Redington Beach

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

Geography: Located just north of Madeira Beach, Redington Beach is a completely residential community with no hotels, motels or stores. And, unlike most other beach communities, the beach is flanked by private homes with only a few condominiums at the northern edge of the town.

A little history: Developer Charles Redington purchased what was to become the three towns of Redington Beach, North Redington Beach and Redington Shores in the early 1930s and built the first permanent home here in 1935. The town was officially incorporated as a municipality in 1944. Today there are about 1,560 residents and slightly more than 800 homes.

The beach: Since there are no hotels, the mile-long beach is frequented mostly by residents and their personal guests. As a result, this 100-foot wide beach is rarely busy. Residents frequently walk the beach early in the morning and in the evening.

Amenities: There is one small beachfront park at 163rd Avenue, but you will need a parking sticker if you come in your car. The park, which includes shower facilities, closes at 11 p.m.

Some drawbacks: Because of its residential character, there is little to do here unless you are visiting a town resident. Then again, if you are looking for a beautiful beach reminiscent of quieter times, this could be the place for you.

Parking: The town's only beach parking spaces are at the Beach Park access at 163d Avenue and they are restricted to town residents. Free temporary visitor parking passes are available for guests of town residents at Town Hall.

Bottom line: Redington Beach prohibits parking on Gulf Boulevard and offers no unrestricted public parking, which makes it very difficult for non-residents to visit.