Tampa Bay, particularly Pinellas County, boasts some of the best beaches in the state of Florida, and the entire United States. It’s why each year, thousands of vacationers from all over flock to the sunshine state’s Gulf Coast! Some come to party and others come for a relaxing getaway with their loved ones – it all just depends on what you’re looking for. To help you in your search for the ideal Tampa Bay vacation spot, here’s a list of Pinellas Beaches with a little bit of information on each of them:
Fort DeSoto Beach – Named America’s Top Beach by Dr. Beach in 2005, Fort DeSoto Park and Beach is a great place for those who crave lots of activity. Lots of hiking trails, wildlife, and even a place to camp, this beach has something for everyone. Be careful where you choose to swim here though – some areas are deemed unsafe because currents are too strong. Offers the most spectacular view of Florida’s breath-taking sunsets and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
St. Pete Beach – Larger crowds with luxury hotels, including the historical landmark Don Cesar Hotel. If you want to be around lots of activity in South Pinellas County, this is the place. There’s a large water slide outside the Tradewinds Hotel, lots of beach volleyball setups, and a slew of restaurants and beach bars frequented by both travelers and locals.
Treasure Island – North of St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island offers some of the widest (and whitest!) beaches in all of Florida. This is a very family-friendly spot, and is typically less crowded than St. Pete Beach. The Beaches are more accessible to the public, and there’s a mix of small hotels and vacation condos. The Treasure Island Boardwalk that circles around Blind Pass is particularly scenic, and a great way to watch the sunset.
Madeira Beach – Like Treasure Island, Madeira Beach is a little quieter than St. Pete Beach, and very family-friendly, especially with John’s Pass Village right across the street. Even in the summer months, you won’t find a lot of crowds at Madeira Beach, mostly just those who either live or are staying in a beachfront condo. As you venture further North, you’ll start to see more and more of Florida’s natural vegetation.
Redington Beaches – Redington is made up of Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, and Redington Shores, adjacent to Madeira. Very small beaches with mostly beachfront condominiums and resorts. Plenty of families stay out here, but it also attracts an older crowd of retirees. The Redington Beach Fishing Pier is very popular.
Indian Rocks and Indian Shores – The area of Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores is where you’ll find Old Florida at its finest. Very quiet, with lots of natural vegetation and some really neat vintage cottages and Old Florida beach homes. The area is mostly beach condos and tends to cater to snowbirds, retirees, and families who vacation and live there year round.
Clearwater Beach – Clearwater Beach is much like St. Pete Beach in that it’s where you’d want to go to see the action. This beach is most typically frequented by young adults and spring break crowds, although there are areas of this beach that are family-friendly. This is the “hoppin” spot for for the North County beaches, just as St. Pete Beach is for South County. Lots of restaurants and beach bars, including Frenchy’s and Shephard’s.