Indian Shores Florida Hotels

You will find great Indian Shores Florida Hotels along the Gulf of Mexico just west of St. Petersburg and Tampa. Indian Shores is centrally located along a series of white sandy barrier islands that make up the Tampa Bay Suncoast Beaches. No visit to Indian Shores is complete without a visit to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, one of North America’s largest wild bird hospitals. Indian Shores is the perfect spot for that family vacation, or for a quiet get away for you and someone special. Indian Shores has the perfect mixture of sandy beaches, quiet rooms and great places to eat. Continue reading and plan your Indian Shores vacation today. For a list of all the great beaches in the area, visit here.

Indian Shores Weather – When to Visit

The Indian Shores area’s mild winters have made it a haven for retirees. Summers can be long and hot with showers providing much appreciated relief during the rainy season. Winters can be cool especially if the wind is coming off the winter waters of the Gulf. Even on the coolest winter days, Indian Shores is paradise. Spring and Fall in Indian Shores bring warm days and comfortable nights, perfect beach days and relaxing evenings. Summers are hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms. The six-month hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

Best Indian Shores Area Beaches

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Indian Shores Beach

Indian Shores is a haven for water lovers of all kinds. The beach access parking is easy and abundant in Indian Shores, making a day at the beach an absolute breeze. Indian Shores beach is home to nesting sea turtles every May through October, as well as being a sanctuary for nesting shorebirds. If you are a nature lover, you will certainly to appreciate all of the coastal diversity and beauty that surrounds you on a daily basis here.

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Indian Rocks Beach

Indian Rocks Beach offers nearly three miles of beautiful and accessible beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. People come from all over the world to visit Indian Rocks Beach for the beaches and to watch the beautiful sunsets. There are 27 beach access points along Gulf Boulevard. There are also plenty of restaurants and quaint shops.



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Belleair Beach

This quiet, laid back beach is home to many sea turtle and sea bird nesting sites scattered about the shore. Why visit Belleair Beach? No crowds, no active sports, just peace and quiet. The ultimate beach destination if you want to pretend to be a millionaire for a day.



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Sand Key Park

Sand Key Park has all the amenities needed for a great family outing with a multi-million dollar view. Beach cabanas, large bathhouses, a dog park, a playground and seasonal lifeguards are just a few of the facilities you’ll find. Sand Key offers disabled visitors beach wheelchairs, which are easier to use on the sand and float in the water, free of charge.


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Madeira Beach

Madeira (“Mad”) Beach is a popular area option because it’s adjacent to John’s Pass Village Boardwalk, a family-friendly dining and shopping hub. Madeira Beach is the cleanest public beach in the area, and offers a quieter alternative to the more populated beaches. Find beautiful, soft, white sand and turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, sunning, beach combing, diving, jet skiing, parasailing and other water sports.

Best Indian Shores Area Tours & Activities

Sea Screamer Dolphin Tour Boat Ride Ticket

This is the largest speedboat in the world, situated on one of the best beaches in the USA! Don’t miss out on taking a thrilling boat ride through the intracoastal waterway and into the Gulf of Mexico. Look for the wild dolphins, see the awesome views, feel the wind through your hair and take lots of photos. Learn more about the Sea Screamer Dolphin Tour Boat Ride.

Clearwater Dolphin-Watching Tour

Embark on a scenic journey to find bottlenose dolphins on this dolphin-watching cruise near Clearwater in Florida. From Clearwater Bay to the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, enjoy the incredible views along the Intracoastal Waterway. See and hear about the celebrity mansions on the coast, and listen as the captain shares interesting facts about the natural wonders of the Gulf Coast region. Learn more about the Clearwater Dolphin Watching Tour.

Calypso Queen Tropical Party Buffet Cruise

Take a daytime or evening cruise around Clearwater, Florida aboard the Calypso Queen. A lunch or dinner buffet, as well as an open bar featuring rum punch, wine, and beer, is included. The evening cruise includes a DJ and dancing. Learn more about the Calypso Queen Tropical Party Buffet Cruise.

Sunset Cruise from Clearwater Beach

Watch as day turns into night off the coast of Florida on this sunset cruise from Clearwater. Enjoy the scenery and peaceful calm of a late-afternoon cruise on board a double-decker catamaran vessel with plenty of space to stretch out and soak up the breathtaking view. Watch a beautiful Florida sunset as the sun glows and gently settles into the Gulf of Mexico. Toast the new evening with a glass of Champagne. Learn more about the Sunset Cruise from Clearwater Beach.

