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June 27, 2006
From journal Week-long Family Vacation in Florida
November 28, 2004
From journal Our Home Resort
July 20, 2002
Across the south-end bridge to Sand Key lies Clearwater Beach’s famous recreational area, Sandy Key Park (picnic areas and playgrounds). A "key" is a small (generally under 10 acres), low-lying island. There are 882 keys in Florida. Anything smaller is classified a shoal, reef or sandbar. The word derives from the Spanish cayo, which hass been shortened to cay in the Caribbean, and is pronounced "key".
From journal St Petersburg and the Gulf Beaches
April 10, 2002
Large expanses of white sand beach and warm Gulf water make this one of the most popular and crowded beaches in Tampa Bay! Definitely a big hit with the college crowd, (Try to avoid this beach during Spring Break!) but lots of families come here too.
Traffic to the beach is very slow going. Traffic funnels down Hwy 60 west (Gulf-to-Bay, narrowing through downtown Clearwater, and then onto a bridge, the only way to the beach, which is actually on a key. Not so fun on a hot day with whiny kids in the car!
Parking is an additional headache, limited to metered city lots. Don't park just anywhere (or in hotel lots where you are not a guest) as parking restrictions is strictly enforced.
Once you've made it to the beach, it's time to relax, work on your tan, or splash in the warm water. Wave motion is gentle compared to the Atlantic.
For the more adventurous, there are jet skis and other watercraft rentals available.
Pier 60 juts out into the water for fishing and features a family recreation complex. The Sunsets at Pier 60 festival features music and entertainment approximately 2 hours preceeding sunset.
Recommended activity for Romantics - Dinner at one of the several hotel restaurants with beach views. Many serve fish specialties from the local waters. Follow with a walk on the beach - long, but enjoyable exercise, with the bonus of enjoying beautiful sunsets. Ahhhhh!
From journal Tampa Bay Treasures
October 16, 2000
From journal Clearwater's white beaches
by Julie Hood
Galveston, Texas, Texas
July 16, 2000
From journal CLEARWATER-LIVING UP TO ITS NAME