Indian Rocks Beach Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by Ewingjr98
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    Beach at dusk
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  • Things to Do
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Indian Rocks Beach Things to Do

  • Sunset Cruise from Clearwater Marina

    We took a cruises on the Kai Lani Catamaran sailboat at sunset out of Clearwater MArina next to the beach. The Catamaran was bigger than expected, probably seating a max of 30 people, but we only 15 or 20 on our cruise. They have a bar on the boat, from which they serve beer and wine. They also have restrooms on board.The cruise takes about two...

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  • Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk

    South Gulfview Boulevard along Clearwater Beach used to be a straight and normal city street with lots of pedestrians and lots of traffic. Around 2005 the city began a revitalization project to better blend the city and the beach, improve the beauty and usefulness of the area, and increase safety, especially for pedestrians. The result is a $30...

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  • Clearwater Beach - Pier 60

    Pier 60 offers access to fishing activities, fine dining, shopping, entertainment. The pier also has covered pavilions, a bait and tackle shop, telescopes for beach viewing, rest rooms, and easy access to public transportation."Sunsets at Pier 60" is a nightly event from 6:30 - 10:30 PM offering live music, street performers, a number of craft...

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Indian Rocks Beach Hotels

  • Great Heron Inn

    68 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, 33785, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Indian Rocks...

    401 Second Street, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, 33785, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Gulf Towers Resort Motel

    404 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, 33785, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

Indian Rocks Beach Restaurants

  • Nice spot for seafood

    This is a new place that has moved into PJ's old location. For now it's a lot quieter an less crowded than the former place. That will mostly change once people find out. The food is good and also the waitstaff is.

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  • 1st time here

    We have been to IRB many times & have walked by this place a lot(a donut shop is across the street) and for some reason we never ate here. It's a typical "near the beach establishment" (a little rough around the edges.)We were there at lunch time. Service was good, food was good and prices reasonable.

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  • Quick great seafood

    The décor here is standard beach seafood, but one clear distinction in ambience stands out---walls of dollar bills. A decades-old tradition for this family-run restaurant is a chance for guests to have a dollar bill stapled to the wall, often with a message or date scrawled in marker pen. Periodically, the bills are harvested and donated to a local...

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  • Crabby Bills - Indian Rocks Beach &...

    Crabby Bill's is a great local chain restaurant in the Tampa area. Rather than fine dining, enjoy your meal at one of the picnic tables. Instead of wine, enjoy a plastic cup of Yuengling lager. But what you really come here for is the seafood. Their specialty is the steamed bucket with clams oysters, crab legs, shrimp, and scallops (market price -...

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  • Frenchy's Saltwater Cafe - Clearwater...

    Frenchy's Saltwater Cafe opened in 1989 and was the second of what is now 7 Frenchy's restaurants on Clearwater Beach. The menu includes such beach delights as Buffalo Shrimp, Conch Fritters, Specialty Caesar Salads, Fish and Chicken Platters, and their famous Grouper Reuben.We arrived on a stormy night after a few drinks next door at Cooter's. The...

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  • Bonefish Grill - St Pete & Bel Aire...

    Bonefish Grill is a great, upscale seafood chain owned by the company that runs Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, and Roy's. Their food is fresh, never frozen, and very healthy. We started with drinks, though I was a bit disappointed with their brief list of bottled beers. Then came the staple Italian-style bread with olive oil and...

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  • Cooter's - Clearwater Beach

    Cooters is a fun place to grab seafood and drinks right off the shore in Clearwater Beach. We happened upon this restaurant on a rainy Friday night after a week-long drive down from Pennsylvania.Since there was a 30 minute wait, we started off at the big square bar with some Yuengling beers, and we talked to a Canadian about his socialized health...

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  • Sandy's Restaurant - Indian Rocks Beach

    Sandy's is a friendly little diner just of the beach in Indian Rocks Beach, a few miles south of Clearwater Beach. We stopped in for breakfast on a Monday of Labor Day Weekend, and it was pretty busy with mostly locals and a few tourists. We enjoyed a good, quick breakfast of egg, ham, and cheese sandwiches on bagels, and their unique bratwust and...

