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Kicking Back on Some of the Area's Best Beaches

If you long for gentle, temperate seas lined by soft sandy shores, then St Pete/Clearwater beaches were specially made for you. Throw in a collection of motorized and non-motorized beach "toys," deep sea fishing, shelling and more, along with a rich selection of restaurants, bars and bistros and it's a match made in paradise.

Add to that cozy motels, posh resorts and charming inns, and you can rest very comfortably for the night. Along the way, treat yourself to "shop till you drop" adventures - perfect for souvenirs to take home.

Special beach favorites with sun worshipers are: the award-winning Clearwater Beach and the intimate Sunset Beach. If you long for an island getaway, head to Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands. For something more laid back with a hint of old Florida, Pass-a-Grille is a sure bet.

There's a reason why St Pete Beach has been drawing beach goers to its gentle shores for generations…..Have I mentioned the spectacular sunsets?

Treasure Island
Sunset Beach
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Tucked into the southern tip of Treasure Island, Sunset Beach is a draw for beach lovers of all ages. You'll find tiki huts, snack shops and bohemian bars to go with the tranquil sea and soft, sandy shores. Hop on board a charter boat for some...  Read More

Tierra Verde
Fort De Soto Park
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Fort De Soto is so much more than a pretty beach. Sprawling for seven miles along the Gulf of Mexico, it offers beaches, picnic grounds, grills, campsites - and an historic Spanish fort, for good measure. Tidal pools make it ideal for families...  Read More

Treasure Island
Treasure Island
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Deriving its name from an early hotel owner who buried - then "discovered" some wooden "treasure chests" on the beach - Treasure Island boasts three miles of white, sandy shores - perfect for shelling, snorkeling, parasailing, wave running and...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
Pass-a-Grille Beach
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Named for 18th-century "grilleurs" who dried fish on these soft, sandy shores, Pass-a-Grille stretches along the southern end of St Pete Beach, encompassing 22 blocks, beginning at 22nd Ave and stretching to the end of the island. This quaint,...  Read More



Unlike some of the busier beaches in Clearwater, Sand Key Park offers a wide swath of sand and a host of amenities, including beach cabanas, restrooms, seasonal lifeguards, concession stands, picnic areas and ample parking - without the...  Read More

Honeymoon Island State Park
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Once known as Hog Island, Honeymoon Island's current name is drawn from a 1939 contest for newlyweds who won a two-week honeymoon stay here - and the subsequent honeymoon bungalows built as a result of the contest. This natural barrier island...  Read More

Caladesi Island State Park


Another consistent award-winner in the beautiful beach parade, Caladesi Island is a barrier island along Florida's Gulf Coast and accessible only by a 15-minute boat or ferry ride. Along with three miles of pristine beaches, the island boasts...  Read More

Indian Rocks Beach
Indian Rocks Beach
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According to local lore, Indian Rocks Beach got its name from a native medicine man who cured his chief from whatever ailed him by using the waters from a natural sulfur spring said to be located in the area. Early settlers seeing the Indians...  Read More

St. Pete Beach
St Pete Beach
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Another consistent winner on the "Top List of Beaches," St Pete Beach officially had its name changed in 1994 to lessen the confusion with the City of St Petersburg, located on the mainland. This barrier island has been drawing celebrities and...  Read More

Clearwater Beach
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Consistently named to the Top List of Beaches and ranked among the "most beautiful beaches in the world," by Conde Nast Traveler, Dr. Beach and others, Clearwater Beach does indeed boast sugary white sands and tranquil shallow seas, assuring a...  Read More


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