Tampa Bay – Beach Ratings

*Please note the Privacy Column and Permit can change over time.  Further, the Privacy is based on averages.  This does not account for the following:  Time of Day, Saturday/Weekend, or Weekday Events, Holiday Weekends/Weeks, New National Beach Rankings, Spring Break Season, Public Events/Concerts, etc.  We have no control over the public beaches and its visitors, we simply do our best to have the most privacy given the specific conditions of that day.

Top Beach Locations Ideal Wedding Size Privacy Permit Fee Sand Rating (1-5) $ for Parking Reception Overall (1-5) # of
Boardwalks
Pass-a-Grille (St Pete Beach – South) 2 – 100 Medium Yes, $250 (*$100) ★★★★ Yes Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Clearwater Beach – Avalon Street 2 – 100 Low-Med  Yes, $125 ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★
Sunset Beach – Treasure Island 2 – 30 Medium  Yes, $125 ★★★ Yes ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Upham Beach (St Pete Beach – North) 2 – 100 Medium Yes, $250 (*$100) ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Anna Maria Island / Holmes Beach 2 – 30 Medium  Yes, $225-500 ★★★★★ ★★★★★
Lido Beach / Siesta Key (Sarasota) 2 – 80 Medium Yes, $150-175 ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ✔✔✔
By Location
St Pete Beach
Pass-a-Grille Beach 2 – 100 Med-High Yes, $250 (*$100) ★★★★ Yes Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Upham Beach 2 – 100 Medium Yes, $250 (*$100) ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Ft. DeSoto Park – Tierra Verde 2 – 100 High Yes, $175 ★★★ $5/Car ★★★★
Clearwater Beach
Avalon Street 2 – 100 Low-Med Yes, $125 ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★
Sand Key Park 2 – 100 Low-Med Yes, $275-325 ★★★ $5/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔
Mandalay Park 2 – 75 Low-Med Yes, $125 ★★★★ Yes ★★★★
Treasure Island
Sunset Beach 2 – 30 Medium  Yes, $125 ★★★ Yes ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
The Lions Club 2 – 120 High ★★★★ ★★★★
Sunset Vistas Resort 2 – 75 High  Yes, $125 ★★★ ★★★★ ✔✔
Anna Maria Island
End of 52nd St – Holmes Beach 2 – 30 Medium ★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
End of White Ave 2 – 20 Medium ★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
Coquina Key Beach 2 – 100+ Medium  Yes, $250 ★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★  Walkway
AMI – Public Access (Holmes Beach) 2 – 80 Low ★★★ Short Drive ★★★
*Private Location (Requires Beach House Rental with Riparian Water Rights) 2 – 20 High  Yes, $550 ★★★★★  Limited Short Drive ★★★★★★
Sarasota Locations
Lido Beach – Zone 1 2 – 30 Medium Yes, $150 ★★★★★ ★★★★★
Lido Beach (Zone 2) – Holiday Inn 2 – 80 Medium Yes, $150 ★★★★★ ★★★★★
Siesta Key – Zone 2 2 – 100 Medium Yes, $175 ★★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Turtle Beach – Siesta Key (South) 2 – 50 High Yes, $150 ★★★ Short Drive ★★★ ✔✔
Indian Rocks Beach  *Requires Permit from City of Indian Rocks Beach
End of 18th Ave 2 – 30 Medium ★★★ Yes ★★★★
Holiday Inn Harbourside – End of 4th Ave 2 – 30 Medium ★★★ ★★★★
1st Ave – Villa Gallace 2 – 20 High ★★★ ★★★
Redington Beach
Constitution Park – Public Beach Access 2 – 80 High ★★★ Yes Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Double Tree Hotel 2 – 80 Low ★★★ ★★★
Madeira Beach
Johns Pass 2 – 60 Low-Med  Yes, $75-125 ★★★ Yes ★★★
Archibald Park 2 – 30 Medium  Yes, $75-125 ★★★ Yes Short Drive ★★★★
Tampa / St Pete Wedding Locations
Straub Park – Downtown St Pete 2 – 100 Medium Yes, $125 N/A Yes ★★★★★
Davis Island Waterfront – Tampa 2 – 50 High  Yes, $175 N/A Short Drive ★★★★
Picnic Island – South Pier, Tampa 2 – 20 Medium N/A ★★★
Cypress Point Beach – Tampa 2 – 40 Medium Yes, $175 ★★★ Short Drive ★★★

*Cost of Permit for Residents of Municipality (St Pete Beach, Anna Maria Island, etc.) may vary.  Certain locations may require Custom Setup ($75-125), this includes Beach Houses, Hotels, etc. and is subjective based on the location, travel, and ease of access.

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