Parking at West Coast Florida Beaches

from Anna Maria Island (Florida, United States)

Most of the public beach access in the St.Pete, Clearwater area as well as street parking have parking meters which makes sense if you just want to occasionally spend a day at the beach but I find it prohibitive if like me you go metal detecting 3-5 days a week. For me to go to Clearwater Beach I have to cross the Skyway, $2.50 round trip, plus $5.00 for gas plus $10.00 parking that destroys a twenty dollar bill. Its the rare day I go home with that much in beach finds. Fortunately I live in Bradenton and hunt Anna Maria  Island and Longboat  Key beaches. Both of these barrier islands have lots of beach access and it’s FREE PARKING.

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