Clearwater Beach Activities

Winter in Clearwater Beach – Things To Do

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Winter in Clearwater Beach Florida

Clearwater Beach isn’t just a great place for summer vacation. Winter in Clearwater Beach, Florida is beautiful as well! The sun is still warm, and Clearwater Beach is full of fun throughout the entire year.

Looking to escape from cold weather and snow? Call B&W Management, Inc. today to secure a beachfront condominium with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Clearwater Beach Winter Activities


Enjoy The Beach

Winter in Clearwater Beach remains warm, with a beautiful beach. Average Clearwater Beach temperatures range between 73° and 66° during the day. At night, it can get a little cooler but still averages between the mid 60°s and upper 50°s. The warm sun makes it a great time to walk on the beach. Winter in Clearwater Beach is a great time to go for hikes on the beach, like walking to Caladesi Island.

If you’re looking to get into the ocean, you may find it a little cool. The Gulf of Mexico water temperature in the Clearwater Beach area drops for the mid 70°s in November to the upper 60°s in December. The water temperature then remains in the 60°s throughout the remained of the winter.

Enjoy The Food

Clearwater Beach has great food that is often celebrated. There are events celebrating the delicious food throughout the year such as Stone Crab Festivals, Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week, and Clearwater Beach Uncorked! The cool weather also highlights a lot of cool weather foods on the local menus that you may normally overlook during summer, such as Drunken Shrimp at The Bait House, Backwater’s Hot-Crab Seafood Dip, S’mores Creme Brulee at North Beach pub and more!

Enjoy the Holiday Activities

You won’t miss out on holiday fun. There are fun events and great places to celebrate the holidays in Clearwater Beach!

Day Trip to Crystal River and Tarpon Springs

Winter in Clearwater Beach is a great time to take a day trip to Crystal River, Florida. As the Gulf of Mexico cools down, manatees surround the warm spring waters in Crystal River. It’s the perfect time of year to kayak around the springs. The beautiful area has crystal clear water that stays over 70 degrees throughout the entire year and is filled with manatees!

You can combine a trip to Crystal River with a short visit to Tarpon Springs, or just take a day trip to Tarpon Springs by itself! It’s a wonderful Greek village filled with delicious Greek food and unique shops surrounding the sponge docks that the city is known for.

Clearwater Beach Indoor Activities

If the weather drops too cool to be outside, or if a small rainy day disrupts your winter vacation, there are a lot of fun indoor activities nearby!

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
    • The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must-do for the whole family! It’s not your typical aquarium. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick or injured marine animals. While visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to meet Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, both filmed in Clearwater Beach.
  • Tampa Bay Escape Room
    • The Tampa Bay Escape Room, located in downtown Clearwater, is a real-life escape room game! Perfect for video game enthusiasts, families and friends, you’ll race the clock to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes that will allow you to the exit the room! Will you be able to beat the clock? The Tampa Bay Escape Room comes with three different escape rooms: Tragic Magic, Kidnapped and Cabin in the Woods.
  • Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
    • The Museum of Science & Industry, located in Tampa, is a great place for all day fun! The museum has exhibits on weather, dinosaurs, space, flight, natural disasters, human development life stages, an IMAX Dome Theater, and the Saunders Planetarium. There’s also an outdoor ropes course and zip line!
  • AirHeads Trampoline Area
    • If a cool day has you trapped inside and your kids are full of energy, take them to AirHeads Trampoline Arena! AirHeads Trampoline Arena is a full, indoor, trampoline park making it a great place to escape the cool weather. Just jump around and have fun, play some AirSports like dodgeball or basketball, or have fun playing some arcade games!
  • Vertical Ventures – St. Pete
    • Vertical Ventures, located in St. Pete, is a State-of-the-art indoor climbing area! The 20,000 square foot facility features 40-foot tall routes with 80+ climbing lines. Whether you’re climbing for the first time, or if you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll find a safe but challenging, climbing area that fits your level.

