Located in Pinellas County, the community of Palm Harbor is situated between Clearwater and Tarpon Springs. Its central location on the peninsula of Pinellas County makes the area a prime location for professionals who work in Clearwater or northern Pinellas County, which includes Tarpon Springs, Holiday, and New Port Richey. Some residents also commute to western Hillsborough County neighborhoods like Town ‘n' Country and West Chase. Apartment living in Palm Harbor offers residents proximity to the beaches and natural beauty of Florida, and all within easy reach of city conveniences.
Palm Harbor Apartment Living
With a median income slightly higher than that of the rest of Florida, Palm Harbor is home to professionals who are looking for quiet, affordable apartment living. Most apartment residents have families, and appreciate the area's many planned communities. The heart of Palm Harbor offers residents many shopping and dining options. The wide variety of locally owned businesses complements the standard community fare of big box stores and familiar retail names.
Residents of Palm Harbor apartments often also find that they can stretch their dollar further in this area. Many apartment complexes are nestled in thoughtfully planned neighborhoods, close to local schools and shopping. The cost of Palm Harbor apartments tends to be slightly lower than the cost of those in nearby Clearwater, where proximity to the beach may increase real estate—and rent—prices.
Palm Harbor Community Culture
As a sort of bedroom community of Clearwater, Palm Harbor offers a distinct family feel. The area is decidedly more family friendly than other nearby Pinellas County cities, where retirees often dominate the population. In most neighborhoods, residents and visitors find wide sidewalks and plenty of shade trees. The community has been designed with Florida's natural beauty in mind, and Palm Harbor apartment residents will find many green spaces and nature trails relatively close to home. Nationally recognized Honeymoon Island State Park (and Caladesi Island) are only a short drive from the heart of Palm Harbor.
Things to Do in Palm Harbor
Palm Harbor and the surrounding cities are home to charming local restaurants, a host of parks and nature trails, and plenty of entertainment options. While Palm Harbor isn't known for its nightlife, the community does offer plenty of dining choices. Casual restaurants dominate. The Thirsty Marlin, for instance, has become a Palm Harbor institution, serving up delicious nibbles and a laid-back, "beachy" feel.
The more adventurous can hit the nearby bike trails or take the ferry out to Caladesi Island, which is consistently recognized among the most beautiful natural beaches in the country. Apartment dwellers in Palm Harbor who are looking for a more traditional "night on the town" can head down to St. Petersburg or Clearwater to enjoy late-night bars and restaurants.
Getting around Palm Harbor
Driving is by far the easiest way to navigate Palm Harbor, and to reach nearby communities. Pinellas County public transit offers relatively reliable transit along the city's main routes, but does not serve the outlying neighborhoods very frequently. Palms Harbor is close to US-19 and Belcher Road, which serve as major north-south arteries for Pinellas County. Alderman Road runs east and west through the community.
Reaching Tampa from Palm Harbor takes a bit of a drive, as Palm Harbor is not close to any arm of Tampa's interstate system. Apartment living in Palm Harbor is a better option for residents who will commute to other nearby cities in the county, such as New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, or Dunedin.These are the opinions of writers and not the opinions of RentTampaBay.com or any of our advertising partners.