Living in FL we are so blessed! We don’t have to go far or spend a lot of money to enjoy our time in the sun. We especially love discovering charming beach towns throughout Florida. Last summer we went just 15 minutes south of Clearwater to Indian Rocks Beach. The town is only a few blocks in size, but it has everything we need. It has plenty of kitschy seafood restaurants, candy & ice cream shops. The hotel where we stayed is walking distance to the beach and to the restaurants. I think you will love to visit the quaint town of Indian Rocks Beach with your family and I hope you find this guide helpful:
Indian Rocks Beach Guide
Where to stay:
We wanted to stay at a fun place and found these 2 properties which are right next to a mini water park. If there is a lazy river, I’m there! Needless to say, we all have a great time! And if you like to avoid big crowds, but still have some pool fun, I recommend this place. The properties are: Harbourside at Marker 33 and Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites. These are very low key and super affordable. We stayed on Harbourside and just beware, they will try to sell you timeshare, but you don’t have to buy anything. It was strange that they don’t actually have a traditional lobby, but it was nice that they had all kinds of beach toys including pool floats for us to walk to the beach or use at their pool. We also loved the amazing rooftop deck for breakfast and sunrise watching.
What to do:
Splash Harbour Water Park –the water park has its own admission, which is $27.95 per adult, and if you agree to listen to the timeshare they give you tickets for the whole stay. You can always cut it short and you don’t have to buy anything.
Walk to the beach –The beach is only a 5-minute walk from the property and during the month of August, it was very relaxing and most important, not crowded at all. Just the way we like it. We had the best time playing in the water.
15 minute Drive to Clearwater – there are a million things to do there, you can always just stay at the beach. We actually took the Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise and it was surprisingly fun. But that’s another post. There are other cruises you can take as well.
What to eat:
The Original Crabby Bill’s – very famous seafood restaurant. We actually got the gator bites for my son to try. He’s quite a foodie, and his review: it tastes like chicken! They are breaded and fried, so you know they are good. LOL!
JD’s Restaurant and Lounge – The fish was good. We went there late, around 10 pm, so they had live music and two dance floors. It‘s still very family friendly and my daughter, who loves dancing, had the best time.
Candy Kitchen – you know I have to hit either a candy or ice cream shop wherever I go. This store has every nostalgic candy you can imagine. They also had a ton of chocolate covered treats and homemade fudge. The chocolate covered cookie dough was delicious.
We actually finished our trip by driving to John’s Pass Village and did some shopping there. This is about 20 minutes away in Madeira Beach and I will have a post about it as well.
My youngest daughter is 7 now, so I’m so glad I don’t have to run after her at the beach anymore. I’ve forgotten how good it feels to actually relax on vacation! If you are a mom of young kids, trust me, you will get there. Before you know it, they will be sassy first graders snapping at you and you will have other issues to worry about, but you won’t have to run after them at the beach anymore. LOL! I hope I gave you a few good ideas of fun places to go with your kids to enjoy Indian Rocks Beach in our amazing state of Florida. Until next time, I hope you have an awesome summer and don’t for get to live the cake life!