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  • Friendly Tavern

    Editor's pick

    Cuisine: American casual
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Karaoke, Live music, tbt* Top Bar

    North Pinellas beaches: 18121 Gulf Blvd., Redington Shores, 33708

    Darts and one of the beach's best karaoke nights on Tuesday (this was supposedly the first bar in Pinellas County to get a karaoke machine) are reason enough to hit this longtime local favorite. But Friendly is a place where summer and winter beachgoers alike go for cold ones and killer conversation. You're more than welcome to join in.

  • Mahuffer's

    Editor's pick

    Features: Beloved dive, Dog-friendly, Jukebox, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    North Pinellas beaches: 19201 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, 33811

    Don't miss this South Pacific-styled gem of a beach bar on your way up Gulf Boulevard. Four decades old, low-ceilinged and slathered in graffiti and beachabilia — fish nets, crab trap markers, boat parts, bras, dollar bills and more photos than you can imagine — the outrageously quirky Mahuffer's is unlike any other beach bar in town. Or the world, for that matter.

  • Tapas Garden and Wine Bar

    Cuisine: Fine dining, Mediterranean, Tapas/small plates
    Features: Date night

    North Pinellas beaches: 321 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    Start off by ordering a pan of the paella, because that’s the star of the menu and you won’t want to leave without trying it. It will be enough to feed a couple of people, but the made-to-order nature of it means it will take a half-hour. No problem, because a couple of choices of the tapas list. The fried green tomato with crab and the antipasto wedge are a good place to start. Lunch (beginning at 11 a.m.) and dinner, and music each night.

    Read the full review.

  • Slyce Pizza Bar

    Cuisine: Pizza, Pub
    Features: Outdoor seating

    North Pinellas beaches: 311 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    "Hip" is the word that comes first to mind at Slyce, the down side being that it can be noisy and a little frenetic. As per the pizza, there are some shock-value pies: A Coney Island topped with chili and sliced Sabrett dogs; the super-spicy Sunburn with chilies and hot sausage and a side of Sriracha. But the bulk of the pizza menu are thoughtful combinations of ingredients set atop a thin-but-chewy New York-style crust (you can also craft your own pie). Top honors go to the Pear A Dice with sliced pear, Gorgonzola and sliced prosciutto along with a mantle of mozzarella. Also no red sauce, the Piece Out Whitey brings a very minimalist but lush mozzarella and fontina pie with a garlic wallop (add ricotta). Now add a range of savvy appetizers and a full bar, and you’ve got a different kind of pizzeria.

    Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

  • Aqua Prime Seafood and Steaks

    Cuisine: American upscale, Seafood upscale
    Features: Happy hour, Live music, Outdoor seating

    North Pinellas beaches: 213 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    Hours: 4-10:30 p.m. Mon., 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

    Read a review here.


  • John's Pass Village and Boardwalk

    Editor's pick

    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Charter boats, Early bird menu, Equipment rentals, Kid-friendly, Live music, Outdoor seating, Public restrooms

    North Pinellas beaches: 150 John's Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, 33708

    Located along the waterfront as you enter Madeira Beach from the south, this popular Tampa Bay tourist attraction features restaurants, shopping, personal watercraft rentals, fishing charter boats and just about any other Florida tourist activity you can imagine. It's a great place to take visiting relatives from out of town. They can pick up souvenir Florida T-shirts or eat a grouper sandwich at one of the many fresh Florida seafood restaurants there (the catch is often straight from the charter boats that operate out of there). For shrimp, and all things Forrest Gump, try The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. If you want to see dolphins, be sure to catch one of the boats going out of the pass that takes you through the intercoastal waters for an up-close view of the friendly finsters. And for those who just want to soak it all in, there are several places where you can order a beer, settle into a sun-soaked deck and live your own version of the island life.


  • Sand Key Park

    Features: Beach/Waterfront, County parks, Dog park, Equipment rentals, Grills, Kid-friendly, Picnic shelters, Playground, Public restrooms, Showers, Swimming area

    North Pinellas beaches: 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

  • Indian Rocks Beach

    Features: Beach/Waterfront

    North Pinellas beaches: Gulf Boulevard and 17th Avenue, Indian Rocks Beach, 33785

    Stretching about 2.5 miles along the Gulf of Mexico, the city is known for its quaint cottages, neighborhoods that feature all types and styles of homes, duplexes and small condominiums. Along the Gulf of Mexico there are larger condominiums, motels and resort hotels, and an eclectic mix of shops, taverns and restaurants.

    The city has a long history, dating back centuries when Native Americans came here to fish and rest. A legendary spring with special healing properties is reputed to have been located near Kolb Park. The area was explored in the 1800s, and the first bridge between the mainland and the beach was built in 1916. The city was initially developed in the 1920s as a weekend getaway for area residents.

    Indian Rocks Beach nearly tops the list of the northern beach communities in the number of access points to the beach -- there are 26. Nine have showers, but only one has restrooms.

    This is an active community, featuring a historical museum, an art center and a variety of city-wide events, including the Beauty & the Beach Festival, Fall Arts Festival and Oktoberfest. Accommodations range from bed and breakfast inns to the full service Holiday Inn Harbourside Resort.

    One of the biggest problems visitors to Indian Rocks Beach will have to choosing where to eat. For casual beachfront dining, Guppy's on the Beach makes many visitor lists. Other popular spots include PJ's Oyster Bar, Coasters, the Gallace for Italian food and Cafe Largo for French cuisine.

    Indian Rocks Beach has nearly 300 parking spaces, scattered among its many beach access points. The county beach access park at 1700 Gulf Blvd. has 80 metered parking spaces, a restroom and showers. There is little, if any, on-street parking.

  • Indian Shores (Beach)

    Features: Beach/Waterfront

    North Pinellas beaches: Gulf Boulevard and 196th Avenue, Indian Shores, 34635

    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.

  • Redington Shores (Beach)

    Features: Beach/Waterfront

    North Pinellas beaches: Gulf Boulevard and 182nd Avenue W, Redington Shores, 33708

    This 1.19-mile-long town is located at virtually the mid-point of Pinellas County's beaches. It is a complete community of both small and luxury homes, small and large hotels, retail shops, laundry, barber shops, banks, a service station, taverns and restaurants.

    There are 11 separate access points to Redington Shores beaches. Three have showers and one -- the county park between 181st and 182nd avenues -- has restrooms.

    Perhaps the most well known attraction here is the Redington Long Pier, extending about 1,200 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico ( The town also has a number of motels. Popular spots include the Friendly Tavern, particularly on karaoke nights, and the Lobster Pot for fine dining.

    Although free on-street parking is available on Gulf Boulevard, be careful if you try to park on restricted side streets -- you might get a ticket. The best place to park if you want to go to the beach is at the Pinellas County Park, which has 181 parking spaces.

    The city website can offer visitors park locations but for tourist destinations, try, which covers the three beach communities, Redington Beach, North Redington Beach and Redington Shores. For beach access sites, check out Pinellas County's beach website.