Tarpon Springs Beaches

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Tarpon Springs, located on the west coast of Florida is right on the Gulf of Mexico. There are two public access beaches you can visit.

Fred Howard Park

Fred Howard Park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. Almost 2 million visitors enjoy the park annually. Fred Howard Park's location provides access to the Gulf of Mexico by a 1-mile long causeway. The white sandy beach is a very popular north county swim area and also provides a perfect location for visitors to enjoy many spectacular sunsets. Nesting ospreys and eagles may be viewed by park visitors as they fish for food in the surrounding waters. Dolphins, and occasionally manatees, are seen in the area. The causeway is used for sunbathing, fishing, and exercising.

Fred Howard Park protects many important and disappearing Florida habitats, such as seagrass beds, wetlands, mangrove estuaries, salterns, coastal scrub, longleaf and slash pine flatwoods, and turkey oak - longleaf pine sandhill.

Many unusual animals inhabit Fred Howard Park, including some endangered and/or threatened species, such as eagles, gopher tortoises, and fox squirrels. The park also has many different kinds of butterflies and birds.


  • 9 picnic shelters
  • 6 restrooms
  • 2 playgrounds
  • ball field
  • parking - Beach Parking Permit - Automated pay stations with daily parking fees of $5. Annual beach parking passes are available.
  • white sandy beach
  • swimming area
  • windsurfing area
  • launching area for canoeing & kayaking
  • fishing
  • beach showers

More info from Pinellas County: http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/06_howard.htm


Sunset Beach

A smaller beach (11 acres) located south of Fred Howard Park. As the name implies this is a great place to catch a Florida sunset. It's a favorite for the locals.


  • picnic shelters
  • picnic tables
  • barbeque grills
  • concession stand
  • bike racks
  • restrooms
  • parking $5.
  • white sandy beach
  • swimming area
  • windsurfing area
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • volleyball court
  • monthly concerts held from 7-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month from February through November
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