Redington Shores, North Redington Beach, and Redington Beach are three adjacent and remarkably similar towns on Sand Key. Each community has about a mile of beachfront. Redington Shores provides the best public beach facilities. North Redington and Redington have the most upscale appearance and, for now, the most condominiums. There are just too many condominiums in these towns. Redington Beach provides no public beach access at all.
North Redington has a few beach access trails but no parking other than parallel street parking. Redington Shores does have a fairly nice public beach access, and still has a few mom and pop motels and shops, but I don't know how much longer they can hang on in the face of rising property taxes and insurance. The Long Pier, built in 1962, stretches over 1,000 feet into the Gulf and has been extremely popular with residents and visitors for decades. Follow this link to learn about the pier and see photos of the Long Pier.
Redington Shores Beaches
Of the three "Redington" Beaches, Redington Shores provides the best public beach access, with the main public access located at 182nd Avenue. It's a nice white sand beach but does have an odd rocky breakwater front and center. You can swim on either side of the breakwater, and the sand is beautiful pure white quartz.
Redington Shores Public Beach Access is right across the street from the Friendly Tavern, which has outdoor cafe tables right on Gulf Blvd. There's no shortage of small restaurants and bars in the immediate area.
Why Choose the Redington Beaches?
There's nothing particularly unique or remarkable about Redington Shores, North Redington, or Redington Beach. In fact, without the signs, you'd have a hard time knowing when you left one community and entered the next. There's no outstanding historical features, no significant shopping or dining experiences that make it a destinational must-see, and nothing of interest to eco-tourists.
I suspect that the main reason people come to these beaches is that they have family who lives here, or they have friends who live here, or they inherited property here, or perhaps they started coming here 40 years ago when things were less commercialized and they just are in the habit. There's nothing really objectionable here either, once you get past the ever-present condominiums, and beach cottages built practically on top of each other. It's a pleasant place to be; the upscale-but-not-snooty mixes with the lower-class-but-not-trashy in a way that just seems to work out fine.