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Clearwater's white beaches

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A March 2000 trip to Clearwater Beach by samepenny

Snow White Beaches Photo, Clearwater Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: Clearwater Beach is famous for its snow white beaches and its proximity to Orlando. A reserved family atmosphere, it is a nice place for families with small children. The smooth, rolling seas make for good swimming off the long white beaches. It is possible to wade quite far without getting too deep in most places.

Clearwater's white beaches

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Overview

Beach Photo, Clearwater Beach, Florida
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I've been visiting Clearwater Beach since 1966 and have seen it change from an uncrowded island to a major tourist destination. Yes, the beaches are beautiful, but access is limited by strickly enforced opening and closing hours of the parking lots. That's not to say that you can't go for a very early morning walk if you don't mind parking fairly far off or if you are staying in a beach front hotel. Several hundred feet of the beaches have been paved to make many paid parking spaces. Take along plenty of quarters for the parking meters. There are 2 piers with shops and food at hand. Very much a family environment. Photos from local tourist site.Quick Tips: Gone are the old days when ...Read More

Sandpearl Resort

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Hotel | "Clearwater Beach Hotel"

Sandpearl Resort Photo, Clearwater Beach, Florida
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This old hotel is quite interesting. It is right on a beautiful beach. Ask a lot of questions when you telephone for reservations as some of the rooms are right on the sand within a very easy walk to the beach. The formal dining room is very good, but likely you'll want pool side food service so you won't have to dress up for lunch. Pet peeve--parking a problem for a large American SUV. This hotel is a family favorite--that is until we started going to the Bellevue Biltmore!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Sandpearl Resort
500 Mandalay Ave.
Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767
(727) 441-2425

Bern's Steak House

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Restaurant | "Bern's Steak House in Tampa FL"

Bern's Steak House Photo, Tampa, Florida
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Every trip to the Clearwater area, I go out of our way to dine at Bern's. It might be the higest quality restaurant in Florida. Yes, the menu is mainly steak (which you order by the ounce: but also the freshest fish possible as the fish are swimming in large tanks in the kitchen until you order them! (Can you top that?) When you arrive, you'll have the opportunity to look at the wine list while you wait. It's huge and fascinating. Once seated you'll have a chance to book a tour of the kitchen (do it) and reservations for a table in the upstairs 'dessert rooms'. Although you certainly can order dessert to be served at the table where you have your dinner, we like the experience of going upstairs....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Bern's Steak House
1208 South Howard Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33606
(813) 251-2421

Columbia Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Columbia Restaurant"

Columbia Restaurant Photo, Tampa, Florida
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In the heart of Ybor City, this wonderful restaurant has been open since 1905. Open daily 11am to 11pm. Very interesting menu with many dishes that are Cuban in origin. You won't be bored. This is 'original' Tampa prior to the real estate boom and tourism. I will go there mainly to have the flan. Children? I'm not sure. It's unusual food. You might get a lot of 'yuks'.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Columbia Restaurant
2117 E 7th Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33605
(813) 248-4961

Clearwater Beach

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Attraction | "Clearwater Beach care in the sun"

Clearwater Beach Photo, Clearwater Beach, Florida
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The sun can be very bright and shade is hard to come by. If you are coming to the beach from a place where it's winter, take extreme care not to be sunburned. Young children can burn in just a few minutes. The beach is smooth and makes for very good walking. I prefer the Gulf coast of Florida to the Atlantic side, for one thing the water is warmer and secondly the beaches are nicer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Clearwater Beach
Gulf of Mexico, Pinellas County
Clearwater Beach, FL

Clearwater Beach Marina

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Attraction | "Fishing from Clearwater Marina Boats & Beach"

Clearwater Beach Marina Photo, Clearwater Beach, Florida
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Many people come to Florida to fish. For a while, this Guide worked in the Marina at Clearwater Beach. Many charter and day (party) boats go out of that marina. Go down to the Marina the afternoon before you want to go out and watch what is going on. Pick a boat that looks successful. The 'party' boats refer to a relatively large group of people going out together on a boat, each having paid a fee. This isn't the 'Monkey Business' type boat. The charter boats usually take out 6 to 8 people for a lot of money. Thursdays are often reduced rate days on the charter boats. Ask a lot of questions! Do not take along family members 'for the ride'. Likely they'll get seasick and hate you for i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2000

Clearwater Beach Marina
Clearwater Marina
Clearwater, Florida 33767