Florida Gulf Coast Beaches: Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater Area Professional Review and Guide
"Crossing the Sunshine Skyway from the south, high up above Tampa Bay, you get a good look at the Gulf Coast’s largest metropolitan area. Tampa occupies the interior end of the bay, which curves up to the north. The bay separates Tampa from the peninsula of St. Petersburg, which is where I–275 first deposits you before crossing the bay once again to reach Tampa. Home to a major international airport, pro baseball and football teams, the old Cuban settlement of Ybor City, and all kinds of museums and attractions, the Tampa Bay area has no lack of things to do.
There’s no access from the southern end, though. You have to jog back inland and back out again to Honeymoon Island State Park, where you can catch a ferry over to Caladesi. This eTrail includes detailed descriptions of these beaches: Fort De Soto County Park, Pass-a-Grille Beach, Treasure Island Beach, John’s Pass Beach/Madeira Beach, Tiki Gardens–Indian Shores Access, Sand Key County Park, Caladesi Island State Park, and Honeymoon Island State Park."