Indian Rocks Beach in the quaint Gulf coast community of Indian Shores may just be the best beach of them all. First off, a little back history on the unique name. Back in the day, a native medicine man treated the chief with waters from a natural sulfur spring located in Kolb Park. Early settlers saw the Indians on their way to the rock enriched spring and would say “the Indians are on their way to the rocks.”
Indian Rocks is located within the Tampa metro area and is a favorite amongst locals and anyone else seeking a charming, old school beach atmosphere. Indian Rocks offers 3 miles of beautiful fine sand beaches with clear water. This beach is especially quaint as houses line the beach as opposed to big businesses. It retains that charming old-fashioned vibe which is lacking in most touristy over developed beaches today.
While the sand isn’t as smooth as most others on this list, the beachcombing is amongst the best on the Gulf. If you are lucky you may find a coveted sand dollar. And the waves here are pretty big for a Gulf Coast beach, meaning fun boogie boarding, wind surfing, and swimming conditions.