Winter the Dolphin

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Winter the Dolphin - Clearwater Beach, Florida

Winter in Clearwater Beach is more than just a cold weather season. Winter the Dolphin, is a bottlenose dolphin with a story great enough to make her a movie star. Winter is the star of Dolphin Tale and one of the stars in Dolphin Tale 2.

The Story of Winter the Dolphin

Winter was found, entangled in a crab trap line, near Cape Canaveral, Florida. She was only two months old. Unable to swim and trapped so tightly, the line had cut off circulation to her tail. Winter was disentangled and transported across Florida to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Most dolphins do not survive being trapped in crab trap lines. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium helped Winter through extensive treatments, but her tail could not be saved. It had to be removed.

Winter the dolphin never stopped fighting for her survival. Even without a normal tail, she would fully recover and adapt to a new swim pattern featuring a prosthetic tail.

The full story of Winter the Dolphin can be read in the book, Winter’s Tail or in the movie filmed in Clearwater Beach, Dolphin Tale. (Learn about all the movies filmed in Clearwater Beach, Florida area.)

Visit Winter the Dolphin

You can visit Winter in Clearwater Beach, Florida any time of year. Winter the Dolphin still lives at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter’s story has inspired millions of people from all over the world. Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick or injured marine animals.

While at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to see Winter the dolphin, Hope – the dolphin star of Dolphin Tale 2, and the other animals that are going through treatment and recovery including dolphins, pelicans, sea turtles, otters, sharks, stingrays, and even more! While you’re there you’ll learn more about the animals there, and you’ll learn more about marine life and conservation of marine life.

Purchase Tickets to see Winter the dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium today!

Clearwater Beach – Where to Eat, Stay & Play!

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Clearwater Beach - Where to Eat, Stay & Play

Clearwater Beach, Florida has been voted as 2018’s #1 Best Beach in America, ranked in the top 10 Best Beaches in the World, and is one of the Best Spring Break Beaches in America! If you’re planning a trip to Clearwater Beach you may have some questions and we will do our best to answer them all! If you have a question about Clearwater Beach we don’t answer, please leave a comment below!

Traveling to Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, Florida is located just outside of Tampa, Florida – providing easy access from nearby airports, Tampa International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Both airports are within 20 miles of Clearwater Beach, making it a short drive… in distance at least. During peak tourism season the traffic entering onto Clearwater Beach can back up. If you’re just going to the beach for the day you can avoid the traffic and save on the hassle of finding parking by taking Clearwater Beach Ferry from Downtown Clearwater.

If you didn’t take the Clearwater Beach Ferry, you’ll need to find some parking. There are several public parking lots, parking meters on the streets and a parking garage located on the north side of the island – but parking can still be difficult to find. So always keep in mind the ability to park in Downtown Clearwater and use the Jolley Trolley or Clearwater Beach Ferry.

Where to Eat

Clearwater Beach has many incredible restaurants to visit for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, romantic dinners and even late night cravings.

Delicious Seafood:

  • Frenchy’s Original Cafe
  • Bait House
  • Sea-Guini
  • SHOR American Seafood Grill

Great Food with the Best Views:

  • Palm Pavillion Beachside Bar & Grill
  • Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
  • Bait House (great outdoor atmosphere, on the water)
  • Jimmy’s Fish House & Iguana Bar
  • Shephard’s Ocean Flame

My Personal Favorites:

  • Frenchy’s Original Cafe: Buffalo Shrimp, Grouper Sandwich or Crabby Shrimp Sandwich
  • Bait House: Drunken Shrimp, South Beach Quesadilla or Bait House Burger
  • Pearly’s Beach Eats: Blackened Fish Tacos
  • Clear Sky Cafe: Bloody Mary Bar and great breakfast food!

Where to Stay on Clearwater Beach

The Villas of Clearwater Beach and Surfside Condominiums are of course our top choice when asked where to stay on Clearwater Beach! B&W Management, Inc. offers Clearwater Beach Condominiums each with Beachfront Oceanview private balconies for the best sunset views possible!

Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom units and 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Each of these units come with private balconies, full kitchens, washers and dryers in each unit, private parking spaces and access to the pool and BBQ grill by the pool. Each unit will even come with beach towels and beach chairs!

Surfside Condominiums also has and a beachfront penthouse with four bedrooms and 3 and a half bathrooms available!

These Clearwater Beach condos are perfect for family vacations!

If you’re looking for a place to stay for a quick weekend trip and don’t need as much room. There’s also some great Clearwater Beach Hotels right on the island!

Great Clearwater Beach Hotels:

  • Opal Sands Resort
  • Sand Pearl Resort
  • Wyndham – Clearwater Beach
  • Frenchy’s Oasis Motel
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites – Clearwater Beach

Where to Play

On the Beach!

Head on down to the beach with your beach towel, beach chair, and don’t forget your SPF! Clearwater Beach is known for its soft white sand and warm waters with calm waves. It’s a great place to sit and relax, play with kids, and go for a beautiful walk on the beach. You can even walk the beach to Caladesi Island State Park. One thing to keep in mind is that Clearwater Beach is proud to be a family beach, and alcohol is not allowed when your feet hit the sand. There are many bars and restaurants touching the edge of the beach and have beautiful views and cold drinks ready for you. If you’re staying with B&W Management, Inc. enjoy your favorite drinks right on your private beachfront balcony!

On the Water!

Looking to enjoy some time on the water? You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, and other beach and ocean toys from Clearwater Beach PaddleBoard and Rental Co.! The Clearwater Beach Marina has a lot of fun to offer as well including fishing charter boats, sunset dinner cruises, charter sailboats, para-sailing, paddleboards, and kayak rentals, dive boats, boat rentals, jet ski rentals, speed boat rides and a number of different sightseeing and excursion tours including a pirate ship!

Pier 60

Clearwater Beach, Florida is known for its spectacular sunsets. We celebrate each one at our Daily Pier 60 Sunset Festival! Join us for our nightly sunset celebration featuring artisans, crafters, street performers, and our world famous Pier 60 sunsets! The daily festival starts two hours before sunset and lasts until two hours after sunset. On Fridays and Saturdays, bring a blanket or a low lying lawnchair and stay for a free outdoor movie at Pier 60’s Sunset Cinema! (Click here to see what movies are scheduled)

Visit Winter & Hope

Visit Winter and Hope, the stars of Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium! The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is not your typical aquarium. It is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick or injured marine animals. While visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to meet Winter the dolphin and get an immersive look into the world of marine life rescue at the working animal hospital.

Rainy Day Activities

If you end up with a rainy day, there’s still a lot of fun things to do!

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Tampa Bay Escape Room (located in Downtown Clearwater)
  • Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
  • And a lot more!

Click here for more rainy day activities!


Have some questions? Ask in a comment below and we will respond shortly!

Worth The Drive – Tarpon Springs, Florida

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Tarpon Springs, Florida

Looking for a great day trip to take from Clearwater Beach, Florida? Head to the beautiful Greek village of Tarpon Springs! Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the United States. Enjoy a short trip to Tarpon Springs and experience delicious Greek food, quaint local shops and walks down the sponge docks.

The History of Tarpon Springs, Florida

Tarpon Springs, Florida is a small area surrounding bayous flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. The small area was settled in 1876, and by the 1880s the first sponge business was already founded and the industry quickly began growing. Greek Immigrants began arriving in Tarpon Springs in the 1890s to work in the growing sponge industry.

In 1905 sponge diving was introduced and many of the Greek immigrants became sponge divers. The sponge industry soon became one of the leading maritime industries of Florida, and the most important industry for Tarpon Springs, generating millions of dollars a year.

In 1947 a large bloom of Red Tide algae nearly wiped out the sponge fields of the Gulf of Mexico. The sponge diving industry took a massive hit, and many of the locals forced to switch industries – often switching to the shrimping industry. The Gulf of Mexico sponge fields slowly recovered from the damage caused by the red tide algae and the sponge fishing industry began growing again. In the 1980’s, the Mediterranean sponges were almost completely killed off by a sponge disease, leading to a boom in the Tarpon Springs Sponge Industry.

