Sand Key Park - Clearwater Beach
GPS Coordinates: 27.955733, -82.827153
Directions: From Clearwater Beach’s Pier 60, drive south on S. Gulfview Blvd. and take the
bridge over Clearwater Pass. Immediately after crossing the bridge, look for the entrance to Sand Key Park on the
Cost: $5 per car daily fee.
Hours: Park closes and gate locks at dark.
Sand Key Park is run by Pinellas County. It’s very close to Clearwater Beach—just across the pass (inlet). There
is a lot less traffic congestion around this park and there is plenty of paid parking. The park has large grassy
picnic areas, drink vending machines, restrooms, and a huge white sand beach.
The advantage to this beach is that it is within a 5 minute drive of Clearwater Beach but lacks the traffic
congestion and busy atmosphere.
Unfortunately, like Clearwater Beach, the view is somewhat marred by the presence of huge, towering beachfront
hotels and condominiums.
Additionally, the playground and picnic area is quite a distance (several hundred yards) from the beach, so
you’d need to drive between the two.
The beach here is not as soft and white as the Pier 60 beach. It is also steeper and tends to accumulate more
seaweed and flotsam on the beach, especially near the jetty. So if you like beachcombing, you might prefer this
Surfing is allowed near the jetty, which is one of the better surfing locations in the area.
There are two restroom buildings with changing areas. The showers are outdoor rinse-off type showers with no
privacy. There are no food or drink concessions in the park, but there are drink vending machines.
Where to eat nearby: There are several restaurants (pizza and deli) nearby in a small shopping
plaza. Across the bridge just 5 minutes away are all the restaurants along Clearwater beach including IHOP and
Subway and many others, including plenty of seafood. A 10 minute drive south you’ll find restaurants in the island
city of Indian Rocks Beach.
ADA access: “Handicap” parking is available and accessible dune walkovers lead onto the beach.
The journey from the end of the walkover to the water’s edge is several hundred feet over sand that is fairly firm.
It is a wide beach. Beach Wheelchairs (2) are available and can be requested from the lifeguard on duty during the
season (March to September, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
In the off-season, you can call 727-582-2100 and schedule a beach wheelchair, however this service is not
- Rentals of beach chairs, umbrellas & kayaks
- Drink vending machines (water, soft drinks)
- Restrooms with changing areas
- Outdoor rinse-off showers
- Lifeguards on duty 9am-5pm, March thru September
- Beach wheelchairs
- Paved parking (daily fee)
- Picnic areas off-beach
- Fenced dog park (off-beach)
- Fishing along Clearwater Pass
- Surfing near rock jetty
- Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed on the beach.
- Pets are not allowed on the beach, however there is a very good fenced dog park within Sand Key Park with a
large grassy area and some shade.
- No fishing from the beach, no open fires or grills on the beach. Proper swim attire required, surfing and
swimming areas are separate. Park closes at dark.
There are several large paved parking areas. 18 automated pay stations in various locations in the parking lot
collect the $5 flat daily parking fee. The meters accept coins, cash and credit cards.
The jetty at Sand Key Park is one of the best surfing spots around. For surfing photos at this location, visit
Gulfster.com . Most of the photos labeled “Northern Pinellas” are taken at this jetty.
Above: Sand Key Park beach has a drainage problem. During a heavy downpour, rainwater collects between the dunes
and the beach because the renourished beach is piled so high with sand. These pools of rainwater may hang around
for a week or more, especially during summer daily rains. Usually you can find a dry spot to cross and get down to
the water, but there are times when you may need to walk through a couple of inches of water.
Above: Dog park at Sand Key Park.