Apollo Beach

What started out as largely farmland and pasture, developed into a beautiful beach area.

Welcome to Apollo Beach

Every day, resort-style living
Formerly known as Tampa Beach in the early 1900s, it was renamed Apollo Beach due to its dazzling sunshine. A local legend in Apollo Beach claims it was named after the Greek/Roman god of the sun, Apollo. What started out as largely farmland and pasture, developed into a beautiful beach area and community with about 55-miles of meandering canals providing year-round water activities for the locals.
Today, Apollo Beach is a dynamic subtropical community known for its pristine beach, natural beauty, and quiet neighborhoods. The locals love Apollo Beach for boating, fishing, sunbathing, and other water activities. The clever design of the canals zig-zagging back and forth throughout the region creates the feeling of a series of spectacular islands and endless personal beaches.

What to Love

  • Beautiful view of the joining Hillsborough and Tampa Bays
  • Average 241 days of sunshine
  • Population about 26,000 with a close-knit feel

Local Lifestyle

Life in Apollo Beach is like being at a luxury resort 365 days a year. The many residential communities provide lush tropical landscapes, golf courses, boat access, year-round fishing, public parks, and swimming pools. Many residents work in the area’s business and corporate parks. However, with a commute as short as 30 minutes, many residents work in Tampa or Saint Petersburg.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

When you’re hungry, the Circles Waterfront Restaurant has fine dining you can enjoy on the waterfront patio and Tiki Bar. Make sure you try the Baja fish tacos. When you crave a beer-cheeseburger or prime rib, head on over to the Latitudes Apollo Restaurant & Lounge and “bring your attitude to Latitudes!”  If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll be drawn to Kimi’s Ice Cream and Coffees, where you can feast on homemade gourmet ice cream and waffle cones followed by a Cuban roast coffee.
The Teal Turtle Boutique has the latest fashions in dress and casual wear.  It is a great place to find the perfect outfit for a date night at the Apollo Beach Society Wine Bar. The Salty Shamrock has a large outdoor patio with live entertainment and authentic Irish pub fare.

Things to Do

The 63-acre Apollo Beach Nature Preserve is popular for its two acres of shoreline, picnics, sunbathing, nature trails, and plenty of shoreline fishing. From here, you can watch beautiful sunsets over Tampa Bay, and you will want to take plenty of photos even though you can see them every night.  The famous Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center is a sanctuary for manatees. They circulate warm water back into the bay to give manatees shelter from the cold water during their migration.  
The Apollo Beach Golf Club is an 18-hole public golf course featuring four different skill levels.  There are fishing tours, instruction, and amazing fishing experiences for the whole family at the Tampa Fishing Academy. You bring the food and drinks, and they provide everything else—license, equipment, bait, and more.


Apollo Beach schools are part of the Hillsborough County School District.
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