Tiki Boat Cruise – Clearwater Beach

This one-of-a-kind floating Tiki Bars is the newest and best way to experience the water. These tiki boats are a lot of fun and should be on everyone’s bucket list! Take in views of Clearwater Beach from the Gulf of Mexico and admire the many stunning homes and boats which line the harbor, all while sipping your favorite drink. The tours offer up-close encounters with dolphins, manatees and other wildlife. Learn more about the Tiki Boat Cruise – Clearwater Beach.

Best Indian Shores Area Restaurants

Salt Rock Grill Over $30

Salt Rock Grill is a legendary beach landmark that has a burning passion for delectable food, enticing drink and pleasurable surroundings. Known for their hand cut U.S.D.A prime and choice grade beef, fresh day boat caught seafood, raw bar and amazing wine cellar. Menu Telephone: 727-593-7625 Web: Salt Rock Grill

Seabreeze Island Grill $11 – 30

Enjoy an evening of island infused cuisine at the waterfront. Their friendly and attentive staff is eager to serve you up some hospitality – island style. Menu Telephone Web: Seabreeze Island Grill

Crabby Bill’s $11 – 30

Best seafood in Indian Rocks Beach. The menu includes locally caught or Florida seafood, meat, and other products as often as they are available. They support local and are very proud of bringing you the good stuff. Menu Telephone: 727-595-4825 Web: Crabby Bill’s

Kooky Coconut Under $10

Located within steps from the 8th Avenue beach access to the Gulf of Mexico, Kooky Coconut serves up delicious authentic hot-pressed Cuban sandwiches, fresh burritos, tacos and quesadillas, tuna salad and a variety of other beach-friendly eats. Menu Telephone: 727-517-1300 Web: Kooky Coconut

Guppy’s On The Beach $11 – 30

Guppy’s on the Beach brings together bold Florida Gulf flavors, coastal ingredients, with a great waterside restaurant. Experience the dynamic energy, local ingredients, and natural beauty of the Florida Gulf Coast that defines what living in Indian Rocks Beach is all about. Menu Telephone: 727-593-2032 Web: Guppy’s On The Beach

Best Indian Shores Bars

The Dog & Parrot Pub

19703 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores Telephone: 727-593-3208 Web: The Dog & Parrot Pub

Salt Public House

1309 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach Telephone: 727-386-5961 Web: Salt Public House

Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

12945 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach Telephone: 727-362-0008 Web: Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company


20025 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores Telephone: 727-595-3172 Web: Caddy’s

Jimmy Guana’s

401 2nd St, Indian Rocks Beach Telephone: 727-595-8356 Web: Jimmy Guana’s

Best Indian Shores Florida Hotels


  1. Sammy Allen

    Hi Leahrae,

    I’m really glad I came across your site. You’ve put together some fantastic places to visit. I didn’t know you could do dolphin watching tours in Florida and especially like all the beach options.  Both my wife and I love to travel and visit new places and the options you suggest all look fantastic.

    Thank you for sharing!

    L, Sammy

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Sammy!  You will enjoy southern Florida.  We have a lot to offer.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

  2. Vanabell

    Wow Leahre! You deserve all the accolades for such a detailed and fun Review.  I am so drawn towards the Madeira beach! It does really seem like a nice place to visit with Family. I have also heard stories about the really nice restaurants around the beach. Thanks for this. Now I got a till December to plan visiting The Indian shores. Completely excited

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  So glad you enjoyed and have your trip planned.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Gabriel J

    So it is an interesting coincidence that I came across this post because I’ve had thoughts about moving to florida after college. I loved reading about the different types of beaches throughout florida like Sand Key Park and Madeira Beach. As someone who loves the tropics and anything involving water, I absolutely loved reading this article! I definitely could see myself going on a speed boat and spotting dolphins so thanks for the recommendation. And would you tell me what exactly cuban sandwiches are? It’s the first time I’ve heard of it but cuban sandwiches sounds delicious.Thank you so much for this awesome article. Makes me want to pack up my bags and move to florida. 🙂

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh boy, Cuban sandwiches are to die for!  The are on a Cuban roll with mustard, mayo, ham, dill pickles, Swiss cheese and pork.  Some places use salami instead of the pork.  Then they are grilled like a panini.  I had never had one until I moved to Florida.  Now I have them all the time.  You would love living here.  I love the water, and the beach….so I’m in heaven!

  4. Mimie

    I just watched your video and it’s so inviting. The white sand is beautiful. The place looks clean and safe. Because of this article my list is growing bigger now. I definitely need to visit these places with my family and enjoy the view. 

    And I see there is enough activities to keep me busy all the time. Thank you for showing me nice places. 

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would agree.  I live close and this is probably my favorite beach, free parking and not crowded.  Can’t go wrong!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

  5. David

    Love your site! Why do I always have the theme of Miami Vice running through my head when I look at pictures of Florida? You mention a boat ride where you can go dolphin watching. Is there an opportunity to go snorkelling around them? I’ve always really wanted to do that.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you can go snorkeling.  There are several companies that offer snorkel trips.  I agree, the Miami vice does come to mind when you think of Florida.  

