The Tampa, St. Pete & Clearwater Area
Fort Desoto Park
This beach was once home to the Tocobaga Indians who fished and traveled the area in small boats. A huge military fort was built here during the Spanish American war and you can tour the fort and stand next to it's truly monstrous canons. The fort has many pictures of the fort and beach during the Spanish American war and they are facinating to look at.
This is a huge park with bike trails, kayak rentals, bike rentals, a great fishing pier, boat ramps, camping area. The beach and water is absolutelt beautiful which is why it has been previously ranked one of the top 10 beaches in the USA.
Clearwater Beach has a fishing pier called Pier 60 which is great for fishing and in the evening it is taken over by craftsman and performers much like in Key West. There are many neat shops, cafes, bars, and restaraunts that line the strip that runs adjacent to the beach. You can stay in a hotel on the beach and never have to use a car because everything is within walking distance.
Visit the official Clearwater site for more information - MyClearwater.com
St.Pete/Treasure Island/Pass-a-grille/Madeira/Bellaire/Indian Shores/Indian Rocks/Redington Shors/North Redington Beach/Redington Beach
The beaches stretch for miles and they are extremely clean and the water is beautiful. There are plenty of hotels ranging from bargain to 4 star pricing. St.Pete Beach is home to the world renown Don Cesar hotel that is rich with history. The Don Cesar is a favorite retreat for presidents and celebrities.
Honeymoon Island State Park
The water is pristine and there are many shells to be had due to the water current in the area. There is a fee to enter the park which means that it will not be crowded with people. Visit this beach once and you will know why so many honeymooners came here years ago to stay in the seaside bungalows.
Egmont Key State Park
The park is primarily a National Wildlife Refuge, and was established as such in 1974. The park can only be accessed by private boat. It is one of the three 'Tampa Bay Refuges', and administered as a part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War
The historic lighthouse was built in 1858 and it still stands today. There are many trails for exploring and many shells to be had in the clear water. The park is the perfect secluded getaway for you and your family.
Caladesi Island State Park
Sand Key Park
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