Beach Ratings

Top Beach LocationsIdeal Wedding SizePrivacyPermit FeeSand Rating (1-5)$ for ParkingReceptionOverall (1-5)# of
Boardwalks
Pass-a-Grille (St Pete Beach – South)2 – 100MediumYes, $250 (*$100)★★★★YesShort Drive★★★★★✔✔
Clearwater Beach – Avalon Street2 – 100Medium★★★★Yes★★★★★
Sunset Beach – Treasure Island2 – 60Medium Yes, $35★★★Yes★★★★✔✔✔✔
Upham Beach (St Pete Beach – North)2 – 100HighYes, $250 (*$100)★★★★Yes★★★★★✔✔✔✔
Anna Maria Island / Holmes Beach2 – 30Medium Yes, $225-500★★★★★★★★★★
Lido Beach / Siesta Key (Sarasota)2 – 80MediumYes, $125★★★★★★★★★★✔✔✔
By Location
St Pete Beach
Pass-a-Grille Beach2 – 100MediumYes, $250 (*$100)★★★★YesShort Drive★★★★★✔✔
Upham Beach2 – 100HighYes, $250 (*$100)★★★★Yes★★★★★✔✔✔✔
Ft. DeSoto Park – Tierra Verde2 – 100HighYes, $175★★★$5/Car★★★★
Clearwater Beach
Avalon Street2 – 100Medium★★★★Yes★★★★★
Sand Key Park2 – 100MediumYes, $225-275$5/CarShort Drive★★★✔✔✔
Somerset Street2 – 40High★★★★YesShort Drive★★★★
*Private Location (Belleair Beach & Private Beach House Rental)2 – 30High★★★YesShort Drive★★★★
Treasure Island
Sunset Beach2 – 60Medium Yes, $35★★★Yes★★★★✔✔✔✔
The Lions Club2 – 140High★★★★★★★★
Sunset Vistas Resort2 – 80High Yes, $35★★★★★★★✔✔
Anna Maria Island
End of 52nd St – Holmes Beach2 – 30Medium★★★★Short Drive★★★★★
End of White Ave2 – 30High★★★★Short Drive★★★★★
AMI – Public Access (Holmes Beach)2 – 80Low★★★Short Drive★★★
Coquina Key Beach2 – 100Medium Yes, $250★★★★Short Drive★★★★ Walkway
*Private Location (Requires Beach House Rental with Riparian Water Rights)2 – 20High Yes, $225★★★★★ LimitedShort Drive★★★★★★
Sarasota Locations
Lido Beach – Zone 12 – 40MediumYes, $125★★★★★★★★★★
Lido Beach (Zone 2) – Holiday Inn2 – 80MediumYes, $125★★★★★★★★★★
Siesta Key – Zone 22 – 100MediumYes, $125★★★★★Short Drive★★★★✔✔
Turtle Beach2 – 60HighYes, $125★★★Short Drive★★★✔✔
Indian Rocks Beach *Requires Permit from City of Indian Rocks Beach
End of 18th Ave2 – 49Medium★★★Yes★★★★
Holiday Inn Harbourside – End of 4th Ave2 – 49Medium★★★★★★★
1st Ave – Villa Gallace2 – 40High★★★★★★
Redington Beach
Public Beach Access2 – 80High★★★YesShort Drive★★★★✔✔
Double Tree Hotel2 – 60Low★★★★★★
Madeira Beach
Johns Pass2 – 80Medium Yes, $60★★★Yes★★★
Tom Kitty Park2 – 30High Yes, $60★★★YesShort Drive★★★★
Barefoot Beach Resort2 – 30High★★★Short Drive★★★★
Tampa / St Pete Wedding Locations
Straub Park – Downtown St Pete2 – 100MediumYes, $125N/AYes★★★★★
Davis Island Park – Tampa2 – 80HighN/AShort Drive★★★★
Fred Ball Park – Tampa2 – 50HighYes, $175N/AShort Drive★★★
Picnic Island – South Pier, Tampa2 – 20MediumN/A★★★
Cypress Point Beach – Tampa2 – 40MediumYes, $125★★★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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