Finding your quiet spot on Treasure Island is easy - there's nearly four miles of beaches
Treasure Island has been blessed with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
To find your slice of paradise, beach accesses in Treasure Island are marked with our distinctive blue and orange seagull signs. The signs also indicate where there is beach parking, handicapped access and other amenities.
Treasure Island beaches are, in a way, neighborhoods, each with a different character and feel. There are three different beach neighborhoods.
The first area is mid-island. It is a very wide beach and it is here that you will find most of our gulf-front motels, hotels and, the newest breed of vacation lodging, the condo-hotel. It is a commercial area with many restaurants, shops and conveniences all within a short walking distance.
It is along the mid-island stretch of Treasure Island that you'll find our .85 mile paved Treasure Island Beach Trail, perfect for walking, skateboarding and bicycling. The trail runs from 104th Avenue to 119th Avenue, parallel to the shoreline.
At either end of the island, with John's Pass to the north and Blind Pass to the south, the beaches are narrower yet no less beautiful. These beaches, known as Sunshine Beach and Sunset Beach respectively, are more residential than commercial, and home to everything from quaint beach cottages to Key West-styled three-story homes, although there are some of the smaller "mid-century modern" motels from the 50's and 60's in these neighborhoods. Here you will find dunes of sea oats lining the beach with walkovers providing access.
A few simple rules, when observed, provide a safe and pleasant time while enjoying our surf and sand.
- Pets are not allowed on the beach
- Please, leave only footprints. Dispose trash properly.
- No glass bottles on the beach
- No campfires, grills or beer kegs
NOTE: An alcohol restriction is in effect in Sunset Beach, on the beach between 99th Avenue and 85th Avenue, on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, from the hours of 8am to 4pm, effective February 4, 2013 thru September 30, 2013.
A few words about ...
The Stingray Shuffle
While most local species of sea-life are very shy and tend to avoid us, one of these that you should be familiar with is the stingray. A Stingray is a flat, bottom-feeding fish that lives and breeds in our warm shallow waters from April through October.
Stingrays are not normally an aggressive fish, but they will defend themselves if they feel that they are threatened, such as being stepped on. Stingrays have a stinger in their tails that they use to sting their attacker, usually in the ankle or foot.
Just like when you go visiting friends it's always better to let them know that you are coming. The best way to do this with stingrays is to do what we like to call the Stingray Shuffle. By shuffling (or sliding) your feet slowly through the sand you will warn the stingrays to your presence and to move out of your way.
What to do if you get stung
Since the protein on the stinger is very similar to that of a bee sting, some people may develop a severe allergic reaction and must seek immediate medical assistance. For most others, if you get stung, soak the area in hot water to help breakdown the toxins to help relieve the pain.
Bathrooms and outdoor showers are located at:
Sunset Beach Pavilion
8000 West Gulf Boulevard in Sunset Beach (at 80th Avenue)
Gulf Front Park
10400 Gulf Boulevard (at 104th Avenue)
11200 Gulf Boulevard (at 112th Avenue)
At the southern tip of Treasure Island, in Sunset Beach, is a 5/10 mile boardwalk which encirles the tip of the island. This is where Blind Pass and the Gulf of Mexico meet. It's popular for fishing and just strolling.
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Weddings on the beach
Our beaches are home to many weddings all year 'round, but especially in June. Weddings on the beach require no permit. You will need a permit, however, if you want to do any of the following:
- Put up at tent or shade structure larger than 15 by 15 feet
- Use amplified music
- Set up cooking facilities of any kind
- Use group catering facilities
Should your wedding and/or event require permits, you would need to go before our city commission for approval. A fee of $105 will be assessed for persons wishing to apply for a special event permit to hold an event on the beach. The special event permit fee is non-refundable should the City Commission deny the beach event. Plan early - permits sometimes take up to sixty days.
