St. Petersburg North Shore Park & Beach

St. Petersburg North Shore Park & Beach; credit St. Petersburg CVB

St. Petersburg Beaches

Caladesi Island
DESCRIPTION: One of the few completely natural islands off the coast of Florida and only accessible by ferry or boat, it has acres of sand dunes, mangroves, maritime hammock, mangrove forests and miles of beautiful gulf beaches with shallow, clear, calm waters; this is a special place to connect with nature or just retreat; Caladesi Island was created in 1921 after a hurricane created Hurricane Pass and separated it from Honeymoon Island; Fishing, shelling and nature studies are ways to enjoy a visit to Caladesi; boaters enjoy day use or overnight in the 108 slip bayside marina; there is no camping on the island; Caladesi has the distinction of being voted America’s best beach in 2008
DAYS & HOURS: daily 8a-Sundown
ADDRESS: Caladesi Island, FL MAP
PHONE: 727-469-5918
WEBSITE: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/caladesi-island-state-park

Honeymoon Island
DESCRIPTION: Vacationers first enjoyed this island in the 1940’s with bungalows and gulf breezes that made for a perfect getaway. Then in 1964, a causeway connected Honeymoon Island and Clearwater — developers arrived. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing or swimming in the warm Gulf waters. Fishers like the tarpon, flounder, trout, redfish and snapper in these parts; family friendly, the park features picnic pavilions, bathhouses, a concession stand, several nature trails, bird observation areas and the only “pet beach” in the state.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 8a-Sundown
ADDRESS: 1 Causeway Blvd to the ferry, Clearwater, FL MAP
PHONE: 727-469-5918
WEBSITE: https://www.floridastateparks.org/honeymoonisland

Clearwater Beach
DESCRIPTION: A great, clean family beach island with plenty of surrounding hotels; you can also charter fishing vessels, boat rentals and ride a catamaran to the area’s extensive water recreation and nature-based attractions. Clearwater Memorial Causeway connects to the mainland.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 8a-Sundown
ADDRESS: South Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL MAP
PHONE: 727-464-3347 Chamber of Commerce
WEBSITE: https://www.clearwaterbeach.com

Sand Key Beach & Park
DESCRIPTION: Opened to the public in 1984, it is another fine family beach island nestled against 95 acres on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater. It is sperated from Claearwater Beach by Clearwater Pass. The park contains 2 picnic shelters with grills, a playground, picnic tables, cabana rentals, 2 beach wheel-chairs, 9 outdoor shower towers and even a dog park. No loud noise for the beach, sea turtles deposit eggs here in their annual renewal of the ecosystem. Clearwater Memorial Causeway connects to the mainland.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 8a-Sundown
ADDRESS: South Gulfview Blvd, Sand Key, FL MAP
PHONE: 727-588-4852
WEBSITE: http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/15_Sand_Key.htm

St. Pete Beach
DESCRIPTION: A small beach park opened in 1988, it is landscaped with a large parking lot, showers, three boardwalks over natural sand dunes and sea oats to a white sandy swim area and a views of the Gulf of Mexico.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 8a-Sundown
ADDRESS: 4700 Gulf Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL MAP
PHONE: 727-582-2267
WEBSITE: http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/17_StPete.htm

Fort De Soto Beach & Park
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1962, it consists of 1,136 acres on 5 interconnected islands located at the tip of Pinellas County in Tierra Verde. Its also known for its historiccanons that once guard the entrance to Tampa Bay, the park includes over 7 miles of the finest white sand beaches, boat docks, camp grounds, fishing piers, nature trails, and a canoe trail. Fort De Soto has been named one of America’s top beaches twice.
ADDRESS: 3500 Pinellas Bayway South; Tierra Verde, FL MAP
PHONE: 727-582-2267
WEBSITE: https://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm

Egmont Key State Park
DESCRIPTION: This 440-acre island is the home to one of the last government-operated lighthouses (built in 1858) in the nation and the remains of Fort Dade, a Spanish-American War-era fort. Now a wildlife refuge, Egmont Key was a camp for captured Seminoles during the Third Seminole war and was a Union Navy base during the Civil War. Sunbathing, swimming in the warm bay waters, walking through the historic ruins of Fort Dade, or walking the brick paths that remain from the days Fort Dade was an active community with 300 residents. Youth camping is available by contacting the park office. View the wildlife and natural environment at every turn. Go snorkeling and take day-trip boating or fishing excursions to this island. Egmont Key is only accessible by boat from Fort De Soto Park.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 8a-Sundown
ADDRESS: Egmont Key, FL MAP
PHONE: 727-893-2627
WEBSITE: http://funandsun.com/parks/EgmontKey/egmontkey.html

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