After yesterday’s clear signs that I wasn’t supposed to go to Clearwater Beach that day, I decided to try again this morning. Based on the lack of lost dogs or multiple fire trucks, I figured I was safe to head out there today. And I was RIGHT!
It was slightly warmer today, though not what many Floridians would consider hot, so the beach was relatively clear. There were people there, but nothing like what it would be during Spring Break or the summer months. And I noticed that the items washing up on shore were different from what I had been seeing on Indian Rocks beach.
Multiple sponges and horseshoe crabs were littering the tide line, along with many fish carcasses, but since those are less than picturesque, I opted not to digitally collect those.
I parked down by Pier 60, a major landmark along Clearwater Beach. Parking was $3 per hour, but still worth it.
They were doing some cosmetic work up top, so I opted to get the view from below.
Before I decided to stroll along the Beach Walk, I opted to check out the different boat tours operated out of the marina. The first one to catch my eye was The Original Pirate Cruise aboard a pirate ship.
It has been in operation for 40 years and is one of the more recognizable in the Clearwater area. But it isn’t the only themed ship to sail these waters. I also checked out Mega Bite , a 40 foot dolphin sighting tour.
There are even more than what I’ve listed here, including the Encounters with Dolphins sightseeing cruise, that also stops at Compass Island to collect seashells, snorkel and treasure hunts for the kids. Prices vary with each tour company, so check their websites out to see which one is more in line with what you want to do.
One great thing about the area is the Jolley Trolley, which runs from Tarpon Springs to the north down into Clearwater Beach, with stops along the way, including Dunedin (which I talked about in an earlier blog). You can ride all day and get on and off multiple times for only $5. Multi day tickets can be purchased from their website as well.
With multiple hotels and restaurants dotting the main road and facing the beach, there are lots of places to stay and play along one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Easy to get to even if you’re not staying right on the beach, a trip to this destination should be high on your list when you’re in the Tampa Bay area.