With an average of 361 days of sunshine per year, Tampa Bay Area Beaches are among the best in the world. Below are just a few of the beaches in the Tampa Bay Area (beaches listed from north to south). 

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

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.  
Boardwalk leading to the beach at Honeymoon Island

West of the town of Dunedin and near Clearwater (60-70 minute drive, 36 miles from USF). 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.  
Beach chairs on Caladesi Beach


Causeway Blvd, Clearwater, FL (50-60 minute 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, and stand-up paddle boarding. There's a winding beachfront promenade lined with causal seafood restaurants and cafes. Pier 60 hosts a nightly festival with street performers and craft vendors.  
Sunset on Clearwater Beach, Florida


Clearwater, FL. (50-60 minute drive, 38 miles from USF).
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 shops, bars, and restaurants. Drinking is allowed on this beach. 
Street sign pointing the way to Fisherman's Alley on Treasure Island


St. Petersburg, Pinellas County (50-60 minute drive, 38 miles from USF)
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 this world-class beach with spectacular sunsets, and lots of restaurants and shopping opportunities.  
The St. Petersburg Pier