Explore Our Beaches

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 Conditions and Red Tide Updates page for details on each beach.
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Honeymoon Island

This undeveloped 385-acre barrier island off Dunedin has four miles of sandy beaches, hiking trails and bird-watching opportunities along the Osprey Trail. Honeymoon Island State Park's trails are also home to 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. There's even a popular dog beach.

Top Tip: Honeymoon Island can get pretty busy on weekends, but, even then, you can find your own space in the sand if you park at the northernmost parking area, cross over to the beach on the boardwalk, then walk north. Weekdays are a bit quieter.

Discover Honeymoon Island State Park

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

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

Don't Miss: 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, Main Beach.

Don’t Miss: Soaking in nature in a part of the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. Keep an eye out for osprey nests and shorebirds!

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island State Park 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 — you can 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: If you want some solitude at the beach, you can undoubtedly find it here. If you kayak over, just choose your own spot on the sand. If you arrive by ferry, walk away from the marina area until you find your perfect spot.

Discover Caladesi Island State park

Don’t Miss: This uninhabited barrier island—accessible by ferry, kayak or private boat—featuring 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 - 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. 

Top Tip: This is a very popular beach, and it's going to be a hub of activity at any time. Arrive early to find parking more easily and set up for your perfect beach day. 

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

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

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

Don't Miss: The sunny skies, soothing breezes and unbeatable Gulf views in Clearwater Beach.

Don't Miss: Sunsets at Pier 60, a nightly gathering at this walkable entertainment area filled with crafters, buskers and live music, where you can watch the sun sink into the Gulf.

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 small daily parking fee. Because it is so immense - even when it's at its busiest - it's unlikely you'll feel crowded at the beach.

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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: Long walks up the beach and rewarding yourself with a sunset cocktail at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.

Don't Miss: The white-sand beach and 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. Because of its small size, it tends to be a quieter beach option.

Discover Belleair Beach

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: Splashing and enjoying the perfect family-friendly beach day!

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

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: This area tends to be quieter than some of our larger beaches. Come early to grab a parking spot at Indian Rocks public beach. 

Discover Indian Shores & Indian Rocks Beach

Don't Miss: Retreating to the peace and tranquility of uncrowded beaches and blue-green Gulf waters.

Don't Miss: The Splash Harbour Water Park for a fun day of slides, tubing and mini-golf for all kids (and kids at heart!)

Don’t Miss: 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.

Top Tip: The Redingtons offer a smaller, typically less busy beach option, though food and drink options are less plentiful. Bring your own and enjoy a great beach day.

Discover Redington Beaches

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

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

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

Madeira Beach

Head to the pristine two-mile long stretch of “Mad Beach" - the perfect beach escape, named the #9 Beach in the U.S. by Tripadvisor in 2021. 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:  Weekends are busy, so arrive early. Weekdays, you'll have more space on the sand, especially if you avoid mid-day. Park at Archibald Memorial Beach Park or try John's Pass Park. End a perfect beach day nearby at John's Pass Village & Boardwalk, with a cold drink and some fresh seafood.

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

Don’t Miss: Thrilling Dolphin Watch tours, sunset cruises or charter boat excursions from Hubbard's Marina.

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

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.

Top Tip: Weekdays are quieter, particularly early or late in the day. You'll find that the stretch of sand between the Bilmar Beach Resort and Caddy's Treasure Island is sometimes less busy. 

Discover Treasure Island

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

Don’t Miss: The Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition every November to learn why this beach has long been lauded Florida’s “sand sculpture capital”.

Don’t Miss: The luxurious and modern Treasure Island Beach Resort, for a beach vacay done right and unbelievable views 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. 1 Beach in the U.S. in 2021 (and the #2 Beach 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.

Top Tip: St. Pete Beach was named #1 in the country - so the secret is out! Upham Beach is your best bet for parking. If you're looking for some space on the sand, it's less crowded between the Undertow Beach Bar and the Don CeSar, then again between the Don CeSar and Pass-a-Grille Beach.

Discover St. Pete Beach

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

Don’t Miss: Places to stay that exude luxury (The Don CeSar), hip and happening (Hotel Zamora) and family-friendly (TradeWinds Island Grand Beach 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.

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.

Top Tip: Limited street parking means a limited number of people on the beach, so you can enjoy a relaxing day. Best bets for finding a parking spot: arrive early in the day or an hour before sunset. Weekdays are quieter.

Discover Pass-a-Grille Beach

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).

Don't Miss: Peaceful nights under shimmering stars surrounded by sugar-white sand.

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. 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.

Top Tip: There's a ton of parking at Fort De Soto Park, so you shouldn't have a problem there. However, it's still best to arrive early, to avoid the long line that sometimes forms at the park's entrance (where visitors pay an admission fee).

Discover Shell Key, Egmont Key & Fort De Soto

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, the perfect location to go snorkeling—see why in our video.

Don’t Miss: Shelling in one of the best spots in Florida - there’s a reason Shell Key got its name!

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

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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