The beaches on the west coast of Florida are really nice running: firm, wet sand that goes on for miles. I used to run there exclusively, because Florida drivers are nuts. And running on roads can be scary.
The only caution is that running barefoot exposes your foot to some kind of stress that can result in sole detachment. So start out slowly. And turn around before you think you have to, to avoid being ten miles from your car with sore feet!
No bare foot running for me. There are lots of shells and stuff I would not risk it. But the sand is firm,
Level and flat... really nice to run on.
What happened? I thought you said the beach was good running?
I know. I forgot to tell you. The sand in Florida can be quite loose when it dries out. So run down where the waves have wet the sand and it looks shiny with water, even if you have to occasionally run through water that is receding back to the ocean. If the sand is soaked, it is firmer most of the time. Almost too firm; like running on a stone surface!
Yep I thought so to.
The 10 mile trail race from Clearwater has a lot of beach running in it.