Belleair Beach

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA, Times Correspondent
Published September 30, 2007

Geography: Belleair Beach is primarily an upscale residential community located on the northern portion of Pinellas County's barrier islands just south of Sand Key and Clearwater Beach.

A little history: The city was chartered in 1950 and has remained residential since its founding.

The beach: With just under a mile of beach, the city has five beach access points. The beach itself is wide -- up to 250 feet of sand to the waterline. But because of the city's residential character, few visitors get to enjoy it.

Amenities: Belleair Beach has 11 parks, tennis courts, a basketball court, a boat ramp and municipal marina for residents, but offers little to attract outside visitors.

Some drawbacks: The city has no visitor accommodations, except for the Belleair Beach Resort condo-hotel. There are no restaurants or other commercial facilities.

Parking: The city has no parking at any of its access points, nor is there any on-street parking. There are some public parking spaces at the city's marina and at city hall.

Bottom line: As a residential community, Belleair Beach, much like Redington Beach, is not a likely tourist destination.