Destination guide

Florida Gulf coast living at its finest

Sandwiched between Lake Tarpon to the east and Saint Joseph Sound on the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Palm Harbor is the perfect upscale oasis for escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From championship golf, to mineral springs, to pristine sand beaches, the opportunities for relaxation are endless. For a taste of city life, historic downtown Palm Harbor offers up all the high-end shopping and dining you could want. Whether you prefer the salt air of the ocean or the thrill of freshwater fishing, a Palm Harbor vacation rental is a water lover's dream.

Things to do

A world of relaxation, from sunrise to sunset

If you like to pamper yourself (and who doesn't?), head to Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa for some premiere golf, or indulge in a tranquil massage or wellness treatment. You can even align your chakras at a yoga class or unleash your inner child on one of the water slides. For even more golf, try Tarpon Springs Golf Course. If wildlife is more your thing, you'll love visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium or the majestic felines at the Big Cat Rescue. For the perfect end to your day, take in the breathtaking sunset views at Pier 60 Park.


A posh paradise of boating, beaches, and the back nine

Golfers come from all around to experience Palm Harbor's top-notch courses. Dotted with historic buildings, Florida Avenue in the heart of downtown hosts numerous family-friendly festivals and craft fairs, including the annual Palm Harbor Citrus Festival. For freshwater fishing, especially bass, you can't beat Lake Tarpon, which also offers boating, water skiing, and nearly any other water sport you can imagine (though alligators are known to frequent the waters, so save the swimming for the beaches). Soak up some sun and waves on the idyllic Gulf coast sands. Just don't forget the sunscreen.


Soak up the sun and leave the coats at home

Simply put, Palm Harbor is a dream destination for the warm-blooded, with hot summers and mild winters. The sun can be intense, so be sure to pack the sunscreen, particular from June to September when the mercury soars into the 90s. You'll also want an umbrella, as passing showers are frequent during Florida summers. At a Palm Harbor vacation rental, you can leave all thoughts of snow behind, since even in the coldest months of December to February, the temperatures rarely even drop into the 40s at night (daytime highs are still in the 70s).

Natural features

A watery wonderland, from freshwater fish to sandy sunsets

A Palm Harbor vacation rental puts you in the heart of a water lover's paradise, with the beautiful sands, sunsets, and waves of the Gulf of Mexico on one side, and the freshwater playground of Lake Tarpon on the other. You'll get some exercise if you explore on foot, since the area has more hills than you usually find in Florida. Just be on the lookout for alligators if you're getting your fresh air fix inland. For some sand-free relaxation, seek out one of the area's mineral springs.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Palm Harbor

Fly into St. Petersburg, FL (PIE-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Intl.), the closest airport, located 12.6 mi (20.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Tampa, FL (TPA-Tampa Intl.), which is 14.7 mi (23.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Palm Harbor?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,062 vacation rentals near Palm Harbor. From 828 Houses to 895 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Palm Harbor for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Palm Harbor?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Palm Harbor:

  • Crystal Beach: 132 vacation rentals
  • Ozona: 77 vacation rentals
  • Baywood Village: 21 vacation rentals
  • Ozona Trail: 20 vacation rentals
  • Fox Chase: 15 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Palm Harbor?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Palm Harbor. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Innisbrook Golf Club: 3,648 vacation rentals
  • Wall Springs Park: 4,237 vacation rentals
  • Lansbrook Golf Club: 4,018 vacation rentals
  • Suncoast Primate Sanctuary: 3,879 vacation rentals
  • Leepa Rattner Museum: 3,721 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Palm Harbor listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Palm Harbor?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 828 Houses in Palm Harbor. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Palm Harbor include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 895 rentals available
  • Cottages: 107 rentals available
  • Villas: 21 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Palm Harbor?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,341 vacation rentals with pool available in Palm Harbor. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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