Barrier-island beaches are almost uniformly excellent in terms of their quality. Rather, they are distinguished by how amenable they are to day-trippers: some have much more public parking and better access, commerce and hotels, while others are largely residential. From south to north this stretch of beach passes through the sun-faded towns of Pass-a-Grille, St Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira, Redington, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks and Belleair. Limited public parking at Belleair keeps out the day-trippers, who are better served just north at Sand Key and Clearwater.

Parking meters cost $1.25 per hour; some lots have pay-and-display kiosks.