Things to do in Tarpon Springs, Florida

I absolutely love visiting Tarpon Springs. It’s very difficult for me to not to take a quick drive up to Tarpon Springs when on vacation in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The atmosphere of the small Greek city is fantastic, especially when walking down the Historic Sponge Docks.

The entire area has delicious Greek restaurants on every block. My personal favorite is Hellas Restaurant and Bakery. Hellas sits right in the historic sponge dock area. Sitting right near the sponge docks and filled with local history and Greek influence, the atmosphere of the restaurant is incredible. And more importantly, the food is incredibly delicious! My favorite things on the menu are Hella’s Original Greek Salad, Saganaki (Opa!), Hellas Gyro and their Mediterranean Stuffed Shrimp. For dessert, I usually grab some baklava to go because I’ve already eaten way too much!

After an amazing (and very large) meal, I love walking for a walk along the historic sponge docks. There are so many really fun and unique shops in that area selling. If you have time, be sure to check out: GETAGURU homemade soap, The Sponge Exchange, Tarpon Sponge Company, and Lori’s Soaps & Sponges!

Tarpon Springs isn’t just local shops and delicious Greek food, it also has great activities for the whole family! You can go for a Sponge Diving Tour! Learn the history of Tarpon Springs and even watch a sponge diver put on traditional inflatable sponge diving suit and provide a hands-on display of the different types of sponges. There’s also a fantastic Aquarium in Tarpon Springs!

Visit Tarpon Springs, Florida

The great location and fun activities make Tarpon Springs a fantastic place for a short day trip or even just a quick trip for a delicious lunch or dinner. On the way to and from Tarpon Springs, you’ll drive past the entrance of Honeymoon Island State Park – a beautiful sunset location.  You’ll also be able to catch a ferry from Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island if you’re not up for the walk to Caladesi Island State Park from Clearwater Beach.

You can also connect a day of Kayaking at Crystal River, Florida with a delicious Greek dinner in Tarpon Springs for an incredible day trip from Clearwater Beach that’s totally worth the drive!

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – July 2018

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Clearwater Beach Weather July 2018 - Clearwater Beach Events July 2018

Clearwater Beach Weather July 2018

The Clearwater Beach Weather for July 2018 is looking to match the typical July weather for Clearwater Beach, Florida. The typical Clearwater Beach Weather for July has average temperatures of 86° / 79° with a monthly total of 14 days with rain. This usually means there’s the normal popup shower in the afternoon, not 14 full days of rain.

The Clearwater Beach Weather for July 2018 should match the afternoon popup showers. The temperature may be slightly warmer. Currently, the daily high temperatures are appearing to range between 87° and 90°.

Clearwater Beach Events July 2018

Clearwater Beach 4th of July Celebrations!

  • Fireworks at Clearwater Threshers Game: July 3rd.
  • Clearwater Celebrates America: July 4th.

Enjoy watching a baseball game followed by a fireworks show on July 3rd! The Clearwater Threshers will be taking on the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Spectrum Field. The gates open at 5 PM and the fireworks show will take place after the game.

The Clearwater Celebrates America event includes music, food, drinks, local vendors, a family-friendly atmosphere, and one of Tampa Bay’s largest fireworks shows! The event runs from 6 PM to 10 PM. Fireworks will begin between 9 and 9:30 PM. The fireworks will take place on the Memorial Causeway, connecting Clearwater Beach with Downtown Clearwater. The fireworks can be viewed from Downtown Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and even on the water!

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

Check out the daily Sunset Festival at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach! The daily Clearwater Beach sunset festival includes, local artisans, crafters, street performers and of course a beautiful sunset! On Friday and Saturday nights, stick around after sunset and enjoy a free movie under the stars at the Pier 60 Sunset Cinema!

