Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

We enjoyed our trip to Indian Rocks Beach on the gulf side of Florida. We chose this location because we wanted a laid back experience with beach front access, mild surf, and good shelling. We also didn’t want to be in a multi-story condo or hotel or in a busy touristy area with tourist traps everywhere. Ultimately we just wanted to kick back and relax, cook most of our own meals, and take nice walks. Indian Rocks Beach fit that bill.

Just outside of Tampa Bay, IRB lies on a thin strip of land between Indian Shores and Belleair Shores, with the very popular St. Pete/Clearwater area further to the north. Our understanding is that Indian Rocks is supposed to inhabit that old Florida charm, with small hotels and condos along the beach. A few public access areas were nearby but weren’t used much. Since our rental property was on the beach, we had plenty of space to ourselves anyway.

We lucked out with great weather and swam in 80 degree temperatures when it was snowing back home. As far as shops/restaurants, there are a few you can walk to and enjoy. When I go to the beach I just want seafood, particularly oysters. We chose PJ’s Oyster Bar as our dinner night out. We pretty much had the run of every place we went as spring break for us fell a week after peak season. Most people we talked to were snow birds heading back home. I got my fill of oysters there for sure.

We’ll probably plan a trip back here next year. I’ve not been to many places in Florida but I don’t see a point in gallivanting around when we found what we wanted. Also given that IRB is in the heart of Florida fishing country, I’m going to see if I can arrange a fishing day trip for some snook or tarpon.

For your enjoyment, here’s a video of a typical sunrise and sunset at Indian Rocks Beach.

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