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Archibald Beach Park (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
15100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete, FL 33708
(727) 391-7373
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This favorite hot spot is often busy on weekends, and has restrooms and restaurants nearby. A favorite for visitors and locals alike, this beach is a fun destination for all beach goers.
 
Caladesi Island State Park Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 469-5918
8:00 a.m. to sunset
Forget your worries as you take a ferry to this 3-mile beach and explore the natural surroundings on one of the state’s last undeveloped barrier islands. Boaters, bird-watchers, and beachcombers can walk the sandy shore, then head inland to hike a wooded nature trail.
 
Clearwater Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
West end of S.R. 60, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Lifeguards on duty 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This wide beach of sugar-fine sand draws volleyball players, sun worshippers, and swimmers.
 
Egmont Key State Park (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
4905 34th St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33711
(727) 893-2627
8:00 a.m. to sunset
Visit Egmont Key State Park and enjoy the most beautiful waters of Tampa Bay. Relaxing and shell collecting along its pristine, palm tree lined, secluded beaches, is a year round favorite activity. Also see a 150-year-old working lighthouse, gun batteries built in 1898 to defend Tampa Bay and 100-year-old brick roads. There is no gift shop on the island, so please remember to bring water, food and sunscreen, when you visit.
 
Fort DeSoto Park Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715
(727) 582-2267
Sunrise to sunset
Fort DeSoto is a barrier island and 1,136-acre park. Besides a clean, wide beach with
many shore birds, this park boasts two fishing piers, historic fort, and bayside campsites. A paved trail appeals to cyclists and inline skaters.
 
Fred Howard Park Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
1700 Sunset Dr., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 943-4081
7:00 a.m. to sunset
This family beach is best visited on weekdays when it’s not crowded. But even on busy weekends, the gentle waves and clean shoreline make for a pleasant visit. It’s also
a popular site for fishing and windsurfing.
 
Honeymoon Island Beach State Park (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 469-5942
8:00 a.m. to sunset
Sandy shores surround this island getaway, though some are rocky. Dogs on leashes are welcomed on the southeast side; boaters can anchor off parts of the north shore.
 
Indian Rocks Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
1700 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
(727) 595-2517
No set hours
Many restaurants are within walking distance of this beach, attracting a quieter crowd with gentle shorelines. With more than 20 beach accesses along Gulf Boulevard, you’ll be able to be on the beach quickly.
 
Johns Pass Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
129th Ave. along Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, FL 33708
(727) 391-7373
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This popular beach borders the waterway pass, so a constant parade of boats and watercraft can be seen on the water. The beach often has riptides, so swimmers have to be careful. But if you would rather sun than swim, it’s a good destination.
 
Madeira Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
14400 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach, FL 33708
(727) 391-7373
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
A favorite among tourists and locals, this wide, sandy beach is packed on weekends with families, singles, young, and old. Alcohol is permitted.
 
Pass-a-Grille Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
Off Gulf Way, from 1st Ave. to 22nd Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33706
(727) 367-2735
No set hours
This wide, beautiful beach is perfect for sunbathers and sightseers alike. Fishermen will enjoy the spot to cast a
line from the jetties.
 
Picnic Island (Airport/Westshore Area)
7404 Picnic Island Blvd., Tampa, FL 33616
(813) 274-8615
7:30 a.m. to sunset
At Picnic Island you can rent a shelter for a party, play on the beach and playground, or fish from the pier. The boat ramp is available 24 hours a day.
 
Sand Key Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 588-4852
7:00 a.m. to sunset
This flour-fine sandy beach may be one of the widest—and whitest—in Florida beyond the Panhandle. It’s best to go on weekdays, or early, or later in the day, because it’s a favorite with families.
 
St. Pete Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
All along Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 367-2735
No set hours
The white sandy beaches and calm waters make this beautiful island a popular family destination on weekends and an ideal place to share a long walk. Water sports abound, including waverunners, scuba diving, fishing, parasailing, and more.
 
Treasure Island Beach (St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area)
10400 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706
(727) 547-4575
7:00 a.m. to sunset
This big, wide community beach has better shells than most beaches, but arrive early for the best ones. Three public boat ramps and a marina are available. Try Treasure Island on the weekdays for a quieter scene.
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