Palm Harbor was originally called Bay St. Joseph. Sutherland Land and Development Company platted the city, and then a different entity, Sutherland Development Company, invested in improvements, so until 1925, the area was known as Sutherland. It was settled by cattleman, farmers, and citrus growers. In the 1920s, people traveled from all over to vacation at the Health Springs, or what is now Wall Springs Park, and many hotels popped up in the area, so Palm Harbor became another of Florida's "Fountain of Youth" destinations. The reputation for fun and relaxation continues today.
Modern residents and visitors to Palm Harbor enjoy pampering and championship golfing at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. Walkers, runners, and bikers can easily access the Pinellas Trail as it runs right through town. TripAdvisor lists John Chestnut Park, Wall Springs Park, and the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary as Best Things to Do in Town.
After working up an appetite, head to popular restaurants like Thirsty Marlin, Lucky Dill, and Smugglers Island Pub. Since craft beer is popular in Tampa Bay, it seems logical that even this small town would have two breweries: de Bine Brewing and Stilt House Brewery.
Living in Palm Harbor allows you to experience the best of ALL worlds. You're close to the Gulf of Mexico and the beaches, but you also have your own historic downtown, and if you're looking for a change in "Main Street" scenery, downtown Clearwater and Dunedin are nearby.
You have choices when it comes to housing, too. Single-family housing styles range from Craftsman-style bungalows to larger Mediterranean- style homes, and there are plenty of condo and town house communities too.