Some of Florida's best beaches are right here in Tampa Bay. We have the No. 1 beach rankings to prove it, too: A nationally known expert declared Fort DeSoto (2005) and Caladesi Island (2008) to be America's top beaches. In between these two slices of paradise are our other gulf coast beaches, just waiting to be discovered. This beach guide gives you descriptions of all of the beaches, plus tips on parking, amenities and nearby restaurants and things to do. Whether you're looking for the best place to surf on Florida's west coast, or you're trying to find the best beach that will allow alcohol, this guide will steer you in the right direction.
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The Gulf of Mexico beaches in Pinellas County really offer some of the best Florida restaurants, Florida shopping and Florida nightlife around. And let's not forget Florida charter boat fishing. So fire up some cool beach tunes and scroll down to start planning your beach vacation in Tampa Bay.