Redington Shores

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA, Times Correspondent
Published September 30, 2007

Geography: This 1.19-mile-long town is located at virtually the mid-point of Pinellas County's beaches. It is a complete community of both small and luxury homes, small and large hotels, retail shops, laundry, barber shops, banks, a service station, taverns and restaurants.

A little history: Over the years, Redington Shores has tried hard to retain its fishing village character. The town was incorporated in 1955 and now has more than 2,500 residents.

The beach: There are 11 separate access points to Redington Shores beaches. Three have showers and one -- the county park -- has restrooms.

Amenities: Perhaps the most well known attraction here is the Redington Long Pier, extending about 1,200 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico. The town also has a number of motels. Popular spots include the Friendly Tavern, particularly on karaoke nights, the Fort Knox, and, of course, there are Shells on the Beach and The Lobster Pot for fine dining.

Some drawbacks: Check before you plan a day of fishing at the Redington Pier since it closes periodically for renovations.

Parking: Although free on-street parking is available on Gulf Boulevard, be careful if you try to park on restricted side streets -- you might get a ticket. The best place to park if you want to go to the beach is at the Pinellas County Park, which has 181 parking spaces.

Bottom line: If you are interested in fishing, Redington Shores is a prime destination. Bait and tackle are available at the Redington Long Pier, as well as Nachman's Native Seafood and Marina.