If you’re looking for a new spot to hit or a more tranquil vibe than Clearwater Public Beach, Sand Key Park fits the bill.

Ditch the crowds and enjoy a day of beauty, snorkeling, shell-collecting, picnics, fishing, kayaking, and dozing in the sunshine.

Clean stretches of white sand, softly lapping waves, and the balmy Gulf of Mexico make this a prime spot.



yacht sailing in Sand Key coast in Clearwater FL

Where Is Sand Key Park?

Sand Key Park is a 95-acre park on Sand Key, a lovely barrier island adjacent to Clearwater Beach.

To get there, simply drive south along Gulf Boulevard and cross the Sand Key Bridge over Clearwater Pass. 

From Clearwater Beach’s south end, the drive only takes about five minutes. 

Address: 1060 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33767



Parking At Sand Key Park

Although entrance to the park is free, parking costs a flat rate of $5 per day. The pay stations only accept credit cards.

If you don’t have a car, you can bike there or take the Suncoast Beach Trolley.

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palm trees in the beach of Sand Key Park in Clearwater FL

Things To Do At Sand Key Park

There are tons of great things to do at Sand Key Park. It’s perfect for singles, couples, and families alike.

Swimming or Snorkeling

The inviting blue waters of Sand Key are ideal for a refreshing dip or a long open-water swim. If you’re lucky, you may even spot dolphins.

Since the water is so clean, clear, and warm, snorkeling here is a delight.

Don your mask and snorkel and swim around looking at fish in their natural habitat.

Go Shelling And Build Sandcastles

There are hundreds of intact seashells along the beach at Sand Key. Why not stroll along the sand and see what treasures you find?

With the help of hands, shovels, and buckets, you can create an elegant palace, a fortress, or a sculpted mermaid.

Get creative and have fun playing in the sand.

Wildlife Viewing And Nature Walk

Are you hoping to spot a pod of dolphins or enjoy watching birds? You’re in luck!

Tons of seabirds flock to this barrier island, especially the salt marsh.

Walk along the 1.6-mile nature trail for views of pelicans, laughing gulls, American Oystercatchers, Willets, and more.

From May through October, loggerhead sea turtles come to the beach to nest. Seeing the babies hatch is an unforgettable experience.

Enjoy The Dog Park or PlayGround

Let your dog off the leash to run, roam, snuff, and drink from the water stations at Sand Key Dog Park.

Later, you can walk along the boardwalk and view the salt marsh.

Just note that dogs aren’t allowed on the beach, and must be leashed if they are outside the dog park.

If you have kids, set them loose on the playground to burn off energy.


Fishing is another fun activity at Sand Key. Blue runners, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, pompano, and sheepshead swim in the water around the fishing jetties.

Watch The Sunset

Sand Key Park is a prime place to watch the sunset. Bring along a special drink and some snacks (no alcohol allowed), and enjoy nature’s light show.



Beach entrance in Sand Key Park, Florida

Sand Key Park Amenities

When it comes to amenities, Sand Key Park has you covered.

There is plenty of parking, a boardwalk, a concession stand, outdoor showers, bathrooms with changing stalls, pay stations, a dog park, a playground, picnic shelters with grills, kayak rentals, two fishing piers, and umbrella and cabana rentals.

Lifeguards are typically on duty from mid-March until mid-September.

If you require a beach wheelchair, you can request one from the lifeguards on duty, or call 727-582-2100.

Note: Dogs are not allowed on the beach and must be leashed unless they are inside the dog park.



Sand Key Park Hours

The park is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset. It is closed on Black Friday and Christmas Day.



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