Tampa's Best Beaches
Warmer weather is finally here and it’s time to scope out the best Tampa area spots on the sand to soak up some sun. A trip to the Sunshine State is the perfect remedy for shaking off those winter blues and Tampa, Fla., offers plenty of things to do and surf-side action to see. With so many beaches to choose from, here are just a few Tampa Bay beaches that will have you scrambling to pack your SPF and beach reading material as you hit the Florida coastline!
True to its name, Clearwater Beach offers a pristine stretch of ocean complimented by fine white sand. Its family-friendly atmosphere has a homey, small-town feel. Once you’ve had your fill of splashing around in the Atlantic, there’s plenty for adults and kids to do on land. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium provides a wonderful learning experience and a chance to meet a celebrity. Winter the Dolphin, whose inspiring story was made into the film Dolphin Tale, makes her home at the Aquarium. Clearwater Beach is a short 17-mile drive from the Tampa International Airport, making it a convenient location to get your sun shortly after you touch down.
A “Bite” Out of History: Caspersen Beach
A trip to Caspersen Beach yields more than just a relaxing day in the sun on its massive stretch of beach along the gulf. It also presents the chance to pick up a few natural souvenirs within the sand itself. Not only is Capsersen Beach famed for its great opportunities for collecting shells, this Sarasota County gem is a terrific place to find prehistoric shark teeth. Even more appealing, Caspersen Beach was awarded the distinction of a National Healthy “Blue Wave” Beach by the Clean Beaches Council. What’s not to love?!
Natural Beauty: Caladesi Island State Park
Nature lovers will be thrilled by the beautiful, unsullied white sand beaches of Caladesi Island State Park, offering some of the best Tampa beaches. Not only is this a popular spot for sun-bathing and swimming, as one of the state’s only natural islands, Caladesi Island State Park affords visitors the opportunity to get in some saltwater angling. If you need a change of scenery, pay a visit to the island’s three-mile nature and kayak trails and get acquainted with local flora and fauna. After your trip to Caladesi, head east and visit Busch Gardens Tampa.
Secluded Splendor: Egmont Key
An island that’s only able to be accessed via private boat, Egmont Key offers something amazing for everybody. History buffs will jump at the opportunity to check out the ruins of historic Fort Dade, which dates back to the Spanish-American War. Egmont Key features one of the East Coast’s most unique lighthouses, a fixture on the island since 1858. The island plays host to the Egmont Key State Park, a wildlife preserve complete with nature trails. Plenty of areas for picnicking, great fishing and no shortage of shells or sand make Egmont Key a prime location to catch some rays!
A Touch of Romance: Greer Island Beach
Tucked away on the northern end of Longboat Key, Greer Island Beach is a romantic oasis in a sea (pardon the pun) of bustling beaches. Although locals refer to it by the less romantic “Beer Can Island,” Greer Island is devoid of flashy neon lights, billboards, and other items that might obscure the natural beauty of this natural wildlife preserve. Greer Island is perfect for couples who choose to keep it simple, preferring each other’s company on the beach or fishing on the waters. A beautiful place to enjoy a simple sunset, Greer Island is one of the best Tampa beach hideaways.
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