Crystal Beach Florida is a wonderful place to live and play along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Little Crystal Beach was founded in 1912 by Mr. Avery and Mr. Rebstock of Crystal Beach in Ontario, Canada – hence the name ‘Crystal Beach Florida’.
Dr J.D. Hanby and Mr. A.D. Powers took over the development of our little town and laid out streets shortly thereafter. The Crystal Beach Development Company was thus formed and development in this little seaside community began. There wasn’t much going on in this little village when our beautiful Live Oak Park was named. The park used to have a fountain and a fish pond.
Faith Mission relocated to Crystal Beach Florida from Tampa in 1928. This mission was home to as many as eighty orphaned children. The mission took over the vacant three story building that had been the Blue Heron Hotel (since demolished) up near St Joseph’s Sound.
The Crystal Beach Community Church was built in 1948 and is still used today! Located across from Live Oak Park and right along the shore, this beautiful building with the little lighthouse in front is a central point of the community.
At one time the railroad stopped in Crystal Beach Florida. That railroad has since been turned into the Pinellas Trail, a favorite playground for bikers and hikers alike! The Pinellas Trail runs north and south through Pinellas County, covering more than 47 miles.
To begin your search for a home here in beautiful Crystal Beach Florida, give me a call! I live right here in Crystal Beach and grew up locally.