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Indian Rocks Beach is Clearwater Beach’s quieter cousin. It’s not too quiet, but it definitely gives off much more of a local vibe. I used to be lucky enough to live right across the bridge from IRB, and it was the beach I most frequented. In this guide, I’ll spill on the best things to do in Indian Rocks Beach!
Also, if you live in the Tampa Bay Area, or if you are visiting for an extended period of time, I highly recommend taking some time to explore all of the other fun beaches in this area! St. Pete and Clearwater are the better-known ones, but along IRB there’s also Indian Shores, Redington, Madeira, and Treasure Island to name a few more!
Fun things to do in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
Relax at the beach
The beach is really the main attraction here. We went during the week and didn’t struggle to find an area that gave us plenty of space. Enjoy the white sand and clear waters with half the crowd of Clearwater. Find the adorable (and important reminder) sign pictured below at the 5th Avenue Beach Access Park.
Do a private boat tour with A Boat Day
If you’re looking for an EPIC boat day in Indian Rocks Beach, you gotta check out A Boat Day. They have a few different options for the type of boat you can rent. Select either one of their deck boats or a funship and rent them anywhere from 4-8 hours. I highly recommend choosing one of their funships which includes a waterslide!
The boats occupy anywhere from 6-10 people and the charters are private meaning it’s just you, your crew, and your captain (we loved our captain— shoutout to Captain Marcos).
Spending a day with A Boat Day was truly one of the funnest boat days I’ve had. I was worried I would be scared to do the slide, but once I did it I didn’t want to stop! Aside from the waterslide, you can island hop, go shelling, snorkeling, or just cruise for dolphins!
Rent a yacht
Life is just better on a boat. We had SO MUCH fun chartering Magic Moment through Florida Yacht Life I don’t know that I’ll ever be over the day.
Magic Moment is a 75 ft. luxury motor yacht that offers 2, 4, 6, and 8-hour charters for up to 12 people. This is especially perfect for bachelor/bachelorette and birthday parties, but truly no occasion is too small for a fun day on the water with your crew.
They have so many add-ons too if you want to take the experience to the next level. From DJs to bartenders to a private chef! They even can have Pop, Sip, & Celebrate Planning deck out the boat for your special occasion!
Have a beach picnic
I think everyone should have a beach picnic at least once in their life! After ours, I’m honestly about to have one once a week because it was so amazing!
Picnics Perfected did such a wonderful job of setting up the dreamiest picnic for our girls’ night. We had wine, charcuterie, and a beautiful sunset. She has everything you could need from games to blankets.
As a bonus, you can have a photographer (Aleisa Sigmon is AMAZING!) capture your moments. This is great for special occasions of course, but it’s also great on just a random Tuesday evening 😉
Do a day trip to Clearwater Beach
Take a day trip to Clearwater Beach, and start at one of their amazing breakfast spots.
IRB does have some boat tours and water activities, but Clearwater Beach does have a lot more options. And if you’re in the area and have never been, Clearwater Beach is worth spending a day at! Check out this post for all Clearwater Beach activities!
Yoga on the beach
I don’t know about you, but doing yoga on the beach has been on my “things I want to do” list for quite some time now! We unfortunately weren’t here the days they have classes, but I’m going to try to make my way over!
Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 PM, and Saturdays at 9 AM. After the Saturday class they even walk to a nearby cafe afterward to enjoy coffee and a bite together. And once a month they also have a potluck after yoga and watch the sunset with food and wine— how fun!!
Grab a brew at Anecdote Brewing Company
Anecdote Brewing Company is an awesome family-friendly brewery in Indian Rocks Beach. They have quite a variety of brews, sure to suit anyone’s fancy. I did a flight and tried their Blackberry Gose, guava Gose, and “That Morning Taco” which was a flavored lager.
I don’t typically do lagers, but how could I resist with a name like that? That particular beer was brewed with lime, cilantro, and smoked ancho peppers! The flavors were subtle and nice. My favorite was definitely the Pink Paradox though (the guava Gose)!
Indian Rocks Beach Nature Preserve
This cute spot just gives a nice change of scenery. It’s located right by Kooky Coconut! It’s a scenic little half-mile boardwalk trail that takes you through mangroves and out to get views of the intercoastal.
You may even see some cool birds, reptiles, and crabs along your walk! If you want something a little more naturey, you can always take a little drive to the Florida Botanical Garden in Largo, which is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s free!
Splash Harbour Waterpark
This is the waterpark that’s located adjacent to the Holiday Inn. Yeah, it’s a great family-friendly activity. But as an adult, they had me at lazy river and rum buckets. If you’re staying at the Holiday Inn you get a discount on admission. Aside from the lazy river, they also have a couple of water slides, a splash zone, and a blue lagoon (pool) area.
