Indian Rocks Beach!!
Florida is surrounded by beaches, so it is no surprise that when one wants a beach vacation they think of Florida. But with all of that shoreline to choose from, how do you narrow down where you want to go? We recently got to visit Indian Rocks Beach, Florida – smooshed near Clearwater and Tampa Bay. The two lane town is reminiscent of beach towns from the past. There are no big hotels or high rise buildings or even chain restaurants to be found. Everything feels small town, coastal, mom and pop shops rest on one side of the street while the other side is peppered with historic beach houses.
We stayed at Sarah’s Seaside, which is part of the consortium of properties that Gulfside Resorts owns and operates. A small family owned business for the past 32 years. It feels great to visit someplace that is so special to so many people. It is the type of place that people visit year after year.
Sarah’s Seaside only has 8 residences for you to choose from, we stayed in the Governor’s walkup. It had three bedrooms, a full kitchen, two full baths and a comfortable living room that we never wanted to leave because with the ocean view and resting amongst the tops of the palm trees, it felt like we had our own treehouse on the sea.
The ambiance of the resort is really beautiful and they have set the place up to feel like you’re at your own private beach home. Pool floats and toys are provided, there are kayaks for you to use in the sea, bikes you can ride along the shore, and private cabanas you can build so you’re comfortable laying out in the warm Florida sun. We loved that you were right off the strip, so walking to eateries and shops was available, but you also felt like you were in a little reserve and nestled away from the busy seaside town.
It’s nice that you’re close to Tampa and Clearwater if you want to do some touristy things while you’re there, we went to the Clearwater Aquarium to visit Winter, the famous dolphin. But really, it felt like we’d rented a private home, so we really had no desire to leave because we had everything we needed right there! We walked across the street for goggles for the kids and made ourselves a happy little holiday that was simply one of the best ways to spend a week. Winter Florida is amazing (we stayed in February) I highly recommend leaving the cold behind to warm up for a bit!
During these new times of post-Covid travel, we know that keeping your bubble while traveling is a huge priority for people. A small resort like Sarah’s Seaside is the perfect solution. We had little interaction with people (only at the pool and seats are separated sufficiently). It was great to have our own kitchen so we can stay in and eat, or take food to go from local places and enjoy it on our patio while we watched the sunset!
Our family really loved this place so much! As soon as we drove away our kids were asking when we could back! Sarah’s Seaside is the type of place you hope to write into your families story and we hope to visit again someday, not too far away, because that deep dish across the street at Slyce and that beautiful walk to the beach will always be calling our names!
Our time at Sarah’s Seaside was gifted to our family, but our review is true! We hope you can find a way to add a Sarah’s Seaside trip into your life!