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Old 08-09-2014, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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I'll be the first to say that it ain't much of a beach here in Gulfport, but parking is free to all, and Gulfportians get a free pass to park in a 'special' lot closer-in. There is a nice beach volleyball area (4 courts); I don't know if there is a cost to use them or not. It is used by some very good teams (some casual, some with uniforms), many from St. Pete and some from Tampa (in looking at their team names). We sit at Little Tommi's Tiki House's open porch and watch the volleyball matches in the evenings and on weekends.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Norwalk, CT
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LOL This is quite funny to me - have you ever been to New England beaches?
"Ain't much of a beach" goes quite far in New England - the Gulf beaches are heaven.
New England beaches are pebbly, rocky and the sand is questionable.
Be thankful you're within 20 miles of them, I know I will be soon.



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I'll be the first to say that it ain't much of a beach here in Gulfport, but parking is free to all, and Gulfportians get a free pass to park in a 'special' lot closer-in. There is a nice beach volleyball area (4 courts); I don't know if there is a cost to use them or not. It is used by some very good teams (some casual, some with uniforms), many from St. Pete and some from Tampa (in looking at their team names). We sit at Little Tommi's Tiki House's open porch and watch the volleyball matches in the evenings and on weekends.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:22 AM
 
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If you drive up and down gulf blvd along the beach, you will see signs for beach access. Most have six or so free spots right next to the beach access. If one is filled just go a few blocks to the next one.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Historic Gulfport
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I'm just trying to be honest....there are a few other posters who feel I'm a 'homer' for Gulfport, since I live here and love it so much.

Yeah, we are indeed lucky; I walk along Gulfport's beach at least twice daily...it's a 7 minute walk from my home to the O'Maddy's end of the beach.

While we aren't 'beachy' people (love to look at it, but rarely go in past my ankles), I must say Pass-A-Grill's beach is where we take guests who want a big beach.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:32 AM
 
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I'm just trying to be honest....there are a few other posters who feel I'm a 'homer' for Gulfport, since I live here and love it so much.

Yeah, we are indeed lucky; I walk along Gulfport's beach at least twice daily...it's a 7 minute walk from my home to the O'Maddy's end of the beach.

While we aren't 'beachy' people (love to look at it, but rarely go in past my ankles), I must say Pass-A-Grill's beach is where we take guests who want a big beach.

I try to get people to go to Clearwater, so pass-a-grill stays uncrowded for most days.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Sinkholeville
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How long is the swimming season on these beaches?

Does the water ever get too cold for the natives to swim?

(not talking about crazy snowbirds who might swim in anything above freezing).
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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How long is the swimming season on these beaches?

Does the water ever get too cold for the natives to swim?

(not talking about crazy snowbirds who might swim in anything above freezing).
Maybe 2 months out of the year. Though honestly I wouldn't swim in there anyway.

Most of the year the water may as well be salty bath water
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Terra
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Does the water ever get too cold for the natives to swim?)
Yes.
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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Good Morning All

I am a young professional and my company is moving me to the Tampa area within the next 2 months, so I have been doing tons of research. I've been to the area a few times before; I will be working from home so I can live basically wherever I choose.
My question is regarding public beach access. I know some beaches like Clearwater charge for parking/beach access; up here in the Northeast (CT) if you are a resident of a town with a beach, you can get a beach access sticker/pass and you can go whenever you like for free (or deeply discounted.) Do they have this in the Tampa Bay area beaches? I ask because if this is the case I will strongly consider living in the St. Pete or Clearwater areas over Tampa so I can get a pass.

Thanks in advance for your feedback!
I'll be also posting my list of chosen complexes soon so I can get opinions on them

-T
Yes we do: One is the beach pass for Fort De Soto, Sand Key Park & Howard Park $75 per year and you can either buy it through the mail, or visit the Pinellas County Botanic Gardens and buy it out right there, and the other one is for the state parks for $118+tax which you can buy at Honeymoon Island.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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There is often plenty of street parking on the side streets east of Gulf Blvd on Indian Rocks Beach except if there is something major going on by the Beach Park (around 17th Ave). Indian Rocks/Indian Shores has some parking on gulf blvd at the narrows, easy access to beach for any of above.
There is a small beach park opposite Indian Shores beach at the Park Blvd Bridge, ( believe that is free of charge at the moment)
Clearwater can be a headache in busy times, and parking can be pricey. Most of the public beaches have a beach park (parking/toilets/showers) either beach side or over the road.
None of it needs a parking pass really. The Fort de Soto and similar parks with annual passes are not really that necessary unless you really want to be there on a regular basis - it is lovely though!
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