Sand Key Park
Lay of the Land: Just to the south of Clearwater Beach via Clearwater Pass, Sand Key Park is home to a wide, pristine, white-sand beach with a relaxing vibe that contrasts with its active, colorful neighbor to the north. Here, you’ll find beach cabanas for rent, bathrooms, a dog park, a playground and lifeguards (seasonally). Yet while amenities abound, the beachfront is big enough (and flies far enough under the radar) for everyone to find a quiet patch of sand.
Why You Should Go: You'll feel like you’re on island time in this peaceful park, and the opportunities to spot endangered birds nesting and other wildlife make this park a perfect escape from everyday cares. Plus, abundant amenities make this spot very family-friendly.