Indian Rocks Beach is located on the West Coast of Florida on a barrier island. The Beach is only a 30 minute drive away from Tampa International Airport. Legend says that this beach got its name when a local medicine man miraculously cured his chief with waters from a natural sulfur spring that is believed to be located in Kolb Park across from the city hall located in the beach. The early inhabitants watching Indians on their way to the spring encircled by rocks said: “The Indians are on their way to the rocks”. Thereafter, when the road from the waterway opened, this area gained a lot of popularity with picnickers.
The Indian Beach Hotel and the Indian Rocks Sundry Store are the early landmarks of this area. During the early days, the community in the Indian Rocks Beach grew and developed but it was only after World War II did growth begun to accelerate at an extremely rapid pace. Today, this area is a thriving community retaining its original old world charm and yet supporting an eclectic mixture of recreational activities. The beach boasts of nature preserves, parks, sandy shores and a warm and inviting smile on the faces of every resident. The residents of this area include active retirees, northern snowbirds, empty nesters and young families.
Indian Rocks Beach and its tourist attractions
Its small size (under one square mile) has made Indian Rocks Beach a favorite spot for holidaymakers. Exotic sandy beaches and close proximity to most Florida attractions (such as Sea World, Universal Studio, Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens) attract tourists to this spot year after year. You also have easy access to cities like Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The beach offers an abundance of convenience and gift stores, restaurants offering exquisite cuisine and numerous vacation rental options. To the North and South, runs the Gulf Boulevard. Belleair Beach, Sand Key and Clearwater Beach lie in the North and Redington’s and Indian Shores lie on the South. The city of Largo lies across the Intracoastal through the Walsingham Bridge.
The beach houses many wonderful restaurants along the Gulf coast and also boasts of Arts and Crafts festivals in the months of April and November. Winter in the beach witnesses many tourists. You can choose to swim or fish or just sunbathe here. There are many other amenities for a relaxing vacation.
Ideal vacation homes at Indian Rocks Beach
Seasonal guests feel that quaint hotels, wonderful restaurants, safe beaches, and sensitivity to the environment characterize this beach. The west of the Gulf of Boulevard is home to few businesses, high rise condominiums, homes and beach cottages. In the eastern part of the beach, you can find waterfront condos, single family homes and townhouses. Many waterfront properties face either the Intracoastal Waterway or the Gulf. In certain points along the narrow piece of land, both water bodies become visible. Apartment complexes, condos and inland homes are other types of housing facilities available to residents and tourists.
One such place of stay in the beach that has received numerous positive feedbacks on all aspects (hospitality and facilities) is the Arbor Seaside Cottages, FL. The cottages are located on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast. Although this is a bed and breakfast style of accommodation, this oceanfront condo is a mark of simple elegance. Set in a tranquil environment, you can enjoy breathtaking views right from the convenience and comfort of your cottage. Watch beautiful sunsets, observe playful dolphins swimming by or simply take a romantic walk along the white sandy beach. It can all be done at this very charming tropical island inn. At weekly charges starting from a nominal $800, your breakfast is complementary.
The cottages come well equipped with many contemporary amenities and are very clean and hygienic. If you are looking for home away from home, this could be your perfect destination. Tourists who visit Arbor Seaside Cottages, FL are extremely happy and satisfied with their hosts who warmly cater to every need of the occupants. Close proximity to the beach both in terms of visiting and as a means of visual treat makes this place endearing. Also, when you want to stay away from the sands, you can relax at their lush gardens and take in the beauty of greenery the place has to offer.
Their impeccable service and amenities have eventually paved way for consistent awards since 1999. They have been officially elected as one of Florida’s “superior small lodgings”. This designation has been endowed upon them after a stringent review process and independent inspection of the premises. It should also be noted that less than 10 percent of lodgings ever qualify for this award. Cottages predominantly have one or two bedrooms and come with a fully equipped kitchen. Charges are made on weekly or monthly basis.
You can make a special event all the more memorable for your loved ones at Arbor Seaside Cottages, FL. A complementary wine is offered for such special events. Every cottage is uniquely decorated with new furnishings, umbrella tables and gazebos. You can set up a private picnic area with your own beach side grills. There are several activities such as volley ball and shuffle board that you can engage in. You can stay connected with your business if you choose to, with their free wireless internet facility. Most recreation options such as pleasure boating and sport fishing available in the beach are just a few minutes away from the cottage. Incredible bird watching possibilities are guaranteed.
You could also plan a trip to Sarasota, Orlando and Disneyland that are located just 90 minutes away from this spot. It takes only two minutes for you to visit the best seafood restaurant on the Gulf coast. Special weekly rates are offered in the months of January, September and November. If you are planning to stay for over 4 weeks, you can also make use of special discounts. Make your memories special and pleasant by staying at Arbor Seaside Cottages, FL.