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Florida Central-West Beaches


Gulf Coast: Central Florida
Starting at Citrus County traveling south to Sarasota county the central gulf coast is characterized by it's beautiful white sandy beaches.
Counties: Hernando, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota
Cities: Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Anna Marie Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Venice, Manasota.

Central-West

Hernando County

  • Hernando Beach/Pine Island
    Includes: kayaking, canoeing, restrooms, lifeguards, grills.

Pinellas County Area: Clearwater, St. Petersburg

  • Anclote Key State Park 
    Accessible only by boat from Tarpon Springs
    Includes: natural Florida, bird and wildlife watching.
  • Howard County Park
    north end of Pinellas County
    Includes: restrooms, covered pavilions, grills, playground, ball field 
  • Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area
    Near Dunedin
    Includes: nature trails, pet beach, restrooms, covered pavilions, gear rental.
  • Caladesi Island State Park
    Caladesi Island Info
    from Tampa Bay Online.
    Undeveloped barrier island is accessible only by boat.
    Includes: restrooms, grills, pavilions, nature trail.
  • Clearwater Beach Island
  • Mandalay Park
  • Clearwater Beach Park
    Big Pier 60 
    Includes: fishing, recreational complex, playground, restrooms, lifeguards, sunset festivals.
  • Sand Key Park
    Includes: restrooms, grills, covered pavilions, lifeguards.
  • Indian Rocks Beach
    Includes: restrooms, fishing pier
  • Indian Shores
    Includes: the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, restrooms, fishing pier.
  • Redington Shores County Park
    Includes: fishing piers, restrooms, covered pavilions, gear rental.
  • Archibald Memorial Beach
  • Madeira Beach
    State recreation center
    Includes: nature trails, bird watching, pet beach, restrooms, covered pavilions, fishing.
  • John Pass Beach and Park
  • Treasure Island
    Includes: beach events, playground, restrooms, covered pavilion.
  • St. Petersburg Beach
  • Pass-a-Grille Beach
    Features beachside hotels and the historic pink Don CeSar hotel. Includes restrooms, covered pavilion, gear rental.
  • Shell Key
    Barrier island accessible only by boat from the St. Pete Beach/Treasure Island area features a natural Florida setting with birding opportunities.
  • Fort DeSoto County Park
    Fort DeSoto Park Info    from Tampa Bay Online
    7 miles of white sandy beaches
    Includes: recreation area, grills, covered pavilions, gear rentals, overnight camping on the gulf.
  • Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge
    Egmont Key State Park
    Accessible only by boat.
    Includes: snorkeling trips from St. Pete Beach/Treasure Island area, historic lighthouse.

Hillsborough County

  • E.G.Simmons Park
    On Tampa Bay
    Inlcudes: boating, fishing, swimming, bird watching, mangrove swamps, restrooms, covered pavilions, lifeguards, grills, boat ramp.

Manatee and Sarasota County Area

Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island  photo

  • Bayfront Park
    Includes: restrooms, picnic areas.
  • Holmes Beach   photo
  • Manatee County Beach
    Includes: restrooms, covered pavilions, picnic areas, lifeguards, boat ramp.
  • Cortez Beach
    Includes: restrooms, covered pavilions, picnic areas, lifeguards, boat ramp.
  • Coquina Beach   photo
    Includes: restrooms, covered pavilions, picnic areas, lifeguards, boat ramp.
  • Bradenton Beach

Longboat Key

  • Longboat Key   Aerial photo
  • Lido Key   Aerial photo
  • Lido Key Beaches
  • North Lido Beach   private beach
  • Lido Beach
    St. Armand's Key, Lido Beach  photo
    Includes: restrooms, pool, playground, lifeguards, covered pavilions, picnic areas.
  • South Lido Beach   Southern end of Lido Key
    Includes: restrooms, playground, covered pavilion, canoeing, nature trail, grills, picnic areas, volleyball.

Siesta Key

Casey Key

  • Palmer Point South
    No facilities.
  • Nokomis Beach
    Includes: restrooms, picnic areas, pavilion, boat ramp, boardwalk.
  • North Jetty Park
    Includes: restrooms, picnic areas, volleyball, horseshoes.

Venice Area
"Shark tooth capital of the world"
Venice Beach Information  
Venice Area Beaches

  • Venice Municipal Beach
    Includes: restrooms, showers, lifeguards, concessions, picnic areas, pavilions, volleyball.
  • Brohard Park Beach
    Includes: fishing pier with restrooms, snack bar, bait shop,
    Good birdwatching, no lifeguards.
  • Caspersen Park Beach
    Includes: restrooms, picnic areas, nature trail, boardwalk, fishing, shelling, no lifeguards.

Manasota

  • Manasota Beach
    Includes: restrooms, boat ramp, picnic areas.
  • Blind Pass Beach
    Includes: restrooms, no lifeguards.

 

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