This is why St. Pete’s beaches are better than Miami

St Pete Beach

I brought the rain from Miami, but as you can see from this photo, the sun is finally out! And more importantly — St. Pete beaches vs Miami or Clearwater? No contest. We believe St. Pete beaches are better than Miami and Clearwater.

Here’s why.

First, let me say that I’m not on TripAdvisor as much as I should be, but it’s definitely one of the best travel sources out there. TripAdvisor did name St. Pete Beach as the best beach in America , according to Reader’s Choice Awards. This is a huge statement nabbing the number one slot rather than, like four or five.

Now, we all know how Travelbinger feels about Reader’s Choice Awards, and how you shouldn’t put all your eggs in this basket, but for beaches, readers do have a good grasp on what’s a good or not.

As for St. Pete beaches, they are gorgeous, and whether St. Pete beaches are better than Miami or Clearwater (St. Pete beaches vs Miami or Clearwater is always a big battle), both of which I’ve been to, I can honestly say they are better.

In St. Pete, the sand is fine and powdery white, and the water has low waves with an emerald green. It almost feels like the Caribbean.

Also, the beaches here are not overrun by tourists like the other two locations. I love that. You feel like you have the St. Pete beaches to yourself.

Best St. Pete Beaches


This beach is on an island off the coast and is accessible only by boat, so be sure to get reservations on a boat. St. Pete offers nine public boat ramps from which can take you to this beautiful, rare beach. Once you get to the island, you’ll fall in love with an 87-foot lighthouse, explore a 440-acre wildlife refuge, and of course, smile through miles of secluded beaches that are better than Clearwater beaches.


This is definitely the most famous beach, not only in Florida, but nationally. It sprawls 900 acres and for those who like to hop in their RV, there’s a year-round county campground, as well as sprawling nature and fitness trails. You can also expect 2.25 miles of canoe trails (yes, there’s a boat launch with floating docks so you have easy access), and for those who like to fish, there are fishing piers, as well as picnic pavilions with grills.

Visitors can visit all five interconnected islands and take in the compelling panorama views of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge from the southern shores. A highly recommended beach of all St. Pete beaches, and even better than Clearwater beach.


St. Pete Municipal Beach is super low key. It’s a great place to be a little more isolated and have a little bit more privacy. It’s right on the shores of Treasure Island. It’s a lot smaller than the other beaches with about 500 feet of sand and recreation areas, including volleyball courts. Nevertheless, this St. Pete beach is definitely a treasure!

If you’re heading to any of all St. Pete beaches, definitely check out our favorite new Samsonite luggage on Amazon! Pack everything you need for a tropical getaway 🙂

We’re loving the beaches in St. Pete, especially because it’s not completely overrun with high-rise buildings either, nor are they  brimming with towel-to-towel groups of tourists playing their music on blast. Best of all? The beaches here are CLEAN. They’re on par with Clearwater, but definitely better than Miami for a beach experience.

C’est la vie!

View of beach from Don Cesar. 

View of St. Pete beach from Don Cesar.

I’ll do a bigger “St. Pete beaches are better than Miami” review later, but for now, take a look at how beautiful the beach is.

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Jimmy Im has traveled to 113 countries, stayed at over 600 hotels and clocked millions of air miles. He currently lives in New York City.

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