Crystal Beach Florida home owners don’t have mailboxes, but they have their own zip code – 34681. Residents pick up their mail at the tiny Crystal Beach post office – and that’s just the way they like it. Mail delivery is not the only thing old-fashioned in this quaint seaside town.
Within this community of about 1,200 people, you’ll still find a sprinkling of old-Florida “Cracker Houses”. Some of the streets remain unpaved and are covered with white seashells. Moss-covered trees and tall Oaks drape over many of the streets. There is no downtown here – the heart of this town lies within its residents. Originally a fishing village, Crystal Beach was officially developed in 1912 as a vacation village. It’s grown a lot since then, yet Crystal Beach remains part of unincorporated Palm Harbor in Pinellas County. The famed Pinellas Trail runs through this community, which lies just south of Tarpon Springs and a dab of Palm Harbor and lies just to the north of Ozona and Dunedin, with Alt. 19 (aka Palm Harbor Blvd.) bordering to the East. Best of all, this community snugs up against St. Joseph sound and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. The schools are magnificent – as is the case for all of Palm Harbor. In Crystal Beach, your young ones will grow up with the small joys of yesteryear. These include visits to the popular Crystal Beach Pier, a public fishing spot where, at high tide, you’ll find brave kids jumping off the end of the dock in to the warm waters. You can launch your kayak from the beach or take part in the annual Fourth of July festivities which draw a crowd from all over Pinellas County.