Clearwater Beach Activities

Clearwater Beach Live Music

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Clearwater Beach Live Music

If you’re visiting America’s Best Beach and looking for some live music, you won’t have to go far. Here’s a list of places to go for Clearwater Beach Live Music. If you’re looking for more than a fun small bar with live music, check out our Events posts to see if there are any larger concerts in the Clearwater area during your visit!

Where to Find Live Music on Clearwater Beach


The Shipwreck

647 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-446-3581

A great local bar on North Clearwater Beach open from 2 PM to 3 AM every day!

Beach Fire Beach Bar & Grille

608 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-408-5200

“Open-air bar & grill featuring a diverse menu of BBQ meats, seafood & pub grub like nachos & wings.” Featuring live music every night!

Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-446-2642

“Laid-back beachfront hangout dishes seafood & drinks amid picnic tables, a deck & gulf views.” An excellent place for dinner with gorgeous sunset views. If the wait is too long, order some food to go and take it back to the beachfront condo for a sunset view from your private balcony.

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill

7 Rockaway Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-446-4844

“Open-air beachfront joint with locally caught grilled fish, live music daily, pool tables & 2 bars.”

The Brown Boxer

483 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-441-6000

Live music every night, full arcade, indoor and outdoor areas, dog-friendly, tons of flatscreen TVs, pool table, dart boards, and even opened a bowling area in December 2019!

Learn more and the Brown Boxer on North Clearwater Beach and see the live band schedule here!

Surfside Taphouse

395 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-201-3530

“Chill venue with burgers, seafood & sandwiches plus ample draft beer & cocktails in casual environs.” Featuring live music almost every night, check the event schedule here.

Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro

482 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-446-8805

“Wine-focused bistro & store with eclectic fare in a basic wood & granite space with outdoor seats.”

Clear Sky Cafe

490 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-442-3684

“Located near the beach, this no-frills cafe offers a seafood-focused menu & live music.” Clear Sky Cafe is well known for breakfast and their bloody mary bar!

Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe

419 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-461-6295

“Island-themed fixture providing grouper sandwiches & other casual seafood in an open-air setting.”

Badfins Food + Brew

215 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-474-5591

“Easygoing standby with patio seating offering brews on tap, tacos, classic pub fare & live music.”

Coco Coronado

317 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-953-3084

“Breezy outdoor tiki bar serving bar grub, frozen drinks & beers, with live music & games.”

Crabby’s Beachwalk Bar & Grill

333 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-608-2065

“Casual, beach-themed seafood, steak & sandwich spot with daily happy hour & monthly drink specials.” Check here for live music schedule!

Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe

351 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-441-9991

“Grouper sandwiches are the specialty at the colorful seafood shack with a breezy beachside locale.” Check Frenchy’s South Beach Cafe events on Google for their live music schedule!

Tropix Beach Bar

655 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-451-1134

“Relaxing hotel beachfront bar offering cocktails, beers, beach-friendly snacks & live music.”

Shephard’s Beach Resort

619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-442-5107

Shephard’s Beach Resort has several areas that may have live music, including a Tiki Beach Bar & Grill. If there isn’t live music, there’s often a DJ in the Wave Nightclub at Shephard’s.

The Salty Grab North Beach

462 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-330-1750

A great place to grab a drink and some food, keep an eye on the game and enjoy people watching on Mandalay. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights!

Evy’s Terrace Bar & Bistro

635 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-451-1111

“Evy’s Terrace Bar & Bistro is onsite and features a full service bar and light fare menu. Located on our 6th floor open terrace, Evy’s Terrace Bar & Bistro comes with spectacular views overlooking Clearwater Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, complete with the most memorable sunsets. Excellent location for casual gatherings with friends & family and business associates. Perfect setting for sharing a romantic sunset while enjoying a glass of wine. With live entertainment and unforgettable views, the Terrace Bar is sure to make your visit complete.”

The Brown Boxer South Beach

741 Bayway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 | 727-286-8906

Check out the events, live music, and food specials for the Brown Boxer South Beach here.

20 Fun Outdoor Activities in the Tampa Bay Area

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20 Fun Outdoor Activities in the Tampa Bay Area

The Tampa Bay area is filled with fun outdoor activities for every age and interest!

1. Pier 60

Clearwater Beach, Florida is the #1 Best Beach in America and Pier 60 is the heart of America’s Best Beach. Pier 60 is full of family-friendly activities. There are large playground areas for the kids, fishing off the end of the pier, beautiful beach views, sugar-white soft sand, calm ocean waves, lifeguards nearby, large beach slides, and much more! Every day there is a Clearwater Beach Sunset Festival with local crafters selling their items, street performers, and often times live music. Pier 60 also is the location of many of the Clearwater Beach events including the Sugar Sand Festival. Stick around after sunset for free outdoor movies under the stars!

2. Caladesi Island / Honeymoon Island

Not far from Clearwater Beach you can find a totally different beach experience. You can find a much smaller beach with tree lines even touching into the ocean. This beautiful area provides almost private beach areas during the week. This area is known as Caladesi Island. There are two ways to access Caladesi Island. You can drive to Honeymoon Island in the Dunedin area and take a ferry to Caladesi Island, or you can walk to Caladesi Island from Clearwater Beach. It’s a long walk, but the directions are easy… just keep walking North on Clearwater Beach!

In my opinion, the best time to visit Caladesi Island is during the week. Look up days when the Ferry isn’t running and you’ll have the whole place to yourself!

3. Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is a “must see Florida attraction” centrally located between Tampa and Orlando among rolling hills of citrus! Our nearly 50 acres of Olmsted gardens, 2.5 acre children’s garden Hammock Hollow, 20-room Pinewood Estate Mediterranean-style mansion and the 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower carillon is a place that has fascinated millions of Florida visitors.”

4. Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park is located just outside of Tampa, Florida and is a beautiful escape from the busy city. The park offers over 7 miles of hiking trails, a class II river rapids for kayaking and canoeing, and more!

5. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Theme Park is fun for the whole family! It provides some amazing rides and zoo experience at the same time with many animals throughout the park. Travel across the world all in the same park!

6. Fort De Soto

“Whether you are sitting on the beach or kayaking near the still water’s edge at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.”

7. Zootampa

“Five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015), ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern US, with over 1 million visitors annually. The Zoo originated in the 1930’s as a municipal department with a small number of Florida native species. It grew gradually throughout the next four decades, but struggled to meet the developing professional standards of modern zoos. In 1982, community leaders created the Lowry Park Zoo Association to take over management of the Zoo for the City of Tampa with the goal of creating a world-class zoo through a public-private partnership. The Association then became the Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc., as it remains today. Working with a national zoo designer, the Society was able to create a modern, 24-acre facility that opened to the public in 1988 and shortly after earned Accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). ZooTampa has now grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. The Zoo offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.”

8. Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.

Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants, and flowers.”

9. Tampa Riverwalk

Walk around the waterfront in downtown Tampa and experience beautiful views, delicious restaurants and more on the Tampa Riverwalk.

10. Dinosaur World

“Conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa in Plant City, Florida. Dinosaur World Florida is Central Florida’s only attraction dedicated to the giants of years past. Encounter a wide variety of dinosaurs in a unique, natural lush garden setting.”

Featuring dinosaur-themed playgrounds, beautiful outdoor areas and more!

11. Ybor City

“There is so much more to explore in Ybor! It’s not just Tampa’s playground, it’s historically different with a thriving influx of growing corporations and small businesses, eclectic retail stores, diverse restaurants and a growing number of new residential units for people calling Ybor City home.

Conveniently located just northeast of downtown, Ybor City is the only neighborhood on Florida’s west coast to be designated a National Historic Landmark District. Founded by Vicente Martinez-Ybor, the district has enjoyed a rich and diverse culture for more than a century.”

12. Big Cat Rescue

“Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, is a leading advocate for ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction.  We are the most hated, feared and lied about by circuses, backyard breeders, roadside zoos, cub petting pimps apseudo-sanctuariesies because we are the most effective at ending the abuse of big cats.  We wear that as a badge of honor.

We are home to lions, tigers, bobcats, cougarsservals, caracals, jaguar and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.”

13. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Head to Tarpon Springs, Florida for an amazing Greek experience! This Greek village is just north of Clearwater and is known for its historic sponge docks and it’s delicious and authentic Greek food!

Hellas Greek Restaurant and Bakery

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Posted by Taste and See Tampa Bay on Thursday, January 30, 2020

14. Adventure Island

Adventure Island is a great water park in the Tampa Bay area featuring water slides, lazy rivers, pools and more!

15. Whiskey Joe’s Beachbar & Grill

“When you think of Whiskey Joe’s, think of a warm tropical breeze, white sands, family fun, cold drinks, delicious grub and killer sunsets. Whiskey Joe’s invites you to grab a couple of our famous tacos in the dining room, soak up some sunshine and sweet waterfront views on our patio or relax under a palapa on our large private beach.

Stop by for a coconut full of Hurricane Juice and put your feet in the sand at our World Famous Barefoot Bar. Cozy up to one of our fire pits after a great day in the Florida sun. However you decide to enjoy Whiskey Joe’s, you’ll feel like you’re miles away.

Whiskey Joe’s features delicious, localized dishes and a great bar scene, including 14 types of mojitos, 30 types of margaritas, and over 52 beers on tap at our Tampa location.”

16. Epperson Lagoon

“Over 7 acres in size and with crystal clear blue waters, there are endless ways for the whole family to enjoy the day at the Lagoon.

The Lagoon Day Pass gives you access to the nation’s first Crystal Lagoon®. Included with your visit is access to a tropical beach paradise, swimming in crystal clear water, family lawn games, beach toys, beach volleyball, access to swim-up bar, live entertainment & big screen TV viewing on select days. Food and beverages are available for purchase.”

17. Drive-in Movies

Go back intime and enjoy a drive-in movie at 5 different drive-in movie theaters in the Tampa Bay area!

18. Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki Wachee is an enchanted spring where you can see live mermaids, take a trip on a river boat cruise, learn about Florida wildlife, and swim in the pristine waters at Buccaneer Bay. You can also embark on a paddling adventure down the pristine waterway of the Weeki Wachee River.”

19. Urban Kai

Learn to Paddleboard and experience guided tours with Urban Kai! Choose from guided tours the mangroves in St. Petersburg or through the waterways of downtown Tampa!

20. Tampa Bay Water Bike Company

“Come experience the City of Tampa the way it was meant to be seen: from the water!  Tampa Bay Water Bike Company offers one of the most exciting ways to explore Downtown Tampa and its waterways, all for as little as $30.”

Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2020

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Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2020

I can’t be the only one looking forward to the temperature warming up, spending more time outside, and dreaming of time spent under the warm sun with my feet in the sand. Spring break will be here before we know it! Combine the beautiful weather with America’s Best Beach, and you’ll be set for a wonderful family spring break trip! The Clearwater Beach Spring Break stretches from March into April. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit Clearwater Beach, Florida. There are very few days of rain. The sun is warm throughout the day, with average highs reaching into the mid-70s and only drops into the 60s at night.

