What are the best beaches in St. Petersburg?

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Susan Barnes

With 35 miles of powder-white beaches, there are plenty of spots to choose from in and around St. Petersburg. We've identified five beaches you won’t want to miss:
1. Fort De Soto Park. Recently named America’s best family beach by Parents magazine, this park at the sound end of the coastline is loads of fun. Its beaches are complemented by walking and biking paths — and you can even bring your four-legged friends.

2. St. Pete Beach. Surprisingly, St. Pete Beach is one of the few spots along the Gulf of Mexico known for surfing, not to mention its popular beaches. In 1957, Pass-a-Grille Beach, Don CeSar Place, Belle Vista Beach and St. Petersburg Beach merged into the City of St. Petersburg Beach — now known simply as St. Pete Beach.

3. Sunset Beach. At the southern end of Treasure Island lies Sunset Beach, the perfect place to watch the sun set. A sense of bohemia permeates the beach, which is dotted with uniquely decorated houses, tiki huts, white sand and beachfront bars.

4. Clearwater Beach. Its broad beaches, turquoise water and nearby hotels, shops, restaurants and pier make Clearwater one of the most popular beaches in the area — not to mention that it was recently recognized as having “the Best Sand on the East Coast” by Condé Nast Traveler.

5. Honeymoon Island State Park and Caledisi Island. This park to the north of Pinellas County was named from a Life Magazine contest for newlyweds in 1939. It’s still a popular destination, and just off its coast is Caledisi Island, accessible only by boat and often named one of America’s best beaches.

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