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Grab Your Sunscreen and Check Out the Must-Visit Beaches in Tampa Bay

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Unwind and elevate your mood instantly at these beautiful must-visit beaches in Tampa Bay. Watch the sunrise or sunset, even gaze at the stars! Florida has some of the best beaches out there, so don’t miss out on the very best beaches Tampa Bay has to offer! 

We’d love for you to explore these and have an amazing time. Remember us while you do, and tag us @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Get Some Vitamin Sea!

Best Beaches In Tampa Bay: St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach

📍332 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767

Bring your furry friend with you and enjoy the warm white sands. Reach complete relaxation at the Hotel Zamora rooftop bar, and enjoy the beautiful sunset with drinks. This is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down after a long day on the beach!  

If you want to feel like you’re in the Bahamas, get a Don Cesar day pass. It gets you access to their pools, hot tub, beach chairs, and more! It also grants you servers that bring you drinks while you relax and sunbathe–no need to get up!

Best Beaches In Tampa Bay: Fred Howard Park

📍 1700 Sunset Dr, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Pure crystal waters, spectacular trails, kayaks…these are things you’ll find at this beautiful spot. Truly a must-visit beach!

Fred Howard Park has a lot of places to sit and unwind, sunbathe and watch the burning sunset. There’s also lots of shade, remember that! Don’t leave the beach with a terrible sunburn and pack your SPF.

Don’t stress over things like parking and stabbing your feet with shells or rocks, it’s only $5 to park for the whole day, and the sand is completely smooth. It’s usually not crowded, as it’s a hidden beach gem, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the quiet, the waves, and the birds. 

Pro-tip: Bring food, water, and snacks! There aren’t any food stands on the actual beach.

Best Beaches In Tampa Bay: Indian Rocks Beach

📍1700 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

Soft white sand and clean, bright Gulf water! Prepare for one of the saltiest and calmest swims of your life at Indian Rocks Beach. The quiet here is one of the best things about this place, compared to other more crowded Florida beaches. Plus, it’s just a short drive from St. Pete or Tampa! Definitely worth it. 

After a long day on the beach, remember to explore and find some great restaurants and stores. With free public beach access, this makes a great and unique spot for you and your good company to spend the day! 

Best Beaches In Tampa Bay: Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island Stake Park

📍 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698

Honeymoon Island is an extraordinary place, indeed! Full of wildlife, amazing views, walks, waves…and there’s even an extensive dog beach on the island where you can bring your four-legged friend to run and swim. It’s also a great place to find cool rocks and shells for those of you that love to collect memories. And, don’t forget to try some windsurfing while you’re there!

If you want BLUE water, take the ferry from Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island State Park, it’s only $16 and a beautiful 20 min ferry ride.

Remember that it’s $8 to get in per vehicle (if there’s more than 1 person in the car), $4 for single drivers, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

Best Beaches In Tampa Bay: Sandkey Beach

Sand Key Beach

📍1060 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767

Amazing sunsets, crystal clear water, and lots of bird watching are what you can expect at Sand Key Beach. This must-visit beach has a little bit of everything; a dog park, food truck, beach cabanas, accessible wheelchairs for free, and more! A calm paradise for everyone. 

Get away from the daily hustle and busy beaches, and enjoy however you desire here! Just at the other side of Clearwater beach. Relax with your loved ones, eat at the picnic tables available, and swim stress-free, thanks to the alert lifeguards!

Best Beaches In Tampa Bay: Pass-A-Grille

📍Pass a Grille Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Pass-a-Grille Beach is one of our favorite places to go for a beach day! We love the main street with all the string lights, it’s so quaint and adorable. Some of the things you’ll find here include restaurants, rooftop bars, boutiques, tennis courts, fishing piers, outdoor art markets, and ice cream. 

If you’re going on the weekend, try to get there early as street parking fills up fast! After spending time at the beach all day, we love going to the Dewey rooftop at the Berkley for dinner (their oysters are top-notch) and to watch the sun go down over the water.

Best Beaches In Tampa Bay: Treasure Island

Treasure Island

📍 11260 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706

Our favorite thing about Treasure Island is everything around it! There’s so much to do here, you can have a whole day on the actual beach, swimming, sunbathing, sunset-watching, and end a perfect day by walking down John’s Pass. 

Enjoy the little beach-style stores, restaurants, ice cream, and soda shops as the moon rises. Fall in love with the way the place looks under string lights and under the stars. Eat some delicious ice cream after a great meal, and watch the sea at night. 

Best Beaches In Tampa Bay: Siesta Key

Siesta Key

📍 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242

The sand here is seriously amazing! It stays cool even when the day is scorching hot. Have a nice breakfast sandwich from the concession stand, and get ready to have a self-care day just for you. The beach is incredibly big, so you won’t feel crowded even though the place may get busy! There’s so much space for everyone. 

Catch incredible sunsets, and after a great beach day, stop by Ann Marie’s Southern home and Organic Ice Cream place to enjoy some delicious, healthy ice cream!

Best Beaches In Tampa Bay: Clearwater Beach

📍419 E Shore Dr, Clearwater Beach, FL 

We couldn’t leave this one out! Clearwater Beach is one of the best beaches in Tampa Bay and a must-visit beach in Florida! Even if you don’t live in Tampa Bay, you must have heard of the famous Clearwater Beach. It’s covered in pink sand! It has been voted #1 in the US, and among the best 10 beaches in the world! How cool is that?

Pro-tip: If you’re hungry but don’t want to miss a sunset, grab a bite at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill or the Palm Pavilion. Perfect sunset views!

Must-Visit Beaches in Tampa Bay and More

Beach lover or not, you must visit at least one of these beaches in Tampa Bay in your lifetime! Each and every one of them has something magical and special that we wish everyone to see.

There is so much you can do, from enjoying rock collecting and sunbathing to windsurfing and swimming. Explore outside the beach, too and find incredible stores and restaurants! Plan your day and get the best out of it! 

Daniela Camejo Sanchez

Daniela Camejo Sanchez

D. P. Camejo Sanchez is a Venezuelan writer and a Tampa local of many years. Her writing appears (or will soon appear) in The New York Quarterly, Ethel Zine, Olney Magazine, Afternoon Delight, Pastel Serenity Zine, and more.

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