Clearwater Beach is more than just sugar soft white sand and calm ocean waters. The beach is known for being clean, safe, and very family-friendly. The beach is kept clean; there are bathrooms nearby, places to wash the sand off before leaving the beach for the day and the Clearwater Beach Lifeguards keep the beach safe in the sand and water.

Clearwater Breach Spring Break: Where to Stay

Clearwater Beach is a great family vacation location. If you’re planning a family vacation trip, consider staying in a Clearwater Beach Beachfront Condo. Our beachfront condos are a perfect place to stay with the whole family!

We have two bedroom – two bathroom condos, three bedroom – two bathroom condos and a four-bedroom – three and a half bathroom condo. All condos come with private beachfront balconies, full kitchens, access to heated pools, reserved parking spaces, laundry (washer and dryer) inside each condo, and more! We can even provide Pack n Plays and other helpful items if you’re traveling with a baby. (If you’re getting ready to travel with a baby, here are some tips for traveling with a baby to make it as easy as possible!)

The condos are located on the North Beach side of Clearwater Beach. It’s quieter, less crowded, and still only a short distance from delicious restaurants, Pier 60, the Clearwater Marina, and other attractions.

If you’re looking for a smaller location to stay when visiting Clearwater Beach, there are also some fantastic Hotels on Clearwater Beach. There are many different types of hotels to fit everyone’s needs.

Clearwater Beach Spring Break: Things To Do

The best thing to do when on a Clearwater Beach Spring Break vacation is to enjoy the warm weather truly! Relax on the beach, take long walks, swim in the ocean, or a heated pool. Relax and enjoy the warm sun! If you’re looking for more to do than just sitting and playing on the beach, no worries, the Clearwater Beach area is full of fun activities!

Get out on the water and go fishing, sailing, dolphin sighting, and more! Take a walk around the Clearwater Beach Marina and find out all the full water activities that are available for you to do. Get even closer to the dolphins and visit Winter and more friends at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

If you’re a baseball fan, check out some of the 2020 MLB Spring Training Games nearby! Within a short distance, you can watch the Philadelphia Phillies (Clearwater), the Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin), and New York Yankees (Tampa)!

You can enjoy beautiful sunsets from the beach, your private beachfront balcony, or down at Pier 60’s daily sunset festival! Hang around Pier 60 after sunset and watch a free movie under the stars!

Events during Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2020

Spring Break Lacrosse Camps in Clearwater: February 28 – April 3, 2020

WiLD Splash in downtown Clearwater: March 7, 2020

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: April 10 – April 26, 2020

Spring Break Events Near Clearwater Beach:

Skyway 10k: March 1, 2020 (From Manatee County to Pinellas County)

The Spring Games Madeira Beach: February 14 – March 15, 2020

Sunset Beach Concert Series in Tarpon Springs: March 5, 2020 and April 2, 2020

St. Pete Beach Drive, Dine & Wine Tour: Every Tuesday!

ROK Cup Florida Winter Tour – St. Petersburg: March 5 – March 8, 2020

Florida Water Festival in Pinellas Park: March 7, 2020

Race for the Cupcake 5k, St. Pete Beach: March 7, 2020

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: March 13 – March 15, 2020

3D Lacrosse Spring Break St. Petersburg: March 15 – March 28, 2020

Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor: March 16 – March 22, 2020

Reggae Rise Up in St. Petersburg: March 20 – March 22, 2020

Gulfport Grand Prix: March 27 – March 29, 2020

Los Vinos de Dali – St. Petersburg: March 29, 2020

Tampa Bay Blues Festival – St. Petersburg: April 3 – April 5, 2020

Dunedin Scottish Highland Games: April 4, 2020

St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest: April 17, 2020

Beer & Burger Throw Down: April 18, 2020

Mainsail Art Festival – St. Petersburg: April 18 – April 19, 2020

Florida Hard Seltzer Fest in St. Petersburg: April 25, 2020

Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament: April 30 – Mary 2, 2020

Book Your MLB Spring Training 2020 Trip Today!

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MLB Baseball 2020 Spring Training Near Clearwater Beach Florida

It may be the middle of winter, but it’s time to be planning for MLB’s 2020 Spring Training! Plan a trip to head south to Florida for the warm weather and some baseball games. Rent a beachfront condo on Clearwater Beach and combine baseball with some great beach time! Clearwater Beach has been rated the best beach in the united states multiple years in a row there are three MLB Baseball Teams Spring Training facilities within 40 minutes!

2020 Spring Training Games Near Clearwater Beach


Philadelphia Phillies: Clearwater, Florida

601 North Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765
15 minutes from the beachfront condos!

Phillies 2020 Spring Training Home Games at Spectrum Field…

  • February 23, 2020: Phillies vs. Pirates – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 24, 2020: Phillies vs. Orioles – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 28, 2020: Phillies vs. Braves – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 29, 2020: Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 1, 2020: Phillies vs. Orioles – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 4, 2020: Phillies vs. Pirates – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 5, 2020: Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 7, 2020: Phillies vs. Red Sox – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 9, 2020: Phillies vs. Yankees – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 10, 2020: Phillies vs. Twins – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 13, 2020: Phillies vs. Tigers – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 15, 2020: Phillies vs. Pirates – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 17, 2020: Phillies vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 18, 2020: Phillies vs. Yankees – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 21, 2020: Phillies vs. Rays – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 23, 2020: Phillies vs. Rays – 1:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays: Dunedin, Florida

373 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL 34698
15 minutes from the beachfront condos!

