Clearwater Beach, Florida is the northernmost developed barrier island along the Tampa Bay Beaches. Unlike our other island communities, Clearwater Beach is part of the City of Clearwater. Today, fun ‘n sun lovers come from all over to enjoy Clearwater Beach vacation rentals, attractions, recreation, restaurants, and shopping.
Clearwater Beach has garnered a reputation as an ideal vacation destination for people of all ages, from all around the world. Families vacation here, as do couples, and young adults. From some of the best seafood restaurants the Florida’s gulf coast has to offer, to recreational activities that include boat rides and parasailing, to word-class hotels and resorts, Clearwater Beach offers something for everyone!
Although Clearwater Beach is a great place to vacation, it’s an even better place to live, evidenced by the people who live here year round. The Clearwater community is friendly and socially responsive, and the City government is economically active and environmentally conscious. The City of Clearwater provides citizens with the programs and resources they need, and the amenities they desire.
Two hours before the sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico people flock to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach to salute the setting of the Florida sun. Come out and celebrate as local artisans and crafters offer handmade treasures and street performers amaze with spectacular feats of skill while you dance to the rhythm of live music flowing from Pier 60 Pavilion.
Indian Rocks Beach
The City of Indian Rocks Beach welcomes you and invites you to visit this “Little Piece of Heaven”. With sensitivity to the environment, safe beaches, wonderful restaurants, and quaint vacation rentals makes Indian Rocks Beach a favorite for seasonal guests.
Indian Rocks Beach is less than three miles along the Gulf of Mexico and, like its neighboring barrier islands, waterfront property faces either the Gulf or the Intracoastal Waterway. At some points along this narrow piece of land you can view both bodies of water.
A quiet town of approximately 4,000, Indian Rocks Beach was initially developed in the 1920’s as a weekend getaway destination for wealthy inland residents. Its 2.7 miles of beachfront are popular with all ages and has over 25+ beach accesses.
Redington Beaches –
Consists of Redington Shores, Redington Beach, North Redington Beach
From the sun’s first glimmer over the Boca Ciega Bay until it slips into the Gulf of Mexico, the Town of Redington Shores beckons visitors and residents to enjoy its wide beaches, fishing, boating, pleasant parks, natural beauty, and quiet soothing relaxation.
In addition to the miles of white sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico, the Redington Beaches are an accessible vacation destination offering something for everyone. You will find it all within your reach; whether it’s shopping, water-sports, recreation, golfing, boating, eco-tourism, professional sports, arts, culture, attractions or theme parks.
A native from Iowa named David Welch owned most the land from John’s Pass to Indian Rocks Beach. In the early 1930’s, Charles Redington purchased the northern end of David Welch’s property and, in 1935, built the first permanent residence in the area. The three cities that Redington owned are Redington Beach, incorporated in 1935, North Redington incorporated in 1953, and Redington Shores incorporated in 1956. Redington Shores is home to one of the only fishing piers along the beaches.
One of the early noteworthy events was the opening of the Tides Bath Club on January 1, 1936, on approximately one-quarter mile of frontage on the Gulf. This was one of the first premier resorts on the Gulf beaches and many notable people stayed there, including Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe during their marriage. The club was demolished in 1996 and replaced by 214 luxury condominiums.
Legend holds that a pirate named John LeVique was the first European to “settle” the Madeira Beach area. Located on the waterfront at John’s Pass, this quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village is Pinellas County’s #1 tourist attraction. Over one hundred merchants inhabit the Village with unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. Plenty of parking: There is metered on-street parking located conveniently throughout the Village, as well as a new state-of-the-art multi-level parking garage adjacent to Bubba Gumps and Hubbards Marina. The beach is a short stroll away.
Indian Shores is approximately 2.65 miles of sandy beaches and is home to about 1500 residents. With the addition of winter residents, the population grows to over 5000. This town hosts a variety of shops, restaurants, and accommodations including luxury condo rentals.
Indian Shores is proud host to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. This non-profit organization is dedicated to the “rescue, repair, recuperation and potential release” of rehabilitated, sick and injured wild birds that are native to the Gulf Coast of Pinellas County.
If you want to bring your boat while vacationing on Indian Shores it has a 6.5-acre boating facility located on the Intercoastal Waterway. Construction of the boat ramp was funded entirely by the Florida Boating Improvement Program as part of a continuing program to enhance recreational boating activities in Florida. This facility is open 24 hours a day and features 73 vehicle and trailer parking spaces.
