Beaches

Let’s Go! This Way to America's Best Beaches

With two of TripAdvisor's top beaches in the U.S. located here in St. Pete/Clearwater, it's easy to plan your perfect vacation in paradise.  With 35 miles of white sand bliss to choose from, you’ll find an island-style vacation without leaving the U.S. Scroll down to learn more about Clearwater Beach, TripAdvisor's No. 1 beach in the U.S. in 2019 (and in 2018 and 2016, too!). Discover more about St. Pete Beach, TripAdvisor's No. 2 beach in the U.S. in 2020. Or click on the map pins to find white sugar sands, old Florida vibes and untouched natural beauty along the Gulf Coast! To discover even more ways to enjoy our beautiful beach and waterways, dive in here.

With nearly 100 direct flight options and only a short drive from Orlando, it's a breeze to get to the best beaches in America. Once here, our high walkability and fantastic public transportation will help you easily navigate the area, so you can focus on enjoying your ultimate Florida vacation on the Gulf Coast. #winning

It's time to get away and love your beach.

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Honeymoon Island State Park

This undeveloped 385-acre barrier island off Dunedin has four miles of sandy beaches, hiking trails and bird-watching opportunities along the Osprey Trail. The trails are also home to neat ground-dwelling wildlife such as armadillos, gopher tortoises and raccoons. Upon arriving, visit the Rotary Centennial Nature Center to learn about the island and get ready to swim, hike, bike, kayak, or simply relax.

Top Tip: Honeymoon Island boasts one of the prettiest dog beaches around!

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Don’t Miss: Enjoy outdoor activities along this serene, undeveloped beach like shelling and kayaking.

Don't Miss: Strolling along the long stretch of beach. 

Don't Miss: Experience the pristine beaches and turquoise waters on Honeymoon Island in a whole new way with stand up paddleboard (SUP) rentals.

Don't Miss: One of the best places to snorkel on Honeymoon Island is Main Beach.

Don’t Miss: Part of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail, Honeymoon Island is perfect for taking in nature. Keep an eye out for osprey nests and shorebirds.

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Honeymoon Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi landed on Dr. Beach's list of Top 10 Beaches in both 2019 and 2016, and was voted No. 6 Best Beach in Florida by USA Today in 2015. The island is accessible only by boat — ride the ferry from Honeymoon Island, or rent a kayak and tour the mangrove trails. Natural beauty meets modern amenities with an on-site concession, showers and changing rooms. 

Top Tip: Bring beach chairs and a cooler, or rent a beachside cabana.

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Don’t Miss: This uninhabited barrier island—accessible by ferry, kayak or private boat—features amenities such as a café, rental shop, showers, bathrooms and grills.

Don’t Miss: The unspoiled sandy beach with views of the Gulf of Mexico. Get a taste in our Caladesi Island video.

Don't Miss: Shelling is a must-do along the shores of Caladesi...just leave any live creatures where you find them!

Clearwater Beach

Fun-loving Clearwater Beach was voted the No. 1 beach in America by Trip Advisor in 2019, 2018 and 2016 (it was also named No. 6 in the world in 2019!). Wide sugar-sand beaches and emerald-clear waters (you might spot a dolphin or two!) make this the perfect beach scene. Soak in the sun, then dust off the sand and enjoy all this city-beach has to offer from Beach Walk's shops, to waterfront restaurants such as Frenchy's, and rooftop bars including Jimmy's Crow's Nest. 

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Don't Miss: Staying right on the beach in beautiful resorts such as Opal Sands or Wyndham Grand.

Don't Miss: Burying your toes in the soft, sugary white sand that somehow doesn’t seem to get hot.

Don't Miss: Sunsets at Pier 60, a nightly gathering at this walkable entertainment area filled with crafters, buskers and live music. Stroll the pier while watching the sun sink into the Gulf.

Don't Miss: A particularly famous dolphin: Winter, the star of Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Don't Miss: There's nothing quite like enjoying sunny skies, soothing breezes and unbeatable Gulf views in Clearwater Beach.

