Apollo Beach is a thriving community in Hillsborough County, Florida, and it’s one of the fastest growing communities in the area. Apollo Beach is a census-designated place on South Tampa Bay providing locals with easy access to the water. Apollo Beach receives more than the average amount of rainfall at about 55 inches per year. The average amount for the United States is 37 inches. On average, the July high is 92 while the January low is just 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather is usually warm, humid, and tropical like much of Florida.
The homes come in many shapes and sizes in Apollo Beach; from affordable cozy townhomes to luxurious waterfront estates on acre lots. Many of Apollo beach’s great neighborhoods include Symphony Isles, Andalucía, Harbour Isles, Covington Park, Bimini Bay, Shagos Bay, Waterset, Southshore Falls, and Mirabay. Each neighborhood has its own appeal. There are luxury communities, small and affordable communities, retirement communities, family-oriented communities, and more. All of them come together to create a diverse and fast-growing environment. The proximity to the water attracts families and retired couples to the area to enjoy resort-style living. MacDill Airforce Base is nearby in Tampa, so military families can enjoy peaceful living away from the fast-paced city with added perks in many of the communities. Civilians can also enjoy Apollo Beach as a quiet bedroom community or a home away from home. Tampa is just thirty minutes away, so the commute time is relatively normal.
There are plenty of restaurants in Apollo Beach, including: Circles Waterfront, Apollo Bistro, Latitudes Apollo, Panera Bread, China Wok, Asian Fusion buffet, Little Habana Café, Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Ybor Grille, and many more. Circles Waterfront is a popular upscale waterfront restaurant that provides exceptional fine dining cuisine. The menu focuses mostly on seafood, and is located right on the marina. Enjoy a delicious gourmet meal with incredible waterfront views. Applebee’s is a very well-known family-style restaurant with a menu that caters to all ages and price ranges. China Wok has all of your Chinese food favorites for dine-in or takeout. This is perfect for nights where cooking seems near impossible, or you’d rather just sit back and not have to worry about it. Chicken fried rice and egg rolls almost always hit the spot. A couple of international restaurants are Little Habana Café and Ybor Grille. Little Habana Café is a Latin restaurant serving Cuban favorites including black beans and rice and the Pressed Cuban. Ybor Grille also serves Cuban food. These fresh and authentic restaurants are worth the try! Check out both and see which one is the best! Maybe you’ll find your new favorite restaurant.
Once you’ve filled up, get some errands out of the way or treat yourself to some afternoon shopping. Apollo Beach Plaza has several department stores, hair salons, supermarkets and more, so it’s a great place to get your errands for the day taken care of. Another great place for errand running is Sun City Center. This shopping center has a café, Tuesday Morning, a nail salon, banks, Dollar Tree, a post office, and more. Riverview Bell Plaza has Walmart, Sam’s Club, a bowling alley, Sonic Drive-In, Burger King, Little Habana Café, and banks as well. If you need to do some mall shopping, your best options are Westfield Brandon and Ellenton Premium Outlets. There, you’ll find popular retail chains like American Eagle, Charlotte Russe, Claire’s, and Victoria’s Secret. There’s more to do in the area than shopping and dining, though, so get out and explore the community and the cities nearby.
Multiple parks, reserves, and lakes fill the community with tons of outdoor opportunities. A vast majority of homes have their own pools and almost every community has a resort-style community swimming pool. The community center has sport courts and a fitness center, and just about every community has its own fitness center as well. Cities nearby offer even more opportunities to locals for outdoor recreation, nights out on the town, movie nights, spontaneous trips, eating, shopping, and adventures.
Tampa has museums, amusement parks with thrill rides, an African-themed amusement park with animal-viewing areas, Lowry Park Zoo, Busch Gardens, and Glazer Children’s Museum. Sarasota has gorgeous beaches, museums, gardens, and a fun history with the Ringling Brothers. Bradenton has Snead Island, parks, and great shopping. St. Petersburg is home to Fort De Soto Park, extraordinary museums, Weedon Island Preserve, a unique pier, stadiums, theaters, and so much more. Take a weekend getaway to a city nearby, or even go during the week to explore the fun places around you. Apollo Beach may be a small space, but it has a lot of neighborhoods, people, and places. The community continues to thrive, growing in people and developing new shops. There is more to come to Apollo Beach, Florida and so much to explore.
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