What’s the difference between the Pinellas beaches?

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What’s the difference between the Pinellas beaches?

Clearwater beach is mostly party time tourists and spring breakers, as is St Pete beach.

The rest are mainly a question of what sort of lifestyle you’re looking for.

High-End multimillion luxury and banning umbrellas on your beaches and no public access? Bellair Shore.

A mix of a little calmer party and residential homes? Treasure Island.

Beach time, golf carts, no street parking, and one of the best bakeries in Tampa Bay? Indian Rocks

Luxury quaint quiet “old style” Florida beach – Pass-A-Grille

Redington and Madeira are for if you want beach and waterfront but not a lot of code enforcement and are ok with very low elevations and high flood risk.

NORTH Redington (which is different/separate from Redington) is a pretty quiet area with good waterfront single-family homes and beachfront condos. Bit more busy than Indian Rocks but nice.

Sand Key is primarily high-rise condos, with some of the best views in the area. Probably the “most like the east coast of Florida” vibes so far as the towers go.

Bellair Beach is also nice and primarily single-family east of Gulf Blvd and low-slung old-school motels and condos on the beachside.

Indian Shores is a less wide Indian Rocks beach with better restaurants and a bit more to do. Not a lot of single-family homes there, mostly condos (some nice luxury down to timesharey ones) and vacation rentals.

And I will add that if you get up into the north end of Clearwater Beach it actually gets very quiet and calms up there. Just the problem is you have to go through the Clearwater Beach madness every time you want to go somewhere.

Kyle Sasser

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