Tampa Bay Outdoors
Beaches: Welcome to our world
[Times photo: Jim Damaske]
Umbrella storage shack on Caladesi Island.

Rating sand, sea and surf
Welcome to our special section on beaches. Our cover headline, Welcome To Our World, describes what this section is about. After all, if you live around Tampa Bay, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are right outside your door.

Beach bummin'
When most Tampa Bay residents hear the word beach, they think of Clearwater, a hustling, bustling strip of sand that on a weekend or holiday has as many people packed per square foot as any piece of waterfront on earth.

Pinellas County beach access chart


Rating the beaches chart

Desired Effect
PASS-A-GRILLE -- The traffic light adjacent to the Don Cesar Beach Resort and Spa on busy Gulf Boulevard serves as my beacon.

Romp in the Park
FORT DE SOTO -- The debate began in the supermarket.

Beauty and the Beach
CALADESI ISLAND -- The ferry was supposed to leave at 10 a.m. sharp. I pulled into the parking lot at 10:02, sure that I had missed it but relieved to see the boat full of people still sitting at the dock.

Join the Fun
From my perch by the tiki bar opposite the band/stage, I can see the guy on the anchored boat -- he's maybe 100 feet away, tops. So I hop down onto the sand and walk toward the water, curious to find out if I'm seeing what I think I'm seeing.

Air Dynamics
TREASURE ISLAND -- The kite looked out of control, its four lines tangled in a seemingly hopeless mess, but Gary Resnick kept smiling.

CLEARWATER -- Mike Brown isn't afraid to admit he's a swinger.

Beach rentals

Island Sea-clusion
ANCLOTE KEY -- A storm front brewing on the northern horizon let us know we didn't have much time.

A Smashing Success
CLEARWATER BEACH -- If there is a Ground Zero for beach volleyball in the state of Florida, this is it.

Imagination on Display
ST. PETE BEACH -- On a trip to Florida 50 years ago, Robert Lipe found a seashell and it changed his life.

Beauty Lying Around
TREASURE ISLAND -- At the beach, the only thing a kid loves more than building a sand castle is tearing it down.

Surf shop fashion sense
TREASURE ISLAND -- It took a while, but I finally mustered the courage to ask, "Do you sell T-backs?"

Common Hazards
Forget the "Summer of the Shark." Your chances of being struck by lightning still are greater than being attacked by one of these toothy critters. The truth is most shark attacks are cases of mistaken identity.

  • Desired Effect
  • Romp in the Park
  • Beauty and the Beach
  • Rating sand, sea and surf
  • Join the Fun
  • Air Dynamics
  • Swingers
  • Beach rentals
  • Island Sea-clusion
  • A Smashing Success
  • Imagination on Display
  • Beauty Lying Around
  • Beach bummin'
  • Surf shop fashion sense
  • Common Hazards
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