They all are fairly busy, but St. Pete and Clearwater are the most busy. TI is not too bad, neither are Madeira Beach (next beach north of TI), Reddington Beach (one north of Madeira beach), and Indian Rocks beach are all pretty good most of the year. Madeira beach allows alcohol in metal/plastic containers if that is something that interests you. Indian Rocks has limited public access, reddington and Madeira beach have pretty good public access and parking.
Is parking pretty good at TI? Alcohol won't be an issue....I'll have my 16 and 18 year old with me.
I am not 100% sure, but I know that there are at least two public lots with a fair amount of parking, also TI and Mad (Madeira) beach are right across the John's Pass bridge from each other, and there is a parking lot on the Mad beach side.
Thanks, Steve! We are so looking forward to our visit!
I'm a huge proponent of Ft Desoto Beach, voted #1 beach in the US by Dr Beach a couple of years ago. It is just down a causeway from St Pete Beach, easy to get to down 275 to the Pinellas Bayway. It's only .35 to get in and no cost for parking and there is TONS of it. I've never seen it completely full. My favorite spot is North Beach....once in Ft Desoto, when the road T's, take a right and go as far north as you can. You'll be at north beach. There are bathrooms, picnic tables, guards on weekends. There are no buildings, no restaurants, no T shirt shops--just you, dunes, gorgeous beach and pretty water.
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