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Tampa / West Coast

The Gulf Coast of Florida boasts many top-ranked beaches and some of the best shelling areas in the world.
  1. Cedar Key, FL (2)
  2. Clearwater, FL (10)
  3. Fort Myers / Sanibel, FL (29)
  4. Saint Petersburg, FL (32)
  5. Tampa, FL (93)
  6. Naples, Marco Island & Everglades City (7)
  7. Sarasota/Long Boat Key, FL (41)
  8. Tarpon Springs, FL (3)

Tampa Bay Vacation Planner
Information on planning your vacation to Tampa Bay, which regionally encompasses four cities - Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Bradenton. Tampa Bay is a growing metropolis that encompasses plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities, including some of the state's best beaches.

Top Tampa Bay Beaches
Regionally, Tampa Bay encompasses three cities — Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater — but Tampa Bay is actually a body of water, the largest open-water estuary in Florida, covering nearly 400 square miles. Situated on Florida's Gulf Coast, it encompasses some of the best beaches in the state.

10 Reasons to Visit Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay as a destination? Of course, here are 10 reasons that might convince you to come to the Tampa Bay area for your next vacation or getaway.

Florida's Cultural Coast
The arts were brought to this area by circus legend John Ringling. Sarasota has upheld his legacy with a cultural calendar that rivals that of much larger metropolitan areas.

Florida's Emerald Coast
The deep emerald green color of the northern Gulf of Mexico combined with the crystal quartz beaches equal paradise in Florida's panhandle.

Florida's Lee Island Coast
Prominent families – including political heavyweights, the Bushes – have known for years that this award-winning area is truly the "Best of Florida."

Florida's Sun Coast
More sun than Honolulu? That's right! Plus, miles of white sand beaches and plenty of fun in the sun activities too.

Brooksville, Florida
Brooksville, Florida is a small town located north of Tampa and is home to the renowed Rogers' Christmas House & Village.

Honeymoon Island
Honeymoon Island is a barrier island beach destination that has the feeling of isolation with easy access and convenient facilities.

Largo, Florida
Largo is nestled between St. Petersburg and Clearwater, just a stones throw from Gulf Coast beaches. Amazingly, it is close to everything... including nature.

Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppes
Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppes are a new casual dining concept inspired by the signature sandwich introduced 70 years ago by a beloved comic strip character.

Madeira Beach
Madeira Beach is a dazzling stretch of white sand along Florida's Gulf Coast, but isn't the best beach in the area.

John's Pass Village and Boardwalk
Spend a few hours or the day shopping at John's Pass turn-of-the-century village.

Pinellas Trail
The Pinellas Trail is one of Florida's most popular and scenic, stretching from Tarpon Springs southward to St. Petersburg through a mostly urban setting.

Plant City, Florida
Plant City is perhaps best known for its strawberry crop and its annual celebration of that crop — The Florida Strawberry Festival. It is also home to Dinosaur World and the International Softball Federation.

Sand Key and Sand Key Park
Sand Key is a 14-mile stretch along the Gulf of Mexico between John's Pass and Clearwater Pass that includes Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Belleair Shore and Belleair Beach. Sand Key Park is one of the best beach parks on the Gulf Coast.

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