Sunset from Indian Rocks Beach
With all of the water, beaches, and palm trees, in the Tampa area, beautiful sunsets are abundant. The best sunsets I have seen are from the sandy beaches around Indian Rocks Beach. Here the beaches face due west, providing clear views of the setting sun all year around. These beaches are popular among local residents and tourists who inhabit the local hotels and condos. Go in the winter for a sunset with fewer people.
Other prime sunset spots in the Tampa area include Clearwater Beach, Treasure Island Beach in St Petersburg, and Siesta Key Beach.
Clearwater-Fort Harrison Hotel & Super Power Bldg
The historic Fort Harrison Hotel has been transformed into what is now called "Flag Land Base," the Church of Scientology's spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. The hotel itself opened in 1926 and was named after Fort Harrison, which was establish to combat the area's Indian tribes. The church of Scientology purchased the building in 1975, and it was reopened in 1980 for members of the church. Across the street is the Church of Scientology's Super Power Building, which will be the largest Scientology building in the world when complete in 2010 or beyond.
Sunset Cruise from Clearwater Marina
We took a cruises on the Kai Lani Catamaran sailboat at sunset out of Clearwater MArina next to the beach. The Catamaran was bigger than expected, probably seating a max of 30 people, but we only 15 or 20 on our cruise. They have a bar on the boat, from which they serve beer and wine. They also have restrooms on board.
The cruise takes about two hours, and it departs from the marina just south of the causeway. Upon departing, the catamaran motors toward Clearwater to the Intracoastal Waterway, then it turns west and goes under the Gulf Boulevard bridge that connects Clearwater Beach to Sand Key. After cross under the bridge and getting into the open waters of the Gulf, they cut the engines and raise the sails for a quiet ride to the south, before turning and following the same course home.
The only problem? The music... some some reason they had it a bit too loud, and they only have about 10 songs on their album, so they repeat at least once during the trip. Half the songs were annoying old Jimmy Buffet songs, luckily not Cheeseburger in Paradise.
Kai Lani is a Hawaiian word meaning "the sea and the sky." Appropriate for a sunset cruise on a sailboat!
Adults - $45 / Children under 12 - $25
Clearwater Beach - Pier 60
Pier 60 offers access to fishing activities, fine dining, shopping, entertainment. The pier also has covered pavilions, a bait and tackle shop, telescopes for beach viewing, rest rooms, and easy access to public transportation.
"Sunsets at Pier 60" is a nightly event from 6:30 - 10:30 PM offering live music, street performers, a number of craft artists, outdoor movies, and more.
walk on admission fee
Daily Fishing Fees
Children 11 and under: $5.20
Children 11 and under: $20.00
Clearwater Beach - Beach Walk
South Gulfview Boulevard along Clearwater Beach used to be a straight and normal city street with lots of pedestrians and lots of traffic. Around 2005 the city began a revitalization project to better blend the city and the beach, improve the beauty and usefulness of the area, and increase safety, especially for pedestrians. The result is a $30 million improvement with wide promenades, a safer street, and numerous additional resort hotels and other tourism businesses.
Beach Walk opened in 2008.