Sometimes, a name says it all. This is the case with Treasure Island, Florida. White sand beaches and crystal clear water will leave you thinking that the name here is a perfect fit. This family-friendly destination will deliver a feeling of old world Florida, right near the bustling city of Tampa. If you’ve been craving a classic beach vacation, let tempt you with its many oceanfront villas.

What to Do in Treasure Island

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Things to Do by Land

The three-mile sugary white beach in Treasure Island is flanked by the glistening gulf of Mexico. Spend a day sunbathing, delving into a juicy novel, or building a sand castle with your kids. When you visit Treasure Island, there won’t be any pressure to go sightseeing or get up early. This is a vacation that will be focused on relaxing and enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

The Treasure Island Beach Trail is the perfect place for a sunset stroll. This walkway stretches for over a mile on the eastern side of the beach, providing a sand-free place to stroll while still enjoying the fantastic views. Treasure Island is known for its colorful sunsets, so be sure to pull up a chair for this performance of Mother Nature.

Things to Do by Sea

After a few days of basking in the Florida sunshine, you might be ready for a little action. Fishing is a popular pastime here, so whether you’re an expert or giving it a try for the first time, hiring a fishing charter and heading out in the Gulf of Mexico will be a fun experience. If you don’t love fishing, boat rentals are another way to get out on the Gulf. Bring a gourmet picnic along and spend a quality day with the family out on the boat. Travelers looking for an adrenaline rush will want to rent WaveRunners for an afternoon or give parasailing a try. Speedboat tours, sunset cruises, and pirate boat tours are all options for getting out on the water as well.

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Family Fun in Treasure Island

Beyond the pleasures of the beach and boating, there are other activities to keep families entertained as well. Put on your competitive hat and see who is the winner after a round of mini-golf at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf. If you’re interested in sports, head into Tampa to see a professional baseball game. Dolphin tours are also a great option; these boat tours will bring you out into the Gulf to try and spot these incredible creatures up close and personal.

Many seasonal events are also a big attraction to Treasure Island for families. Foodies will plan a trip during Stone Crab season, beginning in mid-October, when the delicious variety is once again in season. Over the holiday season in December, a boat parade is a great outing for the family. Whether you want to watch a game of Sunday football at a sports bar or relax in the privacy of your vacation rental, families will have loads of fun in Treasure Island.

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What to See in Treasure Island

Encountering the local wildlife is one fun way to experience Treasure Island. Definitely climb aboard a dolphin watching tour or join a sport fishing team, but one more option is to visit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. Here you will see a wide variety of seabirds of all shapes, colors, and sizes. If you love to play golf and love the beach, you will have a serious dilemma on your hands when you visit Treasure Island. Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Club is the closest course, but there are many other courses within a short driving distance including Tides Golf Course, Seminole Lake Country Club, and Pasadena Yacht and Country Club.

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Where to Shop and Eat in Treasure Island

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Shopping Treasure Island Style

If you can manage to tear yourself away from the heavenly beaches of Treasure Island, there is also a downtown district that is great for shopping. Clothing stores, grocery stores, a florist, and more will provide anything you need for your vacation rental or for a little splurge. Shopping in Treasure Island generally has a beach vibe. If you forgot a bathing suit or any other beach essentials, you can pick some up at Suncoast Surf Shop or Swim & Play. Avid fishermen will want to check out Johnny’s Bait and Tackle while cigar lovers will have a wide selection to choose from at the Cigar Republic.

Where to Eat in Treasure Island

Treasure Island offers an intimate community feel that you will experience from the stores to the restaurants and bars. Many of them are centrally located and just a quick trolley ride away from your vacation rental. Whether you’re looking for a sports bar or something a little more upscale, Treasure Island will have an option for you.

If you can’t miss a game of Monday night football, pull up a stool at Ricky T’s or Latitudes. The Floridian offers the best Cuban sandwich in town while The Pearl Restaurant is the fine dining spot in Treasure Island. For a sweet finish to the day, treat your kids to homemade ice cream at Super Scoops. From pizza at Gigi’s Italian restaurant to steaks at the Middleground Grill, there’s something for every taste and budget in this Florida destination.

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When to Visit Treasure Island

Treasure Island lures travelers south all year long. The white sand beaches are at their most popular during the winter season of November through March. During these months, people trying to escape the freezing temperatures and snow of the north head south to enjoy the pleasures of Treasure Island. If you want to visit during these months, book your vacation rental as far ahead as possible, especially if you want to visit during the holiday season.

The summer months of July and August, when kids are out of school, are also very popular. These months will see the most extreme temperatures of the year though, so if you don’t enjoy heat and humidity, you may want to avoid this time of year. Late August and early September, when water temperatures are at their warmest, hurricanes and tropical storms can be a danger. Avoid traveling during this season if at all possible.

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What to Bring to Treasure Island

The ease and relaxation of a Treasure Island vacation begins when you start packing. This beach vacation requires nothing more than the basics including a bathing suit, sunscreen, a pair of flip-flops, and a big floppy hat. Kids will want some entertainment for the beach, so be sure to bring along shovels and buckets or a Frisbee for a game of catch.

Evenings on Treasure Island don’t require anything too fancy, but do bring along a nicer outfit or two if you want to enjoy the island’s fine-dining restaurants. Small touches in your vacation rental can make it feel more like home, so bring along board games, DVDs, or that recipe for waffles that will make a morning all the more special.

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Local Services in Treasure Island

One reason visitors fall for Treasure Island is the quality of the local services. Here you can choose from large grocery stores such as Publix to stock your private kitchen, or small produce stores to support local shops. There is also a pharmacy, hardware store, ATMs, and other basic conveniences located throughout the island.

Another local service is transportation. The Beach Trolley runs the entire length of Gulf Boulevard making it easy and convenient for visitors to reach not only the beach, but also restaurants and bars in the evening. There are trolley stops about every block, so visitors will never have to walk too far to make use of the trolley.

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What to Know About Treasure Island

Treasure Island has a population of about 7,500 people. Not only is it a popular place for vacations, but Treasure Island has also established a reputation as a great place for destination weddings. If you’re looking for a warm-weather place to hold your destination wedding, consider the white sand beaches of Treasure Island.

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Getting to Treasure Island

It is easy to reach Treasure Island by flying into either Tampa (a 45-minute drive) or St. Petersburg (a 30-minute drive). Many visitors choose to rent a car upon arrival at the airport, but a car isn’t completely necessary for a vacation on Treasure Island. Some visitors prefer the convenience and independence of a rental car, while others depend on public transportation in Treasure Island.

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Why Treasure Island Vacation Rentals?

A trip to Treasure Island is all about unwinding and relaxing. One of the most beautiful beaches in Florida deserves equally fantastic accommodations. Skip overpriced hotels in favor of spacious vacation rentals and you’ll never look back to hotels again. Delivering a home away from home feel, these rentals will only elevate how relaxed you will be during a vacation. If you’re planning a family trip, ensuring that each member of the family has his or her own space will not only keep the peace, but allow for some private adult time as well.

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