splashed by the Gulf of Mexico on the west and Boca Ciega Bay on the east,
overlooking wide, white, powder beaches strung like a necklace from Belleair
Beach to St. Pete Beach, provided a splendid setting for year-round fun and
relaxation. The tranquil communities of the Gulf Beaches are casual and
friendly, offering a sunny welcome to all who come and the many who choose
to stay. Water sports, fishing, golfing, beaching, sightseeing, and just
plain relaxing are favorite pastimes here. The Pinellas Trail, stretches 47
miles from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs providing a enjoyment for
walkers, bikers, joggers and skaters.
If you're enchanted with the ariel creatures of the area such as
pelicans, bald eagles, herons and osprey, be sure to visit the Suncoast
Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores. The sanctuary is the largest bird
hospital in North America, treating and releasing an average of 15 to 20
birds a day.
Shopping is readily available including the many unique areas along
the Gulf Beaches. Residents and visitors alike are lured to the beaches long
enough to satisfy their shopping and dining urges. Dining choices are
varied, from fast-food snack bars to elegant dinners by the Gulf. Fresh
seafood is abundant and prepared in creative and delicious ways. Area
nightclubs offer dancing and live entertainment. Concerts, theater, and a
number of festivals are nearby. One reason for the area's popularity is its
proximity to many Florida attractions. Just minutes away are the wonderful
museums of St. Petersburg, professional sporting events and Busch Gardens
theme park in Tampa. Mickey mouse is less than 100 miles away.
The "Fourteen Miles of Heaven" which make up the
Gulf Beaches consist of a variety of communities:
- Belleair Beach is a two-mile-long
community with no commercial property at all. Beaches in the community are
public, but access is private.
- Belleair Bluffs is three-quarters of a
mile square bordering the Intracoastal Waterway with no frontage on the
Gulf. Property owners traditionally have been retirees, but recently
professional families have been moving into the community in larger
- Belleair Shore is a small, private
residential community along the Gulf of Mexico. The town is dedicated to
preserving the quality of a quiet, residential life on the island.
- Clearwater Beach offers one of the
finest beaches in the world. White sandy powder adjacent to aqua clear
water to equal the finest beaches in the Caribbean. Nothing equals the
beauty of a sunset from the pier. Enjoy watching the arrival of the
charter fishing fleet as it returns to the marina.
- Indian Rocks Beach has three miles of
the friendliest beach located in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area. The
city's tourist population is one of its greatest assets and people come
from all over the world to visit Indian Rocks Beach for the city's fine
beaches and to watch the beautiful sunsets. The city currently has
twenty-plus beach accesses located along Gulf Boulevard. Located within
the city are several retail businesses and quaint restaurants for the
- Indian Shores 2.5 miles of beaches
were reconstructed in 1992. It boasts of beautiful white sand and a great
beach access park at Tiki Gardens Park, complete with showers and
bathrooms open to visitors.
- Madeira Beach is one of the most
beautiful beaches in Florida, Madeira Beach is a 2.5 mile strip of sand
that provides a haven for tourists. Madeira Beach started as a fishing
village and commercial fishing is still an important part of the
community's activities. More grouper is brought into John's Pass than any
other place in the state. Each October the community hosts the Seafood
Festival at John's Pass attracting as many as 130,000 visitors to a fare
of food, music, arts and crafts.
- North Redington Beach is nearly one
mile of frontage on the Gulf of Mexico, the town offers a blend of single
family homes, mid-rise condominiums, resort hotels, motels, restaurants
and retail shops. The wide sandy beach was partially reconstructed a few
years ago and is expected to receive additional sand and be complete at
the end of this year. There are six convenient public accesses to the
beach with curb side parking and no meters. Along Gulf Boulevard are
numerous condominiums and small motels, many of which are directly on the
beach and all of which offer a family vacation atmosphere.
- Redington Beach, to the north of
Madeira Beach, is residential property along the Gulf of Mexico. The
town's beautiful beaches are within walking distance of any home. The
beach in this area, however, is private with no public parking.
- Redington Shores is a one-mile-long
community provides accommodations for tourists in the form of
condominiums, hotels, motels and apartment houses. There are also many
quality restaurants. The summer season sees an influx of people from
England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Denmark.
- St. Pete Beach offers some of the most
beautiful sun-kissed shores in the Sunshine State, and is home to the
famous Don CeSar Beach Resort. Take a picnic and enjoy cool sea breezes or
relax on soft, sugar-white sands while getting that deep, tropical tan or
kick it up a notch with some water sports.
- Tarpon Springs is known as Florida
sponge capital and it is a popular destination for lovers of Greek Salads
served in the local restaurants.
- Treasure Island is a lively beach area
has lots to offer: water sports galore, dining, shopping and nightlife.
Directly over the pass is Kingfish Wharf, a quaint collection of shops,
restaurants and cruise boats. Across the street is a popular fishing area.
Numerous beach accesses and ample parking make Treasure Island a sun