Want to make memories with your family? Head to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, named by HGTV as one of the country’s 25 best family-friendly beaches. Besides the beach, the editors recommend taking a dolphin cruise or booking a parasailing excursion.
It’s true that our area is known for family vacations. In fact, editors of Parents magazine named St. Pete Beach on its list of the top family beach vacations. Don’t miss nearby Fort De Soto Park, with its “miles of lifeguard-patrolled white-sand beaches,” plus hiking, kayaking, fishing and play spaces, the magazine said. And it's not just known for its beaches: Fort De Soto Park was recently named among the top 10 places to camp in the U.S. by camping app Dyrt.
In 2021, Caladesi Island State Park nabbed the No. 7 spot on Dr. Beach’s ranking of the country’s top beach destinations. Dr. Beach chose this beach getaway for its “crystalline quartz sand, which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge.” His personal favorite is the park’s kayak and canoe trails, which are stellar bird-watching spots.