North Central Gulf Coast
The north eastern side of Florida is known as the North Central Gulf Course. The area is jam-packed with activities to suit all tastes. Amongst the pursuits available in this area the more popular are golf, tennis, horse riding, roller blading, water skiing, surf fishing, sailing swimming, diving, snorkelling and small game hunting.
There are a multitude of towns and cities that can be explored including St Petersburg and Tempa that will appeal to all ages. Not to be missed are other attractions such as Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Fred Bear Museum, the Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo, and the Harn Museum of Art. North Central Gulf Coast is at an easy distance from all the major theme parks of Orlando.
The region is also known for miles and miles of prime beaches and warm sunny weather days from early December through to the following May. Some of the beautiful beaches include Clearwater Beach and Indian Rocks Beach. This unspoiled stretch of Florida at its natural best is perfect for those who wish to get away from it all.
Clearwater beach is a perfect destination for a beach holiday. The beach has been voted among the ‘most beautiful beaches in the world’ by USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Dr. Beach and FamilyTravelForum.com. The pristine natural beauty of the surroundings and the dramatic sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico add to its allure. While here, you can also visit Pier 60 and see the dolphins at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Clearwater Beach is ideal for the outdoor enthusiasts offering all activities from water sports to hiking in Moccasin Lake Park. The city is friendly, vibrant and accommodating and attracts visitors throughout the year.
Indian Rocks Beach
Indian Rocks Beach is a city in Florida which lies on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway. Tourism is the main industry of the city. According to a legend, the beach community got its name from a native medicine man who healed his chief with the waters from a natural sulphur spring located in Kolb Park. Looking at the Indians making their way to the spring, the locals would say ‘the Indians are on the way to the rocks.’ The area was first explored in the 1800s. With the opening of a road from the Waterway, the Indian Rocks area became a favourite spot for the picnickers. Today this thriving community supports a lively mixture of recreational activities and has to its credit sandy shores, parks and a well maintained Nature Preserve.
Indian Shores Beach is located between Clearwater and St. Petersburg Beach on Florida’s West coast. The town is about 30 minutes drive to Tampa International Airport. This scenic town hosts the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a non-profit agency dedicated to the care and release of injured birds native to the Gulf Coast. Apart from exploring the miles long pristine Gulf of Mexico beaches, you can visit the nearby Busch Gardens or take a trolley to see the famous John’s Pass or north to Clearwater Pier. Also on offer are boat rentals, water sports, fishing excursions, shopping and dining opportunities.
According to local legend, a pirate by the name of John LeVique, was the first European to have settled in the Madeira Beach area. Today this city is a famous tourist destination that is best known for the sea-themed John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk. Visitors can enjoy long miles of walk along the beach during the day and at dusk, take in the breathtaking sight of the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico. Madeira Beach has several shops, restaurants and eateries and also a 1,100-foot boardwalk along the Intracoastal.
St. Petersburg, a city in Florida, United States, is a famous vacation destination for both American and foreign tourists. The city has several attractions to its credit including the Museum of Fine Arts, and the St. Petersburg Museum of History, which has a full-size replica of the Benoist seaplane and is located near the St. Petersburg Pier where the first flight took place. It also has several art galleries and entertainment venues such as the Mahaffey Theater complex and the Midtown Royal Theater found in the downtown area. There is also a small aquarium which is open to the public. The city also offers a range of eateries, shopping and nightlife opportunities.
Tampa, a destination in the North Central Gulf Coast in Florida, encompasses beautiful beaches, several historical sights and a vibrant art and entertainment scene. For some fun, head to the Ybor City, the Cuban district, which was once the hot bed for the production of hand rolled cigars. Today, the district teems with shops, restaurants and bars. Also visit the National Historic Landmark District with its magnificent architecture, wrought-iron balconies, globe street lights, brick-lined walkways and the old cigar factories. Also worth a visit is the Busch Gardens, a 330-acre zoo and theme park where you can see zebras, giraffes, elephants and other animals roaming free in natural surroundings.