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Sand Key

If you prefer solitude with spectacular gulf views, quiet and romantic Sand Key Park is just a bridge away from the lively Clearwater Beach. Pack a picnic and set up camp at the tables on the north side of the island, or grab a fishing pole and kick back at this 95-acre county park with its wide beach, picnic pavilions and bathhouses. Explore the trails and boardwalk that winds through a salt marsh (visitors are sometimes able to observe endangered birds nesting and feeding!), and after a storm, collect shells along the shore.

Top Tip: It’s super-easy to drive and park at this beach, with nearly 700 spaces and a daily parking fee of only $5.

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Don't Miss: Snapping a selfie at this pristine paradise to make your friends jealous (and think you were on a secluded island).

Don't Miss: Enjoy the long walk up the beach, then reward yourself with a sunset cocktail at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.

Don't Miss: Come for the white-sand beach, stay and explore the county park, featuring a dog-friendly area and kid-friendly playground.

Don't Miss: Diving and fishing on artificial reefs - Sand Key is the base of operations for the county's artificial reef program.

Belleair Beach

Chill out with the locals along quiet Belleair Beach. Find a spot on 4,500 feet of secluded shoreline dotted with the area’s most lavish mansions and settle in for a reverie of sun, sand and seabirds. Parking spots can be nabbed at the beach access points with trails leading through the dunes to the beaches of this low-key gulf-front community.

Top Tip: Bring snacks and water: there are no public facilities or commercial establishments on this stretch of beach.

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Don't Miss: Relaxing on the beach away from the hustle and bustle. No crowds, no active sports…just peace and quiet.

Don't Miss: Approach the beach by boat and dock at the 7th Street Park Boat Ramp and the Municipal Marina across the street from the beach.

Don't Miss: Make a splash and enjoy the perfect family-friendly beach day!

Indian Shores & Indian Rocks Beach

Time for a nostalgic taste of Old Florida along this narrow barrier island. Some 27 beach access points lead to the picture-perfect beach. When hunger and thirst strike, you’ll find lots of options. The flip-flop crowd makes a beeline to Lulu’s Oyster Bar and Tap House or wander to Guppy's on the Beach Grill & Bar to sip cool drinks and dine on fresh seafood while soaking in unbeatable Gulf views.  

Top Tip: Come early to grab a parking spot at Indian Rocks public beach.

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Don't Miss: A long, well-deserved break in one of the many vacation rentals—the condo community here makes this beach a relaxing retreat.

Don't Miss: Kids (and kids at heart) should stop by Splash Harbour Water Park for a fun day of slides, tubing and mini-golf.

Don’t Miss: Discover the tiny Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores, home to injured pelicans, birds of prey and other shorebirds. 

North Redington Beach & Redington Shores

Brilliant white sand and sparkling blue water attract many vacationers to Gulf Boulevard. You're bound to find a peaceful stretch of sand among the three small communities of Redington Shores, North Redington Beach and Redington Beach, which deliver an amazing resort town experience. Craving action? Rent a wave runner and jet across the water, secure tee-time at a nearby golf course or even hop on a charter boat for some deep-sea fishing. Looking for a beach retreat? Enjoy a relaxing stroll at sunset or sunbathe on the warm sandy shores. You're bound to find the best of both worlds right here.

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Don’t Miss: Sunbathing on the wide, white-sand beach.

Don't Miss: Let your kiddos splash in some emerald-green waves.

Don't Miss: A comfortable and relaxing beach community perfect for family trips.

Madeira Beach

Head to the pristine 2-mile long stretch of “Mad Beach" - the perfect beach escape. Take the Tom Stuart Causeway, an impressive bridge with great views, to this bustling beach.  Discover historic John's Pass Village & Boardwalk, which is buzzing with more than 100 shops and restaurants in an Old Florida-style waterfront atmosphere. Explore the surf shops and art galleries, then enjoy fresh seafood along the boardwalk at the Friendly Fisherman or Sculley’s.

