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A lovely spot

This is a great beach to head to for a swim or just for a wander after lunch. It was not crowded at... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2018
Adelaide, Australia
Tarpon Bay, Beautiful Beach

We made a special trip to Sanibel Island to visit the island and beach on our recent trip to... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2018
Hillsborough, New Jersey
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2475 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

This is a great beach to head to for a swim or just for a wander after lunch. It was not crowded at all.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Vandieman111
Reviewed 20 September 2018

We drove from the East coast just for this beach and it was worth the 4 hour drive! The water was warm and really beautiful but we were there for the shells! Lots of signs about live shelling, I didn't even know that was a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

We rented a ponton on tarpon bay and had a very relaxing day on the water.. Just what we needed. We will be doing it again

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sissyjohnson350
Reviewed 15 August 2018

The beach was empty today, apart from a clean up crew removing dead fish. It was a sad sight as this is such a beautiful beach. The red tide is very visible from Sanibel causeway and evident on Tarpon Bay beach. Very sad all round.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 22Mick
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

Love this beach. First Beach we have been to this week that had maybe two dead fish within 30 steps and they were very tiny you really had to be looking for him. Lots of seashells to find a sandbar in the waterways so the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mandipoo09
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Unfortunately we visited during the Red Tide. The smell and dead fish on the beach made the visit disappointing. Besides that, one could envision the beauty it normally is without the huge inconvenience of the Red Tide. Easy access, lots of beach to explore and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CYMattie
Reviewed 5 August 2018

We made a special trip to Sanibel Island to visit the island and beach on our recent trip to Florida's west coast. Sanibel is gorgeous! We were slightly unprepared as we didn't dress in swimsuits. Traveling in July, it was hot...no shock there. We did...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DFedor
Reviewed 21 July 2018

We loved this beach!!! The shelling was good and the water was warm, clam and shallow very far out. There are nice bathrooms and showers to rinse off. The parking is a little bit of a walk compared to some of the other beaches, but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Megan L
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Beach was clean pleanty of space access was good ,car park was a bit of a trek with all the beach gear you need a parasol or small tent to protect your self from the sun at times only gripe car parking on the island...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 0021alfie
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

I have read so many great reviews about this beach and could not wait to see it for myself. Unfortunately we were not there for more than 2 minutes when we were attacked by sand fleas and had to leave. So disappointing.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank hm425
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10 September 2018|
Response from Damiansbeenthere | Reviewed this property |
We found ourselves coughing a lot whilst close to the sea.
4 April 2018|
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Response from Sharon B | Reviewed this property |
The beach at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs is a small, neighborhood type beach park. Beach is small and the water is St. Joseph Sound, not the gulf, so it's not the best for swimming. It's a nice place to relax or... More
4 October 2017|
Response from awoll82 | Reviewed this property |
was there last May water clarity was clear