Blue Jays 2020 Spring Training Home Games at TD Ballpark…

  • February 24, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Braves – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 25, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 26, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Tigers – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 27, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Twins – 1:07 PM EST
  • February 29, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Phillies – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 2, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Pirates – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 6, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Pirates – 1:07 PM EST
  • March 8, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Phillies – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 9, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Rays – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 11, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Orioles – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 12, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Canada Jr. Team – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 14, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Rays – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 15, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 18, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Red Sox – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 20, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Phillies – 6:07 PM EDT
  • March 21, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Tigers – 1:07 PM EDT
  • March 23, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – (TBD)
  • March 24, 2020: Blue Jays vs. Yankees – (TBD)

New York Yankees: Tampa, Florida

1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, FL 33614
40 minutes from the beachfront condos!

New York Yankees 2020 Spring Training Home Games at Steinbrenner Field…

  • February 22, 2020: Yankees vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 24, 2020: Yankees vs. Pirates – 6:35 PM EST
  • February 26, 2020: Yankees vs. Nationals – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 27, 2020: Yankees vs. Rays – 1:05 PM EST
  • February 29, 2020: Yankees vs. Tigers – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 3, 2020: Yankees vs. Red Sox – 1:05 PM EST
  • March 4, 2020: Yankees vs. Phillies – 6:35 PM EST
  • March 6, 2020: Yankees vs. Orioles – 6:35 PM EST
  • March 8, 2020: Yankees vs. Braves – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 10, 2020: Yankees vs. Blue Jays – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 13, 2020: Yankees vs. Tigers – 6:35 PM EDT
  • March 14, 2020: Yankees vs. Phillies – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 15, 2020: Yankees vs. Twins – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 18, 2020: Yankees vs. Pirates – 6:35 PM EDT
  • March 20, 2020: Yankees vs. Marlins – 1:05 PM EDT
  • March 22, 2020: Yankees vs. Tigers – 1:05 PM EDT

Other MLB 2020 Spring Training Teams in Florida


While there are three MLB teams with Spring Training facilities in the Clearwater Beach area, there are several more teams that have Spring Training facilities in Florida that make for great day trips! You can find the other teams below with their location and how far away from Clearwater Beach they are.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bradenton, Florida

1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
1 hour and 4 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Detroit Tigers: Lakeland, Florida

2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33805
1 hour and 14 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Baltimore Orioles: Sarasota, Florida

2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237
1 hour and 25 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Atlanta Braves: Orlando, Florida

700 South Victory Way Lake Buena Vista, FL 34747
1 hour and 42 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Tampa Bay Rays: Port Charlotte, Florida

2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
1 hour and 50 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Boston Red Sox: Fort Myers, Florida

11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myres, FL 33913
2 hours and 20 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Minnesota Twins: Fort Myers, Florida

2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL   33948
2 hours and 24 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

New York Mets: Port St. Lucie, Florida

525 NW Peacock Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
3 hours and 21 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

St. Louis Cardinals: Jupiter, Florida

4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL 33458
3 hours and 44 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Miami Marlins: Jupiter, Florida

4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL 33458
3 hours and 44 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Houston Astros: West Palm Beach, Florida

5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
3 hours and 51 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Washington Nationals: West Palm Beach, Florida

5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
3 hours and 51 minutes from Clearwater Beach.

Museums Near Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Clearwater Beach is more than just a beautiful beach. It offers delicious food options, fun family-friendly parties and is located nearby many indoor activities for rainy days or even cool days during a winter trip! Clearwater Beach is located just outside of Tampa and the area is filled with some great museums. From History and Science to famous artwork and Children’s Museums, the museums near Clearwater Beach have something for everyone!

Salvador Dali - The Dali Museum | Museums Near Clearwater Beach

Tampa Bay History Center

801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602

“Beginning with a look at Florida’s first peoples, who inhabited the peninsula some 10,000 years ago, and the arrival of European explorers in the 1500s, to Tampa Bay’s modern role as a port city, industrial capital of west central Florida and a draw for tourists and visitors the world over, the History Center tells the story of Tampa Bay’s and Florida’s history, heritage and culture.

The History Center is also home to the Touchton Map Library/Florida Center for Cartographic Education. The only cartographic research center of its kind in the state, the TML/FCCE houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Florida cartography in the world, with holdings spanning five centuries.”

Henry B. Plant Museum

401 W. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606

“Since 1933, the Tampa Bay Hotel has been home to the Henry B. Plant Museum and The University of Tampa. The building, renamed Plant Hall, is a National Historic Landmark. The Henry B. Plant Museum holds the distinction of accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. Its mission is to interpret the history and lifestyle of America’s Gilded Age and the life and significant contributions of Henry Bradley Plant to the development of Florida and Tampa Bay. Original furnishings and artifacts and a dynamic self-guided audio tour immerse visitors in the opulence of the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel and its rich history.

The building was bought by the city in 1904 after the death of Henry Plant in 1899. It operated as a hotel until 1932. In 1933, the Tampa Municipal Museum was established in the south wing of the first floor in order to preserve the legacy of the Tampa Bay Hotel. The remainder of the building, as well as the property, became home to The University of Tampa. The Museum houses original Hotel furnishings and art objects collected by Mr. and Mrs. Plant from Europe and the Orient. The Tampa Municipal Museum became the Henry B. Plant Museum in 1974. Since then, its mission has been to interpret the Tampa Bay Hotel at the turn-of-the-century and the Victorian lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age for people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of interest. The Museum seeks to transport the visitor through educational exhibits and events to the late Victorian period, the beginning of Florida’s tourist industry, and the early years of the city of Tampa.”

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, FL 33602

“The FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS is a museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture.  FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists.”

