Exploring the Beautiful Beaches: Gulf Coast of Florida

Gulf Coast of Florida

By Deborah Nelson, VRTG Publisher and Travel Writer
Gulf Coast of Florida
Good View of a Sunshine Filled Afternoon at Clearwater, Florida

Are you a beach lover? The Gulf Coast of Florida runs the entire west side of Florida. Most of the state sits on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and Straits of Florida. Extending north into a panhandle shape along the northern Gulf of Mexico, the gulf coast covers two time zones. In other words–Florida offers an abundance of beach!

While hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches around the country bring their own flavor and charming beauty, the intriguing Gulf Coast of Florida stands out. Beaches on the Gulf Coast of Florida draw global travelers. Breathtaking beaches, sand dunes, nature hikes, and promises of the emerald waters will delight visitors! Indeed, the Gulf Coast is a must visit.

Pensacola Beach Properties

Pensacola Beach Properties, Inc. has strived to provide the finest in service to our guests since 1990. We believe that our team of professionals go the extra mile to insure that our vacation rentals are more than satisfactory and by doing so, our guests always think of us when planning a Florida vacation. Spend a vacation or a lifetime on beautiful Santa Rosa Island. Discover the beauty of our emerald green waters and sugar-sand beaches.


Horseshoe Beach

Horseshoe Beach is a serene, friendly fishing village perfect for a relaxed vacation. Historically, the settlement first came into the area in the early 1800s. Then, in 1935, C.C. Douglas and Burton Butler paid $324 for the land. Reason for the change of ownership was from undue pressure on residents to relocate. Without delay, the Douglas/Butler union ensured all residents of an equal chance to own their property.

Today, Horseshoe is home to many recreational facilities. These include full service marina, eateries, the waterfront park, churches, and an ice cream shop. Moreover, the town features luxury vacation rentals spacious enough to accommodate up to six guests. Though it is a bit remote, visitors will appreciate the peace and serenity here. Fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming and several water sports–are some of the many reasons why Horseshoe Beach is a must visit.


Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach

Destin, FL: Panorama Destin on the Emerald Coast of Florida.

Located on a barrier island on the West Coast of Florida, these lovely communities are loved by local visitors and tourists alike. Visitors enjoy access to magnificent beaches, shops, restaurants, and quaint attractions. Also, the local’s friendly nature makes communities of Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach fun places to visit.

Just few miles from Tampa, Indian Rocks Beach features gorgeous beaches stretching three miles along the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. Tourists from across the world visit Indian Rocks Beach to explore its fine beaches. Visitors come to catch stunning views of the beautiful sunsets. In addition, 27 beach access points can be found in the area. In addition, visitors can stroll through quaint restaurants and shops scattered all over Indian Rocks Beach.

Indian Shores, on the other hand, offers family fun. Visitors will be thrilled at the popular Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf. In addition to the mini-golf course, the attraction also features a live alligator exhibit. Take up a golfing challenge and learn more about alligators in just one trip. Other great attractions include Splash Harbour Water Park and the Indian Rocks Historical Museum.

Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty

Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty, family owned and operated for three generations. With a true knowledge of the area, like only a born and raised local would have, our agents provide insight and guidance on vacation rentals and real estate sales between Clearwater and St. Pete. We specialize in Indian Shores and Indian Rocks Beach and located at the foot of the Indian Rocks Beach Bridge. We have over 200 vacation rentals to meet your suitability, availability and pricing preferences.


Whether you are looking to buy, sell or rent our experienced team of real estate professionals will provide you with the information you need. Compass Realty of North Florida vacation rental properties are perfect for visiting Horseshoe Beach. This small coastal fishing village borders the Gulf of Mexico and is a great location to fish, scallop, bird watch, kayak, explore and/or just relax! Here on the Gulf Coast of Florida you will witness spectacular sunsets you will always remember.

Compass Realty of North Florida

Other Great Places to Explore

Florida’s Gulf Coast is home to several exotic places and attractions for visitors to enjoy a vacation to remember. Sand Key Park, which opened in 1984, offers a large beach perfect for group or family vacation. Located halfway between St. Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach is Madeira Beach, a beautiful destination for a serene vacation. Another place not to miss is the Ceday Key, a tranquil island community admired for its charming beauty.



Finding an ideal place to stay while on a vacation is somewhat a big challenge. Notwithstanding, Gulf Coast of Florida is home to abundant vacation rental homes, fully equipped to suit your needs. Each vacation rental offers easy beach access, great amenities, and proximity to shopping and wonderful attractions. The secret to an unforgettable vacation experience is not only about exploring the best points of interests. It is also about staying at a luxury or spacious vacation rental. Choose one of the many vacation rentals available and enjoy twice the comfort you’ll get staying at a hotel.

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