There’s nothing better than a familiar beach. It’s the beach you return to over and over again because you’ve fallen in love. You can’t imagine enjoying a beach more than your favorite. But then again, every once in a while you try something new and it surprises you. Our first visit to Treasure Island Beach surprised us and instantly, we were hooked!

The sand goes on forever. Even at high tide, the beach feels endless.

Treasure Island Beach

My Florida-born girl is always in her happy place on the beach!

Speaking of the sand, it’s perfect for sandcastles. It’s fluffy, clean and pure white. There are also tons of shells along the edge of the water!

Treasure Island Beach

Not our best castle ever, but look at that awesome mote and security wall adorned with shell bits!

(Don’t judge the sandcastle- my children lost interest in the castle design when they teamed up with some nearby kids digging a giant “hot tub.”)

As with Gulf beach locations, the water is Seriously. After spending the majority of our time at Atlantic beaches, its a breath of fresh air to be in the gulf waters. We love how clear and calm the water is in the Gulf!

Treasure Island

The Gulf is so calm, it almost feels like a lake!

Despite being a commercialized area, the large beaches accommodate tons of people without feeling overcrowded. The hotels and condos are also set far enough back that you really don’t see them while you’re on the beach. Although there are lots of great places to stay in the area, I highly recommend the Marriott Residence Inn. Our room was spacious and clean and we had a gorgeous view of the water.

The area boasts many awesome, local restaurants. Using Yelp, we opted to head towards Johns Pass Village and Boardwalk for almost all of our meals. Hands down, our favorite place that we ate during our vacation was the Boardwalk Grill. I would absolutely be willing to spend 10 hours in the car to drive back for that meal!

Boardwalk Grill

Mouthwatering food!

Not that you need activities when you travel to the beach, but Treasure Island and the surrounding area offers a ton of great things for families to do. We particularly enjoyed our time at The Clearwater Marine Aquarium where we met Winter, the star of Dolphin Tales. Read more about our time at CMA here.

Our family had a blast visiting Treasure Island Beach and we’ll look forward to visiting again the future!

Have you ever tried a new beach and loved it?

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