Glazer Children’s Museum

110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

“While learning is often formal and playing is for fun, the Glazer Children’s Museum encourages children to play with purpose in an interactive learning environment.”

The Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum)

1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

“Inside The Dali Museum, you’ll find a gallery filled with stunning art created by Salvador Dali in his surrealist views. You’ll have the chance to observe Dali’s creative objects, prints, photographs, works on paper, paintings and book illustrations.”

The Dali Museum is without a doubt worth the drive! Learn more about what the museum has to offer.

Museum of Fine Arts – St. Petersburg

255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

“The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida is the cultural leader of our community. Our comprehensive collection, exhibitions, and programs celebrate art and engage the diverse cultures and communities we serve.”

Museum of Science & Industry – Tampa (MOSI)

4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33617

“Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry – we call it MOSI for short – is a scientific playground with more than 100 hands-on activities!

See the stars in The Saunders Planetarium, explore another world in our NASA-funded Mission: Moonbase lunar colony and touch the future in Connectus.

MOSI’s innovative exhibits urge you to ask questions and expand your mind. We show you how cool curiosity can be – there are no tests or quizzes here. We spark conversations about the world and the future among kids and their grandparents, between spouses, and with strangers. There’s no other place like it in Tampa Bay.”

Imagine Museum – St. Petersburg

1901 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

“Featuring preeminent works from the American Studio Glass Movement and an extraordinary selection of contemporary glass sculptures from around the world. Imagine Museum has over 500 significant pieces of glass works on display from their 1500-piece collection. The artwork is dramatically displayed throughout the 48,000 square feet of gallery space.”

Mildred W. & Doyle E. Carlton Jr Cracker Country – Rural History Museum

4800 Hwy 301 N. Tampa, FL 33610

“Cracker Country is Tampa’s only living history museum and is located on the Florida State Fairgrounds. It was founded with the purpose of preserving Florida’s rural heritage in 1978 by Mildred W. & Doyle E. Carlton, Jr. The museum holds a collection of 13 original buildings dating from 1870-1912 which were relocated from across the state of Florida. Our buildings range from public buildings like our Terry Store and Okahumpka Train Depot, to private buildings like our Carlton and Smith homes. Today, the historically furnished buildings recreate the lifestyles of the past, and costumed interpreters portray daily living as Florida pioneers.”

Morean Arts Center

Morean Glass Studio: 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Chihuly Collection: 720 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Morean Center for Clay: 420 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

150 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

“The James Museum has its roots in the deeply felt passion for art and culture shared by co-founders Tom and Mary James, and in the couple’s love for St. Petersburg, the city where they live.

Years ago, when their travels took them out West, they were captivated by the art, landscape and wildlife. The art of action and attention to place created by contemporary artists greatly moved them, and they began buying pieces not only for their personal pleasure, but also to help the artists earn a living. These two dedicated patrons of the arts collected works in oil, in ink, in stone; works that define genres yet defy labels; works that evoke the spirit of a wide open frontier and the beauty of life in the wild. Since their first acquisition, a vast artistic legacy has grown — one populated by emerging artists and living legends and filled with tribal tradition and classical finesse.

In building this splendid home for a part of their vast personal collection of Western and wildlife art, Tom and Mary also have succeeded in their aim to share their vision and devotion to art with you and thousands of others.”

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

“The mission of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is to collect, conserve, exhibit, and protect the works of art entrusted to its care and stewardship. Through its exhibitions, programs, and expanding collection of 20th and 21st century art, the museum strives to engage and inspire our diverse community by providing opportunities for education, enlightenment, interpretation, and research to students, scholars, and visitors.”

Tampa Firefighters Museum

720 Zack Street, Tampa, FL 33602

“Built in 1911, this building served as headquarters for the Tampa Fire Department until 1974 when the building across the street was dedicated.

During its active service years, this building presided over the 63 year transformation from horse-drawn apparatus to diesel powered rescue and firefighting vehicles. Stables were removed and bay doors were enlarged for larger and larger vehicles. Some of the worst fires in Tampa’s history were fought by dedicated firefighters rushing out of this building.

After its active service years, the building was used as storage and office space for city programs. Realizing the importance of preserving Tampa’s fire service history, a group of citizens began a 10 year project of raising funds to restore the building and open the Museum. That the Museum is open today is a testament to the persistent hard work and determination of a handful of citizens and firefighters.”

Ybor City Museum State Park

1818 E. 9th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

“The Ybor City Museum Society and Ybor City Museum State Park invite you to experience the rich cultural heritage of Ybor City, one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida. Visit the Museum located in the 1923-era Ferlita Bakery, its lush Mediterranean-style garden and the “casita,” representative of a typical cigar-worker’s family home. Check often for special events, programming updates and news on the many exciting activities that the Museum and Society plan for you. Education and research tools help active learners, teachers and students learn more about the role Ybor City played in Tampa’s development and its reputation as the “Cigar Capital of the World.” To help preserve this legacy and ensure that it is available for future generations, we urge you to get involved by becoming a member, volunteer or donor.”

Florida Holocaust Museum

55 5th Street South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

“The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.

The Museum is home to the permanent exhibition: History, Heritage and Hope, which uses original artifacts, historical photographs and documents to tell the story of the Holocaust with a special emphasis on the personal stories of local survivors. It also houses the permanent exhibition, Kaddish in Wood: Woodcarvings by Dr. Herbert Savel. These carvings are of French children who were victims of the Holocaust.”

