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Fantastic Getaway to Tampa/Clearwater/St. Pete

A July 2005 trip to Clearwater by mountainlake

Honeymoon Island State Park/Caladesi Island Photo, Tampa Bay, Florida More Photos
Quote: The Tampa/Clearwater/St. Pete area is jam-packed full of fantastic adventures for families, nature-lovers, and anyone who wants to relax. We've visited a number of times and now live in the area, so I thought I'd share my absolute favorite adventures with you.

Fantastic Getaway to Tampa/Clearwater/St. Pete

Overview

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If you love nature, if you have kids, if you like to relax ... there are so many things for everyone in the Tampa/St. Pete area. You've got to check out the parks -- in this area, state parks are as good as regular national parks, county parks are as good as regular state parks, etc. Everything is done just a little better here. Don't miss The Pier in St. Pete (eating at Columbia restaurant with the fantastic view), the Pier 60 Festival held every evening on Clearwater Beach, Honeymoon Island, the boat ride to Caladesi Island, and so much more.Quick Tips: The weekly planet is an outstanding source of events, at http://www.weeklyplanet.com/ Don't miss checking out the great state parks in the ...Read More
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This is by far the best hotel in the whole Tampa Bay region. The service is outstanding, the facility is gorgeous, and the rooms are luxurious. Their two pools are outstanding, and the location is great -- very close to the airport, and yet you never hear airport noise. Their restaurants are GREAT. A few details about the hotel to tell you why I thought this was such a wonderful place to stay. I was waiting for a friend to meet me at the hotel, so I went down to the lobby. It's such a beautiful, grand lobby, with many places to just sit back and watch people go by. I noticed they had a bowl of mints and took a few. They were incredible - very high quality mints, better than any I've tasted...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive
Clearwater, Florida 33607
813/874-1234

Green Springs Cafe

Restaurant

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This little restaurant is a real find. We just happened to drive by and say, "What's that funky little restaurant?" We stopped by, looked at the menu, and were hooked. Green Springs Cafe is located in a former house, and the decor is funky, bold, and Florida-style. The food is just about the same! Dinners are a bit pricey, and most entrees will run you around $20+, but lunch is a real bargain , with fantastic mahimahi sandwiches with a side salad for only $8. Desserts are to die for: berry and chocolate cobbler. The service was excellent. This is a real off-the-beaten path find--by about 8pm on Friday, the place was totally packed with locals enjoying the live music.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

Green Springs Cafe
156 Fourth Avenue
Clearwater, Florida

Honeymoon Island State Park/Caladesi Island

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Attraction | "Honeymoon Island State Park"

Honeymoon Island State Park/Caladesi Island Photo, Tampa Bay, Florida
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Honeymoon Island is one of the jewels of Florida's state parks system. You take the Dunedin Causeway over to the island, most of which is the state park. The entrance fee is $5 per car - well worth it. The beaches are delightful, with plenty of parking, although the middle of the beach is often crowded. Be smart and head off toward the north end, where you can walk a ways and practically have a whole stretch of beach to yourself. The small concession area has a fantastic "breakfast on the beach" on Saturday mornings, with reasonably priced, great food, and you can't beat the view!Honeymoon Island also has great trails--just follow the main road north and you'll run into them. You prob...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

Honeymoon Island State Park/Caladesi Island
1 Causeway Blvd
Tampa Bay, Florida

Caladesi Island State Park Photo, Clearwater, Florida
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Caladesi Island State Park is not a place tourists visit often--but they should. It's accessible only by boat, which cuts down on crowds considerably. You can take a boat from Honeymoon Island State Park; it's $8 per adult (round trip) or $4.50 for children. Caladesi Island is one of the only remaining completely natural beaches in Florida, and the beauty is sublime. You can hang out on the beach, you can enjoy 3 miles of hiking trails, and you can even enjoy a snack at the concession area. Caladesi is quiet, peaceful, natural, beautiful, and refreshing. The boat ride is a lot of fun also. It's only about 10 minutes, but kids love it (and adults do, too). We saw dolphins on both the trip ove...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

Caladesi Island State Park
1 Causeway Blvd.
Clearwater, Florida 34698
727/469-5918

John Chesnut Sr. Park

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Attraction

John Chesnut Sr. Park Photo, Clearwater, Florida
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This 200+-acre county park is a hidden gem in Pinellas County. It's situated right on Lake Tarpon, with lots of boardwalk hiking trails, picnic tables over the water, swinging benches, and more. If you want to see "real Florida," go to this park. When you first pull in, you can either go straight or to the left. You'll want to go both ways eventually, to explore all the park has to offer. (No entrance fee, by the way, and plenty of parking.) Drive past the boat ramp and park by the restrooms. You'll see plenty of picnic tables with grills for use. From here, take the Peggy Park trail, an easy mile-long trail on boardwalk and ground, next to gorgeous Lake Tarpon and then Brooker Creek. I t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

John Chesnut Sr. Park
2200 East Lake Road
Clearwater, Florida

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