The northernmost enclave in the Redington trio, Redington Shores has a little something for everyone: A quality beach, places to eat, drink and shop, and even a lengthy a fishing pier jutting into the Gulf of Mexico.

With a bit more than 2,000 residents, there's still a healthy amount of condo towers along the 10 or so blocks of Gulf Boulevard that comprise the town. Most of the houses are on the Intracoastal side of the island.

To the south are North Redington Beach and Redington Beach, which both also bear the name of Indiana developer Charles Redington. He bought the land on the barrier island in the 1930s; Redington Shores was incorporated in 1955.

There's enough here for families, couples and retirees to enjoy. The town provides great beach access, and has managed to retain a small-town feel even with its lineup of towering residences. With some careful planning, visitors setting up camp wouldn't have to venture beyond the town limits.

Plan your trip

The two main airports in the area are Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Hillsborough County and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) in Pinellas County. Multiple carriers service TPA, while most flights to and from PIE are run by Allegiant. There are many ground transportation options at both airports.

Redington Shores is on State Road 699, known locally as Gulf Boulevard. The closest way to access the island from the mainland is to take the Tom Stuart Causeway (150th Avenue) from Seminole in Pinellas County, via Alternate U.S. Hwy 19, a.k.a. Seminole Boulevard. If you're driving in from St. Petersburg, Alt 19 is Tyrone Boulevard.

You'll likely need a rental car to get around if you plan on exploring. If you're sticking close to the area you have some options. The Redingtons are all within relatively easy walking distance of each other, but busy Gulf Boulevard can be hectic — the sidewalks are right next to the road.

Uber and Lyft are available. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority operates its Suncoast Beach Trolley service along the length of Gulf Boulevard, with stops clearly marked. A schedule is here.

You can access the islands by taking Interstate 275 or U.S. Hwy 19 into Pinellas County, then heading west on a main artery.

Parking

Unlike the more insular Redington Beach or some other island communities, there's ample parking in Redington Shores.

The island is slightly wider here than in other places, so both north- and southbound portions of Gulf Boulevard feature on-street parking. RVs and campers are restricted, as are delivery trucks, but passenger vehicles can park for up to 72 hours in some places.

There's also a sizable beach access parking lot run by the county between 181st and 182nd avenues. Close to 200 parking spaces are monitored via electronic pay stations next to the public restrooms.

There are 21 free spaces set aside for business patrons and beachgoers in a gravel lot between 177th and 178th avenues. There are also spaces behind Constitution Park, but they are clearly marked as being for people using the park, so consider how much you fear a tow truck before stopping there.

Down the road, a large lot next to Del Bello Park looks like prime real estate, but it's actually for Seabreeze Island Grill next door. You can take your chances there, but it fills up by 5 p.m. even on a slow day — and Seabreeze does tow if they catch you. Even so, it's a mad dash across Gulf Boulevard and through a neighborhood to get to the beach approach on Beach Avenue from there.

All that's to say, parking still can become hard to find on peak summer days, even in the snug lots wedged among businesses. Be prepared to circle for some time, and keep in mind that parking on neighborhood side streets also is restricted.

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