Surfing in Sunset Beach, Tampa, Florida USA

Skill level:
Beginners and advanced
Swell size:
From 3ft/1m up to 6ft/2m+
Tampa is a big city located near Mexico Gulf, on the west coast of Florida. It is surrounded by two bodies of water that flow into the Gulf of Mexico, offering a subtropical climate, hot humid days during summer with frequent thunderstorms and light freezes during winter.

The city is very well organized in regard to activities and recreational parks. According to Forbes magazine, it is the 5th best outdoor city in the United States. Sunset Beach is located in the southern end of  Treasure Island and features white soft sand and incredible sunsets.

Ideal for all surfers, the beach has normal wave quality that takes both right and left directions. It provides with good surfing conditions in all tide stages with a beach break wave. Best swell direction is when coming from Southwest, South while the size of the swell starts working at 3 ft/1 m and holds up to 6 ft/2 m and more.

With many schools and shops available on the area, this is a perfect place to enjoy the thrill of surfing, learn new tricks and meet new people. You can surf  in Sunset Beach all year round. However the best season is from November to April. Note that during weekends the beach is ultra crowded. Surfers should be careful of sharks and rip currents.

How to Get to Destination

32.3mi/51.9km, 46mins
Head west on E Zack St toward N Marion St, Take the 2nd right onto N Florida Ave, Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto E Tyler St, Turn right onto the ramp to I-275 S, Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-275 S and merge onto I-275 S, Take exit 19 for 22nd Ave S, Turn right onto 22nd Ave S, Continue onto Gulfport Blvd S, Turn left onto Pasadena Ave S, Continue onto Corey Causeway, Continue onto 75th Ave, Turn right onto Blind Pass Rd, Turn left onto W Gulf Blvd, Take the 1st right to stay on W Gulf Blvd.
Tampa International Airport,
29.9mi/48km from Sunset Beach

Amtrak’s Silver Star calls on Tampa twice daily: number 91 southbound to Miami and number 92 northbound for New York City.


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