Top 4 Beaches on Florida’s Gulf Coast

There are many ways to spend time on the white sandy shores of Florida’s Gulf Coast. There are also many different reasons tourists flock to our pristine beaches. Of all the things to do in Madeira Beach Florida, none are better than the magical feeling of beach life: the warm sun above, your toes in the sand, and the soothing sound of the Gulf of Mexico splashing on the shore. Whether you’re looking to explore a preserve, sunbathe in St. Pete, or stroll the boardwalk near Mad Beach, Travel Resort Services has handpicked these four beaches as the very best in the Tampa area.

People Watching: St. Pete Beach

The art of people-watching was first established in France in the mid-1800s (or so the legend goes). We all people watch, either consciously or subconsciously, and the best place to do so is at St. Pete Beach. This lively beach is often ranked as one of the top ten beaches in the U.S., and Gulf Strand Resort has private access! The beach itself has pristine white sand, spectacular sunset views, and warm, teal Gulf of Mexico saltwater.

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Nature and Seclusion: Caladesi Island

Only accessible by ferry or private boat, Caladesi Island is a stunning state park off the coast of Dunedin. This island is ideal for those aiming to avoid crowds. There is also a very diverse bird population in the state park. You’ll likely spot skimmers, owls, pelicans, and ospreys. Known for world-class beachcombing, Caladesi Island is superior to the nearby Honeymoon Island State Park. Our closest property is the beachfront Chateaux in Indian Shores, 14 miles south of Dunedin.

Life on the Boardwalk: Mad Beach

Madeira (“Mad”) Beach is a popular tourist option because it’s adjacent to John’s Pass Village Boardwalk, a family-friendly dining, and shopping hub. Mad Beach is arguably the cleanest public beach in the Tampa area, and it’s walking distance from the luxurious Madeira Bay Resort & Spa. Guests are always one block from an afternoon of sunbathing and soaking in the warm, teal Gulf of Mexico. There are many things to do in Madeira Beach Florida, but Mad Beach should be number one.

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Exploration: Shell Key Park

Shell Key Preserve stands out because it has zero development and is the premier snorkeling locale within 200 miles. Only accessible by ferry or private boat, Shell Key is the area’s best natural wonderland. We encourage tourists to rent kayaks or canoes because there are many skinny waterways with unique flora and fauna. The beaches are covered in beautiful shells and sand dollars. Keep your camera handy because dolphins often circle the island.

Things to Do in Madeira Beach Florida

Travel Resort Services has the premier condo rentals in the Tampa area, all within walking distance of beautiful sandy shorelines. There’s never an offseason on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and the beaches are captivating!