Clearwater Beach is a beautiful area on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Being just about a two-hour drive from Orlando, it’s the perfect add on to an Orlando vacation and has activities for families and couples alike. These are our top tips on what to do in Clearwater Beach.
1. Visit Sand Key Park Or The Main Town Beach
The shining star of Clearwater Beach is, of course, the white soft sand and the crystal clear shallow water. Whether you want to simply relax by the ocean, splash in the sea, watch the pelicans or rent a jet ski you can here. If you are spending time on the public town beach or venturing over to Sand Key Park you will surely find your idyllic beachside spot.
Sand Key Park is a great beach area with plenty of parking and amenities. Facilities for kids include a playground, whilst dogs are looked after with a dog park and you can even hire a beach cabana. If you like watersports you can rent a boat, a paddle board or a kayak too.
Sand Key Park is also an important beach for conservation as endangered sea turtles lay eggs on the beach and endangered birds nest and feed in the salt marsh.
2. Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a sanctuary for sick animals. Their mission is based on Rescue, Release and Rehab and wherever possible sick animals are treated and released back into the wild. You may have heard of it as it had a starring roll in the family film Dolphin’s Tale, a true story about Winter the dolphin who was rescued from the wild after damaging her tail in a crab trap.
The staff at Clearwater Beach Aquarium educate and inform the public on conservation and collaborate on scientific research into animal behaviour, illness, treatment and the prevention of marine life decline. It’s a real working animal hospital and scientific research unit.
The many animals you can see at Clearwater Aquarium include dolphins, otters, sharks, rays, turtles and pelicans and it’s an interesting day out for all the family.
3. Go On A Boat Tour And See The Dolphins
Clearwater Beach is known for its wildlife and its warm waters are the perfect habitat for dolphins. Take a boat trip with a company such as Little Toot or Encounters With Dolphins to see dolphins in their natural habitat.
Dolphins love swimming in the waves created by boats so you won’t have long to spot one or even a pod of dolphins. These highly intelligent marine animals are amazing to see in real life, so be quick and catch a photo for a memory you will never forget.
4. Watch The Sunset At Pier 60
Pier 60 is situated right in the middle of Clearwater Beach and is the place to go when the sun goes down. Stalls selling hand made jewellery, decorated shells, beach themed candles, and paintings of Clearwater Beach line the pier and street entertainers and buskers keep the crowds happy.
On selected evenings they even have free movies by the pier, so it’s well worth checking out. Find a bar with outside tables and sit with a cocktail people watching in the glow of the legendary sunset.
5. Check Out The Restaurants And Beach Bars
From upscale restaurants to little beach shacks and cool hotel bars, Clearwater has something for everyone. The Clear Sky Cafe and Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill are places to go for some great cocktails.
While you are in Clearwater you need to check out the Frenchy’s chain, a small group of cafes and restaurants in the town with the simple goal to have a friendly laid back vibe and serve fresh seafood and cold drinks. Their signature grouper sandwich is so fresh you can almost see it swim, our favourite Frenchy’s spot was Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe.
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Let us know, have you been to Clearwater Beach Florida? Would you consider it as a holiday destination?
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