10 Best Beaches in the St. Pete Area

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Enjoying fun in the sun is never in short supply in the St. Pete, Florida. With numerous vacation rentals to offer in the area and literally hundreds of things to do, it’s no wonder that St. Petersburg is a premier vacation destination.

If you’re looking to focus on beach time, then check out our list of the best beaches in the St. Pete area.

Best Beaches in the St. Pete:

1. St. Petersburg Beach

St. Pete’s namesake beach has gained national attention, thanks to TripAdvisor naming it the #2 beach in the U.S. in 2020. At beautiful St. Pete Beach, you can catch some rays and enjoy both smaller storefronts for shopping along with newer, bigger stores and attractions.

2. Fort Desoto State Park

From beachy views to nature trails and history, Fort Desoto has got it all. This popular state park also has ferries that visit Shell Key and Egmont Key, perfect for shelling, sand dollar hunting, and a somewhat more remote beach experience.

3. Clearwater Beach

Named the #1 beach in the U.S. in 2019 by TripAdvisor, Clearwater Beach remains popular and gorgeous. Find action on this beach no matter what time of day you visit, and enjoy the sunset view on Pier 60. Arrive early if you can for best parking.

4. Sand Key Park

In the Clearwater Beach area, Sand Key Park offers similar scenic views but fewer crowds than Clearwater. Take advantage of the jetty, nature trail, playground, and dog park for your canine best friends.

5. Pass-A-Grille Beach

For a more “Old Florida” feel, Pass-A-Grill Beach is the place to go. The beach has a quiet feel, and you’ll enjoy the historic cottages around town.

6. Treasure Island

We can’t promise you’ll find pirate’s treasure in Treasure Island, but you will find a good time at the beach. Play in the sand, grab a bite to eat nearby, and do a little beach shopping.

7. Madeira Beach

Beach time is the goal at Madeira Beach, with 2 ½ miles of coastline. Nearby you’ll find John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk with more than 50 restaurants and shops.

8. Caledesi Island State Park

Accessible only by boat, Caledesi Island State Park offers a calm, undeveloped beach area. Bring anything you may need for the day as there are only limited amenities.

9. Honeymoon Island State Park

Talk about some spectacular views—Honeymoon Island State Park includes a dog beach, natural trails, and four miles of beach. Yes, you may feel like you are on a honeymoon while you’re at Honeymoon Island State Park.

10. Redington Shores

The beachy enclave of Redington Shores manages to stay less crowded than many other St. Pete beach destinations and has a real local feel. Stop by and spend a day at Redington Shores for beach fun, shopping, and local eats.

There’s no shortage of beach options in the St. Petersburg area. Take advantage of a vacation rental in the St. Pete area and enjoy one of these beaches—or enjoy them all!

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