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Best of Tampa Bay: Beaches


St. Pete Beach was recently listed as Tripadvisor’s No. 1 Beach in the United States in 2021. Featuring a friendly, laid-back beach town with a beautiful waterfront view, St. Pete Beach is home to County Park Beach, Pass-a-Grille Beach and the popular Upham Beach.

Treasure Island Beach, known as an LGBTQ+ friendly beach, is located just west of St. Petersburg and hosts a flurry of activities from swimming and shelling to snorkeling and parasailing. The gorgeous stretch of sand is ideal for those looking to spend a full day at the beach.

Clearwater Beach is known as a social hub in the area. You can always find groups gathered to play volleyball, enjoy water sports or tan on the warm sand. The winding BeachWalk promenade snakes along the 2.5-mile beach toward surf shops, seafood restaurants and hotels.

North Lido Beach is a popular spot for Sarasota’s LGBTQ+ community. Located three miles from Bayfront Park, with trails, hiking, beach access, and swimming — it’s perfect for canoe and kayak launching.


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