Top Tip: The annual John’s Pass Seafood & Music Festival is a family-friendly event featuring music, arts and crafts and some of the best seafood in St. Pete/Clearwater.

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Don’t Miss: Shopping for souvenirs and people watching along John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk.

Don’t Miss: Take to the water from Hubbard’s Marina for their Dolphin Watch tour, a sunset cruise, or a charter boat excursion.

Don’t Miss: John’s Pass Seafood Festival, a four-day celebration of seafood, music and more every October.

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Treasure Island

Three miles of sparkling sand lines the Gulf with an array of lodging, from luxury resorts to kitschy hotels and small inns. Hang out at the surrounding popular beach bars, and for live music and dancing on the weekend, head over to Gators Café and Saloon at John’s Pass. Dance to the bongos at a Sunday night drum circle an hour before sunset.

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Don’t Miss: Romantic walk along the mile-long stretch that runs parallel to the beachfront.

Don’t Miss: This beach is Florida’s “sand sculpture capital”—you’ll see why at the Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition every November.

Don’t Miss: Your beach vacay done right at Treasure Island Beach Resort. Luxurious and modern, every room on this property has a view of the Gulf of Mexico.

St. Pete Beach

With miles of beaches, surf shops and boutiques, along with a vast array of lodging, dining and water sports for all ages, it's easy to see why St. Pete Beach was voted TripAdvisor's No. 2 beach in the U.S. in 2020. From the luxurious, historic Don CeSar, to the family-friendly TradeWinds Island Resorts and dozens of hotels and small inns, there’s a place for all tastes and budgets. Try Jimmy B’s, the Undertow and Harry’s for a cocktail, or stop by one of the area's rooftop lounges for 360-degree views.

An added bonus: if you feel the need for some culture and an urban vibe, fun-filled downtown St. Petersburg is just 20 minutes away.

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Don’t Miss: The calm waters here make for great SUPing. Rent one from Postcard Inn on the Beach.

Don’t Miss: Places to stay that exude luxury (The Don CeSar), hip and happening (Kimpton Hotel Zamora) and family-friendly (TradeWinds Island Resort). Looking for a high-adrenaline experience? 

Don’t Miss: Rather, can’t miss—all the beach bars that dot this lively beach. Try a tipple at PCI Beach Bar, The Swigwam, or the Undertow.

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Pass-A-Grille Beach

Pass-a-Grille is the epitome of old Florida charm equipped with a local vibe. Voted one of the Top 5 beaches in Florida by USA Today in 2015, Pass-a-Grille will certainly not disappoint. Enjoy the four-mile stretch of natural shoreline, dotted with tasty eateries such as Paradise Grille and the Hurricane Restaurant (try the grouper sandwich!). Reel in fish from Merry Pier (rod rentals available), or browse the shops and galleries along the Eighth Avenue Historic District.

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Don’t Miss: Spectacular sunset views (and grouper sandwiches) at Hurricane Seafood Restaurant.

Don’t Miss: Living like a local—this community is high-rise free and overflows with charm (some streets are even lined with tiki lights).

Shell Key, Fort De Soto Park & Egmont Key

This popular 1,136-acre county park stretches over five islands. Take in the natural scenes at Fort De Soto Park, with sights of the impressive Sunshine Skyway Bridge from the east end of the island. There are numerous beaches across the islands with shallow surf, picnic areas, a seven-mile paved trail, historic fort and a fishing pier. Fuel your adventure at the on-site concession before renting a kayak or bike.

Top Tip: Let the kids explore the awesomely spooky remains of the 19th century fort, then catch the ferry to Egmont Key for a chance to do some snorkeling.

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Don’t Miss: A day of outdoor fun biking the Fort De Soto Park trails, kayaking the mangroves and exploring the old historic fort and Fort De Soto Batteries.

Don’t Miss: Egmont Key is the perfect location to go snorkeling—see why in our video.

Don’t Miss: There’s a reason Shell Key got its name—this is one of the best spots in Florida for shelling.

Don't Miss: Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the northernmost beach area as your small children play in the shallow tidal pools.

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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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