Generally, people conduct their wedding ceremony on the beach or down by the shoreline, then head back to their hotel or motel for the reception, especially during the months from May to October, when the weather here is pretty hot (90 to 95 degrees) and the humidity is about 80%.
CLICK HERE FOR BEACH AND BEACH PAVILION RULES AND REGULATIONS
If you have any questions about holding your wedding on the beach, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 727-547-4575 ext. 237 or email@example.com
If you're interested in renting city facilities for a wedding reception, such as the Sunset Beach Pavilion, click here.
Click here for information about
Resident Beach Parking Passes
EVENTS in TI
November 15-18, 2012
Bikini Blues Bash
April 27, 2013
Bands on the Sand 5
May 25 & 26, 2013
Lose an item at the beach?
LOST & FOUND
TREASURE ISLAND BEACH PARKING LOTS
Most lots have meters that accept credit cards and offer all-day parking discounted rates. Click here for parking map pdf.
Bay Shore Drive & 75th Avenue, Sunset Beach
West Gulf Boulevard at 77th to 79th Avenues, Sunset Beach
Ring-Billed Gull Lot
West Gulf Boulevard & 81st Avenue, Sunset Beach
Black Skimmer Lot
West Gulf & 80th
Avenue, across from
Sunset Beach Pavilion
Brown Pelican Lot
West Gulf Boulevard & 88th Avenue, Sunset Beach
Gulf Boulevard & 100th Avenue, Mid Island
White Egret Lot
Gulf Front Park Lot
104th Avenue & Gulf Blvd.
(not owned by the City of Treasure Island)
112th Avenue & Gulf Boulevard
RECREATION & SERVICES ON THE BEACH
The Hippo is the world's largest inflatable water slide that measures 175ft long and 36ft high.
The Hippo is located on the beach at 10400 Avenue & Gulf Boulevard. Open 7 days a week, 11am to sunset, weather permitting. Single Slide $3, Two Rides: $5, Unlimited $25. Seasonal passes available and private special event pricing. Restrictions: No restrictions on age, height, or weight. An adult is allowed to go down with a child at no additional charge. Also on site: Rock Climbing Wall and Air Jumper Combo Unit. $3/climb, $5/jump. Metered parking is available at Gulf Front Park at 104th Avenue.
Operated by Oceanus Slides LLC 912-272-8489
Beach Cabanas contain two lounges and are found about halfway between the beach trail and the shoreline.
Cabanas rent for a minimum of two hours.
2 hours - $10
3 hours - $15
One day - $25
2 days or more - $20 per day
Per week - $120
Lounges rent $5 per day
To rent, be seated and pay attendant. No refunds. Credit days for bad weather.
Operated by Taylor Beach Service
FOOD & BEVERAGE DELIVERY
That's right - shop online or in person at the Treasure Island Marketplace and have fresh sandwiches and other beach picnic items delivered right to your beach blanket.
Open Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 10am-3pm. Delivery is free; no minimum.
Operated by Treasure Island Marketplace, 245 107th Avenue
(727) 242-4407 www.treasuremarket.net
KAYAK, PADDLEBOARD & BEACH CYCLE RENTALS
Located on the beach at 104th Avenue & Gulf Boulevard. Kayaks and paddleboards are taken right to waters edge, all you do is play. When you're done, they pick it up. Kayaks and paddleboards are designed for ocean and gulf use and are extremely stable and fun in the surf.
Fun Cycles have quickly become a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy peddling the 2 1/5 mile round trip beachfront trail.
Open Monday- Saturday 10-6, Sundays 10-4.
Single Kayak $20 Hour
3 Hours for $50
Full day $85
Double/ 3 Seat Kayak $30 Hour, 3 Hours $70, Full Day $100
Stand Up Paddleboards $20 for 90 mins, 3 Hours for $50, Full day $85
Fun Cycles, 3 sizes available. $10 Hour, full day $35
Just call to have your toy brought to you- no charge for TI Beach delivery. Home delivery also available. Group and multi day specials available.
TI Beach Rentals