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Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Activities, Landscape, PLACES AND THINGS | 0 comments

Top 4 Beaches Around Tampa Bay for Spending the Day

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Most beaches in Tampa Bay area amazing places to go for a quick tan, but the best beaches for spending the day is entirely different. The beaches that you can spend the entire day at requires a special beach with grills, trees for cover from the sun and very convenient bathrooms and showers. I have literally been hitting these beaches since I was in a diaper, well, actually I was naked because that is how it used to be done before disposable swimming diapers. Bach in the day, kids under the ago of two ran the beaches naked, no sunscreen and all the better for it. We ate sandy peanut butter and jelly and most of the city would meet at the beach for an all day event since most people did not have central heat and air and it was cooler at the beach than in the city. Times have changed, but thank goodness the beaches have not. My favorites?

Top 4 Beaches Around Tampa Bay :

Fort DeSoto Beach Park

This is the classic choice. Fort DeSoto has all sorts of conveniences for the sun-worshipper. There are groves of trees along the beach with a nifty expanse of sand– so a family can set up camp for the day part under trees and part full-sun. There are tons of pavilions with plenty of grills for the family, group or church gathering. There are well-kept bathrooms for the beachgoers and showers conveniently located so families can shower just before getting bach into their cars.

Fort DeSota Beach Park in St Petersburg

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Honeymoon Island Park

Like most beaches, this is a barrier island. It is just off the coast of Dunedin. People have been visiting this beach since before there was a bridge. Back in the day, people had to take boats or ferrys to the island– but once the causeway was built, the traffic really began to flow onto Honeymoon Island. Honeymoon Island and Caladesi used to be one barrier island but a hurricane in 1921 split the island in half (similar to what created John’s Pass, which split Treasure Island and Mad Beach).

rocky beaches at Honeymoon Island in Florida

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Fred Howard Park

Fred Howard Park is in Tarpon Springs and it is the small family beach that has so much to offer. One, the beach is smaller and less visited so a family or so can get some alone time before grabbing one of the local boat tours and taking a trip over to Anclote Refuge Island. And speaking of Anclote Refuge Island, there are amazing shells on that barrier island and the surf is amazing. The west side is wild and rough and the east side is mellow. It is worth the trip. The boat ride is just about 20 minutes, but I would do it again. One cannot separate Fred Howard Park and Anclote Island, they go together so well.

sunset at Fred Howard Park

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Sanibel Island

This is the ritzy barrier island that has Bowman’s Beach. Bowman’s beach has plenty of places to spend the day with friends and family. One note to remember is that Bowman’s Beach is a long haul from the parking lot so one must make a day of it. It is a little far to travel to but worth it all the same.

stars above the Sanibel Island Beaches in Tampa Bay

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Audra Christian

Audra M. Christian is an avid writer, and a knower of all things in Tampa Bay. She is a native St Pete saint and lives in St Pete, Florida with her husband, motley crew of daughters and tiny little maltese, Zsazsa Gabor.

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