The Best Beach Markets for Your Shopping Pleasure on Florida's Gulf Coast

Buy Local Shop LocalIf you are vacationing on Florida's Gulf Coast and find yourself wondering where to find fresh, local produce (and so much more); look no further. We have just the recommendations for you.

You definitely want to know about our beach markets if you're staying locally in one of our Indian Rocks Beach or Indian Shores vacation rentals. Why not put that vacation rental kitchen to good use by picking up some fresh, local goods to enjoy during your stay? While you're at it, you'll be making healthy food choices, supporting our area vendors and businesses by buying and shopping local, and savoring a delicious taste of what the Gulf Coast of Florida has to offer. It all sounds pretty good, doesn't it?

The local beach markets also feature some of the Gulf Coast's best area artisans, crafters and fine artists. Shop for unique, handmade items to take home with you or to give as a gift to someone special. Pets are welcomed and you can find some wonderful products for them, as well.

So, let's get to the markets. Here are the best Gulf Coast beach markets near Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores available for your shopping pleasure. Stop by and experience each one for yourself to see what they have to offer.

Indian Shores Sunday MarketHandmade Jewelry

The Indian Shores Municipal Center on 19305 Gulf Boulevard is the place to be on a Sunday from 9a.m to 1p.m. Why? It's where you can find the Indian Shores Sunday Market, of course.

Start your week off right by shopping locally sourced and locally produced products. You'll find everything from organic foods to fine arts and crafts. It's a one-stop place to shop where the best local growers, foodies, artisans and artists are brought right to you in one convenient location. The market runs rain or shine and is both family and pet friendly. Bonus: It's close to the beach!

The Indian Shores Sunday Market recently opened last December and opens each Sunday through May. We can't wait to see all they have to offer. We hope to see you there!

Madeira Beach Mid-Week Morning MarketOrganic local produce

The Mid-Week Market in Madeira Beach happens each Wednesday from 10a.m. to 3p.m. It's the city's first open air farmers' market offering fresh organic and hydroponic produce, fine arts and crafts, friendly vendors, plants and herbs, craft coffee, natural body products, and so much more.

The Madeira Beach Mid-Week Market features 60-80 vendors each week, so you're guaranteed a good selection. There are always new items being added, so come back as often as you can. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your petsand make a day of it!

The Mid-Week Market is close and convenient to Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Clearwater, Tampa and many of our favorite Gulf Coast towns. You'll find the market on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway. No worries on parking: There's plenty of it and it's free, close and convenient.

Madeira Beach Sunset Market & Food Truck Rally

The Sunset Market & Food Truck Rally in Madeira Beach debuted in November of last year. The Sunset Market usually coincides with the monthly Cornhole Tournament in Archibald Park, but be sure to verify upcoming dates via the Beach Markets website.

You can often find the Madeira Beach Sunset Market highlighting the holidays with a Gulf Coast flair all its own. November features a Thanksgiving Celebration with Thanksgiving-inspired delights, December spotlights a Christmas Extravaganza, February offers a Valentine's Day theme complete with chocolate and champagne, March spotlights and early St. Patty's Day celebration with green beer included, and April is hopping with an Easter-themed market and Easter Egg Hunt. Stay tuned for what they have planned for the rest of the year.

Food Truck Rally

Let's not forget to mention the food trucks and beer. Come hungry (and thirsty)! There's also a kids' zone, live music, and plenty of fun for the entire family. It's a great place to get to know our local gourmet foodies, chefs, fine artisans and crafters, and more about our local Gulf Coast businesses and community.

The Sunset Market and Food Truck Rally is located at the same place the Madeira Beach Mid-Morning Market isin downtown Madeira Beach with the entrance at the corner of Gulf Boulevard and Madeira Way. Madeira Way is closed off for the markets and offers plenty of free parking for your convenience. The Sunset Market runs rain or shine and is pet-friendly. Oh, let's forget it's also close to the beach! Perfect. Check it out.

We want to thank for being our go-to resource for this post. They rock! Check out their website for the latest updates, special events and more details about our local Gulf Coast beach markets and their vendors. Happy shopping!

Where is your favorite place to shop and buy local on Florida's Gulf Coast?

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