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Best And Safest Beaches In Pinellas County

March 15, 2014 1:09 PM

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Looking for some fun in the sun? Tampa Bay’s Pinellas County has 35 miles of beaches. Unfortunately, most of these beaches don’t have restrooms, showers, food, water sports and lifeguards that can help make your day at the beach not only fun but also safe.

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To keep you and your loved ones safe in the water we have put together a list of the best beaches that have all the action, activities and amenities you desire. – By Barbara Ann

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Clearwater Beach

Central Pinellas
www.clearwaterbeach.com

Lifeguards – Lifeguards are on duty 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 365 days a year. For more details click HERE.

Food – Clearwater beach is at the top of the list when is comes to the availability of food with dozens of restaurants and sandwich shops just across the street from the beach. They even have a sunset festival at the Pier with free outdoor movies on warm nights.  For details on Pier 60 click HERE. Clearwater Beach is also the home of a Marine Aquarium and Winter the Dolphin.

Parking – The lots close to the beach fill fast and are costly (up to $2.75 an hour).  There are discounts if you buy a day pass – $10 to $16 depending on where you park. For lot locations and fees click HERE.

Extras - Volleyball (bring your own ball), para-sailing, playgrounds, a pier, fishing, Jet ski rentals, and shopping on the boardwalk.

*Showers & Restrooms
Al beaches listed have showers, water fountains and restrooms. Although, Clearwater Beach has the most and best kept.

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Sand Key Beach

Central Pinellas
1060 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33767
www.pinellascounty.org

Lifeguards – Seasonal lifeguards who work from March – Labor Day

Food - small concession stand on the beach and the nearby Sheraton ( just south and on the beach). The Sheraton has bars and snack shops around their pool. If you are into cooking your own food, Sand Key Park does have a few grills under a couple of pavilions.

Parking – Metered parking is available for 75 cents an hour. There is a change machine that takes bills. Parking lot is huge and closes at sunset.

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Fort Desoto Park’s North Beach

South Pinellas
3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
Tierra Verde, FL 33715
(727) 552-1862
www.pinellascounty.org

Lifeguards – Lifeguards are on duty at the park’s North Beach March – Labor Day.

Food – small snack bar or concession stand, grills for outdoor cooking.

Parking – Fort Desoto has a 35 cent each way toll leading to the park and admission into the park is $5 per car.

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Honeymoon Island Beach & Park

North Pinellas
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, Florida 34698
(727) 469-5942
www.floridastateparks.org

Lifeguards – 4 guards that patrol only during the season (March – Labor Day weekend)/

Food – small snack bar or concession stand.

Parking – $8 per car load.

Related: Best Public Pools For Kids in Tampa Bay.

Fred Howard Beach & Park

North Pinellas
1700 Sunset Dr.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
www.pinellascounty.org

Lifeguards – Seasonal lifeguards on duty March – Labor Day weekend.

Food – Only covered picnic areas with grills.

Parking – $5 per car load for the day.

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