Gulf Boulevard and 173rd Avenue, North Redington Beach, FL 33708
More in this neighborhood: North Pinellas beaches
North Redington Beach is a mix of gulf-front private homes and condo, waterfront homes on Boca Ciega Bay, large hotels and smaller mom-and-pop motels. The Tides Bath Club, one of the first resorts on Pinellas County's gulf beaches, opened here in 1936 and for decades was a gathering place for area residents and visitors alike. Two of the most famous celebrities to visit the Bath Club were Marilyn Monroe and her then-husband, Joe DiMaggio. The complex was demolished in the mid '90s and replaced by 214 luxury condominiums that overlook nearly a quarter mile of beach.
Have no doubt, North Redington Beach is serious about protecting its turtle nests, so when visiting during the summer season, be particularly careful where you step. The 90-foot-wide, mile-long beach has six beach access points. None have restrooms or showers.
Visitors can rent personal watercraft, aqua cycles, kayaks, beach chairs and umbrellas just behind the Doubletree Beach Resort on Gulf Boulevard. The Conch Republic Bar and Grill is a favorite of residents and visitors. Beachfront food and spirits can be had at Mango's Restaurant & Tiki Bar at the Doubletree. For lunch or breakfast, try the Frog Pond Restaurant -- and for gourmet quiche, Sweet Sage is a can't miss. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, try Wine Cellar Restaurant.
Only one of the town's beach access areas offers parking, and those six spaces are reserved for residents. However, there is free parking up and down the one-mile length of Gulf Boulevard.