Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores

Cherished as Sarasota’s most artistic and storied neighborhoods.

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Overview for Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, FL

2,502 people live in Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, where the median age is 39.6 and the average individual income is $52,141.24. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

39.6 years

Median Age


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, FL

Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores has 1,176 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,502 people call Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores home. The population density is 2,333.15 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

52.64 / 47.36%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree

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Schools in Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, FL

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The following schools are within or nearby Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Bay Haven School Of Basics Plus
K - 5th

Around Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, FL

There's plenty to do around Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Java Dawg, The George, and The Lounge at element.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.63 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.56 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.55 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.68 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.51 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.92 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars

Welcome to Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores

A tropical paradise prolific in old Florida charm.
Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores are cherished as Sarasota’s most artistic and storied neighborhoods. The area dates back to 1891 but saw its true era of development in the 1900s when entrepreneur and former circus magnate John Ringling of the Ringling Brothers purchased a plot of land. Many people associate Ringling with his family’s circus, but he was also celebrated as a skilled real estate developer and art collector. His legacy lives on through the area’s various museums, galleries, and performing arts centers. 
The bayside community loves the area for its gorgeous and varied architecture, which includes anything from eclectic homes and old Florida bungalows to opulent 1920s Venetian style estates and Spanish Revival architecture. Truly emphasizing this grandeur is the canopy of 100-year-old palm trees, billowing Babylon trees, and towering Oaks.
Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores are heralded as walkable communities and are just as abundant in green spaces and outdoor opportunities as they are in cultural experiences. They are conveniently located between Sarasota and US-41 and are minutes away from Sarasota’s major airport.

What to Love

  • An abundance of entertainment opportunities
  • Warm temperatures year-round
  • Beach access
  • Old-Florida charm

Local Lifestyle 

The communities of Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores are friendly and passionate. Many of the residents enjoy the area for its ample arts, historical, and cultural elements. Locals treasure every opportunity to celebrate the beauty around them, whether by frequenting institutions and landmarks, watching the breathtaking sunsets, or slowing things down with yoga by the bay

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There are many great dining options in Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores. Spice Station offers an extensive menu of Thai food and Sushi. The owners also serve specialty sandwiches and salads at their other high-quality restaurant Maximillian’s Cafe
For a fine breakfast, lunch, or dinner –– and quaint ambiance –– the Reserve Retreat is a wonderful spot. Located in the former home of Charles and Edith Ringling, the space is cozy, unique, and reminiscent of the 1900s. Diners can enjoy a tasty selection of American fare, an expansive drink menu, a guided wine tasting, and live music under the stars. Attached to the restaurant is a charming boutique hotel. For a similar, but more casual spot, try the Ringling Grillroom located on the ground floor of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
A favorite local spot is Banyan Tree Chocolate. The cafe is locally owned and has award-winning chocolate. They also serve a light selection of sandwiches and salads, artisan coffee, and other rotating desserts.
There is almost always an opportunity to enjoy live music in Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores. The Mable is just one of many establishments known for its calendar of events and good food. Those who are seeking an adrenaline rush enjoy trips to Splash Harbour Water Park. The waterpark also offers casual food and a tiki bar. 
Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores have a fine selection of shopping. The Mall at University Town Center and shops at University Center have a traditional retail experience. Cove West is a fun beach boutique, and Lemon Tree Vintage Market is a trove of antiques and unique finds. For artisan decor and local wines, Miami Ave. Wine Bar, Music, and the Arts is abundant in charming pieces and interesting drinks. 

Things to Do

Indian Beach and Sapphire Springs are rich in cultural and outdoor opportunities alike. Ca’ d’Zan is the gorgeous Venetian Gothic estate of John Ringling and is an esteemed historical landmark of Sarasota. Art lovers enjoy the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Arts. Those who enjoy live performance arts can observe live music and experiential art at the Ringling Underground, and purveyors of the cinema cherish the Sarasota Film Festival
There are also great outdoor opportunities for adventure enthusiasts and energetic families. Sapphire Shores Park has bike and walking trails, a playground, and sculptures, and is known for being dog friendly. The Nathan Benderson Park is a 600-acre city park with a manmade lake. Indian Beach Park is a coastal park equipped with a canoe and kayak launch. It is also a popular area for runners and bicyclists. Bayside Park has a beautiful waterfront view with a promenade, playground, and bar. 


Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores has a selection of public schools and is renowned for their higher-level institutions such as:

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