Treasure Island, Florida is a tropical beach community that engages nature, water and the environment at every opportunity. The brilliant sun, white sandy beaches and glorious sunsets are part of everyday life, and are the primary reasons people come to live and here. They are also the very reasons each year, vacationers from all over come to our resort like beach rentals or even purchase real estate for the chance to unwind in paradise.
Stretch your toes in the sand and wash your troubles away by day, and retreat to one of Treasure Island’s charming vacation rentals, enjoying an abundant selection of restaurants and recreation in between. From the historic Thunderbird Hotel, directly on Treasure Island Beach, to an assortment of smaller beachfront condos lining Gulf Boulevard, vacationers can enjoy a comfortable, enjoyable stay with the entire family.
St. Petersburg Beach
The city was incorporated in 1957 with the consolidation of the Towns of Pass-a-Grille, Don CeSar, Belle Vista, St. Petersburg Beach and unincorporated Pinellas County to become the “City of St. Petersburg Beach.” In 1994, the citizens voted to shorten the name to “St. Pete Beach” to lessen the confusion with the City of St. Petersburg, located on the mainland to the east.
St. Pete Beach is where you can find the architecturally and historically grand Don CeSar resort. Pass-A-Grille Beach, the most southern tip of St. Pete Beach, is thought to have gotten its name from the Cuban fishermen, known as “Grillers”, who camped along the water’s edge of the island and would smoke their fish before returning home. Traveling thru the pass, you could see the fires on the beaches, hence Pass-A-Grille. Soon residents began to make Pass-A-Grille their home and in 1902, the first store was built on Long Key Island in Pass-A-Grille. .St. Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille Beach are both filled with great stories, wonderful restaurants, beautiful sunsets and picture perfect weather. If shopping interests you, visit the “Historic Corey Avenue Shopping District” or any of the other great shops located on Gulf Blvd.
Belleair Beach maintains a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere providing all the advantages of waterfront living and the charm of an old-fashioned neighborhood. Belleair Beach’s residents are proud to have preserved one of the last strictly residential beach communities in Pinellas County.
The City of Belleair Beach is located in the west center portion of a tri-county metropolitan area. The City of Belleair Beach, chartered in 1950, is an upscale residential community located in west-central Pinellas County. This lovely town is situated on a barrier island and serves as the home to a variety of families including those with children, empty-nesters, retirees, and seasonal residents.
The City’s 4,500 feet of white sandy beach may be accessed through the City’s four (4) beach accesses, and three (3) resident-only beach parking areas, and Morgan Park. Boaters enjoy the City’s 7th Street Park Boat Ramp and the Municipal Marina. For those seeking park experiences, the City maintains eleven public parks including Morgan Park, Bayside Park, and Crossman Park. The City also maintains two tennis courts and a basketball court near City Hall.
A Luxury Residential Community and the Gateway to Fort Desoto
The Tierra Verde Community is located on the southernmost tip of Pinellas County and is not part of any municipality. The community is a part of unincorporated Pinellas County and is governed by Pinellas County regulations. Tierra Verde was once 15 islands covered with foliage. These islands ranged in size from only a few acres to the largest, Cabbage Key, having over 289 acres. For centuries, Indians used the islands for ceremonial and burial grounds. Now it’s a vast residential community with high-end single family homes and luxury condominiums. It also serves as the gateway to the award-winning beach, Fort Desoto.
Fort Desoto is located just south of Tierra Verde, and was rated America’s Top Beach in both 2008 and 2009 by Trip Advisor. In 2005, Fort Desoto was also recognized by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as “Dr. Beach,” for being the nation’s number-one beach.
Fort Desoto features rare, pristine, white sandy beaches along with unadulterated wildlife, plants, and birds. Along with a 1,136 acre park complete with hiking trails, a large campsite, and a popular fishing pier, Fort Desoto offers a stunning glimpse of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, particularly during twilight hours, just as the sun is about to set.
Belleair Shores is perhaps the smallest town in Florida, in both size and population. The community consists of approximately 55 private homes along the Gulf of Mexico, west of Gulf Boulevard and just north of Indian Rocks Beach. If you are looking to relocate to the area, Belleair Shore offers a community of 100% residential homes! No businesses, stores, schools, churches, etc. are located in Belleair Shore. It is an extremely quaint neighborhood where the most noise you’ll be likely to hear is the gentle whoosh of the Gulf of Mexico at your front door and the chirping of seagulls at your window!
Another very unique feature of Belleair Shore is that every home is gulf front and all share Gulf Boulevard addresses. Although there are no public or commercial facilities in the town, we join with the other Gulf Beach municipalities in welcoming visitors to the many attractions and beautiful beaches that are available on these barrier islands.
Tampa Bay has much history….both legend and reality….