Wind Surfing in Sunset Beach, Tampa, Florida USA

Skill level:
Beginners and advanced
Best wind direction:
Southeast, South
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 beginner and advanced wind surfers, the beach offers flat bay and Gulf wave sailing.  Best wind direction is when coming from Southeast, South. For those who are into wave sailing,  the size of the swell starts working at 3 ft/1 m and holds up to 6 ft/2 m plus in high winds.

With schools and shops available on the area, this is a perfect place to enjoy the thrill of wind surfing, learn new tricks and meet new people. Best wind conditions for advanced surfers are usually during winter, from November to late April. Note that during weekends the beach is ultra crowded. Wind surfers should be careful of sharks and and high winds when sudden thunderstorms occur.

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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