What are the Top 5 Clearwater Beaches in St. Petersburg?

When you’re visiting the St. Pete Clearwater, Florida, area, you have to visit the beach! It’s just not a Florida getaway without spending some time on the sand and splashing around in the water with your loved ones. Luckily, St. Petersburg is full of miles of gorgeous shoreline, so there’s plenty of room for everyone. Here are the top five beaches that you just can’t miss when you’re staying in one of our Clearwater Beach rentals.

aerial view of clearwater beach, fl

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is an incredible gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. Come out to watch or participate in beach sports like volleyball, watersports, and more. Families absolutely love it here, with activities like kid-friendly boat tours and pirate ship cruises! They also have various family-friendly events happening throughout the year, including Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 and the Sunset at Pier 60 Festival. Once you visit, it won’t be hard to see why Clearwater has been voted the best beach in Florida two years in a row by TripAdvisor!

Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands

If you’re looking for a more secluded and romantic place to take your sweetheart, Caladesi, and Honeymoon Islands make the perfect solution. These unbelievable barrier island parks are known for their variety of wildlife and soft white sand. Imagine bringing a picnic to enjoy on the beach while watching the waves roll in and the birds fly by! Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands are only accessible by ferry or boat, but we promise, it’s worth the trip.

aerial view of Fort De Soto state park

Fort De Soto State Park

Fort De Soto State Park is much more than just a beach. It’s an entire county park that covers more than 1,000 acres and offers countless activities and amenities. If you’re traveling with the family, don’t leave this spot off your list; it earned top honors from Parents Magazine! Enjoy the water by fishing or paddling, get your exercise hiking or biking, and learn about the history of the area at the historic fort and museum. Fort De Soto State Park is a budget-friendly way to spend an entire day!


Pass-a-Grille is located at the southernmost end of St. Pete Beach and is a laid-back place for you to enjoy. There are no beachfront developments or high-rises here, so you can truly leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. Instead, you’ll be greeted by a quaint and casual feel where the locals treat you like family. This is another great place for the history lover in your group since the community was founded by Buccaneers and holds some of the oldest and most historic buildings in the county.

Sunset Beach in Treasure Island, FL

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is located at Treasure Island’s southern tip. It used to be its own town until it was annexed into Treasure Island 1955. Since then, Sunset Beach has been filled with uniquely decorated houses, beachfront bars, and tiki huts along the white sands. Sunset Beach is particularly known for being friendly and inclusive and is popular with the LGBT community. If it gives you an idea of how picturesque this beach is, it is rumored to be one of the beaches that inspired Jimmy Buffett’s hit song “Margaritaville”!

If you’re staying in one of our Clearwater Beach or Madeira Beach rentals, be sure to take some time to visit each of these destinations. Whether you’re looking for a romantic beach to watch the sunset with your sweetheart or you want a family-friendly destination to spend the day, you’ll find it just minutes away from our Clearwater Beach rentals! Want to know more about the area and get started planning your dream vacation? Contact us today to get more information about all of our properties.