Harbour Isles is an alluring coastal neighborhood in the southern Tampa Bay area of Florida. The census designated area of Apollo Beach is where this gorgeous family-friendly community resides. The more commonly known city of Tampa is about 30 minutes away, and south Tampa Bay is a short drive down the road for beach bums and boat enthusiasts. The summers here are nice and hot while the winters are very mild to moderate.
Harbour Isles takes up approximately 339 acres of Apollo Beach’s land. The homes greet you with very clean cut lawns and custom tropical landscape with exotic trees and brush. These Key West-style homes are large, lovely, and spacious. The homes on the market in this neighborhood are three to four bedroom single-family homes, ranging anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 square feet. These homes also have their own unique features, some including salt water swimming pools. Many of these homes have a stunning view of the community pond from the back as well, intensifying the community’s waterfront atmosphere.
The residents here can enjoy the outdoors at the resort-style community swimming pool for those who love a great swim. It will feel like you’re on vacation during the summer months. The 10-acre park, large lake, walking trails, basketball court, playground, and fishing piers all provide ample opportunities to get outdoors with your kids and have a little fun. Bond with one another within your own community with a game of Frisbee or flag football in the open space. You can race the walking trails, ride your bikes around the neighborhood, catch and release a few fish, or dive in for a swim in the community pool. If you like staying fit, try out the community’s new state-of-the-art fitness center. The fitness center is a great place to work out in the comfort of your own community.
The close proximity to Tampa brings loads of opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Tampa is home to Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, children’s museums, science museums, historical museums, Dinosaur World and other amusement parks. If you prefer to stay closer to home, there are still plenty of options available. Nearby, you’ll find several thrift stores, the Discount Outlet Depot, grocery stores, the Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre, hair salons, general stores, Four Stacks Brewing Company, and plenty of restaurants. Four Stacks is a local craft beer hideaway and watering hole. Places to eat near Harbour Isles include: Asian Fusion Buffet, Casa Don Juan, Popi’s Place V, Subway, McDonalds’s, Ybor Grille, Latitudes Apollo, Kimi’s Ice Cream and Sweets, and more.
Popi’s Place V provides delicious home cooked comfort food with a side of excellent customer service. Satisfy your family’s cravings all across the board with a variety of foods from biscuits and country gravy to spaghetti and meat sauce. They serve hot and juicy sirloin steaks and cheeseburgers, Mahi Mahi, gyros, fried mushrooms, and so much more. The extensive menu and large portions are sure to satisfy everyone in the family. Latitudes Apollo Restaurant and Lounge is also known for its great atmosphere, service, and food. The staff is friendly, the food is top-notch, and the menu changes, adding to the excitement. Latitudes is one of the more upscale restaurants in Apollo Beach and is definitely a local favorite. Asian Fusion Buffet has all of your Asian food favorites. The staff is very helpful, and the sushi is fresh and delicious. You can even build a meal for the hibachi chef to stir-fry right in front of you.
If you like Caribbean food, try the Ybor Grille. Ybor Grille is truly a hidden gem located nearby in Ruskin. The food is always amazing. The staff is friendly, and the servers are very knowledgeable when it comes to the menu. Some of the local favorites here are the Cuban sandwich, the seafood pasta, and the Pressed Cuban. The portions are great, the seating is quick, and this is some of the best authentic Cuban food around. There are multiple Caribbean restaurants in the area serving competitively delicious Cuban and other Latin foods. The Ruskin Drive-In Theatre is a well-maintained 50’s style drive-in movie theater. The first movie played here was actually shown in the 50’s. “Singing in the Rain” was the movie, and it played in 1952. The snack bar at the drive-in serves yummy movie theater treats like cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chili cheese nachos, pickles, candy, ice cream, cinnamon rolls, pizza, soda, and hot cocoa. Gather up your family, friends, or someone you’ve got your eye one, and travel back in time for a 50’s style movie night.
There is so much to love about the outdoor-lifestyle you will find in Harbour Isles. The community provides many opportunities to play outside and enjoy the coastal weather. Then you can take a day or weekend trip to Tampa to see what the well-known Florida city has to offer. You could even take it one step further and drive about an hour and a half for a vacation to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. This quaint bedroom community is a dream come true placing all of your desires an easy drive away, but not so close you will end up burning holes in your pockets. Enjoy the best of both worlds at Harbour Isles.
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