WHERE: Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater is connected to the barrier island of Clearwater Beach to the west via a two mile nicely landscaped causeway which includes a walking and biking path. From here you can experience beaches, beaches and more beaches. A string of barrier islands with fine white sand beaches line the Gulf of Mexico along the Pinellas coast. They start with renowned Clearwater Beach to the north and parade south with Sand Key Park, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, St. Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille and Fort de Soto Park.
Clearwater Beach has an excellent marina where one can find numerous charter, party and rental boats for fishing, sailing, cruising, parasailing, and dolphin watching. Half-day and full-day fishing trips are available. The marina also berths a large number of private boats and has transient slippage for visiting boaters.
The center of Clearwater Beach is punctuated by Pier 60 – a long and wide concrete pier jutting out into the Gulf of Mexico that serves as a great fishing platform and strolling avenue for non-fishing persons. Many enjoy gathering here at sundown to watch the sun go down. Adjacent to the Pier is a small park with facilities for the enjoyment of children. Clearwater encourages and organizes activities at the Pier including numerous outdoor musical performances.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a small but interesting aquarium where one can see live dolphins, otters, and sea turtles. This nonprofit facility is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and sick marine mammals.
Just across the Clearwater Pass to the south is Sand Key Park – a broad, generally less crowded beach. If you enjoy a beach with a little less activity, this is the place to go.
Clearwater Beach, Florida is also home to some of Florida’s finest restaurants and wonderful old time Florida beach bars. On Clearwater Beach you can have a cheeseburger in paradise for lunch and later dine in a world class restaurant.
Located on the Tampa Bay area’s Suncoast, Clearwater is the most northern of a series of barrier islands that lay between the Intercoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Only 40 minutes from Tampa International Airport, Clearwater Beach’s convenient location make it a perfect vacation spot. Quiet beaches, yet only a just 30 minutes to Busch Gardens in Tampa and 90 minutes to Walt Disney World Resort, Sea World and Universal Studios.