A quiet Florida city with a community spirit that always seems
to have something going on. In fact, the entire county of
Pinellas seems to have this spirit. Its many public parks
and outdoor festivals are a treat to residents and visitors alike. Of course, it is the beaches that the area is best known.
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, Madeira, and St. Pete Beaches, Pass-a-Grille and Fort de Soto Park.
The Clearwater Beach Marina is an excellent marina where one can find numerous charter, party and rental boats for fishing, sailing, cruising, para-sailing, 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. The city 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 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.
Ride along the waterfront from one end to the other, or to downtown on the Jolley Trolley! Check out the downtown stores, stop for an ice cream, go to lunch at Frenchy's, stop for a tour at the Marine Science Center.
The Pinellas Trail is paved trail for walking, jogging, biking and roller blading. This 34 mile trail traverses through many communities including and stretches from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs.
Ruth Eckerd Hall on the east side is a first rate performing arts facility that hosts orchestral, jazz, Broadway, dance and children's performances. The exquisite acoustics and quality performances offered at Ruth Eckerd Hall are a delight for audiences of all ages.
Nearby St. Petersburg is a great cultural place with numerous museums and performance facilities. The Pier, a five-story inverted pyramid, offers dining, entertainment, and an observation deck overlooking Tampa Bay.
Tarpon Springs to the north is a quaint fishing village. This community is quite proud of its Greek heritage and really shows it off.
A little north is Innisbrook - a world-class conference, sports and leisure resort that offers first-rate golf, tennis and racquetball facilities.
The city of Tampa lies just
across Tampa Bay. A contemporary city that is home to the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers, the Busch Gardens theme park, and exciting Ybor