Indian Rocks Beach

indianrocksbeach1Indian Rocks Beach is located on a barrier island, with wide sandy beaches along its western edge fronting the Gulf of Mexico, and a series of canals and boat docks along its Intracoastal eastern edge. Less than 3 miles long, some parts of Indian Rocks Beach narrow to the point where one can stand in the center and see the water on both sides.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 4,113 people make up Indian Rocks Beach – families, active retirees, professional couples and empty nesters along with seasonal residents – make their home here. Residents of Indian Rocks Beach live in quaint beach cottages, high-rise condominiums and single family homes on the water as well as inland. Great restaurants, charming hotels and local businesses are all part of the mix that makes the town attractive to locals as well as seasonal guests.

Some of the area’s most famed restaurants are right here in Indian Rocks, with seafood being the star of most menus. Residents and visitors look forward to festivals and events held throughout the year, including the annual Beauty and the Beach festival each April, a celebration of art, music and food. Public docks on the Intracoastal Waterway are available for boaters of all types to utilize and are only a few blocks from the restaurants and shops.

indianrocksbeach2In addition to the beautiful and pristine beaches, The City of Indian Rocks Beach offers a wealth of other recreational opportunities among its six city parks, with tennis courts, basketball courts, a ball field, boat ramp and more. A nature preserve and the 1st Street Boardwalk offer a more relaxed way to enjoy the area’s beauty.

“Almost everything is within walking distance, so to speak. I’m in a power wheel chair and I’m able to make my rounds in my chair. On the way I find that I know just about everybody on the beach. When the sun goes down the beach party moves inside where you can listen to great local musicians. I enjoy myself.” Dick Schaal, ten-year resident.

 

 

 

Factoids:

Population: 4,113 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 0.93 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Famed restaurants, Festivals and events, The Annual Beauty and the Beach festival each April; a celebration of art, music and food, Beautiful Beaches, Six city parks, with tennis courts, basketball courts, a ball field, boat ramp, Nature preserve, 1st Street Boardwalk.

Redington Shores

redingtonshores1The island community of Redington Shores offers sunrise views over Boca Ciega Bay to the east and breathtaking sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico to the west.

Residents live in modern beach homes, luxury condos, or in lovely apartments or cozy cottages on quaint inland streets in an area covering only 200 acres.

redingtonshores2Surrounded with wide sandy beaches, 2,121 residents enjoy a lifestyle understandably focused around the water. In fact, a glimpse of water is literally never far away from just about anyone in Redington Shores, beckoning sunbathers, swimmers and shell-gatherers. The turquoise water is certain to attract boaters and fishermen. The popular Redington Shores Beach Access boasts a successful dune establishment program, where boardwalks protect the seashore grasses and plants that thrive in this delicate ecosystem.

Children gather at the playground in one of three neighborhood parks, all available with an easy stroll from most homes. Anglers fish the coastal waters from one of the city docks.  Neighbors greet each other as they stroll along the beach at sunset. The Lobster Pot, a local landmark, attracts folks from near and far for fantastic seafood meals.

 

Factoids:
Population: 2,121 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 0.39 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Beaches, Sunbathers, Swimmers, Boating Fishing, The Lobster Pot, Parks, City Docks, Three city parks Tennis courts, Boardwalks.

 

Treasure Island

treasureisland1When Treasure Island residents cross over one of the three bridges to their barrier island homes, the tropical light, colorful foliage and the sound of seabirds in the air let them know they’ve arrived someplace very special.

The three and a half-mile beach that fronts the Gulf of Mexico makes up the western boundary of Treasure Island. Narrow at both ends and wide in the middle, locals claim that it’s the widest beach on the Gulf Coast. At the north end is John’s Pass, with Madeira Beach on the other side, and at the south end is Blind Pass, both have access to the Gulf of Mexico from inland waters. In fact, Treasure Island is an island.

