Nice beach, gentle surf, lots of sunshine, good local eateries, less "scuz" than the Daytona-type venues
Lots of homeless people wandering about and that stupid roundabout.
If you're on the west Florida coast and you want a beach, it's a good choice
Enjoy a daytime cruise aboard the Calypso Queen, taking in the sights of beautiful Clearwater harbor. This afternoon cruise features a live captain’s sightseeing narration including points of interest along the route and the history of the picturesque region. Dolphins are a common sight on the afternoon cruise! For those that choose to have lunch...more
I have stayed here with my family in 1999. Mike and I are headed here in May 2005.more
I stayed here on my honeymoon when I lived in Tampa. We didnt have a lot of time to get away and...more
On my business trip to Clearwater Beach, I was actually looking for an off brand hotel to stay for...more
We absolutely LOVE The Columbia Restaurant. We first discovered the Columbia in St Augustine a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. So when we found out that there was one in/near Clearwater beach we were THRILLED. The food is ALL EXCELLENT and so is the service. We particularly love the Yellow Rice side dish but you just can't go wrong...more
This place is really nice, it looks small from the outside front because there's only two or three outside areas to sit. They're right on the sidewalk where you can people watch. Inside it's very clean with a lot of booths and tables to sit at. KC is the chef and he's an ex airforce guy so he really knows how to run the place. He also makes THE...more
This is one af the cheaper establishments by the main beach. I don't mean low quality, either. Many bars in this area are a little pricey.There is outside seating, including part of the bar (which is the only part of the bar you can smoke at.....no smoking in Florida bars and restaurants!). It's a great people watching spot, too. Friendly service,...more
On this particular business trip, I picked up a rental car from National at (actually near) the Tampa International Airport. The National rental station is not located on the airport, so if you are arriving, do not follow the signs to the rental car facility, as it will not be there. Instead, go to the signs that indicate ground transportation and...more
If you are looking for public transportation in or around Clearwater Beach, your best bet is to check out the bus route and schedule from PSTA.net. PSTA is the transit authority for the area, and when I was driving around, there were plenty of these buses running. It seemed that every major thoroughfare had one visible at most times, so this is...more
Sometimes when you are looking to plan a vacation, you need to know where the city is in relation to other places. If you are looking to visit Clearwater Beach, here are the distances from other cities in Florida:Miami - 283 milesOrlando - 111 milesJacksonville - 233 milesTampa Airport - 24 milesPensacola - 489 milesHave a safe trip!more
The best thing about this little place is the fact that it carries a LOT of D and DD bathing suits AND you can mix and match the bottoms in case you only have a big top. :-)
When we went there they were having terrific sale so we bought about 6 bathing suits, a few T shirts and other misc items and it seemed like it should have cost WAY more then it did for everything that we got.
What to buy: Bathing Suits! They have a HUGE selection of beautiful colors and styles. You will NOT be disapointed in this little place, it holds a LOT. The sunglasses are really inexpensive also, I got a really good pair for 10.00 but they also had a bunch that were only 2.00 and 6.00 etc. Just not in styles that *I* liked. :-) You will also find a good selection of beach cover ups and tank tops etc.
If you want to see what it looks like then type in the address to google and go to street view keep going until it shows up that address on the street.
What to pay: As much or as little as you want.
Drink, and drink more. Get beer/wine at the CVS on Mandalay for best deal. Just watch your car for the towtrucks in this parking lot. Will tow in a BLINK.
They stalk this parking lot even when CVS is closed throughout the wee hours, so don't park there for any longer than a couple of minutes even when you're shopping! People get towed while waiting in long CVS lines to pay! Oh, which reminds me: If you see a taller man with glasses cashiering, hop in another line or go to the Picture Developing cashier. If no other cashiers, save time by walking down to Southbeach to WalGreens.
Drinking is THE local custom on Cl. Beach, aside from tattoos (running second). Get them in the little strip beside Suntrust bank a block south -- this goes for you men, too.
Then hit the two bars on Mandalay for most local flavor. The restaurants are more touristy and expensive.
Perhaps the biggest tip is to WALK everywhere you possibly can or take Jolley Trolleys or the bus which runs later than 10 p.m. The traffic is not even traffic, just cars sitting still. Especially extremely brutal on Sunday nights. I can't emphasize this enough. Wait until very late, or bail early Sunday if you even want to attempt crossing the Causeway bridge. Please CARPOOL!!!!!!
