Top 10 World-Class Beaches Near Tampa Feature White Sand, Warm Water

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 feature soft, white sand and 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.




Ben T. Davis Beach
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If you're vacationing in Tampa and are looking for a beach close-by that offers powdery white sand for lounging, calm water for cooling off and shelters for picnics, then Davis Beach is for you. This is the closest beach to downtown Tampa and...  Read More

Outside the city


Fred Howard Park is a popular beach and nature preserve located on the north end of Tampa Bay's barrier islands. The Park is connected by a mile-long causeway to the charming town of Tarpon Springs home to the area's famous sponge docks. In...  Read More

Outside the city


Indian Rocks Beach offers expansive white sand beaches with less emphasis on commercial development. A quiet, less crowed alternative to some of the more popular beaches. Public beach access is wonderful with over 20 entries to the sand but...  Read More

Tampa Downs


If you're searching for tranquil, family-friendly Tampa Bay beaches, explore Sand Key Park just south of Clearwater. This beautiful park is both park and beach offering visitors access to both white sand and a boardwalk and nature trail. If you...  Read More



The jumping off point to Caladesi Island, Honeymoon Island has plenty of beautiful beach to offer visitors as well and you don't have to take a boat to get there. In addition to it's 4-mile expanse of white sand, the Island includes a several...  Read More

Outside the city


Treasure Island is another popular beach that features a funky, retro vibe and offers plenty of wide, white sand beaches and fun activities. This beach is especially wide making it a haven for kite flyers who provide a colorful visual display to...  Read More

Caladesi Island State Park
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Picked for its beauty, the beach on Caladesi Island is one of the most stunning stretches of sand on the planet. At this secluded beach the sand seems whiter and the water more teal colored than anywhere else. Shell hunters will appreciate the...  Read More

Outside the city
St. Pete Beach
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St. Pete Beach truly has something for everyone and was named "One of America's Top 10 Best Beach Towns" by Parents magazine. Yes, it has white sand beaches and warm Gulf waters, but it's the extras that make this beach special. There are plenty...  Read More

Outside the city


Ever wanted to camp on the beach? This is a great spot to do it! Fort De Soto Park consists of over 1,000 acres of preserved land that covers five interconnected islands. These islands are home to numerous forms of wildlife that live in the...  Read More

Outside the city


Clearwater Beach is a very popular and busy beach with a long list of "Best Beach" honors. In addition to meticulously groomed beaches and tons of beach amenities, Clearwater Beach offers many additional attractions. Fishing, dolphin-watching...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye