This is a very casual area. Most restaurants allow shorts, and at those that don't, khakis and a collared shirt would be fine. Some nightclubs may not allow tank tops, sneakers. SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN! Waterproof is best - one of the 'sport' recipes is what I prefer. Sunglasses are also essential, and a hat isn't a bad idea if you're out in the sun all day (i.e. on a boat or beach). If you have plans to be outside in the evening, mosquito repellant may be useful. But if you forget any of these things, there are tons of grocery, drug, and discount stores around. If you are going to the beach, a pair of inexpensive 'surf moccasins' are a good idea. Some beach areas have rocks/shells that you need to get thorough before reaching the sand bottom in deeper water. (These 'ouch' zones shift from year to year due to storms and water currents.) Pack a little bag to tote your lotions, towels, etc. to the beach. Also, zipper-close plastic bags are great for shells, wet swimsuits, leaky suntan oil, etc..
Our award-winning beaches on the Gulf of Mexico have been rated among the
most beautiful and most fun in the world. In fact, Clearwater Beach was
rated number 2 in the U.S. by Conde Cast Traveler for best city amenities.
Shelling, jogging, walking, beach sports like beach volleyball, or just
lounging in the sun are favorite activities.
Ranked as one of the top three beaches in the United States, Caladesi
Island has more than two miles of white sand beach on the Gulf. Caladesi
is accessible by ferry departing hourly from Honeymoon Island, as well as
Clearwater and Clearwater Beach. Caladesi Island State Park and beach is
perfect for fishing, picknicking, boating, shelling, swimming, strolling
or just plan relaxing. The park offers a nature trail, natural vegetation,
abundant bird life, and interpretive programs. For more information,
please call (727) 469-5942.
Officially designated the Best City Beach in the Gulf region by Dr.
Stephen P. Leatherman (Dr. Beach), Clearwater Beach is located west on US
Hwy 60. It offers miles of white, pristine sand and gentle surf.
Facilities include concessions, restrooms, beach showers, beach volleyball
nets and -- for rent -- cabanas and umbrellas. Lifeguards are on duty
daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The City's Public Works/Engineering
Department has prepared a document that includes a map showing the
locations of beach parking lots plus information about parking rates. The
beach is served by the Jolley Trolley. Parasailing, jet skis, and sailboat
rentals are available north of Pier 60.
Sunbathing, swimming in the clear gulf water, fishing in both the surf and
Hurricane Pass, picnicking and nature studies are popular activities.
Honeymoon Island State Recreation area is accessible via Dunedin Causeway.
For more information, please call (727) 469-5942.
North Clearwater Beach
Located just a few blocks north of Causeway Blvd. on Mandalay Ave. North
Clearwater Beach is the site of the old fishing pier now used for
observation. Facilities include restrooms, beach showers, cabanas and
umbrellas for rent. The Palm Pavilion provides concessions. Walk to
shopping and restaurants. Metered parking is available, and the area is
served by the Jolley Trolley.
Clearwater is nice! Very nice
So... After World Cup Saturday Semi's... Brasil plays crappy... Carey and I make the drive in ... like no time at all ... to Clearwater... fueled by expensive gas and Brahma beer and Caiparinhas (probably a no no, but DAMN, why did Brasil have to play SOOO poorly?!?!)...
We make it there a little worse for wear by around 9:30pm. Chris, our host greets us and takes us to dinner... But first... our lovely mugs...
You can rent cabanas and chill, or find a few tiki bars on the beach. Not many, but there is one in front of the Hilton. Good bars across the street make GREAT drinks.