Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

You would not be the first person who arrived at Indian Rocks Beach and felt like it was heaven on earth. A bridge leads up to the town and the sparkling aqua blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico are visible as you get to its crest.

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. File photo: Mariakray, Shutter Stock, licensed.

About The Community

This beach community is at a slightly higher elevation and its landscape is dotted with hundreds of oaks trees, unlike other communities where palm trees are common. Arrive at dusk and see the most spectacular sunset, as this lovely town that runs for almost two square miles along the Gulf of Mexico in the westernmost point of Pinellas County.


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A colorful sign reads “please leave nothing behind but your footprints” depicting the efforts to keep Florida beaches clean and in pristine condition. Indian Rocks Beach, FL, August 2018, File photo: Florida Chuck, Shutter Stock, licensed.

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Indian Rocks Beach is a quiet little town of approximately 4,200 people located on a barrier island off the West Coast of Florida just south of Clearwater. It extends from the northern end of Indian Shores to Belleair Shore. Not as crowded as Clearwater or its other neighbors, Indian Rocks Beach has pristine, wide, sandy beaches that are easy to reach through over 20 beach accesses. A happy mix of motels, resorts and beach bungalows and condominiums face either the Gulf or the Intracoastal Waterway. Sometimes the land strip is so narrow that you can see them both.

Vicinity of Indian Rocks Beach

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Indian Rocks Beach developed in the 1920’s as a weekend getaway destination for the wealthy. The Indian Beach Hotel was a popular summer vacation destination for Tampa residents. Though the town has grown in the recent years with multistory condos jostling the beach cottages, it has not affected its small-town atmosphere. Its safe beaches, wonderful restaurants, and quaint hotels make Indian Rock Beach a favorite with vacationers. A beach trolley connects it from Clearwater Beach to St. Petersburg Beach. The Gulf and the Intracoastal waterways provide an array of enjoyable activities. You can swim, fish, boat, go beachcombing, surfing and snorkeling or just sunbathe.

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An aerial drone photograph of Indian Rocks Beach, FL. File photo: The Remote Pilot, Shutter Stock, licensed.

Several residents are third-generation Indian Rocks and are extremely friendly and helpful. They are sensitive to the environment and take care to keep the city spruced. An 11-acre nature park with a dog run, and beach access lights that protect sea turtles was built. Indian Rocks Beach holds an Arts and Crafts Festival every November and April. The Beach Art Center, a non-profit organization has become a nucleus of civic activity. It is a platform to experience, support, and promote traditional and contemporary art and craft.

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An aerial view of the sunset over Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. File photo: Evander Lipps, Shutter Stock, licensed.

Some of the best restaurants of the Gulf area are on Gulf Boulevard. Many vacation rental options, hotels, beach cottages, and condos with easy beach access are available here too. Guppy’s on the Beach Restaurant, a local seafood favorite has been remodeled in sherbet colors and Key West flair. Try Thai Pan Alley for outstanding Thai food. Follow your meal with a stroll on the beach to catch a memorable sunset. Not too far from other major Florida tourist attractions – about two hours from Kissimmee, you can combine a quiet beach vacation with the thrills of Orlando’s entertainment centers from here.

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