In Clearwater Beach every place has a parking meter. I think it's .25 for 15 minutes of parking so you have to make sure that you have PLENTY of quarters when you go walking around. The shops don't like to give out change so it's best to either go to the bank downtown or the laundromat on the North end of town. The laundromat has a dollar bill...more
When in this area we had dirty laundry to tend to so we went to a place called Coin Laundry. This laundromat is filthy. I tried to wash there once and the staff were rude. The woman working was no help with the broken dryer that stained and scorched my clothing. There were used syringes on the floor in the bathroom and it was so dirty I couldn't...more
Per previous review:If you're going to label something as such, know what you're talking about: The Pirate cruise sails along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and Intercoastal Waterway, not Tampa Bay. The Safari stays inshore. Intercoastal is where you see Hogan's Tudor mansion and (I'm guessing the blue roof of the Biltmore) Hotel. Hulk's since...more
There are several tourist cruise boats that will take you on cruises of the Tampa Bay. There are really tourist traps. This one here is shaped like a pirate ship. The one I took was called a Safari Cruise. They said we might get to see some dophins. They also offered a pizza buffet. It was not real expensive. I paid $17.00 for a short cruise and...more
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When it comes to the weather in the greater Tampa Bay area, summer is the norm. Make sure you bring clothes for warm weather as you are almost guaranteed several temperate days. Toward the end of October, however, there are a couple days that might actually fool you. On the night before I flew it, it dropped to 62! It was quickly back up to 75...more
Shoes??? Forget about it! Bring sunblock from home or pay a small fortune here! If you are the type to not care too much, I highly suggest bringing along a lidocaine based gel to soothe your poor burning skin! Store it in a refrigerator for greater relief when applying it! If you are vacationing with children, check with the hotel about a beach...more
If you find yourself in the Tampa-St Pete-Clearwater area during baseball season, you might want to slide over and see the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays play their games - actually - in St. Petersburg, at an indoor domed park called Tropicana Field. It's nickname is "the Trop". From Clearwater, it's really a hop, skip and jump over to St. Pete, and rarely are Ray games complete sellouts, so you can safely go over without tickets and expect to get in. Another nice thing about Rays baseball is that there is a LOT of parking nearby to the Trop. Depending on how close you get, the rate can start at $5 and go AS high as $20 to park. My advice is to find a $10 lot - that's usually close enough in to be convenient, and yet far enough from the park to make leaving less of a hassle.
If you are looking TO do a baseball weekend, you'll probably want to stay over in St. Petersburg. Please check out my St. Petersburg, FL "Three Days with the Rays" page for more information.
To buy tickets, go to www.raysbaseball.com.
If you like to have some suds with your baseball, there are all sorts of choices at the Trop. They have more brands than most bars. Sure, they're way overpriced, but.... the best deal is to spend $11 for one of those big chilled 24 ounce canned Coronas... that way, you're getting two "regular beers". And if you are a more serious alcoholic (just kidding folks - have fun, just don't drive), there are lots of other options. ONLY in a place like Tampa do the guys walking in the stadium yell "marrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgaritas, marrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgaritas". Also, you can go to the Captain Morgan club, where they make some killer rum drinks.
Oh, one more thing.... during the summer, there is a "summer concert series". About every three weeks or so, they follow up Saturday night games with a free (to baseball game ticket holders) concert. On our recent visit to the Trop, we enjoyed one of my favorite acts, the Barenaked Ladies. There are a wide variety of choices throughout the summer. Recent visits have included The Beach Boys, the Go-Gos, Daughtry, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Vanilla Ice (really... egad) and others. Among the upcoming shows will be American Idol favorite Adam Lambert. The concerts are not quite as long as what you'd go to see for a "real concert", maybe a little over an hour and 15 minutes. But the sound isn't bad and the venue is relaxing. Enjoy.
Oh, and if you get caught in one of south Florida's summer rainstorms after the game, duck into nearby Ferg's Sports Bar. They usually have a good deal on domestic bottled beer and its ice cold.
When you are travelling to and from Clearwater Beach, you will likely be using the Clearwater Memorial Causeway to route yourself to/from the mainland. This causeway creates a bridge between Clearwater and Clearwater Beach and has been in use since 1920. It is now a four lane highway, but used to be two lanes. The bridge was expanded in 2005, and...more
Sunset is the most beautiful I have ever seen. Night time on the beach is great with the moon light shining on the water. There is plenty of light from the resorts on the beach. used to live there and I think Clearwater Beach is like paradise. Fireworks are beautiful over the water on the 4th of July.more