Beach Parking

The sun is bright. The breeze is balmy. The beach is calling. If you’re not staying at a beach hotel, you might ask: where to park? Here are your best options.

A lifeguard buggy parked on the beach with a surfboard on top. Cabanas can be seen at a distance.

Clearwater Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the area. Be sure to come early to find parking, or take the trolley or ferry.

Check out our list below to find out where to park at all of St. Pete/Clearwater’s beaches. Except where free parking is mentioned, most beach parking lots are either metered or park-and-pay via automated pay stations. Many of the larger beachfront hotels offer day parking for a fee - usually a flat rate that’s costlier than public parking (but sometimes it’s worth it for the convenience). Here, a little bit of planning can mean a fun, stress-free beach day for you. Keep in mind that the early bird gets the parking spot (it’s typically much easier to find parking in the morning than mid-day or in the afternoon).

If you decide you’d rather leave the driving to someone else, try the Suncoast Beach Trolley or the Jolley Trolley... or take to the waterways with the Clearwater Ferry!

Clearwater Beach Parking

A shot of the Clearwater Beach Beach Walk

Beach Trail

The Beach Walk in Clearwater Beach is a half mile trail with access to one of America's Best Beaches all along the trail.

To avoid parking congestion, find a spot north of the roundabout at the end of Memorial Causeway.

Public Parking Lots North of the Roundabout with the Most Spaces

  • Lot 36: Rockaway Street, 145 parking spaces
  • Lot 37: Between Avalon and Kendall streets, 53 parking spaces
  • North Beach Parking Plaza (Lot 66): Poinsettia Avenue, shaded parking with hourly and daily rates, 450 parking spaces
  • Family Aquatic & Recreation Center (Lot 38): East of Mandalay Avenue and south of Bay Esplanade, 79 parking spaces

Public Parking Lots South of the Roundabout with the Most Spaces

  • Pier 60 (Lot 31): Southwest of the roundabout, beachside, 139 parking spaces
  • Lot 32: Where Gulfview Boulevard bends, corner of Devon and Hamden drives, 65 parking spaces

Private Parking Lot (Open to the Public)

  • Lot directly north of the Hyatt Regency: Between South Gulfview Boulevard and Coronado Drive, south of Second Street

On-Street Parking

  • On-street parking is available throughout Clearwater Beach, both north and south of the roundabout, 389 parking spots.

 There are also smaller lots located north and south of the roundabout. See all Clearwater Beach parking options here.

Sand Key Park

Belleair Beach

  • Belleair Beach Marina: East side of Gulf Boulevard, about 200 feet south of the beach access (metered)
  • Morgan Park lot: On the beach across from Morgan Drive, 16 parking spots (metered)

Indian Rocks Beach

A young lady dressed in bikini walking Indian Rocks Beach boardwalk.

Tranquil Shores Await

Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores are under-the-radar beaches where there's rarely more than a few people.

  • Indian Rocks Beach Access Park: Beachside just north of 17th Avenue, 80 parking spots
  • Lots on the far west ends of several Indian Rocks Beach Avenues: Several offer a small number of free spots, for example, Eighth Avenue

Indian Shores

  • Tiki Gardens Indian Shores Beach Access Park: 196th Avenue across Gulf Boulevard from the beach, 170 parking spaces

North Redington Beach & Redington Shores

  • Redington Shores Beach Access Park: Between 181st Avenue West and 182nd Avenue West, across Gulf Boulevard, 170 parking spaces
  • Beachside parking on Redington Beach for town residents and their guests, by permit only (guest parking permits are available to residents at Town Hall)

Madeira Beach

A lady in a hammock between two pine trees enjoying the sunset in Madeira Beach

Experience Local Colors

Dreamy sunsets, fishing village vibes and Gulf-inspired dining make Madeira Beach a blissful seaside destination.

  • Archibald Memorial Beach Park: Intersection of Madeira Way and Gulf Boulevard, beachside, 138 parking spaces
  • Madeira Beach Access Park: Gulf Boulevard and 145th Avenue, 104 parking spaces
  • Beach Access lots: West side of Gulf Boulevard at 131st, 133rd (east & west of Gulf Boulevard), 134th, 135th, 136th and 141st (Kitty Stuart Park) Avenues

See also: John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk options below.

John's Pass Village & Boardwalk

  • Parking Garage: Southwest corner of John’s Pass, 179 Boardwalk Place West, six floors of parking
  • Central Lot: Near southmost entrance of John’s Pass, steps from Gulf Boulevard, 100 parking spaces
  • Beach Lot: Extreme southwest corner of John’s Pass, 129th Avenue across Gulf Boulevard, 100 parking spaces

Treasure Island

Aerial view of yellow beach cabanas and emerald-green waters of Treasure Island.

Your Own Slice of Beach

There's plenty of space for everyone along the shore in Treasure Island – including beach chairs, umbrellas and shaded cabanas you can rent by the hour.

Parking Lots with the Most Spaces

  • City of St. Petersburg Municipal Beach lot: 112th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard
  • Community Center Lot: 106th Avenue and Park Place, 104 parking spaces
  • Gulf Front Park: 104th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard, 77 parking spaces
  • Tern Lot: West Gulf Boulevard and 77th Avenue, 55 parking spaces
  • Ring-Billed Gull Lot: West Gulf Boulevard between 82nd and 81st Avenues, 43 parking spaces

Beach Access Parking (Small Capacity)

  • From 99th -103rd Avenue and 121st-127th Avenue

See all Treasure Island parking options here.

Sunset Beach

Lots with the Most Spaces

  • Tern Lot: West Gulf Boulevard and 77th Avenue, 55 parking spaces
  • Ring-Billed Gull Lot: West Gulf Boulevard between 82nd and 81st Avenues, 43 parking spaces

Small Parking Lots

  • Bay Shore Drive and 75th Avenue; West Gulf Boulevard and 80th Avenue; West Gulf Boulevard at 88th Avenue; 80th Terrace and 80th Avenue, 6-16 parking spaces

Paid and Valet Parking

  • Caddy's Waterfront, a popular restaurant/bar on the sand, 9000 West Gulf Boulevard

St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach aerial panoramic photo showing the entire green waters beach, white sand and lots of hotels cabanas.

A Winning Combo

With emerald-green waters, soft white sand and plenty of things to do, it's no wonder St. Pete Beach was voted Tripadvisor's No. 1 Beach in America in 2021. 

  • Upham Beach Park: Gulf Boulevard, 67th-71st avenues
  • St. Pete Municipal Beach Access: Gulf Boulevard, 46th-48th avenues, across from Dolphin Village Shopping Center, 235 parking spots

Pass-a-Grille Beach

Pass-a-Grille downtown at dusk

Pass the Time

Pass-a-Grille's Historic 8th Avenue is a delightful hub for shopping and dining just steps from the beach.

It’s easiest to find parking for Pass-a-Grille Beach at the north and south ends of Gulf Way.

  • On-Street Metered Parking: Gulf Way from 22nd to 1st avenues, west side of the street only (cash or credit cards accepted)
  • 8th Avenue: Free two-hour parking, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

See more Pass-a-Grille parking details here

The ParkMobile App

Download the ParkMobile app on your smartphone to find a parking spot in Madeira Beach, St. Pete Beach, Treasure IslandSunset Beach and Fort De Soto Park, then quickly pay for both on-street and off-street parking without having to use a meter or pay station. Madeira Beach also accepts the WaytoPark app.