Occupying a peninsula along the Gulf Coast in the heart of west central Florida, Pinellas County is the second smallest county in the state, containing less than 281 square miles. While small in total area, Pinellas enjoys a long coastline along the Gulf Coast, providing over 35 miles of fine white sandy beaches stretching from Tarpon Springs to Fort De Soto.
Pinellas County Beaches:
- Fort De Soto Park, located in the south end of the county, is one of the largest county parks in the State of Florida, with over seven miles of shoreline.
- Sand Key Park, located in central Pinellas County, has almost a half mile of beachfront.
- Howard Park, is a gem located on the Gulf of Mexico in the northern reaches of the county in Tarpon Springs.
In addition to these major beach park facilities, Pinellas County has five beach access parks with parking (fee charged).
Pinellas County Beach Access Parks:
These beach access parks expand public access, and include restroom and shower facilities. Pinellas County beach access parks are used by almost eight million visitors each year.
State Parks / Hillsborough County Park:
Two major state parks in Pinellas County, Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island, provides almost five miles of direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Egmont Key (Hillsborough County) is located off of Fort DeSoto Park and is accessible by a daily ferry.
Honeymoon Island State Park is accessible by car, while pristine Caladesi Island State Park is easily reached by modestly priced public ferry that departs several times per day from Honeymoon Island State Park. Both facilities have amenities, and ample public parking is available within the grounds of Honeymoon Island State Park for both park facilities.
Municipal / City Parks:
In addition to the county and state parks mentioned above, several important municipal parks provide direct beach access, amenities and public parking (fee charged) as well.
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Posted on December 29, 2016 at 7:23 pm by Jodi Jenco