The Beach Not Taken

Philippe Park Beach

“How far away is the beach?” This is definitely one of the most frequently asked questions from our guests. John and I have been sharing the most well-known beaches around Tampa Bay such as Clearwater Beach, Indian Rock Beach, and Honeymoon Island.

Then things changed this week.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that Safety Harbor has its own beach! Not just one, but two!!

Both beaches are similar in the fact that :

  • Stunningly beautiful
  • Very seclusive, only a few locals know about
  • Free and abundant parking

These Rare Find beaches are only 5 minutes away when you stay at any one of our Safety Harbor Vacation Homes. Check here for availability.

The first beach we discovered is at the far end of Philippe Park. The park itself is A Hidden Jewel in the Tampa Area, and this beach is a hidden jewel SQUARED!

Bring a beach chair, umbrella, and a cooler, no need to worry about finding or paying for parking, just walk to the beach, relax, listen to the waves and watch the palm trees swing in the breeze.

Philippe Park Beach

How about a picnic after the sun? Thoughtfully located picnic tables are steps away.

Philippe Park Beach Picnic Table

The second beach is even closer! Located right at the Safety Harbor City Marina. This beach is much smaller in comparison to the Clearwater beach, and that’s exactly why it’s so charming.

Drive or walk to the Safety Harbor City Marina any day of the week, find one of the free and abundant parking spots, then walk about 50 yards, and it is likely that the beach is all yours to enjoy!

Safety Harbor City Marina Beach
Safety Harbor City Marina Beach

This brand new beach experience reminded me of the poem:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and Iā€”

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

This Town Has Art In Its Heart

I am a true believer that everyone is an artist. Art is not just pretty things displayed in a museum or gallery, it is all the things that stop us, from our daily rush, to pause for a second or two, and really see the beauty around us.

When you come to Safety Harbor, Florida, you will see artistry everywhere, created by the most friendly and fun-loving people here.

Safety Harbor Welcomes You with Art Along Main Street

Art in front of the Whistle Stop Restaurant
Art created by the fishermen (unknowingly ) at the sunrise of Philippe Park
Mural Art on Main Street
Art at the street corner
Art at the street corner
Art at the street corner
This is my favorite piece of art, it is painted on a picnic table at Philippe Park, can I challenge you to find it šŸ™‚
Art created by Nature
Art created by Nature

Inspired by all the artistry at Safety Harbor, here comes our Casa Artista 2 bed, 2 bath vacation home, packed with color, nature, luxury, and comfort.

Blackberry at Casa Artista
Sunroom at Casa Artista
Casa Artista, A Dream Vacation Home in Downtown Safety Harbor, FL

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Philippe Park, A Hidden Jewel in Safety Harbor

I have seen many beautiful parks in this country. Yet, Philippe Park continues to be one of my all-time favorites.

Here is why! ( Couple of pro-tips at the end)

  • It is Stunningly beautiful, everywhere!
  • It is a perfect place for every member of the family. Kiddos, adults, more mature adults, furry friends, everyone with 2 legs or 4 legs, all can find something to love here.
  • There are so many fun things to do here: hiking, biking, fishing, picnic, hammocking, beach, or take the BEST selfies under the magnificent tree canopy
  • Abundant Parking, FREE.

Here are what you will see on a beautiful Friday morning in May

Hiking Trail along the water front

Indian Mount

The most biking/walking trail

Do you know that there is a beach in the park? Few locals do, now you do too.

Share a peaceful environment when the true locals show up!

Boating anyone?

Pro-Tip 1:

Before you get to the park, pay a visit to our friends at First Choice Food & Deli (335 Philippe Pkwy, Safety Harbor, FL 34695). Eddie and his wife make the absolutely BEST Cuban sandwiches in the area. Grab a bottle of wine while you are there and you’ll have the best picnic in 10 minutes. Take to the park, find a table near the water and have a beautiful experience you’ll never forget!

Pro-Tip 2:

You will be minutes away (by walking) to this fabulous park when you stay in any of our beautiful vacation homes in Safety Harbor.