What neighborhoods should I check out if I want to live near the beaches?

Are you searching for Tampa apartments? Not sure which neighborhoods you should consider? There are several popular neighborhoods near the water that are well suited for nearly every individual. Although each community can vary in prices, homes in these areas are close to shopping, dinning and the beaches.

Tarpon Springs

Just 20 minutes North from Tampa apartments, is the historic riverfront town of Tarpon Springs. Although this city is relatively close to Clearwater and Tampa, its Greek influences embedded throughout the town makes you feel like you have left the Country. Known for its sponge docks, Tarpon Springs capitalizes on its riverfront views, offering waterfront shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques. If you are looking for Tampa apartments near the beach, Tarpon Springs is home to Sunset Beach Park. Equipped with the city's best sunsets, residents here are keen to the natural beauty of the town's outdoors, visiting the aquarium, beaches and sponge docks.


Oldsmar is much bigger and more ‘metropolitan' than Tarpon Springs. Apartments near Tampa in this location can range in price from cheaper homes to luxury lofts. Infiltrating a feeling of Old Florida throughout its downtown headquarters, Oldsmar is very accommodating for those with families. It is not too far from the beaches and there is plenty to do in this area. Neighbors with the Safety Harbor and Oddessa neighborhoods, residents in this area are near major roadways and convenience. Countryside And Citrus Park Malls are not too far. The Tampa Bay Downs Race track is just around the corner and the airport is just a short drive away.

Palm Harbor

Palm Harbor is reputably known for its premier golfing retreats, its beaches and parks. Palm Harbor, is almost a blend of Tarpon Spring's historic quarters with Oldsmar's range of luxury and modern dwellings. Some of the Bay area's best beaches are within a twenty minute drive from this neighborhood such as Honey Moon Island, Sunset Beach, Sand Key, Treasure Island and Ben T Davis. Most of Palm Harbor's entertainment stems from its historic downtown, hosting business services, dinning, shopping and salons.


Bordering Palm Harbor and Oldsmar, the community of Countryside is located in Pinellas County. Arguably, the most popular city near Clearwater, many residents call Countryside the “ideal city of Clearwater' due to its premier malls, restaurants and real estate. Tampa apartments near Countryside are surrounded by entertainment and convenience. Many grade schools are within walking distance from homes in the area and the beaches are just around the corner. However, rent prices do tend to be more on the expensive side in this area.

Overall, there are dozens of neighborhoods to consider when looking for apartments near Tampa that are within a short drive to the Gulf of Mexico. These are just a few of the popular communities within a short drive or walk to the waters.

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