Drive around the beaches of the Gulf Coast and explore this surfside location at your own pace.
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Tampa is the gateway to the Gulf Coast’s stunning shores. Spend your Tampa beach holiday on the family friendly beaches of Clearwater or at the luxury resorts of Longboat key.
Beach holidays in Tampa combine the sophisticated feel of Sarasota with the lively atmosphere of St Pete’s beach. You’ll love the beautiful sandy beaches of Clearwater and the idyllic sands of Caladesi Island State Park. Head to Captiva and Sanibel, where you can search for unique shells along the unspoilt coastline. Or to trendy Marco Island, where you can shop in elegant boutiques or dine in stylish restaurants.
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Calling St Pete and Clearwater a watery paradise is an understatement. Here the beach and water sports are a big part of everyday life. Kite surfing, windsurfing, snorkelling, tubing, paddling and cruising on various watercrafts are favourite ways to enjoy the water and get a different perspective of the area’s beaches and waterways. But while the waterfront may be the prime attraction, there are dozens of outdoor adventures waiting to be discovered off the beaten path.
Discover Busch Gardens the extraordinary 335-acre adventure park. It brings together an unrivalled combination of incredible rides and amazing animals. Come and experience a new breed of speed on the ultimate launch coaster. Don’t miss Cheetah Hunt and the Cheetah Run. Take a self guided tour around one of the beautiful animal habitats; Jungala gives you the chance to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most endangered animals, Bengal tigers and orangutans.
Those venturing beyond the beach have a choice of the area's 26 communities, each offering a distinct charm, feel and heritage. Choose from the picturesque fishing town of Tarpon Springs to the Scottish-tinged village of Dunedin. Take advantage of fine dining, bars as well as festivals throughout the year. There’s also a wide range of speciality shops selling everything from antiques to beachwear.
Why not start with hip and cosmopolitan downtown St. Petersburg, home of the world-famous Dali Museum? Or head to artsy Gulfport, where galleries, shops and restaurants occupy Old Florida bungalows. End the day at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, where musicians, jugglers and other colourful characters gather daily to toast the Gulf sunset.
You'll find a wide variety of activities to choose from, including all types of water sports, pirate and sea life safari cruises and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Nature enthusiasts can get in touch with their wild side by kayaking and canoeing through the many mangrove trails or by cycling the 43 mile long Pinellas Trail.