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  • The Pub - Indian Shores

    The Pub, located along the intracoastal waterway in Indian Shores, specializes in seafood such as grouper, salmon, mahi mahi, tilapia, oysters, crabs, shrimp and more. They also offer chicken, steaks, barbecues ribs, and even some pasta options. They also have a breakfast buffet for only $12.In 2011, The Pub had a booth at the annual "Taste of...

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  • The Pie Factory - Walsingham Road, Largo

    The Pie Factory & Toucan's Coffee House Cafe is a great local pie house, that has been family owned and operated since it was established in 1990. They offer Apple Pie, Apple Caramel Nut Pie, Cinnamon Apple Pie, Key Lime Supreme Pie, Peanut Butter Fudge Swirl Pie, Oreo Bash Pie, and more. In 2011, the Pie Factory had a booth at the annual "Taste of...

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  • Brewmaster Steakhouse - IRB - CLOSED &...

    Brewmasters closed around late 2010 and reopened as an updated, modern restaurant called Marker 34. It's still a hotel restaurant, but it must be an improvement over Brewmasters. Once again violating my own rule on hotel restaurants, I visited the Brewmaster Steakhouse in Tampa with friends. The place wasn't bad, but it was really nothing...

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  • Cafe Soleil - Indian Rocks Beach -...

    Update - Cafe Soleil and its associated bar, Bar Luna, both are closed as of early 2011.This place is known as Cafe Soleil during the day and Bar Luna at night. We stopped by the cafe in the middle of the afternoon for a late lunch. We ordered the only two sandwiches on the menu that day: the Italian and the chicken salad (each around $6). While we...

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  • friendly, family atmosphere

    Down to earth, family oriented gulf coast establishment. They make you feel like your at home on the gulf. Casual Florida dining pair it withlive entertainment ...with exceptional local artists performingat our piano bar and on the back patio, you can be assuredthat our food won't be the only thing you'll be talking aboutafter you leave. Liver and...

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  • Keegan’s uses the freshest local...

    A casual spot that has built a loyal local following over 25 years by offering seafood that goes beyond grouper sandwiches — though they have those too — with charbroiled octopus, gumbo, she-crab soup and blackened gator tail. Regulars know to check the specials on the blackboard. Featured in an episode of the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins...

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  • so-so seafood

    We waited in line for about one hour. Food was so-so. Not best food but not worst food. Decor is a mix of sports bar, typical sea decor, and dinner. Lots of people so it is very loud and noisy inside. Not very memorable experience for us.

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Indian Rocks Beach Nightlife

  • Mahuffer's - "Wurst place on the beech!"

    The Mahuffer Bar is a great dive with "sometimes live music, sometimes live food!" This is one of those beach shacks that you can go and let your hair down and really have a good time without worrying about impressing anyone.I knew our visit would be good when we were greeted at the door by a huge white pit bull and a matching white pit bull pup....

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  • Bar Luna - Indian Rocks Beach - CLOSED...

    Update - Cafe Soleil and its associated bar, Bar Luna, both are closed as of early 2011.Bar Luna is a cool new spot in Indian Rocks Beach. It is the only bar around that has that trendy big-city vibe rather than the dingy beachfront bars that you expect, but don't always prefer on the beach. You enter the surprising large bar area from the parking...

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  • Cuso's Bar & Package Store - Indian...

    Cuso's is not the worst dive bar ever, but it is a dive bar, nonetheless. When we visited, there were about 30 motrocycles in the parking lot, a live band playing, and booze flowing like water. Somehow, there was also a $5 cover charge for the band, which didn't deter any of the patrons. We had planned to sit outside, but after paying $5 to see the...

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  • JD's Restaurant & Lounge - Indian Rocks...

    I think if I was about 20 to 30 years older than I am, JD's would seem like a fun place. Unfortunately, I'm only in my 30s, so I am much too young to really fit in here with all the old locals in the summer. Maybe during tourist season the atmosphere changes and gets a little younger and more fun.From the outside the big yellow, blue and orange...

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  • Red Lion British Pub - Indian Rocks...

