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.

Location Ideal Wedding Size Permit Fee Privacy Reception Location Backup Pavilion Sand Rating
(1 - 5)
$ for Parking Overall
(1 - 5)
# of Boardwalks
St Pete Beach
Fort DeSoto Park 2 - 40 $$ Medium Short Drive ★★★ $5/Car ★★★★ 1
Pass-A-Grille Beach 2 - 100 $$ Medium Short Drive ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★ 2
Upham Beach 2 - 100 $$ Medium Walking Distance ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★ 4
Clearwater Beach
Avalon Street 2 - 50 $ Low Walking Distance ★★★★ Yes ★★★★★
Sand Key Park 2 - 100 $$$ Medium Short Drive ★★★ $5/Car ★★★★ 4
Mandalay Park 2 - 50 $$ Low Short Drive ★★★★ Yes ★★★★ 3
Treasure Island
Sunset Beach (CLOSED for Weddings - Significant Erosion due to Hurricane Idalia on 8/29/23) 2 - 30 $$ Medium Short Drive ★★★ Yes ★★★★ 4
Sunset Vistas 2 - 75 $$ High Walking Distance ★★★ ★★★★ 2
Lions Club 30 - 120 High Walking Distance ★★★★ ★★★★
Anna Maria Island
Holmes Beach - 52nd St 2 - 20 $ Medium Short Drive ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 1
Coquina Key Beach 2 - 100 $$ Medium Short Drive ★★★★ ★★★★
Holmes Beach – Public Beach 2 - 80 $$ Low Short Drive ★★★ ★★★
Holmes Beach - 46th St 2 - 20 $ Medium Short Drive ★★★★ ★★★★★
Sarasota Beach
Siesta Key Beach – Turtle Beach 2 - 40 $$ Medium Short Drive ★★★ ★★★ 3
Lido Beach - Zone 1 2 - 30 $$ Medium Walking Distance ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 1
Lido Beach - Zone 2 2 - 80 $$ Medium Walking Distance ★★★★★ ★★★★★
Siesta Key Beach 2 - 100 $$$ Low Short Drive ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 3
Indian Rocks Beach
1st Ave & Gulf Blvd 2 - 10 High Short Drive ★★★ ★★★ 1
4th Ave & Gulf Blvd (CLOSED for Weddings - Significant Erosion due to Hurricane Idalia on 8/29/23) 2 - 30 Medium Short Drive ★★★ ★★★★ 1
18th Ave - Main Beach Access 2 - 10 Medium Walking Distance ★★★ Yes ★★★★ 1
Redington Beach
Double Tree Hotel 2 - 80 $$$ Low Walking Distance ★★★ ★★★
Constitution Park 2 - 50 $ Medium Short Drive ★★★ Yes ★★★★ 2
Madeira Beach
Archibald Park 2 - 40 $ Medium Short Drive ★★★ Yes ★★★★ 1
Johns Pass 2 - 20 $ Low Walking Distance ★★★ Yes ★★★ 1
Tampa Beach
Davis Island - Waterfront 2 - 50 $$ High Short Drive ★★★★ ★★★★
Picnic Island 2 - 20 $$ Medium Short Drive ★★★★ ★★★ 1
Cypress Point Beach 2 - 40 $$ Medium Short Drive ★★★ ★★★