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 changer, it takes ones and fives and it's really convenient. Forget about asking any of the shops people, you'll just get turned down.
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 use it. I don't recommend this place to anyone! It's no wonder the place is a pigsty because I saw small kids doing the cleaning while the woman "working" there sat around giving them orders. It was shameful!
Clearwater Beach (and many beaches on the Gulf Coast) is a haven for stingrays! While entering the water, it's best to do the "Stingray Shuffle"......shuffle your feet rather than take steps. This warns any idle stingrays that you are there and you will remain sting-free!!
All along the gulf coast beaches there are areas marked off for nesting sea birds. If you cross into these areas, the birds will gang up on you....attack you by pecking or crapping on you!! Best to leave them alone!!
Clearwater Beach is noted, throughout Florida, for being home to some of the most beautiful girls in the state. So, it's definitely "where the girls are". But, if you're a bird lover....or a bird hater, do remember, it's also "where the gulls are".
If you love watching the constant activity of sea birds' activity, you'll get your unending opportunity on the beaches of Clearwater and Sand Key.
But, if you bring your lunch, you'd better keep your hands on it until it's completely eaten. These birds treat any unattended lunch items as their own personal welfare office. Ever seen baloney fly? Just set it down on Sand Key and wait. : )