The 20 best Tampa Bay beaches you have to visit to call yourself a local

Summer is here, and while these beaches stay hot year round, it's time to kick back and stick your toes into the sand of one, or all, of Tampa Bay's many beautiful beaches. From globally-recognized Clearwater Beach to Anna Maria Island's hidden Bean Point, here's a list of the most beautiful beaches across the Bay.
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Caladesi Island State Park
Pinellas County
Ranked No. 2 on Dr. Beach’s 2022 nationwide list, this offshore island can only be accessed via boat or ferry, a large reason as to why the getaway spot remains peaceful and pristine. The state park features a bayside marina for docking, hiking trails, fishing docks, picnic tables, restrooms, showers and cafe. Pets must be leashed in the park and are not allowed on the beach or ferry. No alcohol permitted.
Photo via Florida State Parks/website

Caladesi Island State Park

Pinellas County
Ranked No. 2 on Dr. Beach’s 2022 nationwide list, this offshore island can only be accessed via boat or ferry, a large reason as to why the getaway spot remains peaceful and pristine. The state park features a bayside marina for docking, hiking trails, fishing docks, picnic tables, restrooms, showers and cafe. Pets must be leashed in the park and are not allowed on the beach or ferry. No alcohol permitted.
Photo via Florida State Parks/website
Indian Rocks Beach & Indian Shores
Pinellas County
These two beaches are slowly becoming favorites among locals due to their wide variety of amenities while still offering a hometown feel. From locally-run beach shacks like Kooky Coconut and Aloha to Go to Mexican-American spots like VIP Cuisine and Jake’s Coastal Cantina, there are so many walking-distance options to grab food at after hot day in the sun. You also won’t want to miss out on Splash Harbour Water Park’s slides and lazy river. No alcohol permitted on the beach.Photo via Visit St. Pete Clearwater/website

Indian Rocks Beach & Indian Shores

Pinellas County
These two beaches are slowly becoming favorites among locals due to their wide variety of amenities while still offering a hometown feel. From locally-run beach shacks like Kooky Coconut and Aloha to Go to Mexican-American spots like VIP Cuisine and Jake’s Coastal Cantina, there are so many walking-distance options to grab food at after hot day in the sun. You also won’t want to miss out on Splash Harbour Water Park’s slides and lazy river. No alcohol permitted on the beach.
Photo via Visit St. Pete Clearwater/website
Madeira Beach
Pinellas County
Mad Beach, named Tripadvisor’s No. 9 beach in 2021, is most famous for its John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk. The waterside complex features over 100 beach shops, famous restaurants, a local brewing company, water activities and other attractions—including an interactive alligator discovery center. Outside of the Pass, some of the local’s favorite bars include Saltwater Hippie, The Brass Captain, Cambria and Daiquiri Deck. Alcohol is allowed but not in glass containers.Photo via Visit Florida/website

Madeira Beach

Pinellas County
Mad Beach, named Tripadvisor’s No. 9 beach in 2021, is most famous for its John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk. The waterside complex features over 100 beach shops, famous restaurants, a local brewing company, water activities and other attractions—including an interactive alligator discovery center. Outside of the Pass, some of the local’s favorite bars include Saltwater Hippie, The Brass Captain, Cambria and Daiquiri Deck. Alcohol is allowed but not in glass containers.
Photo via Visit Florida/website
Sand Key Park
Pinellas County
Tucked away behind salt marsh park, Sand Key’s beach is a much more peaceful experience than its hectic big brother down the street, Clearwater Beach. The secluded beach offers cabana rentals across from Marriott Suites, a boardwalk, two playgrounds—one for kids, one for dogs, bathrooms, showers and concession. Expect a $5 daily parking fee and no alcohol permitted.Photo via Visit St. Pete Clearwater/website

Sand Key Park

Pinellas County
Tucked away behind salt marsh park, Sand Key’s beach is a much more peaceful experience than its hectic big brother down the street, Clearwater Beach. The secluded beach offers cabana rentals across from Marriott Suites, a boardwalk, two playgrounds—one for kids, one for dogs, bathrooms, showers and concession. Expect a $5 daily parking fee and no alcohol permitted.
Photo via Visit St. Pete Clearwater/website
Redington Shores
Pinellas County
Located somewhere between Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach, Redington Shores is a relaxing experience perfect for a last-minute, casual beach day. There's plenty to do around town, including mini-golf, water sports, shopping, art and more. Some of the locals’ favorite food spots include Frog Pond, My Happy Place and newly-opened Burrito Social. No alcohol or pets allowed.Photo via Visit St. Pete Clearwater/website

Redington Shores

Pinellas County
Located somewhere between Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach, Redington Shores is a relaxing experience perfect for a last-minute, casual beach day. There's plenty to do around town, including mini-golf, water sports, shopping, art and more. Some of the locals’ favorite food spots include Frog Pond, My Happy Place and newly-opened Burrito Social. No alcohol or pets allowed.
Photo via Visit St. Pete Clearwater/website

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