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

3301 Gateway Centre Blvd, Pinellas Park, FL 33782

“The Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, located in the Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg area of west central Florida, features a unique collection of vintage cars and vehicles that demonstrate special creativity and imagination in their history and engineering. They include pioneering front wheel drive and rear engine cars from the 1920’s and 1930’s, and each vehicle was chosen based on the engineering achievements that made it an important part of the evolution of the automobile. These are the cars that set the standards for the engineering of automobiles today. Visitors enjoy a provocative blend of art and science in 12,000 square feet of gallery space.

Featured automobiles include Tracta, Citroën, Panhard and Voisin (France); Tatra and Aero (Czechoslovakia); DKW, Auto Union and Mercedes (Germany); Alvis, Allard and BSA (England): DeLorean (Ireland), and Willys Knight and Ruxton (USA). A special feature at the Museum is the world’s only faithful replica of the French 1770 Fardier de Cugnot, the world’s first self-propelled vehicle.”

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

2240 9th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL 33712

“The history of African Americans in the St. Petersburg community and throughout the African Diaspora will be the central focus of programming at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. The Museum serves to preserve this rich history for present and future generations of St. Petersburg residents and visitors to St. Petersburg.

African Americans have played a crucial role in the growth and development of St. Petersburg since the late 1800s. The first African Americans came to this area seeking work. Many of the early migrants worked on the Orange Belt Railroad and other emerging enterprises. As St. Petersburg grew into a major tourist destination, more employment opportunities opened for these early residents. Settling near the downtown area to be near jobs and the railroad, African Americans established neighborhoods and the community grew, establishing independent institutions. In spite of segregation and discrimination, the area thrived culturally.”

Great Explorations Children’s Museum

1925 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

“For over 30 years, Great Explorations has been Tampa Bay’s preeminent children’s museum supporting practical learning applications through a proven creative curriculum.   Our mission remains focused on stimulating learning through creativity, play and exploration.”

Tampa Police Museum

411 N Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602

“In 1997 a group of officers met together to discuss the need for a monument to recognize our fallen officers. On December 1, 1997, the Tampa Police Memorial was officially dedicated to the community by Tampa Mayor Dick Greco and Tampa Police Chief Bennie Holder. The Tampa Police Memorial Committee efforts have provided a lasting monument to those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Tampa.  The Tampa Police Memorial has become a place for fellow officers, other law enforcement agencies, family members, and the community to visit and reflect on the honor and respect the sacrifice those engraved on the monument have made.”

Dunedin Fine Arts Center

1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698

“The Dunedin Fine Art Center offers a little something for everyone! We hope you come out to play and see why people say the Dunedin Fine Art Center is where the art is! For more information on planning your visit to the Dunedin Fine Art Center, click here, or contact us for more information.”

Palm Harbor Museum

2043 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34683

“Local history comes alive at the Palm Harbor Museum. Once a family home and site for a citrus ladder factory, the 100-year-old Hartley House now serves as a home to the Plam Harbor Museum. We feature exhibits highlighting our local, state and national history. Displays provide self-guided learning and discovery experience for visitors.”

St. Petersburg Museum of History

335 2nd Ave N.E., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

“Sharing the stories of the Sunshine City for nearly a century, the mission of the St. Petersburg Museum of History is to collect, preserve and communicate the history and heritage of Florida with emphasis on St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula.”

Dinosaur World – Florida

5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, FL 33565

“Conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa in Plant City, Florida. Dinosaur World Florida is Central Florida’s only attraction dedicated to the giants of years past. Encounter a wide variety of dinosaurs in a unique, natural lush garden setting.”

Tampa Baseball Museum

2003 North 19th Street, Historic Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605

“The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House will be a home for celebration, preservation, and education of local baseball culture – from Little League to Major League, and everything in between, including: Factory, Inter-Social, Municipal, Cigar City, and Negro leagues. In this house, there’s a carefully preserved legacy. It’s a story of hope and triumph marked by original artifacts, proudly displayed for all to see. It is the actual childhood home of Al Lopez, Tampa’s first baseball player to make it to the major leagues and inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.”

Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve 2019

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Clearwater Beach New Year's Eve 2019

It’s time to start planning your New Year’s Eve celebration. While New York is known for it’s New Year’s Eve ball drop, it’s COLD! Head south to Florida and experience a wonderful Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve!

Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve Events


December 31, 2019

Events to go to during the day and evening.

$10 Tuesday at the James Museum

Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Holiday Lights in the Gardens

Miracle at Mezzo

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA

Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve in Ybor City

New Year’s Eve Celebrations!

Light It Up – NYE Fireworks Celebration on Clearwater Beach

Enjoy a midnight fireworks show from Clearwater Beach! The fireworks take place on the edge of Clearwater Pass and can best be seen from the many restaurants along the Clearwater Pass or by boat, but you’ll be able to see the fireworks from all across Clearwater Beach!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

Yacht StarShip offers New Year’s Eve dinner cruises including dancing and fireworks from both downtown Tampa and Clearwater Beach!

New Year’s Eve at the MFA

Enjoy a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing celebration in the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg! Tickets can be purchased for dinner and the party, or just for the party!

Swingin’ in the New Year

Celebrate the beginning of 2020 with a Roaring 20’s themed party at the St. Petersburg Coliseum!

First Night St. Pete

“First Night St Petersburg is our area’s only family-friendly New Year’s Eve, Community Celebration of the Arts and each year we ring in the New Year with eight hours of music, dance, aerial arts, silent disco, fire, bubble stompin’, puppets, aerial art, creative fun, fireworks a scavenger hunt and so much more!”

January 1, 2020

Yoga on Tap at 3 Daughters Brewing

Outback Bowl

Clearwater Beach Christmas 2019

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Clearwater Beach Christmas 2019

If you’re not a fan of the cold, come celebrate the holidays in Florida! Book a beachfront condominium for your family today in Clearwater Beach, the top-rated beach in the United States!

