to April just to sample the sun, sea and sand.

Even international tourists have been coming back for more as they sample the uniquely special qualities of the Bay area beaches.

Below are all of the main beaches in the Tampa Bay area.

If you are short on time and only want the creme de la creme, there here is what we and many others believe are the best beaches in Tampa Bay.

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Clearwater Beach

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There's something very beautiful about Clearwater Beach. 

This is by far the most famous and popular of the Tampa bay beaches, having won accolades for being the best city beach.

It's one of the best beaches to watch the sunset and you can do it every day from Pier 60. 

The artisans and street performers on the Pier are a special treat that will make sunset gazing that much more memorable.

North Redington Beach

Situated in the town of the same name, the North Redington Beach is easily accessible from the edge of the town. This is a safe beach for both children and grown-ups alike. The mile long beach boasts lovely white sand that gently slopes into the Gulf of Mexico.

Honeymoon Island State Park

The very long shoreline of Honeymoon Island Beach that's fairly devoid of commercial enterprise means that you'll be able to enjoy the beach in peaceful surroundings. This is the best place for kayaking if you're game for the challenge. Shelling is ideal in the beaches towards the south.

St Pete Beach

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St Pete Beach is part of the City of St Petersberg, now known by its shortened name of St Pete. It's home to great restaurants along the signature white beach. And it's one of the best places to go to for water sports like jet skiing and parasailing.

Fort De Soto Park Beach

This beach achieved the number 1 spot in the list of best beaches throughout the nation back in 2005. It's considered by many to be the best of the Tampa Bay beaches for a host of reasons, other than the fact that it's very clean with clear waters.

It's got the best place for grills and picnic pavilions as well as the best dog beach and fishing pier. Your lovable pooch can frolic on a beach with other canine friends and have a glorious time!

Caladesi Island State Park Beach

The number 2 spot of the top ten beaches in the US is easily taken by Caladesi Island State Park Beach. The beach in this park is well known for its seclusion.

So you can only get to the park by ferry for a maximum 4 hours visit to the beach. This beach is a great place for fishing. You'll be surrounded by flora and fauna that's unique to Flroida!

Ben T. Davis Beach

Ben T Davis Beach is a very narrow beach that you can sight from the plane as you touch down at Tampa International Airport.

The beautiful landscape of this picturesque beach is the perfect setting for family getaways. The children will love to build sand castles in the sand as they hear the sound of the planes that fly overhead.

E. G. Simmons State Park Beach

This is a public beach that's located in a state park called E G Simmons State Park. The beach is fairly small but enough for a round of swimming and sunbathing. For the more adventurous, you could go boating. There's good space for bank fishing if that's what you like most. 

Siesta Key Beach

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Crescent Beach at Siesta Key is a renowned beach that made it to the number seven spot in best US beaches in 2004. It's got the distinction of being the Best Sand Beach in the US. So you're likely to find powdery, white sand that's warm to the touch! 

Sand Key Beach

Sand Key Beach is the best beach to watch sea turtles lay their eggs every year. You can rent cabanas for the weekend and use the outside showers to get the sand off after you've done with swimming.

There's a lifeguard on duty during the day from March to September for public safety and an assurance of quick attention if anyone gets into difficulties in the water.

Indian Rocks Beach

A great beach vacation awaits you at Indian Rocks Beach, which is located on a barrier island off the coast of Florida. There are three miles of sandy beach to explore. And the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico make for perfect swimming in the sea!

Redington Shores Beach

The 400 foot wide beach at Redington Shores Beach is ideal for the family or as a romantic getaway. There are 170 parking bays for visitors and two boardwalks along which you can enjoy the view. Join the hundreds of thousands of beach goers who come to the beach annually for fun in the sun!

Johns Pass Beach

Johns Pass is actually an historical fishing village that has a beach situated a short walk away. There are cruise lines and boat rentals for deep sea fishing as well as the flotilla of local fishing boats that bring tourists out in high numbers. You can indulge in parasailing if you're adventurous or just spend time on the sand.

Madeira Beach

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The island on which Madeira Beach sits is two miles long with glorious white sand and clear blue waters. The city of the same name is famous for Johns Pass Village that's got a sea based theme where fishing is prominent. The Boardwalk is another attraction of the beach that you must not miss. 

Treasure Island Beach

The beach is punctuated with wildlife such as pelicans and parrots. Dolphins abound in the sea and the sunsets are gorgeous. This tropical paradise boasts all sorts of wild flowers and swaying palm trees in a clean and lush environment.

Pass-a-Grille Beach

Pass-a-Grille Beach is situated in the southern end of St Pete Beach. Lots of dolphins play in the waters off the beach. So you can catch sight of these playful dolphins if you take a cruise along the beach.

Redington Beach

Palm trees line the shore at Redington Beach. There are only private beaches here and there's no place to park your car. If you'd like to stay overnight at this small town that measures about two square miles, you might want to put up at one of the only three motels in town. 

Tierra Verde Beach

Tierra Verde is situated to the north of Fort De Soto Park and is home to spectacular surfing. The waves are ideal for the thrill seeking surfers to ride and the surrounding area has a number of exciting surf breaks.

The beach is inhabited by red frogs which you're likely to find among the rocks or along the nature trails. 


nokomis beach

Casey Key is home to Nokomis Beach and is one of the best places for a family day out. This beach is very family friendly and perfect for shelling.

The beach has a Drum Circle that plays spontaneous music every Wednesday and Saturday and you can enjoy the invigorating rhythm as you watch the beautiful sunset!

Anna Maria Island

The warm, emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the white sandy beaches that resemble sugar are the greatest attractions of Anna Maria Island beach. You can relax and unwind on the very clean beach. The best place to soak up the sun in a peaceful and pristine environment!

Lido Key

The barrier island of Lido Key boasts white beaches that front the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is located in a park that's named ‘South Island Park'. Nature trails exist alongside a clubbing scene that arises with the tourist season.

Longboat Key

Longboat Key beach is currently undergoing restoration to its northern area. So it's best to avoid this area and enjoy the rest of this spectacular beach. You can laze under the sun on the white sand or frolic in the emerald sea.

North Jetty Park

North Jetty Park is a beach on Nokomis that's one of the best places for surfing. The waves that break here attract surfers from all over who come to experience the excitement and thrill of surfing the waves. Be sure to bring your surf board on your visit to this beach!

Fred Howard Park Beach

The best place to go scuba diving is at Fred Howard Park Beach. You can go scuba diving for free as there's no fee attached to this activity.

In fact, it's best to dive from the shore and explore the underwater world. This beach diving will be highly memorable as you can see lots of marine life just yards from the shore.

Picnic Island in Tampa

Picnic Island is a secluded beach park with 7.8 acres. The pier is ideal for a languorous walk in the sun. This is also a quite place for a picnic as there are suitable shelters at the beach that provide protection from the sun and elements.

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