  6. Dayan

    I love Florida, and I am ready to head to Indian Shores and the whole area.  Great beaches, great food, plenty to do.  What is not to love?  You have provided me with all the information I need.  Just what I was searching for.  Thanks for all your effort!  I am looking forward to a vacation on Florida’s gulf coast!  

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Dayan!  You will love Florida.  I am glad I could help you out with your planning.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Kwidzin

    This looks like an absolutely amazingly lovely place to visit or go on holiday. It certainly looks like it has plenty of sun on those lovely beaches and blue water. I have been wanting to visit Florida, and so glad I found your website.  You have so much information and talk about so many beautiful places.  Makes it hard to just decide on Florida, or another beautiful destination!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well I know once this pandemic is over, I plan to do several mini vacations.  So you can do that as well 🙂  Plan ahead and know you can enjoy.  Please let me know if I can give you any additional information.

  8. Aparna

    I am planning to visit my friend in St. Petersburg and a visit to Indian Shores may just be the trip we need as a family. During the COVID crisis, I think we have seen too much of each other as a family, and now need some getting away. being locked up in our homes has not been a great experience… life’s just passing us by.

    Thank u for your lovely reviews. You are better than “Lonely Planet”. There’s so much of real-person information in here, always. That’s the stuff we really need to plan a vacay. 



    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am so glad you enjoyed.  And I agree with the getting away alone time.  It is beautiful here and St Pete is such a fun place to visit and live 😀  Thanks for your compliments and for taking the time to leave me comments.

  9. Aly

    Wow, I didn’t expect to find another great destination in the Tampa / St Pete area, but this beach area looks stunning! I definitely want to take a dolphin-watching tour. Then again, I’ll find any excuse to get on a boat for a nice day on the water. We have a tiki cruise option in my area, but it’s on a lake and a really small boat (<10 people allowed). The Tiki Boat Cruise – Clearwater Beach sounds like the real deal though. 

    Thanks for the great vacay options – I’m definitely looking forward to my next trip!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The Tiki Boat Cruise is something, but it’s pretty cool.  You would enjoy 🙂  Now you have more options when you visit the Suncoast!

  10. LineCowley

    Wow, I never realised there were so many beautiful beaches in Florida. Indian Shores looks like another beach to add to my bucket list. I would love to see the nesting sea turtles, so Indian Shores beach will be a definite place to visit.

    I love sandy beaches and with summer approaching, I do hope we will soon be able to travel more freely to visit these lovely beaches.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I live here and there are no restrictions, sometimes I think there should have some in place.  But most Floridians are vaccinated, so that is a plus.  All these beaches here along the suncoast are wonderful.  Clearwater is probably the busiest, but they are all within reach no matter where you stay 🙂  Glad you enjoyed your visit!

  11. Abel

     Indian Shores seems to be a welcoming place for  families. There indeed are several fun things that can be enjoyed by all the family. Among them, there’s beach access parking for the Gulf’s gorgeous white-sand beaches. And I have found the locally owned eateries and shops pretty good. And ther is this warm sense of community among the residents.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Agreed,  there is definitely a warm sense of community.  And you will see them quite frequently out on the beaches removing the trash, especially the plastic.  You will find plenty of things to do in the area and all the beaches are super accessible.  Parking in Clearwater and at St Pete Beach can be a little hectic.    Thanks for your visit Abel.

  12. Stratos K

    I just love sandy beaches and I like how close it is to anything you may need. The youtube video really makes you feel like you are there and now with the weather getting hotter and the summer approaching fast I think it’s the perfect opportunity for some downtime! Plenty of options to choose from so will keep this one in mind for sure!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Stratos.  It is a beautiful place.  My favorite beach is in Indian Shores and Indian Rocks.  Not as crowded as Clearwater beach, and pretty amazing!  Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Alblue

    I’d never heard of this place before finding this website, which I came across via an online search.

    However, it looks beautiful and the sort of place you would want to visit, especially given that you have broken down everything making planning so easy!  I loved the restaurants listings with how much they are and the menu’s. Something to experience for sure.

    Certainly looking at the hotel pictures, you are spoiled for sure, so choosing a hotel will be a tough decision.  I will look at the reviews for each and then decide. I enjoy reading your Pass A Grille guide. I have also shared the link with friends of ours who go to Florida a lot.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I love Florida and I live in this area and it can’t be beat.  So many restaurants, things to do, and wonderful beaches.  You can’t go wrong staying anywhere in the area.  Glad you enjoyed your visit to my Indian Shores Florida Hotels.


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