Destination guide

Shore up your tranquility in Indian Shores

Set on a barrier island between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, Indian Shores is a beachfront town beloved by both the locals who care for it and the visitors who are obsessed with it. First settled by the Tocobaga Indians, the region didn't see its first paved road until well into the 20th century, and Indian Shores vacation rentals still feel like an escape from modern life. But don't worry, this resort town has caught up nicely when it comes to amenities, as evidenced by all the seafood joints and golf courses.

Things to do

Tour a dignified museum and let loose on the water slides

The main attractions in Indian Shores are the inviting shoreline and the friendly community, but just north in Indian Rocks are a few spots that draw vacationers and families who've had several perfect beach days in a row and are ready for something new. The Indian Rocks Historical Museum features exhibits on the area's history, from prehistoric times to the present. Splash Harbour Water Park is here, too, and boasts 2 giant water slides and a lazy river. For a slightly more manicured look at the landscape, head a few miles inland to the Florida Botanical Gardens.

Activities

Indian Shores—where stress goes to die

People come to Indian Shores to relax, so make sure that's on your to-do list every day you're in town. That may mean lounging on a white sandy beach and taking the kids for a leisurely game of mini-golf. It may mean chartering a fishing boat, signing up for a dolphin-watching tour, or throwing yourself into a new water sport. It might even mean a trip through the quaint shops and local eateries in town. Whether you prefer natural wonders or retail therapy, Indian Shores is ready to be your happy place.

Weather

Your hot, sultry summer comes with a little fall of rain

Southern Florida sits comfortably in its humid subtropical climate, and coastal towns are protected from temperature extremes by the marine influence of the Gulf of Mexico. Indian Shores vacation rentals are most popular during the summer months, when highs are in the 90s and all you'll want to do is lie on the beach and be happy. Winter and spring are both great times to visit, when temperatures dip into the 70s, crowds thin out, and precipitation is less likely. April and November are the months with lowest rainfall.

Natural features

The shores are safe for feathery (and leathery) friends

Right smack in the middle of this strip of sand is Town Square Nature Park, a tiny oasis of mangroves and bird habitats with a boardwalk snaking around and above the Intracoastal Waterway. If you're lucky, you'll spot dolphins or manatees in the water. In fact, Indian Shores vacation rentals share the shoreline with several protected animal species. Sea turtle nesting season runs from April through October, and shorebirds build their homes from February through August. The local Audubon Society marks these nests when they can, so you and the kids can observe without getting too close.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Indian Shores

The nearest airport is in St. Petersburg, FL (PIE-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Intl.), located 10.1 mi (16.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into St. Petersburg, FL (SPG-Albert Whitted), which is 14.4 mi (23.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Indian Shores?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,443 vacation rentals near Indian Shores. From 3,677 Condos/Apartments to 1,074 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Indian Shores for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Indian Shores?

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 Indian Shores:

  • Barrett Beach Bungalows: 457 vacation rentals
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What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Indian Shores?

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

  • Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf: 6,935 vacation rentals
  • Town Square Nature Park: 7,006 vacation rentals
  • Island Marine Rentals: 7,052 vacation rentals
  • John's Pass Village & Boardwalk: 7,906 vacation rentals
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But there are many other points of interest around Indian Shores 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 Condos/Apartments in Indian Shores?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,677 Condos/Apartments in Indian Shores. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Indian Shores include:

  • Houses: 1,074 rentals available
  • Cottages: 267 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 267 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Indian Shores?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4,134 vacation rentals with pool available in Indian Shores. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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