Sand Key Park
Sand Key Park
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  • Joel S
    Largo, Florida12 contributions
    A very nice park
    Ok, so at the entrance to the doggy park there's a big sign reminding you to pay for parking. But where, how? Except for that faux pas the park is great. Two dog runs, broad beach, a walkway for fishing (but where are the big fish), etc.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 16, 2023
  • Andrew W
    Indianapolis, Indiana258 contributions
    Beautiful Beach Along The Gulf
    Sand Key Park is a smaller park with a white sandy beach and beautiful views. Conveniently located near the heart of Clearwater, FL there’s sufficient parking and amenities (including umbrella and cabana rentals). It’s a great place for families to relax and enjoy the scenery and it is CLEAN! The fees aren’t bad, and the staff we encountered were friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend Sand Key Park if you’re in the area.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Jlwitte
    Plymouth, Michigan1 contribution
    Peaceful Ocean Enjoyment
    First we went to clearwater beach, which was wall-to-wall people with three rows of cabanas and chairs. You couldn't enjoy the ocean because there were too many people in front of you. Sand Key is only a quarter of a mile away from Clearwater Beach and was perfect! There were fewer people, $5 parking, cabana rental was less, flat sand, and trails. The bathrooms were clean. We loved watching the ocean waves and shelling. Many of the parking meters were not working. There is an app, but there was no zone number posted. We finally found a fee machine by the bath house that worked.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2023
  • katie126
    37 contributions
    Best beach in Clearwater!
    We spent a week in Orlando and wanted a beach day! We had planned to head to Clearwater, but happened upon sand key beach and were so pleased. The Clearwater beaches were PACKED (it’s spring break-we knew they would be). Sand Key was busy, but nothing like the other beaches. We were able to rent 2 chairs and an umbrella for $30, and parking was $5 for the whole day. Our kids had plenty of room to play in the sand, and the changing facilities weren’t bad at all! So glad we found this gem!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 1, 2023
  • Cynthia F
    Fair Lawn, New Jersey2,353 contributions
    Love the walking trails with Gulf views
    Today I tried the hard-packed sand walking trails that begin near the park entrance and continue through the parking lot towards the beach. These trails connect to many different boardwalks that lead to and from the parking lot and to and from the sandy beach along the Gulf. Today I saw a food truck on the beach selling high-priced beverages and fast food. I will appreciate this concession if I ever run out of water while walking in this park. I believe there are 2 buildings with bathrooms near the parking lot.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 7, 2023
  • Halie H
    1 contribution
    Low parking and small crowd
    Beautiful beach. Not at all crowded and parking was only $5! We went the week of July 4th and couldn’t have asked for a better first beach experience with my toddler. Would highly recommend especially with young children!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • nicole_chelli
    New Haven, Connecticut322 contributions
    A true hidden gem
    I’ve stayed at the Sheraton Marriot which the hotel is right next to the park so I’ve been to the beach area before. Since I wasn’t staying at the hotel this year but wanted to escape the craziness of downtown clearwater beach we opted to come here… twice over 4th of July weekend. Plenty of parking (despite clearwater beach having no available parking). Parking was $6 for the day. There were bathrooms, and water fountains, life guards. The beach itself was not crowded despite all the cars. It truly is a hidden gem, and not as crowded or expensive as clearwater beach.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
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yesi
Orlando, FL3 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Clean beach. The "bathhouse" is just toilets, sinks (with no mirror) and changing rooms. The showers are outside and the water pressure on them was great! It's those kinds that you push once and it stays on for a while(I was able to wash my hair with shampoo and rinse it off with just one push) The parking is 5$ for all day. I got there at 8:15 am and there was only a few people walking along, collecting seashells. The seashells are cute and located ALL OVER, a lot of nice people all around and though it took me a little over two hours to get there, I will be making the trip back because it's the best secluded beach I've visited.
Written March 10, 2020
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hikinghappily62
South Bend, IN91 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
So many positives! Large, beautiful beach area with amazing views of Clearwater Beach and passing boats. $5 to park all day. Ample parking and clean restrooms. One day I watched over 30 surfers while the Coast Guard plane kept circling (training?). It was really neat to watch. This is an excellent family location.
Written March 21, 2021
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tim r
Morgantown, IN86 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
We started at Clearwater beach and then headed to Sand Key. The sand wasn't as pristine and clean as Clearwater but it was still nice. Much less crowds. Parking is only $5 for the day compared to $3 an hour at Clearwater beach. An added bonus was the free EV charging station.
Written December 13, 2020
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TJ K
Chicago, IL89 contributions
Jun 2021
Pensacola Beach still rates as my favorite beach in the U.S. But this was close. It's the same sand, surf, and turquoise water of Clearwater Beach with half the number of people. Plenty of parking. And even a food truck if you didn't pack a lunch (although a little expensive). Chair/umbrella rentals were available, a little pricey ($35 w/ tip), but were comfortable and stayed put when the wind picked up.
Written July 9, 2021
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Michele B
Lakeland, FL394 contributions
May 2020 • Family
Today we went to Sand Key Park, located just South of Clearwater.