Let Island Marine Rentals take care of all your aquatic needs
Rent a boat, kayak, or SUP! (They also have bike and scooter rentals as well). You can rent kayaks and SUPs anywhere from 1 hour to 1 week.
Along with that, they provide transportation straps in case you want to take them to a local park or a different area, as well as a Dollie for you to transport it to the beach down the road.
Enjoy fresh seafood
There are plenty of amazing Indian Rocks Beach restaurants to choose from! Guppy’s on the Beach is one of my favorite lunch spots, Crabby Bill’s is great for a lively atmosphere, live music, and fresh seafood, and PJ’s is a great option if you’re looking to have a seafood feast!
If you want to switch things up, get one of the best Cubans in Tampa Bay from the Kooky Coconut! And be sure to get coffee from Pipo n Betty’s.
And if you don’t mind heading a little further down the beach, check out the restaurants in Belleair, or Sweet Sage Cafe on Redington Beach it’s the cutest, most whimsical, eclectic cafe. Who doesn’t want to enjoy their breakfast in a garden oasis? To see more of this spot’s charm click here.
Where to stay in Indian Rocks Beach
Because this is more of a local’s beach, the accommodations in this area are often a little… dated. Some of my favorite rentals in the area can be found here! The home is absolutely stunning and modern, plus it has 5 bedrooms and can sleep a larger group, which is perfect for bachelorette parties.
Click here for some hotel options.
We actually really enjoyed our stay here. The location was perfect (tucked right behind Crabby’s), and it had putt-putt, a waterpark, and a restaurant in it. Putt putt and Jimmy Guana’s (the restaurant) came in handy for when it was raining! The rates were also affordable. (I really just love staying at IHG hotels, as I usually am able to book with points from my IHG rewards card!)
I hope you enjoy your visit to Indian Rocks Beach! Let me know which Florida beach I should check out next in the comments below! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @guidedbydestiny to see more Florida adventures 🙂
Check out my storefront Florida packing list and some other posts before you go:
Best restaurants in Clearwater Beach
Such a helpful article, And the pictures are absolutely stunning!
Thank you so much Emma:)
Next time I’m in the Tampa Bay area, I’m definitely going to spend a day at Indian Rocks Beach! A stroll through the nature preserve sounds wonderful, followed by a Cuban and some ice cream at the Kooky Coconut? Yes please!
Yes! The perfect lineup 😉
Thank you for such a comprehensive guide. Yoga on the beach and the little walking trail would definitely be on my list. Your pictures look stunning.
There are so many hidden gems in Florida! Indian Rocks Beach looks gorgeous and the perfect spot for a day trip when visiting Tampa. OMG and those eggs benedict at Sweet Sage Cafe! so delicious!! Thanks for the helpful tips!
Indian Rocks Beach looks and sounds like a great destination. Great guide on all the fun things to do and where to stay.
Indian Rocks Beach looks like such a beautiful place! That water is so blue and clear! What a stunning place! I’d definitely love to visit. I’m sabing your guide for when I get to visit. Thanks for the great guide!
Awesome! I’m so glad you found it helpful, hope you can explore it for yourself soon 🙂
I’ve been to Indian Rocks before but when I was a toddler, so I don’t remember anything apart from the name. That list of restaurants is making me want to head back though and check it out!
ah! yes! Definitely need to go back and check it out again 🙂 I’m sure so much has changed!
Haha you had me at “lazy river” as well. I love the beach vibe towns, and this looks like it doesn’t disappoint! I hadn’t heard of Indian Rocks before.
What a beautiful beach. I will have to check it out someday, and I will definitely refer to this guide when I go!
There is so much to see in Florida and Indian Rocks doesn’t disappoint. Thanks for the great guide. The beach looks amazing.
There really is so much to see and do here! You’re welcome! Hope you get to explore it for yourself soon 🙂
I’ve never been to Indian Rocks Beach, but this post has me wanting to visit! The food and coffee look absolutely delicious and I would love to enjoy yoga on the beach! Thanks for the great guide!
You’re welcome! Hope you get to visit soon!
Indian Rocks Beach looks amazing!! Thanks for such a helpful guide with beautiful pictures. I will be saving this for later when I visit!
Wow. This is a great guide to Indian Rocks Beach. I’d love to try beach yoga as well.
Another beach I have to explore in Florida! That picnic looks so lovely.
I have been to Clearwater Beach several times but not Indian Rocks. I’ll have to go next time!
It’s definitely a Tampa Bay hidden gem!