St. Pete Municipal Beach: Finally a Wide Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast!
Although technically located in Treasure Island, the city of St. Petersburg owns and maintains this beach, which happens to be one of the widest on the Gulf coast. Here you will find plenty of room to enjoy the day without any noisy neighbors! If someone is too loud or obnoxious, you can just move to another spot, unlike other Pinellas County beaches where you are mere inches away from the next person.
This beach is also great for recreation; I saw at least 4 volleyball nets (3 right by the parking lot and concession stand). The long stretch of sand is perfect for an early morning jog. Luckily, I got to the beach at 8:30am on Sunday morning before any major crowds hit. However, there were still a handful of people out enjoying the weekend: swimming, fishing, laying out…you name it. I had enough room to do my run for the most part, with only a few instances of having to swerve around beach walkers.
If anything, the problem wasn’t the crowds; it was the extreme heat! Even prior to 9:00am, with the temps in the low 80s, the sun still felt miserable blaring down on me! Is there any good time to run during the unbearable Florida summer months!? Whether it’s early in the morning or late in the evening, it never seems to cool off!
The sand was a bit rocky. However, the water was warm, clear, and clean. Swimming was nice as the waters weren’t too congested with people.
You will also find a 1 mile walking/jogging path to enjoy a stroll on a cool morning or evening. Other amenities include: cabana rentals ($15), a concession stand, restrooms (they don’t open until 10:00am), a playground, and picnic tables. Plenty of restaurant options are available within walking distance.
A row of cabanas (you will see these lined up and down the beach!)
The snack shop, playground, and volleyball (the first thing you will see after parking)
Although probably not the best beach in the area, St. Pete Municipal Beach has one primary advantage: lots and lots of sand! Having visited many narrow Florida beaches, the width of this beach was a real treat. I preferred this beach over many others due to the extra breathing room and amenities (volleyball courts and walking path).
Have you ever visited St. Pete Municipal Beach? beach in Pinellas County?