Hotels, motels and condominiums occupy most of the beach front property while most of the town’s residents live along canals on the landside of the island. The proximity to the Gulf and the canal houses with boat slips make it a great place for boaters.

In addition to its marina and three very busy public boat ramps, the town also provides wonderful land-based recreational facilities.  The Treasure Island park system was designed with the goal that every resident would be within walking distance of a park.  The Treasure Island Golf & Tennis Center includes a 9-hole golf course, 10 tennis courts, plus facilities for volleyball, basketball, horseshoes and shuffleboard.

Life’s a Beach
treasureisland2 According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 6,705 residents enjoy an easygoing, flip-flop lifestyle. They have the advantages of living in a small, but well-serviced community where they essentially are on vacation every day of the week. Treasure Island features a lively restaurant and bar scene along the beach, catering to locals as well as the high number of annual visitors from near and far.

Fun in the Sand
 
An annual highlight of living in Treasure Island is the Master Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Festival called Sanding Ovations. It is a four day competition of sand sculpting masters from places in North America and Europe, who create astonishing works of art using nothing but sand, water and lots of their own imagination.

“Treasure Island was a really nice place to grow up. As kids we fished, went waterskiing and played on the beach and kids can still do that here. And you’ll not find better neighbors.  We stick together and really care about our community.” Butch Ellsworth, lifelong resident.

Factoids:

Population: 6,705 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 1.59 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: The Sun, Sand and Swing festival, Beaches, Skim Boarding, Swimming, Fishing, Marina and three very busy public boat ramps, The Treasure Island Park System, The Treasure Island Golf & Tennis Center includes a 9-hole golf course, 10 tennis courts, plus facilities for volleyball, basketball, horseshoes and shuffleboard.

Redington Beach

redingtonbeach1This small residential community maintains a laidback atmosphere with plenty of private beaches and quaint neighborhoods. 1,427 residents enjoy four town parks, a community recreation area and a causeway that’s a favorite of fishermen.  The city prides itself on its “triangle” parks, small areas of colorful flowers and native foliage that adorn many city intersections.

Measuring just one square mile in size, the city is surrounded by water – the Intracoastal Waterway on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west.  It is a haven for boaters and beachcombers.

redingtonbeach21With very limited commercial development, residents enjoy a tranquil atmosphere. Housing is primarily single-family dwellings and low-rise condominiums.

 

 

 

 

Factoids:

Population: 1,427 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 0.36 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Four Town Parks, Community Recreation Area, Fishing, Native Foliage that adorn many city intersections, The Intracoastal Waterway, The Gulf of Mexico, Boating and Beachcombing.

 

Tierra Verde

tierraverde1At the southern tip of Pinellas County, where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, is a string of islands collectively called Tierra Verde. This exclusive, unincorporated area is home to 3,721 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census, with a little more than a third living in single family homes and the balance residing in condominiums and townhomes.

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Residents enjoy all the luxuries and conveniences right here with a wide range of restaurants, specialty shops, spa services, boutiques and more. The Tierra Verde Marina is a full-service facility catering to the many boaters who live nearby. The waterways, 150 to 350 feet wide and some 15 feet deep, have been especially engineered to allow the Gulf of Mexico’s tidal actions to help sweep them clean.

At the southern tip of Tierra Verde is one of the world’s most pristine and famous beaches, Fort DeSoto Park, designated as the #1 U.S. Beach in 2005 and named America’s Top Beach in 2009 by Trip Advisor.

A morning stroll on soft white sand, an afternoon of fishing, or an evening out at a fine restaurant can all be found “at home” when home is Tierra Verde. But should you want to venture out, St. Petersburg is only 15 minutes away, and downtown Tampa can be reached in 35 minutes.

Factoids:

Population: 3,721 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 1.5 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Fort De Soto Park – At the southern tip of Tierra Verde. Tierra Verde Marina.

