Gulf Boulevard and 196th Avenue, Indian Shores, FL 34635
More in this neighborhood: North Pinellas beaches
Indian Shores averages only a block wide but extends 2.65 miles along the Gulf of Mexico. The town's population of about 1,500 residents grows to more than 5,000 in the winter.
One of the longest beach communities in Pinellas County, Indian Shores' beach is lined mostly by condominiums, many of them built within the past few years, as well as time shares, a few bed and breakfasts and small motels.
Visitors definitely should not miss Mahuffer's Beach Bar -- an unforgettable Key West-style mix of fish nets, autographed bras, crab trap markers and old ship parts. Popular spots include Mickey Quinns or The Pub for casual fun and food, or the Salt Rock Grill for fine dining. And don't forget to stop by the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, North America's largest wild bird hospital. The facility has emergency facilities, a surgical center, and indoor and outdoor rehabilitation areas where hundreds of injured birds are on display.
There are no major hotels here, so consider that carefully if you want full-service amenities. Free parking is available at six of the town's 11 beach access points. About 200 parking spaces also are available on the west side of Gulf Boulevard at the Tiki Gardens County Beach Access Park, where parking fees are 50 cents an hour. The park has restrooms and showers for visitors, and a pedestrian crossing light to get you across Gulf Boulevard from the site of the former Tiki Gardens restaurant to the gulf-side beaches.