Pinellas County used to be one of Florida’s best-kept secrets on the west-central coast, but the word is out. The area is thriving and growing, and it’s no secret as to why: top rated beaches, art, culture and a neighborhood for just about everyone makes Pinellas County a true gem.
Whether you’re looking for a laid-back beach town, a bustling, walkable downtown or a quiet suburb, Pinellas County has a place for you. Here’s a sampling of what the area has to offer:
Downtown St. Petersburg
In the past few years, Downtown St. Petersburg has become the cultural heart of Pinellas County. The waterfront city is walkable and offers a regular rotation of events and markets to suit every persuasion. It’s hip and lively atmosphere includes an array of art galleries, restaurants and bars. Downtown St. Petersburg is also home to several major museums, including the Salvador Dali Museum and the James Museum. The neighborhood has an urban feel with plenty of high-rise apartments and condos, making it an ideal location for young professionals.
Clearwater is a family-friendly beach town that’s known for its stunning white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and year-round sunshine. The neighborhood has a relaxed atmosphere with a focus on outdoor activities, including fishing, boating and golfing. There are also several parks and nature reserves, making it a great place to raise a family. One of the highlights of Clearwater is its proximity to neighboring St. Petersburg and Tampa, making it a great midpoint location.
Dunedin is a charming small town located north of Clearwater that’s known for its Scottish heritage and quaint downtown area. The neighborhood has a peaceful atmosphere with tree-lined streets, historic homes and a scenic waterfront. The area also has several breweries, restaurants, and art galleries, making it an excellent location for retirees or empty-nesters. If the quiet and a little more space, with proximity to the bigger cities appeal to you, Dunedin might be a great location to explore.
Palm Harbor is a suburban neighborhood located on the east coast of Pinellas County that’s a bit more affordable than St. Petersburg or Tampa and appeals to families. The neighborhood has a friendly atmosphere with plenty of parks, golf courses and nature preserves. It offers a bit of quiet and a nod to slower living but is still close to the action provided by Clearwater, Tampa, and St. Petersburg.
Oldsmar is a small town located on the west coast of Pinellas County that’s known for its outdoor activities and proximity to Tampa. The neighborhood has a relaxed atmosphere with several parks, nature preserves, and a beautiful waterfront area. Nature abounds and there’s a palpable focus on family in Oldsmar, making it a great place to raise kids.
Tarpon Springs is a coastal town located north of Clearwater that’s known for its Greek heritage and sponge diving industry. The neighborhood has a unique atmosphere with a historic downtown area, Greek restaurants, and several shops selling sponges. It’s an ideal location for those looking for a unique cultural experience.
Safety Harbor is a small town located on the east coast of Pinellas County that’s known for its excellent schools, safe neighborhoods, and charming downtown area. The neighborhood has a peaceful atmosphere with several parks, nature preserves, and a scenic waterfront area. It’s an ideal location for families and those looking for a quieter lifestyle.
Not quite sure which neighborhood is right for you? Having a service-first real estate agent who knows the area can help.
Alex Plotkin has been a Tampa Bay area resident for over three decades and knows every inch of Pinellas County. He can help you determine which city best aligns with your interests and priorities.