Clearwater Beach: la Best beach town in Florida

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Martí Micolau
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Clearwater Beach it is a "great seaside resort". We have heard it said several times and with conviction in this tourist-residential area of ​​Pinellas County. We are on the central west coast of Florida, right in the middle of the Gulf Coast which boasts 361 days of sunshine a year in a morphologically captivating area with islands and islets scenically connected to each other.

Clearwater Beach offers the opportunity to take walks on a beautiful coastline, fine white sand, crystal clear waters of the gulf, warm sunshine and lots of hospitality, beach and sporting activities, beautiful surroundings, culinary delights and shopping in the Village or along the Beach Walk. There is always something special to do in this beach town and its popular beach!



Index

  • Where is it and how to get there
  • The climate
  • What to see in Clearwater Beach
  • Day activities and excursions
  • Where to eat
  • Where to sleep in Clearwater Beach
  • Events in the city

Where is it and how to get there

Clearwater Beach, easily accessible from Tampa via Route 60, is located just west of the city of Clearwater to which it belongs and to which it is connected via the Memorial Causeway Bridge (continuation of Route 60) which crosses the Intracoastal Waterway . The town develops along a strip of land called barrier island characterized by a long white sand coast facing the gulf that extends for 5,5 kilometers.

Through another short bridge, the Gulf Boulevard Bridge, the town is connected to the south to an island called Sand Key on which the homonymous park is located, which boasts a superlative beach, white and impalpable. In a nutshell: we are in a beautiful area!


Clearwater Beach is approximately 30 kilometers from theTampa airport (4100 George J. Bean Pkwy) and 40 kilometers from downtown Tampa while theSt. Pete-Clearwater airport (14700 Terminal Pkwy - Clearwater) is in the immediate vicinity. As international Airport we point out that of Miami (2100 NW 42nd Ave.) approximately 4 and a half hours away.


The climate

Clearwater Beach ha un climate subtropical with basically dry winters, hot and humid summers with frequent thunderstorms. Two thirds of the annual rainfall falls in the months from June to September. So to enjoy Clearwater Beach at its best, you just have to try to evaluate the ideal moment even if Mother Nature does not always respect the rules. The maximum temperatures during the year usually vary between 18 ° and 35 ° C. Taking all the weather factors into account, our trips to Florida oscillate between March and mid-April.

What to see in Clearwater Beach

La long coastal strip facing the Atlantic Ocean has often given Clearwater Beach the designation of "Best beach town"In Florida. Precisely for this reason, despite many things that can be done here, the main attraction, the fulcrum, is the beach defined by the locals as “almost perfect”; a pretty good business card! Indeed, the sight of the white sand, its soft touch, the blue of the sea, the sun and the breeze would be enough to feel totally at peace with yourself and the world, but there are many outdoor that are fervent here. Parasailing, kate surfing, jet skiing, boat trips (including dolphin watching), deep sea fishing and gulf cruises are among the most popular.


Il Pier 60 (Pier 60) at the end of State Road 60 is a vital and central point for everyone, with a playground, snack bar, gift shop and fishing opportunities. And then two hours before the sun goes down, the highlight of each day begins Sunset at Pier 60 which sees street artists perform with particular feats and moments of entertainment for all while the shades of the sky are repeatedly photographed, a bit like what happens in Mulberry Square in Key West.


The desire to stay on the pier and party continues even after sunset with the sale of local crafts and open activities. One starts from the pier paved cycle path lined with mangrove trees; it is valuable and highly regarded, and runs parallel to the Clearwater Memorial Causeway which connects to the mainland and Clearwater. The beautiful white sand and shallow clear water make the beach an ideal playground for families. Some prefer to rent a tent (a beach cabana), a deck chair or a more classic umbrella while others prefer to walk towards the north side of the beach, more residential, for a bit of tranquility away from the busy Pier 60 and the Clearwater Marina.

Il free parking in downtown Clearwater is of great help as the ferry takes you comfortably to Clearwater Beach. The most typical promenade, close to the beach, starts just south of pier 60 where there are also bicycle racks, fountains and showers to rinse off the sand. The project that has given further impetus to the area has also affected the dunes that develop close to the sidewalk adjacent to the beach and enhance the natural beauty of the area. For those interested, directly opposite the pier on the other side of the canal is the marina which offers deep sea fishing and rowing activities.


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Clearwater Beach is a very lively town. The main arteries that cross it in length are Mandalay Avenue and South Gulf Boulevard, the two streets where the attention of visitors is concentrated as regards shops, activities and accommodation facilities. Shopping opportunities are also found near the beach whose attractiveness has been significantly improved in recent years with the Beach Walk project which in five years of work has given further impetus to the community around the splendid coastline, and always speaking of shopping, there are the shops surf style (311 e 700 S. Gulfview Blvd. – 442 Mandalay Ave.) e Ron Jon Surf Shop (377 Mandalay Ave.) who are an institution when it comes to sportswear and beachwear. Another option for shopping is at Shoppes on Sand Key (1261 Gulf Blvd).


After leaving the car in the free parking lot in downtown Clearwater we get on Jolley Trolley bus that provides continuous transportation to and from Clearwater Beach where it currently runs from North Clearwater Beach to Sand Key including Island Estates along Mandalay Avenue, the main thoroughfare on the north side of the beach strip, and Gulfview Boulevard which runs south. An alternative way to enjoy the beauty of Clearwater Beach is to rent a bike or scooter. We report Fun Ride Rentals (505 S. Gulfview Blvd. at Edge hotel and 301 S. Gulfview Blvd. at Hyatt Regency) which also rents Segways and street pedal boats.

