The Tampa Bay Experience Guide

Tampa Bay Area Beaches

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With an average of 361 days of sunshine per year, Tampa Bay Area Beaches are sure to please with its many beautiful stretches of white sand in the world. Below are just a few of the beaches the Tampa Bay Area has to offer (beaches listed from north to south). 

To virtually explore the beaches on the map below, go to Visit St. Pete -- Things to do -- Beaches

Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island State Park and Beach, 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL (50-55-minute drive, 27 miles west, from USF). Honeymoon Island has more than four miles of white sand beaches, stunning sunsets, and a bird watchers paradise. The park is also the ferry terminal for access to another unspoiled state park, Caladesi Island.  

Honeymoon IslandPhotocourtesy of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater 

Caladesi Beach

Caladesi Beach, located off Florida's Culf Coast, west of the town of Dunedin and near the city of Clearwater. The island is accessible only by a two-minute ferry that runs hourly from Honeymoon Island. Caladesi Beach is one of Florida's few remaining undeveloped barrier islands, and the Caladesi Island State Park.   

Caladesi IslandPhoto courtesy of St. Petersburgh/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitor Bureau

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL (50-minute to an hour drive, 34.5 miles west, from USF). Voted the "Best Beach Town in Florida" by USA Today readers. Experience long stretch of soft, white sand and year-round attractions to include fishing, dolphin-watching, jet-skiing, parasailing, & stand-up paddle boarding and winding beachfront promenade lined with causal seafood restaurants and cafes. Pier 60 hosts a nightly festival with street performers and craft vendors.  

treasure Island

Treasure Island, Clearwater, FL. Experience this three mile expanse of white, sandy beaches. Treasure Island is a haven for kite flyers. At the north end of the mile long paved trail, is St. John's Pass, a quaint fishing village with lots of souvenir and apparel shots, bars, and restaurants. Drinking is allowed on this beach. 

Treasure IslandPhoto courtesy of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach, St. Pete, Pinellas County, was voted TripAdvisor's No. 1 Beach in the U.S. and No. 5 in the world in 2012 and named "The Sunset Capital of Florida." Discover theses world-class beaches, spectacular sunsets, and lots of restaurants and shopping opportunities.