Indian Shores is a town located in Pinellas County, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico with many beautiful places to stay right on the water with stunning inlet views. If you are an avid birdwatcher, check out the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, dedicated to the care and release of injured birds. You can also grab a game of putt putt with friends or rent a boat for dolphin watching or parasailing over the water. Take a look at 12 of the most popular spots to look for your perfect Indian Shores vacation rental.

1. Redington Shores

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Redington Shores is a small town with a little over a mile of gulf frontage. The beach features soft, white powdery sand, perfect for a morning jog, sunbathing, swimming, or shelling. Stay in a vacation rental directly on the beach, or opt for something away from the crowds along a quiet street. Fish from the Redington Long Pier or charter a boat to catch sturgeon. At Smuggler’s Cover, a live alligator exhibit awaits you, or spend the day at the water park, which offers a 42-foot waterslide, a lazy pool, and a zero-entry pool.

2. Indian Rocks Beach

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Just a short drive from St. Petersburg and Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach features more than 3 miles of pristine beaches, along with shopping and cozy restaurants located near the Gulf. The 27 beach access points on Gulf Boulevard provide plenty of ways to reach the water from your vacation rental. Sample fresh oysters at the oyster bar, or take a tour of the Indian Rocks Museum to learn about the history of the town.

3. North Redington Beach

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North Redington is a small strip of beach that lies between the northern and southern tips of the barrier islands. Here, you can find vacation rentals directly on the Boca Ciega Bay. This small area was once the home of the Tides Bath Club, a popular resort visited by sports and entertainment celebrities. This friendly little town provides all the amenities of larger beach towns but without all the hustle and bustle. Visit Redington Beach Park to take advantage of easy access to the beach, ample parking, and shower and toilet facilities.

4. Belleair Beach

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Belleair Beach is the perfect location for vacation rentals. When you drive across the Belleair causeway bridge from Clearwater, beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico greet you. Spend the day at the Belleair Beach Bird Sanctuary, or play on the Morgan Beach Park. Bring your boogie board to skim across the waves, or build a giant sandcastle while you get some sun. Take a trip inland to the Bayside Park to ride bikes or let the kids play on the playground.

5. Sand Key

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Part of Clearwater Beach, Sand Key is a popular vacation rental destination near Indian Shores. Visit the playground, take a nighttime adventure to observe the sea turtles, or bring your dog to the dog park. Disabled visitors can rent a beach wheelchair that floats in the water.

6. Clearwater

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One of the biggest cities near Indian Shores, Clearwater is a popular destination for those looking for vacation rentals. At night, enjoy the sunsets from Pier 60, or join in a nightly festival featuring street performers, music, and crafts. Visit the aquarium downtown, or go biking along the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail.

7. Madeira Beach

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If you’ve always wanted to be a pirate, head to the Pirate Ship Royal Conquest in Madeira Beach. Here you can sign up to act like a real pirate and work on a ship. In the afternoon, go shopping at the John Pass Village and Boardwalk, home to restaurants and gift shops. Stop at the market for fresh flounder to take back to your vacation rental.

8. Tampa

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Home to the New York Yankees Spring training, Busch Gardens, and the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa offers an abundance of things to do when choosing your next vacation rental. Go paddle boating down the Alafia River, hike Hillsborough River State Park, or take a helicopter ride to see the city from above. Tampa has a lively nightlife, lots of good food, and plenty of places to shop.

9. Saint Pete Beach

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St. Pete is one of the longest stretches of undeveloped beach in Pinellas County. Spend the day windsurfing, kiteboarding, swimming, or parasailing. If you don’t want to cook in your vacation rental, head to Corey Avenue, which has a blend of funky shops, tasty eateries, and several local art galleries.

10. Largo

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If you like the vibe of a busy beach city, Largo is the fourth largest city near Indian Springs. Take a two-hour paddleboat eco tour, or spend the day kayaking in the Everglades. Be sure to bring your scuba gear to your vacation rental to go diving along the Molasses Reef. The North Dry Rocks bring you the Christ of the Deep statue or take a tour above the water on the African Queen Canal Cruise.

11. Saint Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg, located just to the east of Indian Shores, is a popular vacation rental site and home to the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. Take a walk in the Fort De Solo Park, and be sure to stop by the Locale Market, a 20,000 square foot marketplace featuring some of the Region’s finest food. When you’re ready to escape the heat of the sun, stroll through the Museum of Fine Arts, or take the kids to the Great Explorations Children’s Museum.

12. Seminole

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Seminole is home to St. Petersburg College and the Seminole City Park. Kayaking fans can spend the day at the Boca Ciega Millenium Park, or head inland for a stop at the Rapp Brewing Company to see how beer is made. If you prefer golf, play 18 holes at the local country club, or rent some bikes to keep at your vacation rental, and spend the day exploring the region.