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Are you looking for beaches? Look no further! You 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.  There are four beaches in Tampa Bay that are or were ranked #1 in the US.

Clearwater Beach
ClearwaterBeach_explore.jpg2021 #18 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2020 #5 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2019 #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2019 #6 Beach in the world by TripAdvisor
2018 #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2017 #4 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2016 #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2016 #20 Beach in the world by TripAdvisor 
2015 #2 Best Florida Beach - USA TODAY
2015 #8 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2014 # 21 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2013 #18 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2013 Best Beach Town in Florida by USA TODAY
2013 Best Place to Watch a Sunset by USA TODAY
2013 Best Beaches in the U.S by Peter Greenberg


Clearwater Beach is lauded for its gorgeous white sugar sand and sparkling waters, not to mention beachside fun for all ages, from kid-friendly water sports and cruises to dining and dancing hot spots. Area favorites include the Wave at Shephard's Beach Resort, a two-level nightclub; Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, a beachfront favorite with live music; and, across the parking lot, the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, which also offers stunning beach views.

Framed by its Beach Walk, visitors can take in long stretches of white sand beaches and a nightly celebration with the Sunsets at Pier 60 festival. It’s also home to Winter the dolphin, star of Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. 

Siesta Key
SiestaBeach.jpg2021 #17 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2020 #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2020 #11 Beach in the world by TripAdvisor
2017 #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach (CNN)
2017 #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2015 #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2011 #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach (CNN)

Looking for world-class powdery white quartz sand beaches, 100 golf courses within driving distance, and an endless selection of cultural and family activities? Siesta Key is the laid-back beach town that goes above and beyond. Right nearby in Sarasota, you'll find museums, art, wildlife, circuses, opera, ballet, symphonies, theater, film festivals, botanical gardens, baseball spring training...the list goes on.


St. Pete Beach

saint-pete-beach.jpg2021 #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2020 #2 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2020 #16 Beach in the world by TripAdvisor
2019 #4 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2018 #7 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2017 #3 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2016 #4 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2015 #2 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2014 #9 Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2013 America’s Top 10 Best Beach Towns by Parents magazine
2012 #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor


This postcard-perfect beach destination provides soul-soothing, sugar-white sands and welcoming blue waters, plus opportunities for as much adventure or relaxation as you desire. St. Pete Beach has different stretches of beach for everyone--from families to those looking to relax, to a younger set looking for vibrancy. Plus, it’s just 15 minutes from downtown St. Pete.

Fort De Soto Park / Pass-A-Grille
ft desoto2.jpg2015 #8 Best Beach in Florida by USA TODAY
2015 #5 Best Florida Beach by USA TODAY  *Pass-A-Grille
2014 Best Family Beach by USA TODAY
2013 #4 Best Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2013 #15 Best Beach in America by TripAdvisor  *Pass-A-Grille
2013 #20 Best Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2011 Best Family Beach by Parents magazine
2005 #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach

Fort De Soto state park is one of the few places you can enjoy a world-class white sand beach, be exposed to classic American history, and get to escape from the norm.

But the fun doesn’t end there: This gorgeous, 1,100-acre beach playground is spread out over five islands, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beach and explore the area’s natural wonders, but still within reach of tons of convenient amenities. Favorite park features include the leash-free dog beach, historic fort, boat launch, boat docks, two fishing piers, shaded picnic areas, and miles of cycling and kayaking trails.

Must do: Kayak the mangroves where you’ll often see manatees.

Honeymoon Island / Caladesi Island
Caladesi2.jpg2021 #7 Beach in America by Dr. Beach (CNN)
2019 #6 Beach in America by Dr. Beach (CNN)
2015 #6 Best Beach in Florida by USA TODAY
2014 #11 Best Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2013 #12 Best Beach in America by TripAdvisor
2009 #10 Best Beach in America by TripAdvisor  *Honeymoon Island 
2008 #1 Beach in America by Dr. Beach

Honeymoon Island State Park, Caladesi Island is recognized as one of the best beaches in the country. Which is saying a whole lot. Nature lovers feel especially at home here among the mangroves, tidal flats, and slash pine forest that draws a variety of bird species including osprey. The park also features a restaurant, playground, and concessions offering beach equipment and kayak rentals.

Accessible only by boat, Caladesi, which is just off the coast of Dunedin, takes visitors to a place far from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Once here, you’ll find yourself immersed in a true island paradise. Settle down in the soft, white sand and relax as the calm, azure waters tickle your feet. Wander the beach admiring the shells and sand dollars that have washed ashore. If you’re looking for a little adventure, escape to the island’s interior, where hiking and kayaking trails weave through mangrove and slash-pine forests. When you get hungry, cozy up for a meal in the Caladesi Café or claim a picnic table with a view. You'll find nature in abundance on the island, which among all its other highlights is also a stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail.

Must do: Forget the ferry, get a true outdoors experience by kayaking from Honeymoon Island. 

Anclote Key Preserve State Park
anclote Beach.jpg2014 Best Hidden-Gem Beach by USA TODAY 

Located three mi
les off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Anclote Key is accessible only by boat. Of course, this hidden gem is worth the trip. In all, the 403 acres make a bird watcher's paradise and features a lighthouse from 1887 and epic white-sand beaches.

Must do: Coordinate your trip with one of the few times the lighthouse is open so you can get a view, unlike many others.




OTHER NOTABLE BEACHES

Ben T. Davis Beach
Apollo Beach Nature Reserve
Madeira Beach
Sand Key Park
Sunset Beach
Indian Rocks
Pine Key Island
Pass a Grille Beach
Redington Beach
Egmont Key Beach
Fred Howard Park