Indian Rocks Beach: Barrier Island Living
Located in Pinellas County, Florida, Indian Rocks Beach is a town on one of the state's barrier islands. Indian Rocks Beach lies between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, providing tourists with access to its own beaches as well as those that line the neighboring towns of Indian Shores and Belleair Beach. The most important industry in Indian Rocks Beach is tourism, with Indian Rocks Beach vacation homes welcoming visitors from both the mainland of Florida and from the rest of the United States.
Indian Rocks Beach is a small city with about 5,000 permanent inhabitants and only 1.5 square miles in area, about one third of which is water. According to local legend, the name of the town derives from an old story about a Native American medicine man whose chief was healed by the miraculous waters of a natural spring located in the area; this spring apparently bubbled forth in the rocks now located in Kolb Park, located near the present-day location of Indian Rocks Beach City Hall.
This city is considered rich in tourist facilities and has miles of beautiful beaches in addition to an extensive park system for such a small city. Tourists who bring their pets on vacation will particularly appreciate the leash-free dog park in this city and anyone with an interest in sporting activities will like the fact that so many parks feature facilities such as tennis courts and basketball courts. Annual events include Oktoberfest and the Beauty and the Beach Festival, as well as a variety of holiday events.