Parks and Beaches
There are so many wonderful parks and beaches in the Wesley Chapel and Tampa Bay area, both exciting and relaxing! Please take some times to explore these possibilities!
Sand Key Park 1060 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater 33767, (727) 588-4852
Sand Key Park is a ninety-five acre park with two distinct areas—a beach and a park. The beach area boasts great fishing and swimming, cabana rentals, outdoor showers, and two bath houses with separate changing stalls and restrooms. The park has two picnic shelters with grills, a playground, and a restroom. A dog park was added in 2003.
Fort DeSoto Park 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde 33715, Park Office (727) 582-2267, Campground Office (727) 582-2267
Fort DeSoto Park is a 900-acre preserve 10 miles from downtown St. Petersburg with 7 miles of pristine beach. Recent additions include a canoe trail and a 4 mile paved trail for cyclists and skaters. There's an 1898-era fort on the preserve that is fun to explore.
Canoe, kayak and bicycle reservations are available. Parking is free but you must pay state collected tolls of 85 cents.
A wide four mile stretch of white sandy beaches with an abundance of outdoor entertainment, with boats and water sports equipment available to rent. Two fishing piers are always an attraction to visitors and residents. Festivals and fairs held here throughout the year provide a buzz of activity.
Ben T. Davis Beach 7650 W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa 33607
White sand stretches along this beach between Tampa and Clearwater. This is the closest beach to downtown Tampa. Popular spot for jet skis! Directions: Located on the east end of Courtney Campbell Causeway
Honeymoon Island 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin 34698, (727) 469-5942
This park became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a developer built 50 palm thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Visitors can enjoy the sun drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the park concession has a gift shop and snack bar. Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586.
Caladesi Island 1 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater 33767, (727) 469-5918
This peaceful beach can only be reached by ferry from Honeymoon Island or Clearwater Marina. This 2.5 mile beach is great for swimming, sunbathing, and walking. Dolphins are often spotted offshore.
St. Petersburg Beach (727) 360-6957
White sand to blue waters decorated with surfboards, sailboards, and sailboats makes a paradise for all. Lots of action is available with water-sports equipment available for rent. Charter boats are available for deep sea fishing expeditions.
John's Pass 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach 33708, (727) 393-8230
Cut by a hurricane in 1848, the "Pass" separates Madeira Beach and Treasure Island. It is one of the area's most noted attractions, with dozens of restaurants and shops. Power boats, Wave Runners and the jet-propelled rubber rafts, are available for rent on the Madeira Beach side.