Apollo Beach Florida is located about fifteen miles south of Tampa along the east coast of Tampa Bay. It is a small residential family-oriented community with less than six square miles of total area. Part of that area is canals and mangroves so it is uninhabitable. It is estimated that there is about fifty-five miles of navigable canals in Apollo Beach. According to the 2010 census there are just less than 15,000 people residing in Apollo Beach. Its elevation is considered zero!
Apollo Beach is the home to the Manatee Viewing Center located on Dickman Road near TECO (Tampa Electric Company.) It is open November 1st through April 30th during the manatee season. It is also the site of the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve. It is a small county park located on the shores of Tampa Bay. Due to the warm water from the nearby power plant the preserve provides unusually good fishing and manatee sightings.
With its proximity to across the bay to MacDill Air Force base it is not unusual from time to time to have a free air show of sorts.
Driving along the main road in Apollo Beach, State Rt. 41, it is not uncommon to see fresh shrimp being sold out of coolers along the highway, or melons being sold out of the beds of pickup trucks. And should we talk about the mullet stands and small somewhat ram shackled nurseries? Some people’s review of Apollo Beach is that it is not much more than a “small nothing town” that is until people realized there is still waterfront property for sale and no one considers it a “vacation destination.”
There are no super discount stores in Apollo Beach, no hotels and no ice cream stands either. There are also no free standing fast food restaurants unless of course you include the Subway and Dunkin Donut inside of the local gas station. It does however have a 72 par golf course and a dog park! There is quick and easy access to the super highway I-75 and to nearby mega-malls from Apollo Beach.
It is advertised that living in Apollo Beach is Florida at its unhurried best! But Apollo Beach reminds me of “old Florida”, the Florida I first visited in the ‘60’s. All of that being said…I love little Apollo Beach with its waterfront living complete with pelicans and dolphins … and could see myself being a “snowbird” there.