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The Insiders Guide to the Best of Indian Shores Beach

The Insiders Guide to the Best of Indian Shores Beach | Plumlee Vacation Rentals

From the white sandy beaches to the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico waters, Indian Shores, Florida (located in Pinellas County) is a little piece of paradise nestled between Indian Rocks Beach to the north and Redington Shores to the south. Comprising 2.65 miles of stunning shoreline on the western side of Florida, Indian Shores is a local treasure. Located near the cities of Tampa and Clearwater (but not too close), Indian Shores offers serene beauty, a welcoming community, and a family-friendly atmosphere perfect for your next beach vacation.

Today we’re highlighting the best Indian Shores including things to see and do, popular attractions, favorite bars and restaurants, and where to stay. If you haven’t been to Indian Shores beach yet, this is your year! Find the right Indian Shores vacation rental for you and your guests; then start counting down the days to your vacation. 

Feel the sun on your face, the warm sand between your toes, and take a deep breath of that salty air. Life is good here! Book your Florida Gulf Coast escape today.

Indian Shores Beach Vacation Rentals | Plumlee Vacation Rentals
Indian Shores Beach Vacation Rentals | Plumlee Vacation Rentals
Indian Shores Beach Vacation Rentals | Plumlee Vacation Rentals


Flanked by the Intracoastal Waterway on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west, Indian Shores is a haven for water lovers of all kinds. The beach access parking is easy and abundant in Indian Shores, making a day at the beach an absolute breeze. The Town of Indian Shores welcomes visitors and vacationers with open arms, and you’ll appreciate the locally owned eateries, unique shops, quaint attractions, and warm community spirit.

It’s not only people that seek solace on this shoreline. Indian Shores beach is home to nesting sea turtles every May through October, as well as being a sanctuary for nesting shorebirds. If you are a nature lover, you will certainly to appreciate all of the coastal diversity and beauty that surrounds you on a daily basis here. 

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Indian Shores Beach:

Where is the nearest parking? 

Indian Shores has a beach access with paid parking, $1.00 per hour, located at 19600 Gulf Blvd. From Town Hall go north on Gulf Blvd. 3 blocks. You will see Tiki Gardens Park parking area with restrooms on the right. The beach access with showers is across the street.

Where is the nearest boat ramp?

Pinellas County maintains a public boat ramp on the Intracoastal (East) side of Gulf Blvd, just South of the Park Blvd Bridge. It closes at dusk.

Where can I purchase a Florida fishing license?

A recreational saltwater fishing license is required for Florida residents and nonresidents for taking, attempting to take or possessing marine fish. In addition to saltwater fishing license, any person who takes or possesses snook or crawfish must have a license and a snook or crawfish stamp affixed to the license. Fishing licenses may be purchased on-line here or by calling 1-800-347-4356 or by visiting a local Sports Authority Store. Licenses are also available at some Pinellas County Tax Collector Offices: call (727)464-7777.


So what is there to do in Indian Shores? We’re so glad you asked! Here are a few of our favorite things to do, places to see, and local experiences you won’t want to miss. 

Parks & Recreation

Indian Shores offers plenty of parks and nature areas for you and your family to enjoy while on vacation. Visit one or visit them all while you’re here. Follow the links to learn more about each park and the facilities each has to offer.

Chief E.D. Williams Park

Mayor Bob McEwen Veterans Park

Tiki Gardens Park

Town Square Nature Park

Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

Located at 18328 Gulf Boulevard in Indian Shores, the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned wild birds. The Sanctuary provides a home to non-releasable birds in a safe and healthy environment. The Sanctuary is open to the general public seven days a week from 8a.m. to 4p.m. and admission is always free. Plan your visit to the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary here and you can also visit the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Facebook page

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

Everyone loves the locally famous Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf in Indian Shores, a mini-golf course with a live alligator exhibit (no, it’s not on the course itself). Whew! You can read all about your golf game, alligator adventures, and find their hours and pricing on the Indian Shores Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf website. They offer specials and discounts on their page too, so be sure to take a look before your visit. 

Mahuffer’s Dive Bar

Have you heard about the infamous Mahuffer’s? If dive bars are your thing, then you need to check this place out. Voted the best worst dive bar, you can stop in for cold beer or cocktails offered in a veteran watering hole filled with salvaged junkyard artifacts. There’s often free live music too—and rest assured the ambiance if one of a kind. You can visit Mahuffer’s on Facebook to learn more or read the TripAdvisor reviews for a good laugh

Caddy’s Pub

Caddy’s Pub (soon to be Caddy’s Indian Shores) offers waterfront dining inspired by its beautiful surroundings, convenient location and laid-back atmosphere where good food and drink are the focus at this local Florida favorite. Stop by during your Indian Shores beach vacation and enjoy a taste of the local flavor. You can explore Caddy’s menu and specials here


Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty offers a wide selection of Indian Shores condo rentals to choose from in several condominiums. Enjoy the warm sandy beaches of Indian Shores overlooking the Gulf of Mexico where you’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants and within 30 minutes of Tampa. These Indian Shores condo rentals range from one to three bedrooms, sleeping up to eight and offer either Gulf front or with a view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Let us know if we can help you find the perfect place for you and your family. 

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Indian Shores Beach Vacation Rentals | Plumlee Vacation Rentals
Indian Shores Beach Vacation Rentals | Plumlee Vacation Rentals
Indian Shores Beach Vacation Rentals | Plumlee Vacation Rentals

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