Some of the country’s most beautiful beaches are located in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area. Bordering the warm, blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico are 35 miles of barrier island beaches boasting fine, white sand. On this expansive, glittering stretch is a beach for almost every visitor. Fort DeSoto boasts peaceful dunes unmarred by development, Clearwater Beach is a bustling city beach where residents and visitors come for nightlife with their sand and sun, and funky St. Pete Beach is a favorite haunt for artists. The area’s beaches are also known for their colorfully descriptive names–such as Sunshine Beach, Sunset Beach and Treasure Island, an homage to Tampa’s buccaneer past.