Tampa Bay – Beach Ratings

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 Medium  Yes, $125 ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★
Sunset Beach – Treasure Island 2 – 60 Medium  Yes, $125 ★★★ Yes ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Upham Beach (St Pete Beach – North) 2 – 100 High 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 Medium Yes, $250 (*$100) ★★★★ Yes Short Drive ★★★★★ ✔✔
Upham Beach 2 – 100 High Yes, $250 (*$100) ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
Ft. DeSoto Park – Tierra Verde 2 – 100 High Yes, $175 ★★★ $5/Car ★★★★
Clearwater Beach
Avalon Street 2 – 100 Medium Yes, $125 ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★
Sand Key Park 2 – 100 Medium Yes, $275-325 ★★★ $5/Car Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔✔
Mandalay Park (NEW) 2 – 75 Medium Yes, $125 ★★★★ Yes ★★★★
Belleair Beach – Morgan Drive 2 – 20 High ★★★★ Yes Short Drive ★★★★  ✔
Treasure Island
Sunset Beach 2 – 60 Medium  Yes, $125 ★★★ Yes ★★★★ ✔✔✔✔
The Lions Club 2 – 140 High ★★★★ ★★★★
Sunset Vistas Resort 2 – 80 High  Yes, $125 ★★★ ★★★★ ✔✔
Anna Maria Island
End of 52nd St – Holmes Beach 2 – 30 Medium ★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
End of White Ave 2 – 30 High ★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★★
AMI – Public Access (Holmes Beach) 2 – 80 Low ★★★ Short Drive ★★★
Coquina Key Beach 2 – 100 Medium  Yes, $250 ★★★★ Short Drive ★★★★  Walkway
*Private Location (Requires Beach House Rental with Riparian Water Rights) 2 – 20 High  Yes, $225 ★★★★★  Limited Short Drive ★★★★★★
Sarasota Locations
Lido Beach – Zone 1 2 – 40 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 – 60 High Yes, $150 ★★★ Short Drive ★★★ ✔✔
Indian Rocks Beach  *Requires Permit from City of Indian Rocks Beach
End of 18th Ave 2 – 49 Medium ★★★ Yes ★★★★
Holiday Inn Harbourside – End of 4th Ave 2 – 49 Medium ★★★ ★★★★
1st Ave – Villa Gallace 2 – 40 High ★★★ ★★★
Redington Beach
Constitution Park – Public Beach Access 2 – 80 High ★★★ Yes Short Drive ★★★★ ✔✔
Double Tree Hotel 2 – 60 Low ★★★ ★★★
Madeira Beach
Johns Pass 2 – 80 Medium  Yes, $60 ★★★ Yes ★★★
Archibald Park 2 – 30 High  Yes, $60 ★★★ Yes Short Drive ★★★★
Barefoot Beach Resort 2 – 30 High ★★★ 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 – 80 High  Yes, $175 N/A Short Drive ★★★★
Fred Ball Park – 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.).  Certain locations 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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