Indian Rocks Beach is located on a barrier island on the West Coast of Florida, only a 30 minute drive from Tampa International Airport.
Indian Rocks Beach attracts many tourist due to it’s wide sandy beaches and convenient proximity to many Florida Attractions including Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World, Universal Studio, and Sea World.
The area provides an abundance of vacation rental options, several outstanding restaurants, and a variety of gift and convenience stores. Gulf Boulevard runs North & South through Indian Rocks Beach. To the North is Belleair Beach and Belleair Shores to the South is Indian Shores & the Redingtons. Across the Intracoastal via the Walsingham Bridge is the City of Largo.
Legend has it that Florida’s Beach community of Indian Rocks Beach reputedly got its name when a native medicine man that miraculously healed his chief with the waters from a natural sulfur spring believed to have been located in Kolb Park across from Indian Rocks Beach City Hall. Early settlers seeing the Indians on their way to the “rock encircled spring” would say, “The Indians are on their way to the rocks.”
Around the latter part of the 1800s, a group from Cedar Key, among them L. W. Hamlin, explored the area and found a few settlers along the beach. The Hendricks family, according to a 1925 newspaper account, landed in the area in 1833 and homesteaded there. A settlement, Anona, has existed in the vicinity (on the mainland) since the mid-1800s. With the opening of a road from the waterway to the vicinity of Largo, the Indian Rocks area became a favorite spot for picnickers. Residents worshiped at the old Anona Church and children attended the Anona School. Among the early landmarks were the Indian Rocks Sundry Store, the Indian Beach Hotel and a railroad spur crossing the bay. After a number of years of declining use, the rail spur was removed. The first Indian Rocks Bridge was built in 1916, and its location, in the “Narrows,” is indicated by a historical marker. The community grew and developed during its early days, but after World War II that growth started to accelerate rapidly. Many snowbirds from the Northern states and Canada make Indian Rocks their winter getaway. In fact, so many Irish-Americans from the ethnic enclave of South Buffalo, a neighborhood on Buffalo, New York’s southside have relocated in Indian Rocks Beach and the adjoining community of Largo that this area is often referred to as South Buffalo South. Today, Indian Rocks Beach is a thriving community that has maintained most of its original character, and supports a lively mixture of recreational activities. From our Nature Preserve, to our parks, to our sandy shores, you’ll find a smile on every face, and a warm Florida welcome with everyone you meet.