Friday, July 6th: The Little Mermaid (G)
Saturday, July 7th: Jaws (PG)
Friday, July 13th: Finding Dory (PG)
Saturday, July 14th: Tomb Raider (PG-13)
Friday, July 20th: A Wrinkle In Time (PG)
Saturday, July 21st: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG)
Friday, July 27th: Cars 3 (PG)
Saturday, July 28th: Forever My Girl (PG)

Clearwater Farmers Market

The Clearwater Farmers Market features local vendors, fresh produce, and liquid sunshine all in one location! The Clearwater Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 PM.

Grouper Week

If you’re a seafood lover, this is one of your favorite weeks of the year! Clearwater / St. Pete is the grouper capital of the world and it’s time to celebrate the delicious, flaky white fish! Savor the fresh Gulf Coast grouper at some of the famous restaurants such as Frenchy’s Original Cafe and more! For more information about Grouper Week, visit www.grouperweek.com.

Events Near Clearwater Beach July 2018

Busch Gardens Summer Nights

Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain

Museum of Fine Arts: Magnetic Fields Exhibition

Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann

Storytellers Exhibition at the Chihuly Collection

Ten Trends at Imagine Museum

Yoga at The Dali

Fireworks at Dunedin Blue Jays Game

4th of July Fireworks at Redington Shores

Fireworks Across the Bay Celebration in St. Pete

Fourth of July Picnic in Craig Park, Tarpon Springs

Gulfport’s July Fourth Celebration

Largo’s 4th of July Celebration

Safety Harbor Fourth of July Celebration

Treasure Island 4th of July Fireworks

Cult Classics Summer Movie Series at The Dali Museum: Grease

A Tribute to Pink Floyd at Jannus Live

Madeira Beach 5k Sunset Series

Dunedin Orange Festival

Tarpon Springs ‘Night in the Islands’

3 Doors Down & Collective Soul at Al Lang Stadium

Bourbon & Vinyl Sessions at Intermezzo Cocktails

Family Days at The James Museum 

Cool Art Show

The Whitney Houston Show at The Mahaffey Theater

The Beer Project at the Museum of Fine Arts

Safety Harbor’s 3rd Friday Music Series

Safety Harbor Group Run

Grouper Food Truck Rally

Counting Crows at Al Lang Stadium

Tampa Bay Rowdies Games

7/4/2018: Rowdies vs. Toronto FC II
7/7/2018: Rowdies vs. Louisville City FC
7/28/2018: Rowdies vs. NY Red Bulls II

Clearwater Beach July 4th 2018

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Clearwater Beach July 4th Fireworks

We are a week away from, and the weather for the Clearwater Beach July 4th celebration looks beautiful! Currently, there is a small chance for a popup storm in the morning. Then a beautiful afternoon and evening with highs in the mid to upper 80s and dropping down to the high 70s that evening.

Spend the day enjoying the sun, clear ocean and soft white sand on Clearwater Beach! Then get ready to watch the amazing fireworks show that night hosted on the Memorial Causeway between Downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach!

Clearwater Beach July 4th Fireworks


Celebrate America’s Independence with the largest firework show in the Tampa Bay area! The Clearwater Beach July 4th fireworks will be hosted at the “Clearwater Celebrates America” event at Coachman Park downtown Clearwater! The fireworks will begin between 9 and 9:30 PM. The large fireworks show takes place at the Memorial Causeway, connecting Clearwater Beach with Downtown Clearwater. The fireworks can be viewed from Downtown Clearwater, Clearwater Beach and even on the water!

If you’re staying at The Villas of Clearwater Beach or Surfside Condo’s, a great place to watch the fireworks is from the Clearwater Beach Library. The Clearwater Beach Library is a short walk from the condominiums and provides a great waterfront view of the fireworks.

Looking for a truly unique way to watch the Clearwater Beach July 4th fireworks? Celebrate the 4th of July on the Starlite Majesty Dining Yacht! The Starlite Majesty will be offering a three and half hour July 4th Dining Cruise that will include a full restaurant-style menu featuring continental cuisine prepared fresh on board, a combination of live music and recorded songs to satisfy any request, and a full bar! And watch the Clearwater Beach fireworks on the water! View the Starlite Majesty menu and purchase tickets here.

