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Finding your quiet spot on Treasure Island is easy - there's nearly four miles of beaches. 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 condo-hotels. 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 Treasure Island Beach Trail, perfect for walking, skateboarding, dog-walking and bicycling. The trail meanders the beach through sea oats dunes between 104th and 119th Avenues, 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. At the southern end 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.
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)
- Municipal Beach 11200 Gulf Boulevard (at 112th Avenue)
Most lots have meters that accept credit cards and offer all-day parking discounted rates. All parking lots (except Heron and Community Center) are gulfside.
- Heron Lot, Bay Shore Drive & 75th Avenue, Sunset Beach
- Tern Lot, West Gulf Boulevard at 77th to 79th Avenues, next to Sunset Beach Pavilion
- 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
- Sandpiper Lot, Gulf Boulevard & 100th Avenue, Mid Island
- White Egret Lot, 126th Avenue, Sunshine Beach
- Community Center Lot, 106th Avenue & Park Place (behind Walgreen's)
- Gulf Front Park Lot, 104th Avenue & Gulf Boulevard, Downtown TI
- Municipal Lot (not owned by the City of Treasure Island), 112th Avenue & Gulf Boulevard
Some "shore things" to remember
- Please, leave only footprints. Dispose trash properly
- No pets, glass bottles, campfires, grills or beer kegs on the beach
- NOTE: An alcohol restriction is in effect in Sunset Beach annually from the first weekend in February through the last weekend of September, on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, from the hours of 8am to 4pm, on the beach to the shoreline from the south side of the public beach access at 99th Avenue southward to north side of the public beach access on West Gulf Boulevard opposite Blind Pass Avenue, or the north side of the Sunset Chateau. There are signs that mark each end of the restricted area. Exemptions: Beer and/or wine only may be consumed in Sunset Vista Park and the Beach Pavilion in conjunction with a special event after receipt of permission from the city manager.
- 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 Aprilthrough 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.