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West Coast Beaches Guide

Our RE/MAX All Star office is located in Madeira Beach and we are directly across from the warm waters and white sands. Lucky for us, we can go North or South and find some of the most beautiful beaches in this state. The beaches are one of the best reasons to move to the west coast (or Florida, if you are out of state). Being so close to the water has many perks and gives you an excuse to go to the beach almost everyday! Here are our top West Coast Florida beaches - giving you a sneak peak of the Gulf waters, sugary sands, and unbelievable sunsets. Enjoy!

1. Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island State Park is a natural barrier island with 4 miles of sandy beaches, and a 3 mile trail through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forests.This is a very family friendly beach and is not as crowded with hotel guests and tourists. The Rotary Centennial Nature Center is on site for educational information for visitors about the park's history, natural resources, and endangered animals you might come across!

2. Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach has been named #1 in the U.S on TripAdvisor’s List of Top Beaches in 2019, 2018, and 2016. White sands, and clear, warm water is what makes Clearwater Beach the perfect beach. Clearwater Beach sits along some of the best accommodations - entertainment, restaurants, shops, hotels and attractions.

3. Sand Key Park

Sand Key has a park and a beach access - this space is great for families, it has a concession area, a park, playgrounds, bathroom access, showers, umbrella and cabana rentals, kayak and bike rentals, picnic areas, and a dog park. Endangered Sea Turtles are known to lay their eggs on Sand Key Beach. The Clearwater Aquarium (right around the corner) makes sure these nests stay safe.

4. Madeira Beach

Madeira Beach is 2.5 miles long of the Gulf beaches and referred to as “Mad Beach” by the locals. Legend states that a pirate named John LeVique was the first to "settle" the Madeira Beach area. This beach area is known for the sea-themed John's Pass Village and Boardwalk - a 1,100-foot boardwalk with shops and restaurants.

5. Treasure Island

Treasure Island is a 2 mile stretch of beaches - This area was home to the first residents of Florida. This is a small, quiet beach area with several access points. Treasure Island beach is popular for kite flying and kicking it back.

6. Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is located within Treasure Island separated from the mainland. On Sunset Beach you will find uniquely decorated houses, tiki huts, white sands, and beachfront bars. Rumor has it that this beach was the inspiration for the hit song “Margaritaville”.

7. St. Pete Beach

Saint Pete Beach are miles of sand, surf, and clear waters with an array of dining, hotels, shops, and water sports. Saint Pete was voted TripAdvisor’s Number 2 beach in 2020 and voted number 16 in the world! 2020.

8. Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto Park is much more than a beach - It covers five islands and 1,136 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Named “Best Beach for Families” by USA Today in 2014. There are tidal pools for children, a pirate ship, nature trails, fishing, paddling, and a historic fort museum. Spend a day, a weekend, or a week with the family!

9.Indian Shores Beach

Indian Shores Beach is located in between Indian Rocks Beach and Redington Shores with 2.65 acres of beaches. This beach is home to sea turtles every May through October and a sanctuary for nesting shorebirds.This is a perfect space for nature lovers, and families.

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