Sand Key Park is almost exactly like Clearwater (sand is a little rougher, crushed shells) but with no crowds and ample CHEAP parking. Parking here is done by electronic pay stations, in a large lot, for only $5 for the entire day.

The park has restrooms, changing stations, a snack bar (veggie burgers, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, fries and ice cream), chairs and umbrellas for rent (2 chairs and an umbrella for $20), a dog park and picnic areas with grills.

The water was much less calm than all of the other beaches we have been going to but if you like riding waves, this is your place. Our teens were enjoying their body boards today.

But for no crowds, tons of parking, facilities and a beautiful beach, head to Sand Key.

Written May 20, 2020
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636jeff
Fredericktown, OH346 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
The beach sand is not as sugary as Clearwater Beach just across the inlet, but still white sand. Plenty of parking, which only costs $5 for the entire day. The Beach houses are clean and modern. Rental for an umbrella and two beach chairs is only $29 for the entire day. There are also a couple of very large shelter houses for family reunions. Nice place to go as an alternative to the Clearwater beach, where they charge you for everything including breathing!!!
Written March 8, 2020
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mountain22
Mount Dora, FL751 contributions
Jan 2020
Very peaceful and quiet, feels like paradise compare to the hustle of Clearwater Beach. Enjoy either the beach or sit and enjoy the passing of the boats in the bay and occasionally seeing a dolphins.
There’s plenty of parking.
Written February 4, 2020
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Traveling C
Virginia Beach, VA7 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
This was a great beach to take the kids to. $5 to park all day until sunset. Picnic benches and bathroom areas were clean. We went on a weekday and got to see the Coast Guard do practice rescues over the ocean. Kids had a great time! I would recommend going on a weekday while school is still in session, as the beach is less crowded.
Written April 17, 2021
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Cynthia F
Fair Lawn, NJ2,353 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Today I tried the hard-packed sand walking trails that begin near the park entrance and continue through the parking lot towards the beach.

These trails connect to many different boardwalks that lead to and from the parking lot and to and from the sandy beach along the Gulf.

Today I saw a food truck on the beach selling high-priced beverages and fast food. I will appreciate this concession if I ever run out of water while walking in this park.

I believe there are 2 buildings with bathrooms near the parking lot.
Written April 7, 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,664 contributions
Jan 2020
We found this terrific sea park after spending some 3 hrs at the Clearwater beach. We drove across the Sand key bridge and came upon this park and beach in front of it.
There was a parking lot with a flat 5$ day rate (vs the same rate per hour in Clearwater). The beach is exactly the same as the main one few miles north.
However, we just stopped to take a look as we hadn't more time to spend as we had to arrive in Miami by night and visit St. Petersburg along the way.
Written February 16, 2020
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