    Red Lion is not a tourist spot... much more of a locals bar. Here they take care of their regulars--the locals--damn the tourists and whoever else comes through the door. We arrived on a Friday night, just looking for a good, cold beer. We spotted to open seats at the bar, sat down and ordered two beers. About five minutes into our beers, two...

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  • Coasters - Indian Rocks Beach

    After a disappointing visit to Red Lion British Pub just down the street, we headed on down to Coasters. The place was pretty lively at first, but then quieted down as the band set up. While awaiting the music, we had several Landshark beers in plastic cups for $3 each, and we watched sports on the TVs over the bar. Over the next hour, until about...

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Indian Rocks Beach Transportation

  • St Petersburg - Clearwater International...

    St Petersburg - Clearwater International Airport (aka PIE) was constructed by the US Army in 1941 as a training base for pilots heading off to war. After the war, the airfield became a commercial airport called Pinellas International Airport (named after the county), and the main runway was extended north into the bay. Later, commercial jet traffic...

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  • Suncoast Beach Trolley

    The Suncoast Beach Trolley runs some 18 miles along the Gulf of Mexico from downtown Clearwater to Pass-A-Grille, through numerous little beach towns including Indian Rocks Beach. The cost is $1.75 per person whether you are going one stop or the entire route; $4 will get you a one-day unlimited ride pass. In Indian Rocks Beach, there seems to be a...

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  • Indian Rocks Beach Hotels

    9 Hotels in Indian Rocks Beach

Indian Rocks Beach Local Customs

  • IRB Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

    The Indian Rocks Beach Homeowners Association and the IRB Boat Club host the annual Indian Rocks Beach Lighted Boat Parade on the last Saturday before Christmas; in 2010 it was held on December 18th. This is one of IRB's best events. Prizes for the boats total nearly $3000.The boats line up at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Harbourside and at 7 p.m....

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  • IRB Christmas Parade

    IRB has an annual Christmas Parade on the streets of the beachfront town. The parade takes place on a Sunday about three weeks before Christmas. It consists of probably 100 vehicles, scooters, golf carts, floats, and firetrucks. The parade seems to go up and down every significant street in IRB, and the locals along the route sit out in chairs, and...

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  • Christmas in IRB

    One of the best things in Indian Rocks Beach at Christmas is the annual Lighted Boat Parade. It starts at the Holiday Inn Harbourside, then heads north under Indian Rocks Bridge and through the fingers of Indian Rocks, ending south of Belleair Causeway. The parade is usually held the Saturday before Christmas, starting at 7 p.m. Other nearby towns...

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Indian Rocks Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Sand Key Beach Park - Near Clearwater

    San Key Park was created in 1984 with 95 acres at the northern end of this barrier island. The park offers picnic pavilions, grills, playgrounds, a dog park, and restrooms. Next to the park area is a beautiful beach that is quieter than the nearby Clearwater Beach. This is a nice spot with a great view of Clearwater Beach, but parking is expensive...

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  • Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve

    The Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve is a 13-acre park with a small section fronting the Intercoastal Waterway. The park is full of wetlands and is accessed via about a half mile of elevated boardwalks that cross mangrove swamps, open water, and some small upland patches. Parts of the boardwalk were funded by NOAA and the FDEP with money acquired...

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  • Drum circle

    Every sunday night at sundown there are tons of locals and some seasonals playing instruments in a big circle on the beach. The music is good and the people are fun. A great getaway from all the tourist traps.just go down south on gulf blvd.

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Indian Rocks Beach Favorites

  • Bald Eagles in IRB

    We saw this bald eagle when entering Indian Rocks Beach on the bridge over the intercoastal waterway. I took several pictures of the bird in the distance as we waited for the drawbridge. The bird was sitting in a tree along the edge of the water.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows the nearest bald eagle nests to Indian Rocks...

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  • Intracoastal Waterway

    The Intracoastal Waterway is a 3,000 mile recreational and shipping channel that runs along the coast from Maine to Texas. The waterway was authorized in 1919 and is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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  • See the moon rise over the Intracoastal...

    Enjoy the bright, silvery moon as it hovers over the Tamp Bay occasionally. The moon here, unlike other places, is actually made of cheese, and there is a man on it. Sometimes even a cow jumps over it. Great faun, and a great object for night photos.

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