Clearwater Beach Christmas Events

Clearwater Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 14, 2019).

Outback Bowl Beach Day (December 30, 2019).

Christmas Events Near Clearwater Beach

American Stage Theatre: SILENT SKY in St. Petersburg (November 21, 2019 – December 22, 2019).

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens (November 16, 2019 – December 31, 2019).

Enchant Christmas in St. Petersburg (November 22, 2019 – December 29, 2019).

Holiday Lights in the Gardens in Largo (November 29, 2019 – December 30, 2019).

Annual Tarpon Springs Boat Parade in Tarpon Springs (December 6, 2019).

Tampa Bay Beach Bums – Winter Wonderland 6 in Gulfport (December 6, 2019 – December 7, 2019).

Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting in Dunedin (December 7, 2019).

Holiday Makers Market in Madeira Beach (December 7, 2019).

Honeymoon Island Bluegrass Festival (December 7, 2019).

St. Pete Indie Holiday Market (December 7, 2019).

Annual Festival of Lights Illuminated Boat Parade in Madeira Beach (December 12, 2019).

Treasure Island’s Lighted Boat Parade (December 13, 2019).

Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts (December 14, 2019 – December 15, 2019).

Gulfport & BCYC’s Holiday Boat Parade (December 14, 2019).

Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade (December 14, 2019).

Holiday Market at Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach (December 18, 2019).

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 21, 2019).

Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade (December 22, 2019).

 

Clearwater Beach in One Day

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Clearwater Beach in One Day

There’s so much to do when visiting Clearwater Beach that you can easily stay for a week or even longer. But, if all you have is a single day, here’s how to maximize your time on Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Morning in Clearwater Beach

If you’re visiting Clearwater Beach for a single day, the first thing you’ll need to figure out is how to get there and where to park when you do! You can avoid the crowded parking and frequent traffic jams headed to the island by parking in Downtown Clearwater and taking the Clearwater Ferry! Keep up with their routes and schedules on their website or the app (available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).

Taking the Clearwater Ferry not only helps you avoid traffic and parking issues and gives you an opportunity to squeeze a fun boat ride in for your day in Clearwater Beach. I suggest taking the Purple Line leaving from Downtown Clearwater and exiting at North Beach.

If you arrive in North Clearwater Beach in the morning and need breakfast, there are some great places nearby! Within a few blocks, you’ll be able to find Clear Sky Cafe (with a Bloody Mary bar on the weekends), Another Broken Egg Cafe, and Beach Fire Beach Bar & Grille!

After Breakfast, head out to the beach! You’re only steps away from the soft white sand that Clearwater Beach is known for. If you took the Clearwater Ferry to North Beach, you’re in a great area! North Beach is less crowded than South Beach and still has many great restaurants and shops nearby!

When finding a spot on North Beach, look between Sandpearl Resort and Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar. This area is right next to the breakfast locations mentioned before, a short walk to many stores and great restaurants, and has Clearwater Beach Lifeguards in the area. Being next to the Lifeguards will make it easy to keep an eye on any changing weather conditions or other things to keep an eye on. The Lifeguard stations will be flying flags that mark the conditions on the beach and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Afternoon in Clearwater Beach

After hanging out on the beach for a few hours, you may be interested in some lunch. Keep the great views going and grab lunch right on the beach at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill or Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar. If you’re looking for a break from the sun and maybe even some air conditioning, you can grab a delicious Grouper Sandwich at Frenchy’s Original Cafe or head down to Jimmy Hula’s only blocks away!

After lunch, you can stop in at some of the nearby storefronts for a little bit of retail therapy, or even just to pick up some extra sunscreen or beach toys! You can find some great stores nearby like Surf Style, Freaky Tiki Surf Shack, Hulk Hogan’s Beach Shop or just a CVS to pick up an item you’re missing.

After lunch and a quick shopping trip, it’s time to enjoy more of the warm sun! Head back to the beach and enjoy more time in the ocean! If you’re nervous about swimming in the Gulf of Mexico you can also stop by the Clearwater Beach Community Pool that features a 6 lane Junior Olympic size swimming pool and an area for kids with a water slide shaped like a frog, squirting water jets, a mushroom-shaped waterfall and more! In addition to the pool you can also find tennis, basketball and pickleball courts!

Evening in Clearwater Beach

After a wonderful afternoon at the beach, pool or playing on the courts; it’s time to start thinking about some sunset fun!

The order of your evening plans may change based on what time of year it is and what time sunset is. During the summer, sunset is later in the day and may one to grab dinner first. During the winter, the sunset is quite a bit earlier and you’ll most likely want to grab dinner after seeing the sunset.

One of the best places to watch a Clearwater Beach sunset is at Pier 60’s Daily Sunset Festival! In addition to a beautiful sunset; Pier 60 offers a great area for kids to play, shopping from local artists and crafters directly on the pier and some great shows by street performers.

The daily sunset festival starts 2 hours before sunset and ends 2 hours after sunset. This timing allows you to choose the best time to eat dinner either before or after the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunset! Pier 60 is located right in the center of Clearwater Beach and has many restaurants nearby including The Bait House Tackle & Tavern located in the Clearwater Beach Marina for some great outdoor dining!

Nearby Dinner Suggestions

  • The Bait House Tackle & Tavern
  • Marina Cantina
  • Crabby’s Dockside
  • Poke Havana
  • Badfins Food + Brew
  • Ocean Hai
  • Jimmy’s Crows Nest (appetizers and drinks)

Stick around the Pier 60 area after dinner and sunset for a free outdoor movie! Enjoy a free movie under the stars at Pier 60’s Sunset Cinema every Friday and Saturday night! View the schedule of what’s showing here.

