What better way to enjoy a weekday afternoon than a relaxing afternoon of reading, swimming, and listening to the waves? Indian Rocks Beach, a hidden gem on the Gulf Coast of Florida, is the perfect place to escape for a day of R&R.
Take a refreshing dip in the clear waters of the Gulf. The water here was much clearer than the more popular Honeymoon Island and much cooler as well. As you can see in the photo below, I can actually see my feet in the water! You can see the fish swimming around as well, which is pretty neat. And, the light waves made the swimming a bit more exciting.
The sand was white, although not very smooth, a bit too rocky and too many cigarette butts lying around to enjoy walking barefoot. Don’t they strain the sand at any of these beaches!? Frustrating to say the least!
On the other hand, I did enjoy a nice leisurely jog down by the water. It is often too hot to run outside in Florida, especially during the sunny, humid afternoons. Being able to run with a fresh breeze, great view, and the cool waters splashing against my feet and legs is a definite plus in my book. It enabled me to take a jog without worrying about the high temperatures overheating me and slowing me down.
During my jog, I noticed that the beach becomes less crowded the further you walk away from the main area by the parking lot. Because most of the beaches on the Gulf coast of Florida are a bit narrow compared to California beaches, there often isn’t enough room to spread out and enjoy the views.
It is worth it to lug your chairs and umbrellas down for the peace and quiet. Next time, we will definitely walk down further. Overall, the beach wasn’t overly crowded, and we were able to enjoy a leisurely day of relaxing, taking in the beautiful views, and listening to the waves.
Indian Rocks is a great beach pick for a relaxing, carefree day. There are no fancy amenities or much in the way of recreation (no bike paths, boardwalks, volleyball nets, etc.). However, if you are looking to get away from it all, then I recommend stopping by and enjoying the 3 mile shoreline along the blue-green waters of the Gulf.
Indian Rocks is located at 1700 Gulf Blvd in Indian Rocks Beach, about 20 minutes from Clearwater and 40 minutes from St. Petersburg. Parking is $1.25 per hour.
Have you ever visited Indian Rocks? What other area beaches would you recommend?