Shagos Bay is a modest and quaint community on the coast in Hillsborough County, Florida. This small community is in Apollo Beach right along South Tampa Bay. The residents here get to enjoy living a laid-back lifestyle on deep water canals with open waterfront views. This is especially great for how hot the weather can get during the summer time.
Backyards lead to docks with boat lifts, so head out back and go for a boat ride down the lagoon into Tampa Bay to cool off. There is a community boat ramp that residents have access to. There are also balconies and sundecks to enhance the laid-back waterfront living. The homes in Shagos Bay are mostly three to four bedroom, single-family homes. They are beautiful, spacious, and some even have swimming pools. The homes come with deep sail boat water canals, impeccable water views and lush landscape. Shagos Bay homes have no HOA or CDD’s and are affordable starting in the $200,000s! That is a steal for waterfront living. Residents can make great use of the community fitness center, a park, a racquetball area, tennis courts, and more. Meet your neighbors and find one that will be active with you, and then go play a few games of tennis to warm up before heading into the fitness center for a great afternoon workout. You could make a day out of anything in the beautiful community of Shagos Bay.
Surrounding neighborhoods include Andalucía, Bal Harbour, Beach Club Estates, Symphony Isles, and Caribbean Isles. The bay surrounds these communities, providing an abundance of phenomenal bay views and on-the-water activities. Schools nearby include Apollo Beach Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School, East Bay High School, and several preschools. Shopping and dining options are available close by. Alpha Pizza, Pasta, and Prime and Circles Waterfront Restaurant are both right down the street towards the bay. Circles Waterfront is a gourmet fine dining experience on the marina providing magnificent water views for customers to enjoy with their food with. Try a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail with a delicious appetizer of calamari, spinach artichoke dip, or BBQ pork shanks. The lunch and dinner menu go above and beyond, and will have you running back for more. Alpha Pizza, Pasta, and Prime is tucked away at the end of Apollo Beach Boulevard. They serve delicious pizza, pasta, salad, prime rib, and more. The atmosphere is very fun with an exceptionally great Elvis impersonator on Tuesdays and Fridays. The live entertainment at this spot is always a hit. The yummy food and amusing atmosphere make this place a local favorite.
When you need to get a bit of shopping done, Sun City Center down the road has Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Bealls, and other stores for the essential items you may need. Also in that area are yummy places like Panera Bread and Starbucks. A regional shopping mall is in development, so Apollo Beach will have better shopping closer to home and residents won’t have to travel to cities nearby for shopping malls. For now, Westfield in Branden is a great alternative to go shopping for clothes, shoes, jewelry, and more, just 20 minutes away. The library is also a short drive away for children and adults who enjoy reading.
If you enjoy the outdoors, Apollo Beach Nature Preserve is right down the road on the bay and is great for fishing, bird watching, and picnics on the shore. This 63-acre reserve was developed for recreational purposes, so come and enjoy the nature for yourself. E.G. Simmons Regional Park has playgrounds for kids, a beach to sun bathe on, kayaking, and canoeing. The park is a natural habitat for wildlife, birds, and subtropical plants. Other places include multiple reserves and parks in and around Apollo Beach, tons of communities with parks playgrounds, trails, fitness centers, cafes, and lively residents. If you prefer to have fun in big city settings, head to Tampa, Florida thirty minutes away for amusement parks, Lowry Park Zoo, Busch Gardens, theme parks, museums, restaurants, shopping centers, malls, and so much more. Other cities to enjoy nearby are Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Brandon. If you would like to visit a more popular city, Orlando is just an hour and a half away with an incredible amount of fun and entertainment. Go on a quick road trip to see places like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Discovery Cove, Orlando International Premium Outlets, several water parks, theme parks, and so much more!
Shagos Bay is a tiny community, but has a huge atmosphere. This community is affordable and perfect for commuters looking for a home in a comfortable bedroom community. Apollo Beach is a drive from the big city, with resort-style communities like Shagos Bay to keep residents cozy and satisfied. If you start to feel a little too cooped up, just go for a short drive and explore everything the South Shore area has to offer. Just because you don’t live in the big city doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy it. If you prefer small towns over big cities, then Apollo Beach is perfect, especially in a small-scale community like Shagos Bay.
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