Look at 13 photos of 7 Tampa Bay beaches where you can escape the crowds


As summer nears its end, our beaches are fuller than ever, often with shoulder-to-shoulder beach blankets. Not exactly the relaxing beach day in Tampa Bay you'd hoped for, right? That's OK, because if you're not averse to working a little, we have a few spots where you can escape the maddening, sunburned crowds. Take a look at these seven unsung pieces of sandy paradise, just big enough for one or two people to stretch out with a beach read or a small picnic.

| Photos by Cathy Salustri