About Clearwater BeachClearwater Beach is connected with the mainland by the Clearwater Memorial Causeway, a landscaped, 2-mile drive. The broad, white-sand beach attracts both residents and visitors. Beach Walk, a winding, half-mile-long brick pedestrian promenade paralleling South Gulfview Boulevard in the area of Pier 60, provides beachgoers with unobstructed views and plenty of covered seating.
The Clearwater Marina harbors a large sport-fishing fleet of deep-sea charter boats and a variety of sightseeing cruise boats. The Tropics Boat Tours' Dolphin Exploration Tour offers an opportunity to view dolphins and feed seabirds on a 2-hour excursion (dolphin sighting is guaranteed or next trip is free); for schedule and fare information, phone (727) 442-7433.
NightlifeWhile enjoying an early evening stroll on the Beach Walk, you’re apt to find yourself immersed in the goings-on of Sunsets at Pier 60. Snap a few shots of the resplendent coast at sundown while conversing with local artisans along the beach umbrella-festooned walkway. You’ll also encounter bold street entertainers posing for photos with gaggles of giggling teenyboppers, red-hot local bands, break-dancers and a juggling fire-breather. Two playgrounds and a variety of carnival-style amusements edge the crowded dock, with young children sliding, bouncing and swinging into the night. The daily event begins 2 hours before dusk and ends 2 hours after dusk (weather permitting).
For dinner and drinks, head to Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, about .5 miles north of Pier 60 at 7 Rockaway St. This beachfront oasis is popular with locals and visitors, so arrive early to snag a table overlooking the Gulf of Mexico; phone (727) 446-4844. Next door at the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar, spirited sports fans high-five over televised touchdowns and home runs as more subdued patrons relish tropical drinks on the wraparound deck; phone (727) 446-2642.
Shephard’s Beach Resort, 601-619 S. Gulfview Blvd., (727) 442-5107, offers two bass-thumping party spots for sand and surf lovers. Although uninhibited spring breakers certainly stir up the scene, live reggae and rock bands harmonizing with the stunning surroundings make this seaside retreat appealing year-round. Wade through a sea of bikinis and boardshorts at the Tiki Beach Bar & Grill, which stays packed with piña colada-sipping locals and visiting undergrads from mid-afternoon to after dark. Well-groomed twentysomethings let loose Friday through Sunday evenings at The Wave, a two-story nightclub swathed in chrome and metallic hues.
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