Beaches in Tampa
The Tampa Bay Beaches proudly welcome you to tropical paradise on Florida's sunny and spectacular Gulf Coast!
In addition to world-class coasters, live shows and some amazing animals, another thing that makes Tampa such a popular Florida vacation destination is the country’s most beautiful, award-winning beaches.
First, a tip for travelers: have the locals show you how to do the stingray shuffle. Just slide your feet along the sand as you walk anytime you’re in 10-12 inches of water, a favorite depth for snoozing stingrays who like to snuggle in just below the surface of the sand. Pushing the sand forward a bit with your feet as you shuffle ahead rather than walking or running gives rays time to move away, particularly when the sun’s at its peak (between 11 and 3).
When it comes to Tampa Bay, picturesque scenery and an average of 361 days of sunshine each year create an ideal setting for those ready to explore and discover new treasures. Here you'll find some of the world's top-rated beaches, creating a year-round haven for outdoor enthusiasts. After experiencing an afternoon of kayaking the calm waters of Tampa Bay or discovering the unique wildlife along the Hillsborough River, relax with a picnic on just one of the many pristine, white-sand beaches the area has to offer. If you're lucky, you may even spot a manatee or dolphin from the shore line. From downtown Tampa you are about a half hour's drive of not one, not two, but a dozen of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the world. You have merely to pick one.
All the beaches have wide stretches of soft white sand meeting the warm calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. So the decision really comes down to the location and nearby amenities. If you are looking for a full-service beach with cabanas, restaurants, water sports and entertainment, then the ever-popular Clearwater Beach is a good choice. A favorite of spring-breakers, it's the center of all the action and home to Pier 60 that hosts a daily sunset festival.
The Florida Gulf Coast is famous for powder-soft white sand, warm waters and spectacular sunsets. When you’re ready to get your toes in the sand after some family fun at Tampa check some of the most amazing beaches of the area.