Gulf Beach Paradise - Pinellas County

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Welcome to my Web site! I created this site to help you find good places to stay in Pinellas County, Florida, which is my home and my favorite place. After many years of shoveling snow in the cold North, I moved to Pinellas County and discovered my paradise. I'm so happy here, I can't believe it. I have to pinch myself after every beautiful sunset on the beach, just to make sure I'm not dreaming.

Pinellas County consists of the Pinellas Peninsula, which is on the west coast of Florida. The entire coastline is one long (26 miles, 42 km), white, uncrowded beach. The beach stretches from Clearwater, in the north, to Pass-a-Grille, in the south. Between them, there are many small beach towns, each with their own character. To the left, you see John's Pass, which separated Madeira Beach and Treasure Island.

Each town has its own unique stretch of sand. For example, Clearwater Beach has soft white sand and lots of things to do: restaurants, parasailing, charter boats etc. Madeira Beach has coarser sand, which some prefer as it does not get in to everything, and is not so busy as Clearwater Beach. Pass-a-Grille is one of the most pristine beaches, and tends to have the most shells because of it's location at the entrance to Tampa Bay.

This site is a labor of love. Over the years, I've explored every nook and cranny of Pinellas County beaches. I've discovered some wonderful places (which I share on this site), and a few not-so-wonderful ones (don't worry, I haven't added those!). Many of the nicest hotels and motels I've found aren't advertised in the local guidebooks. They're pretty, unassuming places run by friendly people.

Pinellas County is also much more affordable than other parts of Florida, with much lower room rate for the same standard room. Also, Gulf of Mexico has no near-beach-currents to speak of, no undertows and no riptides (unlike the east coast of Florida). This makes it perfect for families seeking good value. Having Disneyworld, Universal Studios and all that Orlando has to offer nearby doesn't make it less attractive, either.

As I said, not every lodging is listed here - only a select few. I hope you enjoy the beaches of Pinellas County as much as I do !

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