Clearwater

clearwater1Clearwater’s sugar-white sands and warm Gulf of Mexico waters have made it a popular vacation destination – and an incredible place to live. Overlooking the Gulf and connected with its famous beach by a scenic, two-mile causeway, Clearwater offers the perfect combination of work and play.

The Beach
Clearwater Beach has been named the “Best City Beach on the Gulf of Mexico” by USA Today readers. USA Today and 10Best readers also named it the #1 Best Place to Watch a Sunset. Three miles of beachfront – all public – offer some of the best shelling, sunning and sailing opportunities anywhere, with fun shops and restaurants dotting the landscape. One of the highlights of Clearwater Beach is the  3,000-ft. BeachWalk.

clearwater2The Clearwater Marina houses the largest recreational fleet of fishing boats on Florida’s west coast, while the nearby located Clearwater Marine Aquarium introduces visitors to the dolphins, stingrays and sea turtles that populate the area’s waters. The city is working on a total of 126 boat slips with easy access to downtown. The south basin section of the City of Clearwater Downtown Boat Slips are now open. Pier 60 hosts a nightly family-oriented festival celebrating the sunset with outdoor art, music and entertainment.

In Clearwater, vacation starts every Friday.

Lots to do Inland
Coachman’s Park hosts popular community events, including the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Ruth Eckerd Hall is the city’s cultural treasure, the only performing arts center in the state to be designated a Major Cultural Institution.

Multitude of Home Styles
Clearwater’s 107,685 residents enjoy a wide selection of homes, from a golf front villa in a master-planned community to a gulf front condo in an elegant high-rise. Many single-family homes, ranging from modest bungalows to upscale luxury residences serve the city’s diverse population. Many residents opt for homes with boat slips to take advantage of Clearwater’s waterfront location.

The city’s size offers a large variety of public and private school choices and its own police and fire departments.

“Clearwater is already a great place to live and in five years when the new downtown marina is complete it’s going to be even better – for residents and tourists alike. It’s a continually improving community.Frank Dane, seven-year resident.


Factoids:

Population: 107,685 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 25.3 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Public Beaches – offers some of the best shelling, sunning and sailing opportunities anywhere, 3,000-ft. BeachWalk, The Clearwater Marina, The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Pier 60, Coachman’s Park, The annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Golfing.

North Redington Beach

northredingtonbeach1North Redington Beach is a small island town known for the friendliness of those who live there and the beauty of its beaches.

If you want to live surrounded by water, North Redington Beach will suit you well. Four land “fingers” extend into Boca Ciega Bay on the eastern side of the island, giving residents on each side of the streets a waterfront home, many with private boat slips in their own backyard. White sand beaches meet the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico on the western side of town.

northredingtonbeach2According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 1,417 people occupy North Redington Beach and enjoy an easy beach lifestyle. City tennis courts and children’s playgrounds provide additional recreation. The beach is also an important nesting site for turtles, and the folks of North Redington Beach take great care to protect the turtle nests.

The area has a Hollywood connection as the site of the famed Tides Bath Club, a vacation destination of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, and other sports and show business luminaries. The Tides Bath Club is now gone, but the magnificent beachfront site is now home to luxury condominiums, townhouses and private homes.

 

 

 

Factoids:

Population: 1,417 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 0.30 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Boca Ciega Bay, Boat Slips, White Sand Beaches. The Gulf of Mexico, Fishing, Sailing, Swimmng.

Madeira Beach

madeirabeach1Madeira Beach is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. Its residents either live on the water or within walking distance of it. In fact, watch the daily migration of people as they wander down to the water each night to view the spectacular sunset.

