Indian Rocks Beach, located a few miles to the south of Clearwater Beach is a quiet and less crowded alternative to the larger and well known beaches in the Tampa Bay area. Indian Rocks Beach is a great place for vacationers seeking a quiet or family vacation. The beach stretches for 2.7 miles and is part of a barrier island with waterfronts facing either the Gulf waters or the intracoastal waterway. At some points along the Gulf where the island narrows, you can see spectacular views of both the intracoastal waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Indian Rocks Beach offers a lot of places to sink your toes in the sand, soak up the sun, or go for a swim. With plenty of beach access along Gulf Boulevard, you can easily find a spot to enjoy the beach.
Things to do at Indian Rocks Beach
Indian Rocks Beach is home to the largest non-profit bird hospital in the United States. The SunCoast Seabird Sanctuary houses and treats injured pelicans, herons, egrets, owls, hawks, and other birds. Display areas of the sanctuary feature permanently injured birds that have been given a home at the sanctuary. At any given time, visitors can view in excess of 600 wild birds. The sanctuary is open 365 days a year from 9:00am – sunset and admission is always free.
Just a few miles away in Clearwater Beach, you can visit the Clearwater Beach Marine Aquarium, one of only eight facilities in the United States authorized to rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals. They give you a “hands on” personal experience with bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, river otters, sting rays, local fish and coral reefs. Sick and injured marine mammals get shelter here until they recover and can be returned to their natural homes.
To the south of Indian Rocks Beach, you can spend the day perusing shops and dining at John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk in Madeira Beach, an old fishing village that has been transformed into a quaint area with 110 shops, galleries, restaurants and water-sport vendors. You’ll find antiques, art, local crafts, unique clothing and jewelry, as well as restaurants featuring fresh fish and seafood. The entire family will enjoy shopping, eating, and the various other activities available at John’s Pass Village, a main attraction of Madeira Beach. With more than 100 shops, you could spend the entire day searching for that perfect souvenir!
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Places to Eat at Indian Rocks Beach
Despite its sleepy appearance, Indian Rocks Beach is home to some of the best known restaurants along the Gulf Coast. A trip to Indian Rocks Beach would not be complete without a visit to the famous Salt Rock Grill where you can sit outside on the waterfront deck and enjoy the view. If you crave delicious fresh seafood, Keegan’s Seafood Grille is a local favorite that has also been feature on the Food Network. Another popular seafood establishment in Treasure Island is Crabby Bill’s Seafood Restaurant. View all Indian Rocks Beach Restaurants »
Places to Stay at Indian Rocks Beach
There are many great places to stay in Indian Rocks Beach. The Holiday Inn Resort at Indian Rocks Beach features a waterfront location just steps away from the beach. Their large luxurious pool features a cascading waterfall, a majestic pirate ship, and a play area for children. At the Holiday Inn you can relax in a variety of themed rooms, some with kitchenettes, or you can upgrade to a one bedroom condo or two-story villa with a jacuzzi. The Holiday Inn Resort also has a fitness center, a marina with boat rentals, and chartered fishing and dolphin cruises. If you crave a quieter atmosphere, the Barefoot Beach Resort in Indian Shores is an upscale waterfront condominium resort overlooking the intracoastal waterway. It features a heated outdoor pool surrounded by a sundeck with barbeque grills. Directly across the street the resort has its own private walkway leading down to private beach access where dolphins are often observed swimming offshore. View all Indian Rocks Beach Hotels »