It's the crummiest part of going to the beach in Pinellas County: finding a sweet parking spot.
But we have you covered at three of our best and busiest beaches.
Head north at the main roundabout and a couple blocks off the main drag and a short walk to the beach is sleepy Poinsettia Ave, where the city built the 5-story North Beach Parking Plaza. Parking is $2 per hour. The garage is in close proximity to everything, including not one but two Frenchy's restaurants.
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Corey Avenue on the north side has tons of free street parking plus lots of retail and eateries. The one drawback? It is a few blocks from the beach, so drop off beach chairs and coolers and then draw straws to see who parks the car.
Just south of the Don Cesar, this gorgeous beach is a fave for locals and visitors alike. There is heavy construction on the main road, so that may keep some people away. Instead of parking close to downtown (near the Hurricane and Paradise Grille), start looking for a spot up around 22nd Avenue. There is metered parking, rates start at $1.25. Download the ParkMobile app to make things a little easier.