About the Tampa Bay
          Gulf Beaches

The beaches of Tampa Bay are among Florida's finest, and include 28 miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County. Two of these beaches,Caladesi Island State Park and Fort DeSoto Park, were ranked as part of the top ten beaches in the country. All the beaches are a sun-lover's paradise.

The 28 miles of beaches are divided into 13 different communities,. Each community along the Tampa Bay Gulf Coast has its own unique character, and is a city with its own mayor and governing body. For visitor information, all the beaches except Clearwater Beach are encompassed in the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce. They have local offices in most of the beach communities. Clearwater Beach has its own Chamber of Commerce.

There are great Restaurants
in all the beach communities.
The local restaurants are
famous for the fresh caught
grouper and stone crab.
More fresh grouper is brought
into the Madeira Beach area
than any place in the state.
Stone crab season runs from
mid October to mid May. During
this time it is reasonably priced
and quite plentiful. Of course if
your taste is for something other
than seafood, you won't have any
trouble finding a wonderful meal either.

In addition great restaurants, all the Tampa Bay beach communities all have great places to Shop, wonderful Hotels and of course the white sandy beaches they are famous for. Sprinkled throughout the area are Golf Courses, Museums, and Attractions.

Some of the more popular activities along the Gulf Coast are Fishing, Swimming, and Watersports including sailing, boating, parasailing, and jet skis. The area is favorite destination for family vacations and honeymoons. You will find the locals friendly and helpful and the area is considered quite safe. In fact Indian Rocks beach promotes itself as the world's safest beach!

Here are some of the places you should visit during your stay:

  • Clearwater Beach is probably the most well know beach in our area. You can play on the beach, visit the Marina where you can book a fishing trip or go dolphin watching, or just watch the people
  • The world renown Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is located in Indian Shores. They are the largest non-profit wild bird hospital in the United States dedicated to the Rescue, Repair, Recuperation, and Release of sick and injured wild birds. This facility treats an average of 20-24 wild birds a day that have been injured. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
  • John's Pass Boardwalk Village is located in The City of Madeira Beach. The pass was created by a hurricane in 1948. On the other side of the pass is Treasure Island. At the village you can shop, eat, fish, rent waverunners, go parasailing...and almost anything else you might want.
  • The historic landmark The Don Cesar Hotel is located in St. Pete Beach. The hotel has a rich history and was completely renovated in the 1970's. It is a favorite place for many the famous people staying in the area.
  • Fort DeSoto Park is located at the very tip of the Tampa Bay Gulf Beaches. From this park you can see the Skyway Bridge that leads to the Bradenton Sarasota area. This park has been repeatedly named as one of the top beaches in the world. While you are there, you can visit the fort which is on National Register of Historic Places.
Of course there are many more things to see and do in the area.