Laid-back Clearwater Beach is known for its namesake stretch of soft, white sand, which draws visitors year-round for jet-skiing, parasailing, and stand-up paddleboarding in its calm waters. Cyclists and rollerbladers glide along a winding beachfront promenade lined with casual seafood restaurants and cafes. Come sunset, Pier 60 hosts a nightly festival with street performers and craft vendors.

Notes:
This is probably the nicest beach closest to us. It is great for swimming and the sand is soft. There are alot of shops and places to rent umbrellas, bikes, and motorcycles

Address: 160S S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767

Hours: N/A

Reservation Required: NO

Travel Time: 1.25 Hours

Admission: $0

Parking: $50/Car

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Treasure Island is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. It is situated on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,705.

Notes:
This is a good place to see fireworks on the 4th of July and for swimming. The sand here is white and softer.

Address:10400 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706

Hours: N/A

Reservation Required: NO

Travel Time: 1.25 Hours

Admission: $0

Parking: $25+/Car

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One of Florida’s best-loved state parks, Honeymoon Island has more than four miles of beach to explore along with a three-mile trail through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forests.

Notes:
The sand here is hard and you have to walk through rocks to get out into the water. This is a good place to watch a sunset and there are a lot of shells.

Address:1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698

Hours:8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.

Reservation Required: NO

Travel Time: 1 Hour

Admission: $0 (With Annual Pass)

Parking: $0/Car (With Annual Pass)

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You can call it a beach, but Fort De Soto Park is much more than a beach. This much-praised county park - part of the boating community of Tierra Verde - covers five islands and 1,136 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, and offers activities and amenities to entertain you for a day or more (campsites and abundant hotels nearby enable extended stays).

Notes:
The sand here is harder, but it is a nice place to swim and it is usually not as busy as other beaches. There is also a historic fort and museum.

Address:3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Hours:7am-7pm

Reservation Required: NO

Travel Time: 1.5 Hours

Admission: $0

Parking: $5/Car

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