A Little Piece of Paradise
Few beaches in Florida can boast any more accolades from travelers around the world. Look at this list of highlights –
- Consistently ranked as one of the top ten beaches in the United States from every major travel organization.
- 2.5 miles of white sandy beaches.
- 20 miles from a busy international airport (Tampa International, TPA) serving 20 major carriers.
- Home of one of the country’s finest resorts, the Sand Pearl.
- Home of Winter the Dolphin and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
- A trolley system that will take you to and from the beach, including Sand Key restaurants.
- Average high temperature is about 81 degrees!
- One of the largest charter fishing fleets on Florida’s west coast.
If this weren’t enough, Clearwater Beach has dozens of fine hotels, many great restaurants and Pier 60 a Key West style performers arena at sunset. Just across the south bridge is Sand Key Park, one of the county’s most visited beaches. Sand Key is an upscale community of condominiums and homes.
Great Restaurants on Clearwater Beach
Restaurants on Clearwater Beach include several Frenchy’s known for their grouper sandwiches, Caretta’s at the Sand Pearl, the ageless Beachcomber. But some of the lesser known places may offer some character and great food the famous tourist haunts don’t. You will find a tiki bar atmosphere on north beach at the Palm Pavillion including entertainment most afternoons. Located in the middle of the beach is the quirky Coco Coronado’s that features great taco’s and fun games. Tommy’s Tiki, located behind the Hilton Hotel will serve a cold beer while your toes mingle with the sand. Over on Sand Key you will find Backwaters which is known for grouper and steaks. In the same plaza on Sand key is Maggie Mae’s, one of the most award winning
breakfast and lunch venues on the island.
Visitors will want a place to stay for a few days or more. On Clearwater Beach you will find every kind of accommodation of every price range and amenity. The Sand Pearl will start at $400 plus dollars, but there is a Holiday Inn, several Marriott hotels and many mom and pop places for more affordable rates. Tow of the nicer, but lower priced options are the Sheraton Hotel and Marriott Resort over on Sand Key just over the bridge.
For entertainment you must visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium if you have children (or you are still a child at heart!). The famous dolphin Winter is there along with many of her friends. Pier 60 is mentioned above plus many of the beach bars and restaurants
feature daily entertainment. For entertainment and relaxation try the best Tiki Bar on Clearwater Beach, the Sandbar at the Opal Sands Hotel. You can watch the boats go in and out of Clearwater Pass all day or people watch the sights at the beach.
A few miles south of Clearwater Beach is St. Petersburg Beach and along the way is a great tourist destination, the
Shops at John’s Pass. Clearwater Beach is a great place for froups, conventions, beach weddings, family reunions and business meetings.
Yes, Clearwater beach should be on your bucket list of places to visit in Florida. This little piece of paradise is over two miles of white fluffy sand!