Palm Harbor, located within 25 miles of lively Tampa and St. Petersburg, is a frequent contender in CNNMoney's annual list of the 100 best small cities. delighting visitors and apartment renters alike, this charming city located in the west coast of Florida offers beautiful scenery, excellent public schools as well as an abundance of shops and plenty of unique eateries. Relocate the entire family here and experience this suburban paradise for yourselves.
Palm Harbor was originally established as early as early as 1865, when perfect weather conditions led pioneers to venture to South Florida for fishing, farming and citrus production.
Today, the primarily residential community filled with pockets of commerce has a population surpassing 57,000, and residents living here enjoy the abundant sunshine, recreational activities and festive events.
Outdoor enthusiasts and athletes renting apartments in Palm Harbor will find plenty of opportunities to stay active here. The Palm Harbor Community Services District manages sport complexes that feature soccer fields, baseball fields, and a hockey rink, among other amenities. Golfers will want to flock to the luxurious Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club to work on their swing.
The community also hosts many fun festivals throughout the year, creating a close-knit environment where people in the town can regularly interact and celebrate exciting occasions together. Some of these events include an Arts and Crafts Festival, an Educator Appreciation breakfast, a Chamber of Commerce golf tournament, and the annual Palm Harbor Citrus Festival, which features four days of activities, carnival rides, contests, and food.
In terms of public transportation, Palm Harbor is served by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), which provides bus service throughout Pinellas County.
Palm Harbor is home to the campuses of Eckerd College and the Central Florida Institute, but they aren't the only academic options for Palm Harbor residents. St. Petersburg College, Florida Career College and the American College of Nutrition are also nearby. Students who don't mind a longer commute can attend one of the universities in Tampa, including the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa located approximately 24 miles away.
For those seeking work, the Fortune 500 companies Tech Data, Jabil Circuit and WellCare Health Plans have headquarters or regional offices in the area that employ Palm Harbor residents. The city also has a vibrant tourism industry which drives much of the local economy as well.