This is the short list of some of the most well know beaches in the area. Caladesi takes top honors on the "Dr. Beach" - best of 2008. Siesta Beach lands a respectable third place in the "Over All" 2008 list, as well as Siesta Key's Cresent Beach #3 on the Best Walking list. Captiva Island makes #3 on the "most Romantic" list. Ft. Desoto made the top of list in 2005 and 2009. Florida's beaches are one of the top wedding destinations in the world.
Please observe individual city/beach parking laws, and avoid parking in shopping centers or on private streets - unless you want to spend a day retrieving your car from the impound. You're sure to be welcome at many of our beaches public access/parking. Hundreds of the public access areas are owned and maintained by city, county or state parks departments. In addition to providing parking, numerous parks offer nature tours, picnic areas, restrooms/showers and snack bars.
Honeymoon Islanddrive to this island, ranger tours, Osprey, Owl & Bald Eagle nesting, snack bar, restrooms, pet friendly, nature trails, a Florida state park...
Caladesi Island2008 #1 - by Dr. Beach, reachby private boat or ferry on Honeymoon Island, ranger tours & breakfast, trails, kayak, snack bar, restrooms, a Florida state park...
Clearwater Beachwhile parking may be hard to find, once you have your spot, there's plenty to do besides swim - shops, dining and "key West" style entertainment at Pier 60.
Sand Key just south of Clearwater Beach - it's all beach, less the 'extras'.
Belleair"Belleair Beach's residents are proud to have preserved one of the last strictly residential beach communities in Pinellas County."
Indian Rocks Beach"Indian Rocks Beach has 27 public beach accesses/parks, including Pinellas County 18th Avenue Park, each with it's own unique character and style that will lead you to our paradise."
Madeira Beachnick-named "Mad Beach" it's pretty much a happy little island. Most of the parking areas have restrooms & dining close by.
Treasure Islandpublic parking, shops, dining, music and tiki bars on the beach. The southern most tip of the island is Sunset Beach.
St. Pete Beachpublic parking, showers, restrooms, restaurants, tiki bars, boardwalks
Fort Desoto1136 acres, a county park, lots of amenities, picnic areas, trails, snack bar...
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