Did You Know? The sunshine State is unique in the fact that it is the only State in America that does not see snow because we are so close to the equator.
On the West coast are some of the greatest beaches in Tampa and the Gulf of Mexico. With an average of 361 days of sunshine, a beach day is always an option. Deciding which one to go to will be the hardest decision of your day in the sun.
The best Tampa Beaches are not always the ones with the most people. Your search for the best beach spots to make amazing memories is over!
Best Tampa Beaches
The Tampa area is special because it features a bay area and coastal beaches. The clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and white sands on the coast are amazing and the bay area’s natural plants and animals are a spectacle of Tampa, Florida’s wildlife.
#1. Fred Howard Park
Fred Howard Park is outside of the city on the mile-long causeway to Tarpon Springs. It is a beach area and nature preserve at the North end of the bay barrier islands. There are picnic areas and a playground for the kids.
Here, Florida’s natural beauty is evident as you can take a tour and spot osprey and eagles nesting in the indigenous plant life. Manager and dolphin have been spotted here often playing in the clear waters of the bay.
Just little ways up the road in Tarpon Springs there are sponge docks where see sponges are brought harvested. All along the docks are restaurants and shops to explore.
#2. Sand Key Park
Sand Key Park is another beautifully preserved beach spot. It is a popular place for nesting sea turtles from May through October, so you may be able to spot some babies making their way back to the water.
This beach can be found just south of Clearwater beach near the barrier islands. There is a lot of parking available, picnic shelters, an outside shower, restrooms, and a playground for the little ones. A perfect place to take a party bus for a family get together!
Close by is a boardwalk nature trail so you can explore the wild coastline without worry of Sawgrass on your soft feet.
#3. Indian Rocks Beach
Indian Rocks Beach is a small city just south of Tampa. They have some of the most pristine beach lines, with little city development close to the shore.
With plenty of beach accesses, parking, outside showers, and restrooms you won’t be crowded even during the busiest times of the day. Nearby sure shops and rental hubs can set you up with an awesome skim board, which is really popular at this beach because it has the perfect conditions.
When you get tired of being out in the sun, there are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby to grab a bite send get back out there.
#4. Treasure Island
Treasure Island is another small city a little south of Tampa with picturesque white sand beaches. It sits on a Gulf Coast barrier island and hosts a very wide beach, making it a popular spot to fly colorful kites.
There is a mile long paved trail that leads you to restaurants, bars, and shops. St. John’s pass on the north end is a quaint little fishing village replica with souvenir shops and great seafood restaurants.
Here you can find charter boats and amazing sunset views.
#5. Clearwater Beach
The beach has your standard restrooms and parking but also sports a fishing pier where you can spot tons of pelicans and watch the sunset on the water.
There are a playground and shops nearby, and there is a sunset celebration at the pier with a craft market every night. Often times you can catch local street artists performing, or one of the many special events hosted at the beach year round.
Sunset charters and dolphin viewing excursions are available daily as well as private
Tampa Tours with Network Transportation.
#6. Davis Island
Davis Island is a neighborhood in Tampa Bay. There is a popular dog beach with an off-leash area here, but the beach is only accessible by boat.
Charters are available from the mainland, but because of its location boats are usually crowding the waters so this location is better for sunbathing.
This island is man made from mud dredged up from the bay, but the island still offers a chance to spot some wildlife in the water.
#7 Ben T. Davis Beach
Ben T. Davis beach is one of our absolute favorites! It can be found along the Courtney Campbell Causeway on the way to Clearwater beach.
This is the best beach, closest to Tampa with powdery, white sands perfect for beach volleyball. You can catch the local teams practicing here. There are picnic shelters and jet ski rentals nearby.
This strip of beach has a beautiful view of the bay area and is close to the TPA Airport, so it can be your first stop when you get into town.
Tampa Riverwalk is right on the river and hosts events year round. There are playgrounds, restaurants, parks, museums, and aquariums all along the river walk to entertain you after a long day in the sun. Don’t get lost! Book a luxury transportation reservation with us!
Busch Gardens Tampa is a perfect way to get a thrill out of your vacation. With adrenaline rushing roller coasters and exotic animals, you’re bound to have a blast.
No matter what beach you choose, or the events you attend, you’ll need a way to get there. Network Transportation can get you where you need to go. With our chauffeured services, parking will never be an issue.
Plus, personal car and limousine services are often cheaper than taxis or uber and are a lot more memorable!
They’ll even bring you to the TPA Airport, so you won’t have to squeeze on the airport shuttle bus. Continue to follow our blog to stay posted on the best of Tampa, FL!