Day activities and excursions

Recommended by the staff at the reception of our hotel we are ready for Mega Bite Dolphin Tour (25 Causeway Blvd), a one-hour ride on a recent Clearwater Beach attraction, a 12-meter open-jawed shark-like vessel that dolphins now know, love, and jump around and play around. Ticket price: $ 21 for adults and $ 14 for children aged 4 to 12. It's amazing how special it is to be so close to them while still admiring beautiful Clearwater Beach from the water.

The second tip we get and check out for ourselves is the cruise Pirate Cruise (25 Causeway Blvd.) during which you live the experience of direct contact with a lively group of pirates, the adrenaline of a treasure hunt and then games, stories and dances for all ages. Ticket prices: $ 36 for adults, $ 31 for 13 to 17 and $ 28 for 3 to 12.

Clearwater Beach Cruise Info

The shoreline of Clearwater Beach “dazzles” and captivates us with picture-perfect beaches and inviting waters. Then with the ferry we reach the beach of the island of Caladesi, to the north on the homonymous State Park, recognized a few years ago as the best in the nation by the Dr. Beach site. This stage should not be missing from the travel program. A little further north, the island Honeymoon it also has a beautiful white sand beach.

Leaving Clearwater Beach, after covering a short stretch of bridge, route 60 that leads to Clearwater, we meet the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in the Island Estates area at 249 Windward Passage. We arrived at the home of Winter, the female dolphin who is now thirteen, the protagonist of an extraordinary story that is particularly exciting and happy ending turned into a successful film, Dolphin Tale. This center is the right place for Winter because here we are committed to preserving the environment in which marine life forms live with extreme attention to their well-being. When some of them are injured or ill, everything possible is done to save and rehabilitate them. It is definitely worth a visit.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Tickets Info

Where to eat

Desire of good food e Entertainment? Being here means having the opportunity to experiment with local dishes with very fresh fish but there are no problems even for the meat loyalists because the range to choose from is very wide.

Shore American Seafood Grill (301 S. Gulfview Rd.) Specializes in fresh seafood dishes prepared in an show kitchen. The views over Clearwater and the Gulf of Mexico coast as well as the sunset views are gorgeous. L'Island Way Grill (20 Island Way) pleases for its tropical atmosphere. Fresh fish is served daily from the restaurant's own boats and from the restaurant you have a beautiful view of the Intercostal Waterway, the waterway that flows between the Atlantic Ocean and the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico.

Il Blinkers Beachside Steakhouse and Lounge (476 Mandalay Ave.) is a welcoming place with a smart causual style located directly on the beach where fish, meat and pasta are served. It is a lively place with weekend entertainment. The Cooters Restaurant & Bar (20 Poinsettia Ave.) offers good food (including gluten-free, for vegetarians and children) in a pleasant casual atmosphere. The restaurant also has an outdoor patio and a popular sports bar corner.

Da Shephard’s Tiki Beach Bar (619 S. Gulfview Blvd.) the seafood is great and an added bonus is the attached resort with a prime beachfront location. Also from Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar (10 Bay Esplanade) eat fish and meat in a casual atmosphere. For traditional American dishes and spectacular sunsets Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill (7 Rockaway St.), well known in the area for its multiple locations, is ideal.

These are all great choices and to keep the evening going, Shephard's Beach Resort and the Palm Pavilion Inn are home to two of the area's most popular nightclubs.

Where to sleep in Clearwater Beach

SandPearl Resort

The interest in this locality means that there are many accommodation in the city and its immediate surroundings. Rates are not always cheap but there are still great accommodations at an affordable price. In this regard we point out the Seaside Inn & Suites (401 S. Gulfview Blvd) less than 100 meters from the beach. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, the rooms are spacious, equipped with cable TV, wi-fi and decorated in warm tones. A restaurant with bar is adjacent to the property.

Equally accessible in terms of cost is theIsland Cay at Clearwater Beach (648 Poinsettia Ave.), an excellent structure that is only a three-minute walk from the beach, also equipped with an outdoor swimming pool and barbeque equipment. The rooms have cable TV, wi-fi, microwave and small refrigerator. At a higher cost theHampton Inn & Suites (635 S.Gulfview Blvd.) is located on a white sand beach within easy reach of shops, restaurants and entertainment. The very spacious modern rooms and suites are equipped with wi-fi. There is a restaurant with a view in the hotel, a fitness center and an outdoor heated swimming pool with waterfall.

And if you want to "make a bang", the SandPearl Resort (500 Mandalay Ave.) is a luxury accommodation with coastal-inspired rooms and suites, named one of the best beachfront properties in the United States. The view faces the gulf and Clearwater. Suites have a full kitchen and dining room. The hotel offers its customers a spa, a swimming pool, a marina for mooring boats, shops and a private beach.

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Events in the city

Do not miss Events of attraction on this splendid coast. Here are some of them. In April takes place Sugar & Sand Festival at Pier 60 (1 Causeway Blvd.) and on occasion skilled sculptors showcase their works created with sand. There are also concerts on the beach, buskers' performances on the street (jugglers, musicians, comedians), movies on the beach, fireworks and the sale of handicrafts.

In May il Beach Taste Fest at Clearwater Beachwalk Promenade (330 S. Gulfview Blvd.) is the premier event involving local restaurateurs with food tastings offered to visitors along with quality beer and wine. You can also listen to live music and witness the beauty of the sunset. The event is subject to a fee.

Il Clearwater Beach Stone Crab Festival takes place on the third weekend of October from Frenchy's Original Cafè (41 Baymont St.) and the protagonist is the stone crab, a type of crab that is offered on the beach outside the club. Live music accompanies the crustacean tasting. And at the beginning of December the annual weekend of good food and wine, the Clearwater Beach Uncorked Food & Wine Festival (along the beach south of the pier), is one of the most anticipated gastronomic events of the year on the beach.

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