Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Treasure Island is known as the Jewel of the Gulf Beaches. Only a 90 minute drive from Walt Disney World and part of the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, you’ll find a small town with the most breath-taking sunsets and white sandy beaches. Take part in a multitude of water sports, shop for island inspired clothing, dine on seafood or swim and get some sun. It’s all here at Treasure Island and it’s a fit for all ages.
Although there are dozens of hotels, motels, condos and restaurants, the beach is the main feature. The resorts are mainly low rise and have space between them to permit views the beach from the road. The beach is immaculate and feels like it’s there for those who worship nature. The sand dunes and beach plants add to that feeling. Three miles long, you can walk along The Treasure Island Beach Trail, a paved walkway that also provides persons with mobility disabilities a means to view the dazzling water up close.
Water Sports – Parasail, rent jet skis and waverunners, rent a boat and go dolphin watching or fishing, or learn to kiteboard.
· Golf at the Treasure Bay Golf Course – just nine holes and all are par threes
· Beach bike rentals to be used on the Beach Trail
· Seminole Hard Rock Café – shuttles are available from Treasure Island hotels; enjoy Blackjack, Slot Machines, Poker and nightlife. Check their online entertainment calendar for upcoming acts.
· Beach Volley Ball – located near the concession stand
· Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, FL – a theme park, zoo and entertainment center that is at least one day’s adventure
Shopping – Treasure Island is close to Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL where Tyrone Square Mall and many other shops are located. Specialty shops on the Island are small in number and include Benjamin’s Studio which has a boutique and art gallery, and the Florida Shell Shop.
John’s Pass – Located on the north end border of Treasure Island, John’s Pass is Pinellas County’s #1 tourist attraction. Keep in mind that this is an outdoor village with over 100 merchants, so it will be very hot during the day when the temperatures can hit the 80’s and higher in the spring, summer and part of the fall. But, some of the activities are not to be missed and occur during the day – Pirate Ship family cruise, dolphin watches, deep sea diving and many of the annual festivals. From chains like Bubba Gump Shrimp Company to family owned and operated restaurants like the Friendly Fisherman Seafood Restaurant, chow down on seafood, ice cream, fudge, and pizza. There’s almost every type of shop you can think of, including a winery. Don’t miss out on the Ghost Tour, which begins at 8 PM nightly. The nightlife is alive with bars, nightclubs and restaurants opened late.
When you’re finished taking in the sites and spending too much money, pull up a chair by the Gulf water and let the waves carry your cares away. Take a few steps and get a snack from Sloppy Joes or a drink from Ricky T’s Bar and Grille. You don’t have to wait an hour to take a swim in the surf. The idyllic beach of Treasure Island is one that brings visitors back year after year.
Connie Roberts is a professional blogger who makes it her mission to advocate for people with medical issues. Travel with a disability is not a struggle, but an opportunity to see the world and let others see that it’s possible and a lot of fun. Tweet with her @ConnieFoggles.