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Does water call to you? Then you've found your place!

Treasure Island—a true island—is only connected to the mainland via the TI causeway to the east, the John’s Pass Bridge to the north and to St Pete Beach via the Blind Pass Bridge to the south. To the west of Treasure Island? Nothing but the big, beautiful Gulf of Mexico.In fact, Treasure Island is touched by water everywhere you look, with the Isle of Capri and Paradise Island resembling fingers beckoning in the waters of Boca Ciega Bay.

So, how do you choose which beach to spread your towel on in this water-surrounded paradise?

Isak Dinesen

" The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea."

By Car

If you're arriving by car, sooner or later you'll travel through Linkwater.   

Don't get too excited yet - there's really nothing in the way of services at Linkwater.

Yellow cabanas and lounges offered via Taylor Beach Service

From Nelson/Tasman Area

Sunshine Beach is on the north end, running from just south of John’s Pass for about seven blocks to 120th Ave. With fewer hotels and more residential areas, this stretch of Treasure Island is laid-back and loved by locals.

There is only one parking lot (at the Snowy Egret on 126th Ave), but if you’re staying at one of our homes on Treasure Island, you won’t need a car. Just cross over Gulf Blvd at the pedestrian crosswalk at 119th Ave or at 120th Ave and stroll on over to the beach. 

Your best bet is to hang out here, around beach near the crossovers.

insider tip: sandbars

This area of the beach is one of my favorites! The water is shallow enough that you can swim out to the buoys—particularly when the tide is out—and still touch bottom. It’s a great area for little ones just getting their feet wet in the surf.

There are a number of sandbars in the area, too. Bring along a waterproof camera for scrapbook-worthy snapshots. You may meet sea creatures like sand dollars hanging out on the sandbars, but please leave these creatures where you found them. (They’re living things, too!)If your sweet tooth strikes while you’re visiting Sunshine Beach, you couldn’t pick a better spot than the Shake Shop. Try the peanut butter shake or for something really different, the lime milkshake.  Not a typo. Lime. Need a bathroom and don’t want to trek back to the house? There is a restroom on the second level of the Sunset Vistas condo building, just off the elevator.

This view of Municipal Beach is taken from the snack bar.  The beach and the water are off in the distance.  This is the widest section of beach in the area. Just something to keep in mind. 

Central Beach Area - Municipal Beach & Treasure Island Beach

Next down the coastline is the central beach area, which consists of Municipal Beach and Treasure Island Beach. This central area runs from 120th Ave to the intersection of Gulf Blvd and 1st St SE.

Municipal Beach is somewhat unique in that it is owned and maintained by the City of St. Petersburg rather than by the City of Treasure Island. It’s also probably the most commercial section of the beach, which is not surprising given its central location in the heart of Treasure Island.

The beach at Municipal Beach is exceptionally wide—wider than any other part of Treasure Island. Though you’ll have to haul your gear, the big beach offers the benefit of blocking out any noise from the road and condos.  

Have a hankering or forget some beach essentials? The retro Snack Bar is located at 112th Ave on the Municipal Beach. You can buy snacks (go figure!), floats, sunscreen and other beach essentials here.

Nature lovers: keep an eye out for vegetation like sea oats, sea grapes and palm trees here. 

There's also a children's playground here at Municipal Beach.

Playground equipment outside the snack bar at Treasure Island's Municipal Beach - 112th Ave.

A little further down the beach is Treasure Island Beach at Gulf Front Park.  The section of the beach is not as wide as it is at Municipal Beach. 

You can park at the Gulf Front Park Lot at 104th Ave and Gulf Blvd, or at several others outlined in the downtown parking map.

Wander on down to Gulf Front Park on Sunday evenings and you’ll find hula-hooping, dancing, kids playing…and adults acting like kids. This is the Treasure Island Drum Circle.  (If you’re trying to find the Drum Circle from the street rather than the beach, it’s across from Publix and Safeway, near the Bilmar Hotel and the Thunderbird Hotel.)

insider tip: ADA Access 

There is a fabulous mobility mat (MOBI MAT) available at Gulf Front Park, at 10400 Gulf Blvd.  Find out more about it at our blog post here. Anyone who has difficulty walking in the sand can use it to get out to the beach.

Also in this area is the giant (and we do mean giant) waterslide. You have to pay to ride—but boy, is it fun. You can spot the Treasure Island Slide from far away, so just keep walking in its direction!

Bathrooms and outdoor showers can be found at Gulf Front Park (10400 Gulf Blvd at 104th Ave) and at Municipal Beach (11200 Gulf Blvd at 112th Ave).

insider tip: Alcohol on the Beach

Alcohol is allowed on some portions of Treasure Island beaches, a rarity in the state of Florida.  Read more here.

Glass is never allowed and you'll pay a hefty fine if caught. And no one wants to step on glass at the beach. So be cool!

Anything goes in the relaxed atmosphere at Sunset Beach.

From Picton or Blenheim

On the southern end of Treasure Island is Sunset Beach, which runs from the Intersection of Gulf Blvd. and 1st St SE south. Like Sunshine Beach, this beach is also primarily residential.Sunset Beach has a half-mile boardwalk which goes around the tip of the island. This boardwalk is a lot more like the traditional boardwalk than the one on Sunshine Beach.  It is raised off the ground and goes through shrubs and dunes along the beach.  It also passes by a lot of condos that prohibit entry off of the boardwalk. 

By Water

insider tip: sunset beach cam

Get prepared for your trip or re-live memories by viewing the Sunset Beach cam!

Sunset Beach is also the beach you’re most likely to spot surfers, particularly if winds are high or if it’s stormy. There’s a jetty at the far end, plus picnic tables, restrooms, and showers.Across the jetty is the northern end of St Pete Beach. Like Sunshine Beach to the north, this beach is narrower than the Municipal Beach, but is full of vegetation and local character.

Sandy Gingras

" At the beach, treasure is what we find, not what we buy." - from How to Live at the Beach

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