With three miles’ worth of beach, Clearwater’s not short on sand space. Its main slither is a prized white-sand beauty, with bath-warm waters. To the north, you’ve also got unblemished state parks, like Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island, where bird-watching and peaceful strolls reign supreme.
Clearwater Beach has a lot going for it. Firstly, the soft sands are washed by the warm waters of the Gulf, which make it perfect for sunbathing and paddling. If you want to up the ante, book in for watersports or take the kids to Pier 60, where you’ll find a playground with a bouncy castle and inflatable slides.
Caladesi Island is a pin-drop peaceful alternative to all-action Clearwater Beach. It’s only accessible by a small ferry, so few tourists make the trip. On top of the wide, pale sands, there are kayak and hiking trails. Nature’s all around, too – turtles, armadillos and dolphins all make regular appearances.
Candles made from recycled beer bottles, organic toiletries and vegan sauce are just some of the goods you can pick up from Pierce Street Market. It’s held on the second Saturday of every month from June to September, under the Memorial Causeway Bridge.
Mandalay Avenue is good for picking up souvenirs. The stores specialise in beachwear, surf stuff and quirky trinkets. Pro wrestler Hulk Hogan even has a piece of real estate here, selling toys, clothes and signed goods.
Westfield Countryside is the area’s biggest shopping hub, and it’s where you’ll find premium names, like Coach, Pandora and Michael Kors. It’s got 150 shops in total, as well as a load of restaurants, a 12-screen cinema and an ice rink.
Post-sunset, Pier 60 is the place to go for music, crafts and street performers. Magicians, singers and jugglers all vie for your attention. Plus, there are regular, family-friendly movie screenings.
Most of the nightclubs in Clearwater form a single-file line along Mandalay Avenue. There’s everything from nautical-themed tiki bars to rooftop cocktail haunts. For all-night dancing, head to the Wave at Shepard’s Beach Resort. It’s a two-for-one deal with a beachside bar and a state-of-the-art, two-floor nightclub.
Book in for brunch at the Wildflower Café, where they serve favourites, like waffles with maple syrup and fresh, whipped cream or chicken pecan tart. You can also opt to eat outside on the dog-friendly deck.
This is the original Hooters – the international chain opened its first restaurant here in 1983. Since then, it’s taken the world by storm with its scantily-clad waitresses and all-American approach to food. Think wings, burgers and cheese steak.
Lenny’s Restaurant offers a taste of old school America. Every item on the breakfast menu comes with a free basket of pastries. And there are some extra-ordinary omelettes, from alligator to three cheese.
There are actually four Frenchy’s branches in town. But the original one is where the now-famous Super Grouper Sandwich made its debut. The smoked fish spread is worth a dip, too.
Sushi and straight-from-their-own-boat seafood are the Island Way Grill’s strong suits. If you’re not a fan of fish, they also do a good steak. The views from the al fresco deck are another highlight.
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