Upham Beach

Upham Beach is the closest public beach access to Pasadena Avenue and Corey Avenue. It provides a reprieve from the almost constant presence of tall hotels and condominiums that line the shore of St. Pete Beach.

 

Upham has 4 wooden dune walkovers that lead from the long, narrow, pay and park lot, across the dunes to a very wide, white sandy beach. A short walk north takes you to Blind Pass, which has a rock jetty. This is a great place to watch the sunset. Dolphins often make an appearance and I've seen them put on quite a show of jumping out of the water.



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Just south of Upham are several large hotels and beachfront restaurants. Live (and loud) music can often be heard drifting onto the beach, depending which way the wind is blowing. You can walk south as far as you want to.

Where: Located off Gulf Blvd at 68th Avenue. Drive west to Beach Plaza Road. Upham Beach stretches from from about 67th Avenue to 71st Avenue.

Parking: Metered parking, $1.25 per hour or $5.00 per day. Enforced from 8am to 8pm every day. So, if you come after 8pm, parking is FREE.

Hours: Beach doesn't close.

Beach Facilities: Restrooms, outdoor shower to rinse off, food concession.

Lifeguards: Unfortunately, there are no lifeguards.

Food concession: Yes, the Seaside Grille is located right on the beach and has outdoor seating in the form of concrete tables and benches. Serves breakfast and lunch, 8am to 4pm.

Trolley Stop: Not right at Upham, but you would only have to walk a few blocks from Gulf Blvd.

Surfing hot-spot: Yes, but recent erosion control measures have compromised the quality of the break.

 


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