Depending on the time you can grab one of the last Clearwater Ferry rides from The Clearwater Beach Marina (located across the street from Pier 60) back to Downtown Clearwater or you get back to your car by taking a short taxi, Uber or Lyft.


While you can pack a lot of fun into a single Clearwater Beach in one day trip, you’ll still be missing a ton of fun things to do! Despite being a small island, Clearwater Beach has so much to offer that you could easily spend a full week and even longer here and not see everything. If you need more time in Clearwater Beach, come stay in our beachfront condos at The Villas of Clearwater Beach or Surfside Condominiums. We offer large luxurious condos with private beachfront balconies, full kitchens, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, swimming pools and more!

See what your beachfront view could be right now with our Live Clearwater Beach Webcam! Save the link and watch the sunset with us every night!

Where to buy wine in Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Clearwater Beach Wine - Where to buy wine in Clearwater Beach Florida

Wine and good views just go together! It’s hard to beat sitting on a beachfront balcony and sipping a cool Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, or a slightly chilled (~60 degrees) Cabernet Sauvignon!

Okay, any type of wine is great at any time! If you’re looking to enjoy some wine while visiting Clearwater Beach, here are the best places to drink wine and where to buy more when you run out!

Please don’t drink and drive!

Where to Drink Wine in Clearwater Beach, Florida

Beachfront Condos

Sitting on your private balcony, with a cool glass of wine in hand is a beautiful place to be. You have a great view, the wine of your choice, more cooling in your full kitchen just inside and no need to drive anywhere to get home!

Alcohol is not allowed directly on the beach, but this is just as good if not better because it stays cool just steps away! There are many beachfront condos all with private balconies and full kitchens available at Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach!

Clearwater Beach Bars, Restaurants, and Boats with Great wine and views!

There are many great Clearwater Beach bars and restaurants to grab some drinks and enjoy the beauty of the beach. Here are some of the best spots for drinking wine and enjoying great views!

After holding a glass of wine in your hand for a while, you may start to feel your balance sway back and forth… because you’re on a boat of course!

You can enjoy a different view of Clearwater Beach and some cool drinks on these boats!

There’s one place I have to mention when talking about wine on Clearwater Beach, and that’s Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro! They may not have a beachfront view, but they have an amazing wine selection with a European inspired menu. Wine can be enjoyed there or you may purchase some to take home with you.

Where to Buy Wine

If you’re staying in having a few drinks at home, you can pick up some wine at these local stores.

Clearwater Beach Wine Festivals

While there are many festivals throughout the year on Clearwater Beach, most of which offer some food, wine, and beer options – there are also a Clearwater Beach festival focused on food and drinks!

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest!

Taking place each spring, Clearwater Beach Taste Fest highlights local restaurants, wine and craft beer! This event also includes live entertainment and fireworks on the beach next to Pier 60!

Clearwater Beach Lightning Photography

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Clearwater Beach Lightning Photography Tips

Lightning is dangerous, but also beautiful. As long as you’re safe, the Florida lightning season can be a beautiful time for Clearwater Beach lightning photography.

Clearwater Beach Lightning Photography Tips

If you are looking to try your hand at capturing some beautiful Clearwater Beach lightning photography shots, here are some tips to help!

The time of year and even the time of day doesn’t really matter. You can capture beautiful lightning photos at any time! However, there is a Clearwater Beach Lightning season. To increase your odds of getting a great lightning photo, you can visit Clearwater Beach when thunderstorms are common.

The Clearwater Beach thunderstorm / lightning season is during the summer when temperatures are hot! It starts in June and lasts until September. Through these months there’s an increase in thunderstorms usually in the afternoon. These storms can come on quickly with a lot of force. They often bring a lot of frequent and strong lightning strikes.

I can’t say this enough. Yes, lightning is beautiful – AND DANGEROUS! Safety comes first! Do not stand outside as the thunderstorm approaches and definitely get off the beach before the storm arrives!

If your goal is to take a lightning photo, think safety first and choose a safe time and location. Before the storm hits, and inside or away from the storm. A great location for Clearwater Beach lightning photography is actually the balcony of a Beachfront Condominium. Mount the camera, cover it from rain. And step indoors. You can set the camera to shoot every few seconds for an extended period of time. Or you can purchase a lightning trigger or pluto trigger to assist with the proper timing of taking the photo when lightning strikes.

If you’re going to be outside, be aware you’re in danger even if you’re away from the storm. But, if you are determined to be outside, be sure to stay far away from the storm and use a telephoto zoom lens for your camera to seem closer than you actually are.

Most summer vacations won’t be traveling with large DSLR cameras and full gear bag, they’ll just have their smartphone. You can still get some great lightning photos on smartphones as well!

Clearwater Beach lightning photography tips for smartphone users

  • Keep safety in mind!
  • Put the phone on a stable surface, tripod or Gorillapod.
  • Disable sounds / notifications (put in airplane mode) to stop calls and texts from shaking your phone while taking photos.
  • Disable Flash.
  • ISO – Set sensitivity low.
  • Shutter Speed – set to a couple of seconds.
  • Focus – Set on a distant area and lock the focus.
  • White balance can be adjusted for the proper coloring. Take a few shots and experiment with these settings to find the one you like.
  • Timer – Set a timer if you can to take photos every few seconds.

Experiment with these settings and find what works best for you. Take a lot of photos and choose your favorites after. After the storms over, review your photos and edit your favorites. You can use apps such as Instagram, VSCO and even Adobe Lightroom right on your phone!

Stay safe and have fun!