Visitors to Tampa have hit the beach lottery. From downtown Tampa you are about a half hour's drive of not one, not two, but a dozen of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the world. You have merely to pick one. To help you make the most of this momentous decision, 10 Best has compiled a list of the best options to choose from.
All the beaches have wide stretches of soft white sand meeting the warm calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. So the decision really comes down to the location and nearby amenities. If you are looking for a full-service beach with cabanas, restaurants, water sports and entertainment, then the ever-popular Clearwater Beach is a good choice. A favorite of spring-breakers, it's the center of all the action and home to Pier 60 that hosts a daily sunset festival.
If you're in the mood for peace and quiet, perhaps a beach in a more natural setting without condos and groomed sand, there are options for you too. One of the most stunning beaches in an area full of stunning beaches is found on Caladesi Island State Park. There are no high-rises here and the pristine beaches are completely natural. The perfect spot to reconnect with nature.