The Sun is Shining on America's Best Beaches

Welcome to warm sunshine, cool breezes and soft sands. With 35 miles of sugar-sand bliss to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect beach for you. And with three of Tripadvisor's top beaches in the U.S. located here in St. Pete/Clearwater, planning the perfect beach vacation is easy!

Looking for your best beach vacation yet? You’ve come to the right place, since St. Pete Beach was named the #1 Beach in the U.S. for 2021 by Tripadvisor’s community of travelers. It’s a perennial favorite too – having been named the #2 Beach in the U.S. in 2020. No wonder: Its soft, white sands, warm Gulf of Mexico waters and friendly, laid-back vibe are loved by locals and visitors alike.
 
A short drive to the north, legendary Clearwater Beach was named Tripadvisor’s #1 Beach in 2019, 2018 and 2016. With sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters, as well as popular beachfront restaurants and a nightly sunset celebration at Pier 60, this is a can’t-miss spot.
 
Be sure to also check out check out family friendly Madeira Beach, Tripadvisor's #9 beach in the U.S. in 2021. In fact, you'll find beautiful beaches to explore all along our sparkling Gulf Coast.
 
While you're visiting our beaches, a gentle reminder to be courteous, kind and a responsible traveler. Check out our helpful tips on visiting the beach responsibly. You can also read our Beach Updates & Conditions page for details on each beach.
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Unforgettable Beach Experiences

Beach, Bay & River Kayaking

Beach, Bay & River Kayaking

Clear waters, wonderful natural beauty and… what are you waiting for? Grab a kayak and chart your course for the ultimate on-the-water experience. Discover the exotic mangrove trails of Caladesi Island, cruise the coastline along our beaches, lose yourself for the day in the intracoastal waterways or cast a line closer to the fish.

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Camp Paradise

Camp Paradise

The beach camping scene here is pure paradise. One beach to get your fire going is Anclote Key Preserve, a barrier island brimming with tropical beauty you have to see to believe. Its 400 acres of sandy beaches, 43 species of birds and an 1887 lighthouse beckon exploration and, even better, an overnight stay under the stars. 

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Explore the Beaches at Night

Explore the Beaches at Night

We’re known for sunshiney days and stunning white sand beaches, but what happens when the sun goes down? The star-filled sky comes out and we turn on the lights! Dive into the world of Beach By Night, featuring “light painting,” a long-exposure photography technique, and you’ll never see our beaches the same again.

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