With a population of 4,263 people as of the 2010 Census, Madeira Beach has a small town atmosphere and a largely residential feel. Families are in the minority here, as many Madeira Beach households are retirees or empty nesters.

madeirabeach2The main attraction of the city is John’s Pass, a quaint fishing village with unique shops and boutiques, a fishing fleet, cruise lines, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing, and a variety of restaurants. If deep sea fishing is of interest to you, several charters are available right here at John’s Pass. As you walk along a waterside boardwalk you will most likely see dolphins in the water below. Want a close-up photo with you and a pelican? Then, John’s Pass is your best bet. John’s Pass is named for the mysterious pirate turned turtle fisherman, John Levique, who is said to have found the pass after a large storm created it. You can read more about John Levique here.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy Gulf views from the white sand beaches, as well as the beauty of the Intracoastal along the 1,100 foot boardwalk.

Factoids:

Population: 4,263 per U.S. Census
Land Area: 1.03 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: John’s Pass Village, fishing, restaurants and shops. Gulf views from the white sand beaches, the beauty of the Intracoastal along the 1,100 foot boardwalk.

Belleair Shore

belleairshore1Belleair Shore is, in one word, exclusive. With less than 100 individuals residing in its 55 private homes fronting the Gulf of Mexico, this quaint residential enclave is one of the most desirable beachfront neighborhoods in Florida. It may also be one of the few communities in Florida where all of the westernmost private property lines are designated as the high water mark in the sand.

Situated on the island of Sand Key, Belleair Shore is connected to the mainland via the Belleair Causeway, an outstanding recreational site that attracts wind surfers, swimmers and sunbathers. Shopping, restaurants and other necessities are a short drive away, but here in Belleair Shore, the streetscape is purely residential, and the predominant sound is seabirds calling and the lapping of waves on sand.

Commercial and multi-family high rise buildings are prohibited, and strict set-back and height restrictions are in place to insure the town’s unique ambiance will endure.

 
Factoids:

Population: 109 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 0.06 Sq. Miles
 
Points of Interest:
Belleair Causeway, Wind surfering, Swimming and Sunbathing, Shopping, Restaurants, Streetscape is purely residential.

St. Pete Beach

The numbers tell the story of St. Pete Beach: of the some 20 square miles that comprise this barrier island community just a little over 2 square miles is land. The rest is water. Needless to say, this is a paradise for anyone who likes to sail, swim, fish or just enjoy the tranquility of waterfront living.

Island Time
stpetebeach1Three bridges lead to this beautiful island with its soft white sand beaches, beautiful city parks, and an array of retail, restaurants and hotels that serve residents and accommodate the many visitors who are drawn here. The most famous St. Pete Beach icon is The Don Cesar, Florida’s legendary “Pink Palace” luxury resort and an area landmark for nearly a century.

There are 9,346 people that live year-round in St. Pete Beach according to the 2010 U.S. Census, yet the number of residents doubles in the winter, when seasonal residents from other parts of the U.S., Canada and Europe come to stay. About 28 percent of the homes here are in fact second homes.

Activities
stpetebeach2The warm Gulf waters and 4 ½ miles of beach afford plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities. But St. Pete Beach also has one of the most active parks and recreation programs anywhere. The Family Aquatic Center is a popular destination for locals, and offers classes and swim teams along with the opportunity to just relax around the pool. Residents might partake in a painting class at the Cultural Arts Center or a hip hop class at the Community Center. Sports leagues are popular among adults and kids.


Special Time

Every April people from all over the county come to St. Pete Beach for the Beach Goes Pops event on Pass-a-Grill Beach. It’s free to the public with jazz on Friday and full orchestra pops on Saturday. In November the city puts on the Annual Fish Broil and Auction which started in the 1930s as a way to raise money for schools.  This popular event features mullet charcoaled over open pits.

“St. Pete Beach is an island, a small place that’s not going to get any bigger. Those of us who live here love it and feel fortunate to be a part of it. Truth be known, I hate leaving the island for anything.” Danny Walker, resident since 1973.

Factoids:
Population: 9,346 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 2.25 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Sailing, Swimming, Fishing, Waterfront living, White Sand Beaches, City Parks, The Don Cesar, Outdoor Recreation Opportunities. The Family Aquatic Center, The Cultural Arts Center, The Community Center, Sports leagues.