About 880

Surfing on the patrolled area of Clearwater's public beach is not allowed, but surfers flock to the area at the north end and take advantage of a double-sandbar beachbreak known as 880. To find it, take U.S. Highway 19 south onto Gulf To Bay Road, and stay west to Gulf Boulevard, which will take you along the beach in Clearwater. From there, just head north to 880 Mandalay Blvd. On a north/northwest swell, longboarders can catch the outside. The wave often reforms on the inside for shortboarders, but it dumps quickly, and at times painfully, in shallow water. The jetty at the south end of the beach breaks on a southwest swell, but make sure you're out of the water by 9:30 a.m. when the lifeguards take the stand. Be warned: parking is sporadic at the north end, so pay attention to the signs, and the crowds are worst during summer.

Source: 880 Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Any

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Easy.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

Minimal.

Spot Rating

Poor

Poor Perfect

Below average spot and never really gets that good here. Plus it is small dab in the center of Clearwater Beach which is jam packed with tourists and Scientologists. Most surf somewhere else.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Easy most days, can be a little more challenging on the bigger windswell days.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Outside of occasional red tide outbreaks, water is usually clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Stingrays.

Access

No problem, but watch the parking.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, skimming

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

Fall-Spring, Hurricane

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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