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Pinellas at a Glance
|Belleair Beach, Clearwater Beach,
Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Madeira Beach, North
Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety
Harbor, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Tierra
Verde, Treasure Island
|Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail
|State Parks & Lands
|Anclote Key Preserve State Park (Pasco)
|Boca Ciega Bay/ Pinellas Aquatic Preserve (Hillsborough, Pasco)
|Caladesi Island State Park
|Honeymoon Island State Park
|Shell Key Preserve
|Skyway Fishing Pier State Park (Hillsborough, Manatee)
|Weedon Island Preserve
|Pinellas National Wildlife Reserve
|Bays & Inlets
|Boca Ciega Bay, Clearwater Harbor, Lake
Seminole, Lake Tarpon, Long Bayou, Pass a Grille Channel, Safety
Harbor, St. Joseph Sound, Tampa Bay
|Rivers & Paddling Trails
|Anclote River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway,
Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail
Pinellas County, one of the state's
smallest and most densely populated counties, is a peninsula surrounded by
the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay and
Boca Ciega Bay/Pinellas County State Aquatic Preserve. The coast is
lined with 37 miles of sandy beach, barrier islands, urban areas, and
mangrove and seagrass lagoons. The Anclote River flows to the gulf across
Pinellas's northern corner.
Thirty-one county and state parks offer an abundance of beach accesses
(six with full facilities) and parking. Parking near beach accesses in
residential neighborhoods is limited.
Fort Desoto County Park covers five islands with seven miles of
coast (3 miles sandy beach), jail-cell ruins, old-fort canons and a
lagoon pond for children.
Sand Key County Park is a 95-acre-barrier island on the Intracoastal
Waterway and Clearwater Pass.
Fred Howard County Park's mile-long causeway is flanked with beaches
leading to a 155-acre grassy park with paths and a butterfly garden.
St. Pete Beach is one of the gulf's few surfing spots.
Clearwater Beach has white sand beaches, marinas, piers, facilities,
aquarium and free nightly festival.
Anclote Key Preserve State Park's 400 acres are on four barrier
islands fringed by beaches and 12,000 acres of submerged land. The park
offers boating and primitive camping, 1887 lighthouse, and a plethora of
beach-nesting birds. It has no provisions, so bring water and supplies.
Honeymoon Island State Park is a barrier island park on the gulf,
accessible by car. Developed in 1939 for honeymooners, it has
palm-thatched bungalows, showers, gift and snack shop, nature trails,
bird observation areas, large variety of shorebirds and seashells,
mangrove swamps, tidal flats and virgin slash pine forests.
Caladesi Island State Park, one of the gulf's few completely natural
islands, is reached by boat or ferry from Honeymoon Island. It has white
sand beaches, three-mile hiking and paddling trails, saltwater fishing,
abundant wildlife, picnic tables, pavilions, marina, snack bar and gift
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, once a bridge from St. Petersburg to
Sarasota over Tampa Bay, now offers more than 3.6 miles of fishing
(tarpon and grouper) on its northern and southern ends.
Shell Key Preserve, one of Pinellas's largest undeveloped barrier
islands, has 1,800 acres of sensitive marine and shorebird habitats,
numerous mangrove islands and seagrass beds. Accessible by boat, beaches
and bird watching are its main attractions. It has designated boating
and camping areas and no facilities.
Weedon Island Preserve, popular for birding, fishing and paddling,
covers 3,000 acres of natural, cultural and archaeological history of
the ancient Weedon Island culture. Education programs are offered at its
cultural and natural history center.
Mobbly Bayou Preserve, 396 acres on northern Upper Tampa Bay, has a
wide diversity of upland and coastal plants, a picnic shelter, hiking
trails, fishing pier, observation platform, canoe launch, parking area
- Other Points of Interest:
Heritage Village, a 21-acre living history museum;
Florida Botanical Gardens, over 30 acres of cultivated gardens and
90 acres of natural areas;
Clearwater Beach Pier 60 and Beach Walk, more than a half-mile of
sand beach, fishing pier, food, shopping and abundant parking;
Clearwater Marine Aquarium, environmental education and tours, kid's
camps and animal exhibits; county festivals include the Greek Epiphany
Celebration, Highland Games and Military Tattoo, Tampa Bay Caribbean
Carnival and African American Heritage Celebration.