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Sand Key

Sand Key is a barrier island located on the West Coast of Florida. Gulf Boulevard runs down the middle of Sand Key. Sand Key stretches from Madeira Beach through Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Belleair Shore, and Belleair Beach into Clearwater. Five short bridges connect Sand Key to St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Clearwater lies south of Clearwater Beach, across the bridge over Clearwater Pass.

Simply put, the one-mile wide Sand Key barrier island enjoys the unsullied Gulf of Mexico water on one side, and the tranquil waters of the Intercostal Waterway on the other side. Seven miles west of Key West, the Sand Key Sanctuary Preservation Area – with its old red iron lighthouse – was completed in the early 1850s. Interestingly, the shape of Sand Key shifts with the weather. read more…

Sand Key is a barrier island located on the West Coast of Florida. Gulf Boulevard runs down the middle of Sand Key. Sand Key stretches from Madeira Beach through Redington Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Belleair Shore, and Belleair Beach into Clearwater. Five short bridges connect Sand Key to St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Clearwater lies south of Clearwater Beach, across the bridge over Clearwater Pass.

Simply put, the one-mile wide Sand Key barrier island enjoys the unsullied Gulf of Mexico water on one side, and the tranquil waters of the Intercostal Waterway on the other side. Seven miles west of Key West, the Sand Key Sanctuary Preservation Area – with its old red iron lighthouse – was completed in the early 1850s. Interestingly, the shape of Sand Key shifts with the weather.

Sand Key Bridge, an entry point, was originally built as a drawbridge in the early 1960s, then reconstructed as a high-level two-lane bridge in 1994. It carries Gulf Blvd. across Clearwater Pass (right between the popular Clearwater Beach and the high-rise condominium canyon of Sand Key). The new Sand Key Bridge is under the ownership of the Florida Department of Transportation, and has been maintained by the City of Clearwater.

Sand Key Park (a Pinellas County park on the southern part of Clearwater Beach) offers picnic and fishing accommodations, a nature trail, beach concession stands, and spacious parking lots. Also to be found in the park is a playground, restroom, and a dog park. Picnic tables, grills, and water features like fountains are but a few amenities. Natural attractions include a salt marsh where visitors may view heron, roseate spoonbill, great horned owl, anhinga, and common moorhen.

Locals well aware of Sand Key Park’s natural communities flock to the beach, where sea turtles are known to deposit eggs annually. Steps away from the beach are nice accommodations that include beautifully remodeled condominiums that offer a breathtaking Gulf view. The Clearwater Sailing Center also attracts many visitors and locals. Tennis courts and children’s gym-play area are available at the city Bayside Park. Most people visit Sand Key for its beach/paved park runs and open water swims.

For eats, going to Clearwater Beach will unravel some great tummy pleasers. There are great non-touristy spots on the beach to please finicky palates, offering seafood, posh food, or pub food. Sand Key, Florida restaurants have a menu of tasty food ranging from salads, sandwiches, pizzas to the total American breakfast & brunch package.

Sand Key, Florida is generally less commercialized and quieter than some other islands in the area. This has helped the island attract individuals and families who want a slow, unhurried pace. Commercial activity bustles on the northern end of Sand Key. A couple of resort hotels and the shops provide a variety of dining destinations, shopping, banking, and services for residents as well as tourists. Overall, Sand Key is an ideal spot suited for star gazing or someday-into-evening enjoyment when the place buzzes with activity, apart from setting up camp on the beach near your hotel of choice.


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