I was provided lodging through the Superior Small Lodging Blogger Road Trip. All other expenses were my own. All opinions are 100% my own.
After our relaxing and wonderful stay in St. Pete Beach, Dani and I headed up to Clearwater Beach for a couple days. Let me say that Clearwater Beach is VERY different than St. Pete Beach. I LOVED St. Pete Beach and felt like it was more “real life”. There were grocery stores, places to park for free, space to roam, the beach was so much better (in my opinion). Clearwater Beach is very touristy, packed together, no free parking anywhere (except the hotels, though, some do charge). It is a beautiful place and full of tons of things to do and yummy places to eat.
The hotel has a beautiful pool right in the center of the property. There are chairs outside each of the rooms and by the pool to enjoy the lovely Florida outdoors. You can also walk down a few steps and relax by the bay. There is a little marina right there also, so pull your boat into a slip and spend some time at the Ebb Tide.
Where to Eat
Frenchy’s appears to be a staple of the area. From grills, bars and cafes there are several to choose from. We enjoyed a relaxing and delicious lunch at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on the Beach. It was a fun spot to eat with music and being right on the beach. Don’t be intimidated by the line that will be out front, it goes quickly.
In the mornings for breakfast we found a cute little coffee shop (Union Burger + a Coffee Shop) with delicious warm and frozen drinks and pastries. Their croissants were delicious!
There were a lot of little shops on the main street of town where we also tried Gelato and got some salt water taffy.
One night we ate on a dinner cruise, but I’ll share that in the “what to do” section.
What to Do
If you are in Clearwater Beach on a weekend, definitely check out Pier 60. This is a fun little activity for the family. When we were there, there were huge bounces houses to play on. There is also a park with fun play equipment right at the start of the pier. Set up on the pier are handmade goods being sold by vendors. It was fun to browse the items and see the view of the ocean from the pier.
In Clearwater Beach you don’t really need a car because there are free trolley’s (tips are suggested) that will take you around and you can get pretty far on them. We wanted to explore farther out, though, so we were glad we had the Kia to take us places.
It is a unique community but worth a visit. You could easily spend a whole day exploring down by the docks. After some shopping, site seeing and the best Greek salad of my life (at Parthenon) we decided to start heading back to Clearwater Beach.
I really enjoyed my two days in Clearwater. There is so much to do we could have stayed many more days. Plus, taking some time to really enjoy the Ebb Tide and it’s surroundings is a must.
What are your favorite places to visit or eat in Clearwater Beach?