3 Closest Beaches to Busch Gardens | Easily Explained

If you're in Tampa, there's a good chance that you'll want to visit the beach at some point before or after visiting the theme parks.

In this page we will cover what the closest beaches to Busch Gardens are, and how close (or far) they may be.

Table of Contents

  1. Clearwater Beach
  2. St. Pete Beach
  3. Pass-a-Grille Beach

1. Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is the closest beach to Busch Gardens at a little bit of 1 hour away, 31.6 miles. The best time to visit Clearwater Beach is between October and December. During these autumn months, you'll find low humidity, fewer tourists and many holiday events to experience.

clearwater beach

Clearwater Beach is known for its sandy white beaches that stretch for almost 3 miles, on the beautiful gulf coast. Along with the white sand, the water is very calm, and visitors will feel a very soothing breeze year-round.

In 2018, Trip Advisor ranked this beach the #1 beach in the country.

Additionally, they offer the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, restaurants, and family-friendly lodgings.

The best time to visit the beach is in the early morning when the sun is beginning to rise. Traffic will be much lighter, and your overall experience on the actual beach will be much more relaxing.

2. St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach is the second closest beach to Busch Gardens at around 1 hour and 10 minutes away, 36.7 miles.


St. Pete Beach is known for water sport activities, such as kiteboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, and stand-up paddle-boarding.

In 2021, Trip Advisor ranked this beach the #1 beach in the nation.

This beach also offers plenty of boat and kayaking tours for guests to enjoy. 

3. Pass-a-Grille Beach

Located on the most southern-end of St. Pete, beach Pass-a-Grille beach is a laid back beach town where you can park your car and walk to the beach, boutiques, ice cream shop, outdoor art market, restaurants, rooftop bars, tennis courts and fishing piers.

pass-a-grille beach

It is about 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Busch Gardens, 39 miles.

The beautiful white sand and blue/green-ish Gulf water make this one of the best beaches in the area.