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Florida Beaches near Coconut Villas Vacation Rentals
Florida Beaches have been ranked among the finest beaches in the world. Without fail every year, at least three Florida Beaches in Pinellas County alone are placed in the top ten list. Dr. Beach’s America’s Best Beach list sited Ft. DeSoto Park Beach #1 in 2005 and Caladesi Island State Park – #1 in 2008.
The waters flowing along Florida’s beaches are generally warmer than the rest of the US beaches. The sand found on the Florida beaches ranges from fine and white to light beige with a coarser texture.
The following are overviews of the Best Florida beaches found on the West Coast and very near to Coconut Villas Vacation Rentals.
St. Pete, Florida Beach
St. Pete, Beach is a Florida barrier island beach edged with hotels and businesses. This is one of the Florida beaches with long beautiful stretches of white sand and clean water that is great for swimming. Most Florida beaches offer a variety of things to do; this one is no exception with excellent restaurants of all types, where you can find something to eat any time of the day or night, something that’s tough to do on some of the less developed Florida beaches.
Pass-a-Grille, Florida Beach
The southern part of the island, called Pass-a-Grille, is exceptionally charming for most Florida beaches. It has a quaint community with a wonderful features and historic former inns and hotels still exist although most have been converted private homes. Most Florida beaches are open to the public and offers beach-side metered parking. You can also catch a shuttle from the bay side of Pass-a-Grille at the Merry Pier to Shell Key where the snorkeling is phenomenal and the beach is great for a long walk.
Egmont Key, Florida Beach Island
Florida’s beach, Egmont Key is also near St. Pete Beach and can be reached by ferry from Fort Desoto Park. Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, Egmont Key is an island with an odd history and is accessible only by boat. Many Florida Beaches are isolated islands that require private excursion boats, the same applies for this beach. Egmont Key is a State Park and a Wildlife Refuge. As Florida beaches go, this beach is not a really large island, but it is plenty big enough to keep you busy exploring all day and wanting to come back for more.
The water is particularly beautiful, especially during the spring and early summer. Snorkeling is popular around the submerged remnants of old Fort Dade. This is one of the Florida beaches that is completely secluded with no cars and no camping allowed. Getting to Egmont Key requires taking tour boats which operate from Cortez, on the south side of the Bay, or from the Pinellas beaches. It’s easiest to access Egmont Key from the St. Pete beaches area. On a calm day it’s close enough to take a kayak if you are an experienced paddler.
Fort Desoto, Florida Beach
Among the Florida beaches, Fort Desoto is one of Pinellas County’s most unique Parks. Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, this beach park is near St. Pete Beach and offers boating, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bicycling, skating, running, nature trails, historical fort, fishing piers, doggy beach, shelling, birding, camping and swimming.
This was one of the Florida Beaches voted by Dr. Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) as the number one beach in the nation in 2005. Most Florida beaches offer safe swimming and Fort Desoto is not exception. The water is clean and calm and shallow. Lifeguards are present during certain hours. There is no entrance fee, but toll roads provide access to Fort Desoto County Park.
Sand Key, Florida Beach
Sand Key is one of the longest Florida beaches; a highly developed barrier island between Clearwater Beach and Treasure Island. It is one long island with several beach towns: Sand Key, Belleair Beach, Belleair Shore, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach and Madeira Beach. Each city has its own character, but the Florida beaches along the entire island are quite similar. It’s what’s above the beach that differs in degree of development and commercialization. The various towns also differ markedly in their provision of beach access to the public.
Florida beaches like Sand Key Park are a pristine oasis compared to other commercial enterprises and high rise condominiums. It’s a sliver of peace and calm left untouched by developers of other Florida beaches.
Sand Key Park is popular for day trippers, surfers, skim boarders, fishermen, and sun worshippers. As Florida beaches go, this one has plenty of white sand and the public facilities are excellent as well as the availability of metered parking.
Florida beaches will also be pleasantly surprise you with grassy areas and shaded green belt that bring over one million visitors to wander through this beach park. There is a pedestrian walk to the tall Clearwater Pass Bridge that provides a panoramic view of the area.
Bring your camera as most Florida beaches offer perfect photo opportunities.
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