I am blessed to live here. We are surrounded by wonderful beaches where I can see the gorgeous sunsets and watch the dolphins in the wild. Where you ask? Pinellas, County Florida.
I have lived here for seventeen years now. I can honestly say that I have never seen skies as we have here. So intense and full of color. I love to spend a lot of time at the local beaches where my family and I play, and find shells for my work as an artist. So here are some of my favorite local beaches I think you should check out.
- One of our favorite beaches is Treasure Island. Just south of John’s Pass. Bring plenty of money for the machine. You must pay and get a ticket for your dash board. They do give out tickets. They have bathrooms and a concession stand right there which is nice to have nearby. By the stand they also have a small play area for young children to play. You can get some gorgeous shells here. We love to go there and watch the sunset. Sometimes we have been lucky and saw a couple of dolphins out there swimming.
- Another favorite is Madeira Beach. Known to locals as “Mad Beach”. It’s right across from Johns Pass where there are tons of shops and places to eat such as Bubba Gumps. It is a great location for fishing by the bridge. Take plenty of quarters for the parking meters. You can park over by the fishing area where the bathrooms are or over at Johns Pass and walk across the street. There is no concession stand here but you can bring whatever you want. It is the only beach that allows alcohol.
- Indian Rocks Beach was the first beach we went to when we moved to this area. It is less crowded than some of the other beaches but it is still beautiful and fun to go to. Again bring money for parking. And maybe a pair of tennis rackets from www.Tennisracquets.com just in case you want a fun match.
- Fort Desoto Park in St Petersburg is really neat to go to. You do have to pay a toll to get into Fort Desoto but it is well worth it. The park is gorgeous and has tons of things to do. The beach is wonderful and they have the Fort there you can walk around and check out. The kids love to climb around the Fort and spend time on the beach. They also have a pier there you can walk on where people go fishing.
I hope you take some time to smell the salt air and check out some of our great beaches. Sit, relax, put your sunscreen on but remember do not go near turtle nesting areas.