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Fred Howard Park

Beach at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs, Florida

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Fred H. Howard Park is one of Pinellas County's best kept secrets. Located in the northern portion of the county, it boasts one of the best beaches along Florida's Gulf Coast. A one-mile causeway links the mainland park to the nearly five-acre island where the beach is located. Most weekends will find the causeway crowded with outdoor enthusiasts taking advantage of the fishing, wind surfing, and launching area for canoes and kayaks.

The white sandy beach with its small dunes and swaying palms is a slice of paradise for sun seekers, and the salty turquoise blue water of the Gulf of Mexico lures swimmers year round. Lifeguards are on duty. Fishing is also allowed at the north and south ends of the beach. Beach facilities include showers and restrooms and special beach wheelchairs are available for the disabled. Ample parking is provided.

The causeway and beach are both great places to watch for dolphins and the occasional manatee sighting. And, the sunsets are spectacular!

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