Everyone we talk to says that the water on the Gulf side of Florida is the absolute best. We have to agree! There is just something about that beautiful aqua blue water. Treasure Island’s Sunset Beach did not disappoint with the color of the water and an amazing summer sunset. One of the fun things about this beach is that the sand is covered in thousands of shells. It’s one of the reasons we picked this beach to visit! (That and the name of course). It does take a while to get to the west coast of Florida, especially from Orlando. Be prepared for traffic!
“Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It’s the glory of the sea that has turned my head.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
Treasure Island is a really cool area and is known for having that old-Florida vibe. It has about 3 miles of beaches, but we chose Sunset Beach since we were going to watch the sunset. This beach had a lot going on when we went. There were even two weddings happening! We arrived two hours before sunset with time to walk around and explore the area. Cory enjoyed walking through the surf looking for unique shells and other interesting things in the sand.
“True love is finding your soulmate in your best friend.” – Faye Hall
As the sunset got closer, more and more people came to the beach to catch it. I would recommend getting there early to get a good spot. We found a nice spot next to the rocks and were able to watch a young fisherman reel in a fresh catch.
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau
This was only our second time to visit a beach on the Gulf side of Florida. Before this trip, we went to a dog beach in Venice called Brohard Paw Park. We are always looking for things to do with the dogs, so when we found an off-leash dog beach we had to go! We will probably make a separate post about that day.
What beaches in Florida do you recommend? Clearwater and Sanibel are at the top of our list, but we are always open to suggestions!