Explore Treasure Island
Treasure Island’s pristine waters, welcoming hotels, unique restaurants, family-friendly attractions, and its proximity to the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa make it the perfect destination for your next family vacation.
Treasure Island’s best-known attraction is its pristine 3-mile long white sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico. Our gorgeous beach is a perfect place to swim or play or take a long walk along the water’s edge. However, if you want to take a break from the surf and sand, then you can walk or ride your bike along the Treasure Island Beach Trail which runs along the east side of the beach and provides access to the Island’s motels, restaurants, bars, and shops in the hotel district. If you decide to wander further inland Downtown Treasure Island has shops, restaurants, banks, drug stores, a florist, and grocery store to make your stay comfortable and as close to home as possible.
Below is some area information to help you plan your trip.
Getting to and around Treasure Island is easy.
- Treasure Island is close to both Tampa International Airport (20.5 mi) and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (10.9 mi) and both airports include several car rental companies.
- When in town, leave the car parked and try local favorites like Free Beach Ride or Free Island Hopper, which provide free shuttle rides to local destinations, or hop onboard the famous Suncoast Beach Trolley to get to and from restaurants, shops, bars, and nearby beaches.
- St. Pete Beach-based Bats Taxi has been providing door-to- door service in the community since 1981. Their fleet ranges from taxis to town cars, and even passenger vans. Now accepting online reservations.
- Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft are gaining popularity and connect visitors with drivers for reliable and affordable car service 24 hours a day. Be sure to ask the local drivers for tips on where to go and what to do while in town. They might introduce you to a hidden neighborhood jewel!
Shopping and Dining
Along with the sun and sand, you’ll find diverse and limitless shopping and dining options close to the Tropic Terrace Resort
- Johns Pass Village, a turn-of- the-century fishing village, is Pinellas County’s #1 tourist attraction, with over 100 merchants, including unique boutiques, a variety of restaurants, fishing fleet, boating tours, a marina, and parasailing and jet ski rentals.
- Take a stroll along Gulf Boulevard and get lost in hours of souvenir shopping for yourself or loved ones at any of the numerous beach shops. A longstanding local favorite is Suncoast Surf Shop. Since 1966 Suncoast Surf Shop has been the go-to destination for surfers, swimmers, and skateboarders in the Treasure Island area.
- Florida Shell Shop – the oldest shop in Treasure Island — has been treating visitors to a taste of “Old Florida” since 1955. Stop by to find a unique gift or memorable seashell to mark your visit to Treasure Island.
- Caddy’s Waterfront is one the last true beach bars left in Florida and a must-stop destination when in town.
- Just a few minutes walking you can hang out with the locals at Ricky T’s for great food, drinks and live entertainment
- For a taste of New Orleans in Florida, be sure to check out Shrimpy’s Blue Bistro.
- Dixie’s Dog House is Florida’s Oldest Chicago-Style Hot Dog House. They’ve been serving up Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, wings, sausages, and more since 1970.
- To satisfy your sweet tooth or for a sweet treat for the kids stop by Super Scoops. Super Scoops has been serving homemade ice cream and Italian ice in Treasure Island for years. The locals and visitors love it.
- For fine dining, you can’t go wrong with The Pearl Restaurant or Middlegrounds Grill.
- In the mood something spicy? VIP Lounge & Mexican Restaurant offers Mexican dishes, Tex-Mex style dishes and traditional American favorites. It is a very popular place, entrance by the parking lot.
- For your day-to- day needs, the following stores are also located nearby:
- Walgreens – 10551 Gulf Boulevard Treasure Island, FL
- Johnny’s Bait and Tackle – 110 107th Avenue Treasure Island, FL
- Atcost Liquors – 9861 Gulf Boulevard Treasure Island, FL
- Publix Supermarket – 111 104th Avenue Treasure Island, FL
- Chase Bank – 10551 Gulf Boulevard Treasure Island, FL
- Fifth Third Bank – 180 Treasure Island Causeway Treasure Island, FL
- Citibank – 9695 Gulf Boulevard Treasure Island, FL
- Animal Hospital – 155 108th Avenue Treasure Island, FL
- True Value Hardware – 10625 1 st Street East Treasure Island, FL
Recreation and Activities
Enjoy outdoor fun for the whole family
- On rainy days, stop by the Treasure Island Fun Center, the largest arcade in Pinellas County, for fun games, good food, and cool prizes.
- Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf An adventure golf lover’s paradise, 18 holes of pirate-themed miniature golf, caves, pirate ships, waterfalls and even live alligators! You can even feed alligators in their Educational American Alligator Exhibit.
- Treasure Island Park and Community Center is a fun change of pace from the sun and beach. Plan a picnic on the grass, go for a walk or a run, or take a break on one of the many shaded benches.
- Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis offers a 9-hole, Par 3 golf course overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and several clay tennis court rentals 7 days a week.
- Located in John’s Pass, Hubbard’s Marina offers daily fishing charters, dolphin watching, and eco tours, shelling cruises, sunset cruises, kayak rentals, paddleboard rentals, snorkeling excursions, Egmont Key ferry trips and guided Segway tours.
Near by attractions
- Caladesi Island State Park , in Dunedin, is one of the few remaining completely natural islands on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Enjoy swimming, shelling, sunbathing, fishing, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, or camping.
- Fort De Soto Park includes over 3 miles of white sandy beaches, boat launches, camping, a 2,200 foot Barrier Free Natural Trail (with over 328 species of birds), a historic fort and museum, and daily ferries to Egmont Key.
- Sand Key Park has a beautiful beach area and also a park area with shelters, grills, a playground and a dog park.
- Boca Ciega Millennium Park includes running trails, access to fishing , a 35-foot observation tower with 360 view of the Boca Ciega Bay, picnic shelters, bike paths and canoe launch. The park is a stop on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions “Great Florida Birding Trail”.
Seasonal events and Festivals
- Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup, which takes every November in Treasure Island – the Sand Sculpture Capital of Florida.
- Treasure Island Kite Festival and Sport Kite Competition in January.
- Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in nearby St. Petersburg every March.
- The biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay, the Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade in December.
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