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OUR BEACH LOCATIONS SERIES – Part 1 of 4: Indian Rocks Beach, Pinellas County, FL

The beautiful sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico make a stunning backdrop for your special day.

Our 4 pre-set Gulf of Mexico beach locations are located in gorgeous Pinellas County, Florida, and offer the perfect setting for your elopement.

Starfish in the foreground with bride and groom in the background and Indian Rocks Beach

Indian Rocks Beach, Pinellas County, Florida Location

Indian Rocks Beach – is located west of Largo and south of Sand Key and Clearwater Beaches. It lies on a barrier island between the Intercoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. As of the 2018 census the population was 4,286 people. It is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan area.

It is also known as IRB (our most popular location) and features ample amounts of lodging and restaurants that are all very close by. Renowned for its laid-back vibe and great dining. It is the place to go if you want to unwind, relax and soak in all the essence the area has to offer. It is also not far from the higher vibrating nightlife and action of Clearwater Beach and Johns Pass. There are many boutique stores, beach grocers, CVS, US Post Office, and surf shops to discover and you can find a multitude of locally made items. It is 10 miles from the St. Petersburg (PIE) Airport and 24 miles from the Tampa (TPA) International Airport.

The legend of how Indian Rocks Beach got its name was that a Chief was healed by a native man with the natural sulfur waters that were from Kolb Park which is located on the island. The early settlers used to watch the Indians go to the park where the spring was encircled by rocks. They would say “The Indians are on the way to the Rocks.” Kolb Park is one of 7 parks located in Indian Rocks Beach featuring watercraft access in two locations and a dog park.

Indian Rocks Beach Features

It has over two miles of beach with a large area spanning from the sand dunes down to the water in most areas. Indian Rocks Beach borders many other barrier island beach towns making it easy to walk for miles collecting shells and watching dolphins frolic in the surf. On your beach stroll, be sure to stop by Seaside Seabird Sanctuary. You can walk up right off the beach, or if you’re arriving by car, there’s a parking lot accessed directly off Gulf Boulevard.

There are picturesque boardwalks with whimsical beachy signs, showers, and benches. Featuring beautiful foliage including lush sea grapes, sea oats, railroad vines, panicgrass morning glories, and sunflowers.

Indian Rocks Beach Parking and Fees

There are 26 public beach accesses and many of them feature free public parking lots for cars, golf carts, and bicycles. (approximately 40 spaces in total) Additionally, there is paid parking available at the Indian Rocks Beach/Pinellas County Beach Access Park at 17th Ave. The fee is $2.50 per hour. (Fees subject to change).

Indian Rocks Beach has everything you need for a perfect setting and relaxed vacation. We know why this location is so popular! See you soon.


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