Last Updated on January 9, 2022

Tampa is an alluring city on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Located on Tampa Bay, this city is known for attractions such as Busch Gardens and Ybor City, and also its beaches!  This post will cover the best beaches in Tampa and nearby.

 

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Cities and beaches in the Tampa Bay area include St. Pete Beach, Madeira Beach, and Clearwater.  Anna Maria Island is at the southern end of Tampa Bay and has several amazing beaches!

 

Thinking of taking a vacation in Tampa?  All of these beaches are around an hour or less from the Tampa International Airport.  Most are much closer.

 

The Tampa area has some of the best and most well-known beaches in all of Florida, with white sands and crystal clear waters.

 

Here are 15 of the best beaches in Tampa and nearby!

15 Best Beaches In Tampa, Florida

(And Nearby)!

 

 

Photo Credit: Dylan Stinson/Film Tampa Bay

Ben T. Davis Beach

 

As you’re heading from Tampa to Clearwater, Ben T. Davis Beach is located on the causeway, and is one of the most popular beaches in the Tampa area, for both tourists and locals!

 

This beach is just a few minutes’ drive from Tampa International Airport and offers a narrow, white-sand beach with views of Tampa Bay.

 

Some of the amenities at Ben T. Davis Beach include picnic shelters, boat ramps, seasonal lifeguards, volleyball nets, and grills.  Take a stroll on the Courtney Campbell Trail while here.

 

There is a small fee for parking and the spots can fill up fast, so get here early!

 

 

Ben T. Davis Beach

7740 W Courtney Campbell Causeway

 

 

Clearwater Beach

 

Just a 30 minute drive to the Tampa airport, Clearwater, Florida has some of the most pristine beaches around!

 

Clearwater Beach is a top ranked beach in the country and it’s easy to see why!  This famous Gulf beach has rich, white-sands, amazing scenery, and plenty of things to do.

 

Get on the water with jet ski or paddleboard rentals.  You can even take a dolphin boat tour or pirate cruise around the area.

 

If you’re hungry, grab some food at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill or one of the other oceanside restaurants.

 

Visit Pier 60 for entertainment, street vendors, or come here to check out an amazing sunset.

 

With resorts and hotels lined up along the shore, there are plenty of places to stay here.

 

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Clearwater Beach/Pier 60

1 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

 

 

15 Best Beaches In Tampa, Florida

(And Nearby)!

 

 

St Pete Beach

 

Just a 35 minute drive from the Tampa airport, St. Pete Beach has many access points throughout the city.

 

This particular beach access is well-known and offers boardwalks, restrooms, showers, and 235 parking spots.  Walk the boardwalk to the beach for stunning views of the Gulf!

 

There are excellent restaurants nearby.  Have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks at The Drunken Clam.  This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area and a great spot for wings.

 

Also, be sure to grab a drink from Chris’ Beachside Bar while here!

 

St Pete Beach

4700 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

 

 

Bean Point- Anna Maria

 

Bean Point is a serene, quiet beach at the northern tip of Anna Maria Island.

 

While this beach doesn’t offer any amenities, this is the spot where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico and offers spectacular views!

 

It’s a wide, white-sand beach, with lots of sand dunes, and there never seems to be too many people at this secluded spot.

 

There is no admission to come here and there’s limited street parking, so come early to get a spot.

 

Lots of people take the free shuttle to the Anna Maria Pier and then walk the mile to Bean Point.

 

While here, you’re just a short walk from the Rod & Reel Pier Restaurant, where you can walk the pier, go fishing, and have some food & drinks.

 

Bean Point is an hour and 10 minutes from the Tampa airport.

 

See the best beaches in Anna Maria Island!

 

 

Anna Maria Island has some of the nicest beaches in Florida's Gulf Coast!

15 Best Beaches In Tampa, Florida

(And Nearby)!

 

There are many amazing beaches in Tampa, Florida and nearby!  All of these beaches are also just a short drive from the International Airport, making Tampa a perfect vacation spot!

 

Check out the best waterfront restaurants in the area!

 

2 Comments

  1. Kevin Foodie

    Love Florida. Been there so many times: South Beach, Orlando and Forth Lauderdale. Planing a trip to Florida this year. Will look into going to Tampa. You showed a lot of interesting things to do there. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Grace This Place

    I’ve always wanted to visit Florida! I will keep these in mind! Thanks for the tips!

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