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Vacations on the Gulf Side of Florida

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A January 2005 trip to Florida by Mary Dickinson

Wharf Photo, St. Pete Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: Always looking for a time share on the west coast of Florida—we got two in a row. We found interesting things to do, and great places to eat.

Mariner Beach Club

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Mariner Beach Club Photo, St. Pete Beach, Florida
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Friends, family, neighbors, and people who had worked together for years, spending the week having fun in sun. That’s what the Mariners Beach Club was all about, and what a great place for their yearly get together. Most of them were great friends and owned several weeks in a row. There was a big warm pool with lounge chairs everywhere, plenty of places near every door for a small and intimate outdoor meal, two real nice shuffle board courts, and most importantly, the ever pounding surf of the Gulf of Mexico.We like quiet and privacy. At first, the natural exclusion from the group was offensive, then we got to know them in the pool and other outdoor activities and they knew where the best res...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

Mariner Beach Club
4220 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706
(727) 367-3721

Belleair Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Belleair Beach Club"

Belleair Beach Resort Photo, Belleair, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, lots of nice little shops and wonderful restaurants and great shopping and sight seeing in the Tampa Bay area. Best Things About the Resort:The unit had a balcony opening up to a view of the ocean. The best thing was Kevin Duvall, the recreational director. He saw to it that everyone had a great time.Resort Experience:The usual welcome party at Belleair Beach Club took place next to the pool on Sunday at 2pm. The activity director, Kevin Duvall, acquainted us with his schedule for the week. We played Bingo at 3pm, and Bob won both games. At 4pm, a craft class decorating visors was offered. Monday m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

Belleair Beach Resort
3200 N. Gulf Blvd.
Belleair, Florida
(727) 517-2582

Wharf

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Restaurant | "The Wharf"

Wharf Photo, St. Pete Beach, Florida
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If your looking for a secret little hideaway restaurant in a fancy area in St. Pete’s, The Wharf is the place to go. It was highly recommended by people at the resort we were staying at, and they were right. The restaurant is in an area of yacht clubs, nice homes, and is right on the intracoastal waterway. It looks like a rusty shack, but inside are shellacked natural pine booths and a big square shellacked pine bar.The hostess said there was a waiting list for the dining room and that we could get full service if we sat at the bar, or we could sit “out on the back porch.” Looking out through the back windows I could see the back porch and it looked like a great place to enjoy dinner. It had...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

Wharf
2001 Pass-A-Grille Way
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706
(727) 367-9469

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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Attraction | "Sea Safari"

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Photo, Clearwater, Florida
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A new bridge was built linking Sand Key to Clearwater. The old concrete bridge will be taken down, put on a barge, and dumped into the Gulf of Mexico to become a safe spawning place for fish. Very expensive homes were built on man-made land along the beach of Clearwater, causing a disturbance to marine ecology because the natural mangroves were eliminated. Mangroves, trees, and bushes that grow in salt water are now protected by law. As we left the marina at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and sailed out into Clearwater Harbor on the aquarium’s own boat, the Island Explorer marine biologist, Joe Malo, acquainted us with those facts. He pointed out how important mangroves are to both fish and fowl. Pelic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, Florida
(727) 441-1790

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Photo, Clearwater, Florida
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While walking along the beach in the Clearwater area, it is not unusual to see dolphins flipping in and out of the water in a playful manner. On the east coast, we have seen sting rays all along the shore near the beach. Warnings were posted not to go in the water because of them. In the Palm Beach area the natives love to form organizations to protect the loggerhead turtle. In Florida, it is illegal to catch fish that are not of the proper size. Marine life along the coast of Florida is not only beautiful, but it is complex and controlled by law. Where can you go to get answers to all of your questions about these strange and marvelous creatures from the sea, and all the natural and state laws that p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2005

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, Florida
(727) 441-1790