Tampa Beaches
On the Warm Waters of the Gulf of Mexico

Appreciate the beauty of the Tampa Beaches and the beaches of the Tampa Bay Area. Tampa, located on Florida’s west coast is the largest city in the area and the center of commerce and entertainment. But, if you want to see incredibly beautiful beaches you have cross the bay and go to St Petersburg and Clearwater as well as to neighboring cities and islands.

Every time we had to drive the five hours from Miami to Tampa for a business meeting or convention, we made sure to spend at least a couple of days in either St Petersburg or Clearwater on the magnificent and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Caladesi Beaches some of the best in Florida

Caladesi Beaches some of the best in Florida

Beaches of Tampa Bay Area

  • Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi is an island offshore the mainland in front Dunedin, Florida, north of Clearwater. It is one of the few unspoiled natural islands along Florida’s coast. It is accessible only by boat or ferry provided by Caladesi Island Ferry from Honeymoon Island as well as from the Clearwater Marina.

Caladesi Island was been named the #1 Beach in America in 2008 by renowned "Dr. Beach". Dr. Stephen Leatherman is a beach authority who annually ranks U.S. beaches. Beach goers may enjoy swimming, sunbathing and beach combing. The sands are amazingly white and are bordered by a three mile natural trail for joggers or just for those that want to enjoy the sights. It features picnic tables near the beach that can be reserved for a fee. The park has a marina as well as snack bars and gift shops.

Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Tampa Beaches area

Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Tampa Beaches area

Tampa Beaches

  • Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area

This island beach was formed in 1921 when a hurricane cleared a strip of beach north of Clearwater. It is a perfect place to fish, swim, picnic, or sun tan. The ferry to Caladesi leaves from here..

  • Sand Key Florida

The beach in Sand Key County Park is great for swimmers because a rock barrier that shields the beach from strong currents and waves. It is located south of Clearwater Beach.

This beautiful Pinellas County Park has two distinct areas, a beach and a park. In the park proper are two picnic shelters with grills, a playground, restroom and a dog park. Grills, picnic tables, and water fountains are but a few amenities.

Sand Key Park’s natural communities include a beach where sea turtles annually deposit eggs. The nearby Clearwater Aquarium takes responsibility for these nests and keeps statistics.

There are many amenities in this beach: outdoor showers, restrooms, parking for a fee, dog park, playground for children.


Tampa Beaches

Warm Beaches in the area of Clearwater, Florida

Warm Beaches in the area of Clearwater Florida

Clearwater Beaches

Clearwater is one of the three important cities of the Tampa Bay Area. Its beaches facing the Gulf of Mexico are ideal for swimming, sunbathing and many water sports. Clearwater has been recognized as the Best Beach Town in America by several beach authorities; besides being one of the best family beaches and one of the best singles beaches.

It is a year round beach because of the mild weather and the warm waters of the gulf. There is an abundance of hotels and resorts to fit everybody’s budget.

  • Egmont Key State Park

This park is first of all a wildlife refuge but it offers a few secluded stretches of beaches great for shelling and walking. This beach is Accessible only by boat. Once there you’ll enjoy swimming, fishing and picnic areas.

Fort De Soto Beaches is the # 1 in Florida

Fort De Soto Beaches are # 1 in Florida

Tampa Beaches

  • Fort De Soto County Park, North Beach

This beach was named # 1 Beach by Dr Beach in 2005. This beach features soft white sand, clear waters and great shelling. The abundance of natural beauty here is breathtaking and it’s enough if you visit here for relaxing or sunbathing to make your visit worthwhile. The amount of birds, sea life and plants are some of the attractions of this beach.

It is the largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, consisting of 1,136 acres of interconnected islands and keys full of mangroves, wetlands palms and many other native plants. In this park the loggerhead sea turtle nests between April and September. It is no surprise that the number of annual visitors is above the 2.7 million.

Like in any great beach park there are many amenities like camping facilities, restrooms, children playgrounds, food concessions and lifeguard from 9 am to 5 pm. A seven mile by 12 foot asphalted recreational trails connects the campground with the north and south swims centers. They have a canoe trail, a Barrier-Free Natural Trail providing access to all visitors. And for our loyal friends, this park has designated area for the dogs to roam free unleashed. Please review the park rules regarding the visit of dogs to the beach.

Map of the Tampa Bay Area and its beaches

Map of the Tampa Bay Area and its beaches

Tampa Beaches

  • Greer Island Beach

This is the type of beach for those that aren’t looking for amenities but only for a beautiful beach where to swim and relax without crowds. It is great for a romantic getaway.

  • Ben T. Davis Beach

This is the closest beach to Tampa Airport and downtown, at the beginning of the Ben T. Davis Campbell Causeway that links Tampa and Clearwater. It is very popular with local residents that want to avoid the big crowds on the other side of Tampa Bay and stay close to home.

They have volleyball courses, picnic areas and above all a nice sandy beach for those that don’t care about surfing, because there are no significant waves. This beach is great for a Family gathering and especially if they come with little children.

  • John's Pass

John Pass Village and Boardwalk is located in Madeira Beach Florida on the west side of Tampa Bay. It is a real center of beach entertainment. The beach is great for swimming, power boating, surfing and everything is available for rent on the beach. The area is full of restaurants, shops and attractions.

For more information visit Florida Tourism Website

St Petersburg Beaches in Florida are among the Best

St Petersburg Beaches in Florida are among the Best

Tampa Beaches

  • St Pete Beach and St Petersburg

These are two separate cities within Pinellas County. The whole area is a beach town. This is Pinellas County's busiest beach. The sands are amazingly white and the waters crystal clear like on a Caribbean Island.  Every amenity you imagine is available here. It is located on the west side of Tampa Bay.

You may rent water sports equipments, charter a boat for a deep sea fishing expedition, or just relax, swim and sunbathe. One of the attractions of the area is the Salvador Dali Museum. This is not the only one; there are many museums, art galleries and entertainment.

The west coast of Florida has great beaches and Tampa Beaches in particular are some of the best.

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