Go where the locals go.
We have gathered insights on the best beaches and parks in the area. Places to unwind or just relax in this wonderful paradise. Peruse the photos and helpful narratives, then go check out our favorite spots!
Honeymoon island state park and beach
Honeymoon Island - Pinellas County, Florida
#1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698
Voted best beach in America and the setting for the movie Dolphin Tale. This popular state park is well known for its beaches, but the natural oasis has great parking, offers an abundance of water activities, including kayaking, canoeing and fishing along with nature trails and an interpretive center. The facilities are top notch with bathrooms, showers, two restaurants and playgrounds. The pet beach is a pet friendly area that is not to be missed.
If your into amazing interpretive activities this is the place to be. Click on the Honeymoon Island website to see what is being presented as it varies throughout the year.
The Pinellas County Parks System has done a great job providing clean facilities for your use. There are a number of these facilities on the island located near the playgrounds, shelters, and at the beach.
The Osprey Trail is a 2 mile trail through the flat woods section of the island with many informational and scenic stops throughout. See the different plant species and wildlife on the tidal flats, mangroves, grass beds and coastal strand.
Honeymoon Island has four distinctive sections of beach, North Beach, Oasis Beach, South Beach and the Pet Beach. The island contains over 4 miles of beaches and this section on the North Beach is one of my favorites.
The South Beach Cafe serves up food all day. There are also storage lockers, chariot rentals, and excellent restroom facilities. Just one of the reasons this park is a three time gold medal winner.
Popular among locals and travelers alike is the pet beach at the southern tip of the island. Some of the best exploring trails and white sand exist here. Do not miss the pet beach and bring your dogs.
This section of beach is one of the best spots in Pinellas County and one of the least known. It is all the way at the end of the pet beach trail at the furthest most southern end of the island. Warm calm clear water awaits you.
caladesi island state park and beach
Caladesi Island - Pinellas County, Florida
Palm Harbor, FL 34682
This is the Florida version of a ferry that takes you from Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island. Caladesi Island was Dr. Beaches best beach in America in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
This island has many mangrove lined waterways for fishing and kayaking. Numerous species of fish inhabit these waterways and they are favorites spots for local fish guides.
We take great care of our nesting sea turtles and you will see many nesting spots up and down the beaches of the Central West Coast of Florida
Fred howard park
Fred Howard Park - Pinellas County, Florida
1700 Sunset Dr. Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
The park is a true Pinellas County hidden gem. The park was named in honor of Fred H. Howard, former Mayor of Tarpon Springs first elected to the office in 1945. Mr. Howard also served as a City Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Pinellas County Park Board for more than 30 years.
Fred Howard Park protects many important and disappearing Florida habitats such as sea grass beds, wetlands, mangrove estuaries, salterns, coastal scrub, long leaf and slash pine flatwoods and turkey oak - long leaf pine sandhill
Howard Park's location provides access to the Gulf of Mexico by a 1-mile long causeway. The white sandy beach is a very popular north county swim area and also provides a perfect location for visitors to enjoy many spectacular sunsets. Nesting ospreys and eagles may be viewed by park visitors as they fish for food in the surrounding waters. Dolphins, and occasionally manatees, are seen in the area. The causeway is used for sunbathing, fishing and exercising.
wall springs park
Wall Springs Park - Pinellas County, Florida
3725 De Soto Blvd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is a 47 mile linear park and recreation trail currently extending from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs and is a multi-use trail everyone can enjoy. The Trail, created along an abandoned railroad corridor, provides a unique, protected greenspace for walking, jogging, skating and biking. Pinellas County Parks & Conservation Resources is responsible for the Trails maintenance and operating costs.
Walls Springs Park is just one stop on this trail.
There are numerous first come first serve event shelters for your use. Some are located right next to the water and fishing piers while others are uniquely positioned in serene locations off the trail.
The spring and adjoining pond were used as a spa & bathing area from the turn of the 20th century until the mid 1960's. The flow varies from zero during drought to more than 7400 gallons per minute. The spring releases into the neighboring ponds and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico nearly 2.4 gallons on an average day.
The spring became known as "Wall Springs" during ownership by the Wall family. Once the property was sold to the Davis family the spring became known as "Health Springs" and was used as a health spa. When the property was purchased by the Cullen Family on February 6, 1948 the spring name changed back to "Wall Springs" and the area was used as a recreational area until the mid - 1960's.
A historical, natural spring, once used as a spa and bathing area, complete with a viewing area, boardwalk and information display serves as the centerpiece of this 210 acre park that is connected to the Pinellas Trail.
As with most parks in Pinellas County there are impeccably maintained walking trails and picnic shelters. The areas are first come first serve and are great for special events.
tarpon springs sponge docks
Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks - Pinellas County, Florida
Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
In the early 1900's spongers from Greece began settling this area due to the plentiful supply of sponges off the coast of Florida. Experience the rich history and amazing Greek food with a day at the sponge docks.
One of our favorite fresh seafood markets and restaurant at the end of the sponge docks. Due to their popularity expect a wait for dinner, but don't mind it is well worth it. Tell them Florida Sun sent you!
Hop aboard for a day of deep sea fishing. Very affordable and I hear the catches are pretty good. They will filet the catch and local restaurants will even cook it for you.
Clearwater Beach - Pinellas County, Florida
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
All our properties are close to the Jolley Trolley Line, our version of a bus, that runs from Tarpon Springs to Clearwater Beach and beyond down the beaches. A great way to see all the beaches and avoid parking headaches.
John pass Boardwalk
John's Pass Village and Boardwalk
12901 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, Florida 33708
Fort De Soto Park
Fort De Soto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715
South-southwest of St. Petersburg, Florida, Fort De Soto Park is a park operated by Pinellas County on five offshore keys, or islands: Madelaine Key, St. Jean Key, St. Christopher Key, Bonne Fortune Key and the main island, Mullet Key. Two piers, beaches, picnic area, hiking trails, bicycling trails, kayak trail, and a ferry to Egmont Key State Park are available
The Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, known to locals as the Sunshine Skyway Bridge or more casually the Skyway, is a bridge spanning Tampa Bay, Florida, with a cable-stayed main span, and a total length of 21,877 feet
Historically, the islands were used for military fortifications; remnants and a museum exhibit this history. Two piers, beaches, picnic area, hiking trails, bicycling trails, kayak trail, and a ferry to Egmont Key State Park are available
These posts were to contain batteries of artillery and mortars to protect Tampa Bay from any invading forces. Construction of Fort De Soto began in November 1898 and was completed in 1906. The foundation was constructed of a shell concrete formula and the walls and ceiling used a shell, stone and concrete mix. The main attractions at the completed post were the artillery and 12-inch coast defense mortar batteries, Batteries Laidley and Bigelow. The post consisted of 29 buildings. The post's features included a large barracks, a hospital, a guardhouse, a blacksmith and carpenter shop, an administration building, and mess hall with kitchen, a bakery, and a storehouse. The site also had brick roads, concrete sidewalks and a narrow-gauge railroad to aid in moving materials and supplies around the post.