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Clearwater FL - Overview
“On a Clearwater Beach day, you can play
forever” is the slogan of Clearwater, Florida. Clearwater is the
area's second-largest city covering much of the northern half of the Pinellas
Peninsula including the barrier islands that make up Clearwater Beach. It is
known for its miles of white sand beaches, accommodations, shopping, casual
beach restaurants, and breathtaking sunsets.
With mild temperatures year round, this city is paradise for anyone who enjoys
the out of doors. The city has an average temperature of 73 degrees, and the
water in the Gulf of Mexico is always warm (as high as 85 degrees in the
summer). Any time of year is the perfect time to enjoy one of the many
beautiful beaches along Florida’s Sun Coast.
The Clearwater Municipal Marina has the largest
fishing fleet on the west coast of Florida with more than 50 commercial boats
for leisure activities including sailing, diving, fishing, parasailing,
sightseeing, casino gaming, dolphin watching and more.
If you love sunshine, a warm breeze, a great
beach, and palm trees, Clearwater Beach is the place to be: close to
everything; yet not overcrowded. Clearwater lies on a beautiful peninsula on
Florida’s west coast.
The “season”, beginning in mid-November and
usually lasting through April, is the busiest time, as many visitors from colder
climates arrive to enjoy the abundant sunshine, fine dining, and leisure
activities. Spring and fall are popular with those who prefer a slower pace.
A peaceful stroll on the beach is an option in any season. Summer is a great
time for families, as there are many wonderful and exciting activities for
children and parents. No matter what the time of year, visitors are welcomed
and can expect balmy breezes, glorious sunshine, and a profusion of colorful
tropical vegetation as a backdrop.
Offering just about every water and beach activity imaginable, Clearwater Beach
has been named the top city beach in the Gulf region by the
nation's foremost beach expert, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, Clearwater
Beach features public parking and a host of facilities at Pier 60 Park.
Pier 60 Park features a family recreation
complex on Clearwater's expansive beach with covered playgrounds, fishing,
concessions, and family entertainment. The nightly “Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival”
celebrates each beautiful Gulf of Mexico sunset throughout the year.
This "street festival” features artists, craftsmen, and musical performances
on Clearwater's famous fishing pier.
Nearby Pinellas County
attractions are Heritage Village in Largo and
Fort DeSoto at St. Petersburg Beach. On the grounds
of Heritage Village is the Pinellas County Historical Museum. The Museum’s
exhibits trace the history of Pinellas County from the Indian-Spanish period to
contemporary times. The natural
pine and palmetto landscape of Heritage Village includes a school, church,
railroad depot, and store as well as a variety of historic homes. Among the
homes are the McMullen-Coachman Log Cabin, the oldest existing structure in the
County, and the magnificent Victorian-era House of Seven Gables.
Fort DeSoto is located just
south of St. Petersburg at the entrance to Tampa Bay. Built during the
Spanish-American War, the fort hosts Here, re-enactors present dramatic skits
portraying the action of the war which caused Fort De Soto to be built in 1898.
One of the historic figures appearing in the production is Teddy Roosevelt.
Authentic camp equipment, including medical and dental instruments, and
detailed meal preparation are also displayed. Tours of the fort and museum
are followed by period music and dances, including the Virginia reel.
Within a short drive are some of the country’s
most popular attractions. In nearby Tampa, visitors can experience the thrill
of plunging down a variety of roller coasters at Busch Gardens or take a
refreshing plunge down a slide at Adventure Island Water Park. Orlando is
within a two hour drive for those wishing to visit world famous Disney World,
Sea World or Universal Studios.
Clearwater is proud to host the Philadelphia
Phillies’ spring training. The Phillies are the oldest continuous, one-name,
one-city franchise in all of professional sports and have been in Clearwater
Whatever brings you to this part of Florida, try
to arrange to stay in Clearwater. The beaches, the museums, the shopping, the
sports, and, of course, the weather are the best! Clearwater is just
waiting to show its many diverse attributes, from virtually perfect weather to
activities for all ages. Clearwater has the welcome mat out for you. Just
bring the sunscreen!