Clearwater Beach July 4th 2018 Events

July 3rd, 2018: Fireworks at Clearwater Threshers Game!

Catch a Clearwater Threshers’ Baseball game on July 3rd, and enjoy the fireworks after the game! The Clearwater Threshers will play the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. The gates open at 5 PM!

July 4th, 2018: Clearwater Celebrates America

If you’d like to watch the fireworks in Downtown Clearwater, the Clearwater Celebrates America event includes music, food, drinks, local vendors and a family-friendly atmosphere! The event runs from 6 PM to 10 PM.

If you’re headed to the Clearwater Celebrates America, please read the event’s do’s and don’ts here.

Clearwater Beach Memorial Day 2018

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Clearwater Beach Memorial Day

Clearwater Beach Memorial Day weekend is a lot of fun and a great way to relax, have fun and spend time with family and friends! Need a place to stay on Clearwater Beach? Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach have condos available for the week of Memorial Day!

Clearwater Beach Memorial Day Events

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60

Friday, May 25th – Paddington 3 – PG
Saturday, May 26th – Meagan Leavey – PG-13

AAC Baseball Championship

Tuesday, May 22 through Sunday, May 27. The 2018 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship will take place at Spectrum Field, in Clearwater, Florida. Click here for more information and the championship schedule.

Dali/Duchamp Exhibit

Explore the unique and inspiring friendship between Salvador Dali and the father of conceptual art, Marchel Duchamp at The Dali Museum. This is the first exhibit dedicated to their friendship and their influence on both artists. The exhibit is open now through May 27, 2018.

Florida CraftArt presents: “Dia de los Muertos – A celebration of Life”

Open now through May 29th, experience the beautiful artwork dedicated to Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) from 42 different artists from around the country. For more information visit www.floridacraftart.org or call (727) 821-7391. Admission is free!

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay

Have a fun and relaxing evening playing in clay at the Moeran Center for Clay on Friday, May 25th. Grab some friends, a towel, and your favorite beverage for a fun night of wheel throwing and hand building clay art. At the end of the night, select your favorite piece and the Moeran Center for Clay will bisque and glaze it for you to bring home. Purchase tickets today!

Ghost Tours of Safety Harbor

Learn the history of Safety Harbor and it’s fascinating stories including how the Tocobaga protected us from the hurricanes, haunted hotels, the story of the swamp ape, UFO sightings and healing waters during a two-hour walking ghost tour. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with tickets starting at $20. Dogs are welcome to join! Call (727) 686-8785 or visit www.safetyharbortours.com for reservations.

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – May 2018

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Clearwater Beach Weather May 2018

Clearwater Beach Weather – May 2018

May is one of the best months to visit Clearwater Beach, Florida. The high temperatures for Clearwater Beach in May usually average between the mid 70°s and low 80°s. The Clearwater Beach Weather for May 2018 is looking to be a little bit warmer than usual. The first half of the month will have high temperatures in the low to mid 80°s and the second half of the month will have high temperatures in the mid to high 80°s. The warm weather will be joined by the beautiful sun! There are usually only 4 days with rain in May for Clearwater Beach, and the longterm forecast for May 2018 is looking to match that.

Clearwater Beach Events – May 2018

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest: The 9th annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will be held on May 4, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Come on down to Pier 60 and enjoy tasting foods from over 30 local restaurants, premium wines, craft beers, live entertainment, and fireworks! Purchase tickets now!

AAC Baseball Championship: The American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship will be returning to Clearwater, Florida! The AAC Baseball Championship will be taking place at Clearwater’s Spectrum Field from May 22nd through May 27th. View more information here.

Clearwater Beach Sunset Festivals at Pier 60: Every day all year long! Celebrate the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunsets at the daily sunset festivals!

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Enjoy a free movie at Pier 60 under the stars!

5/5/2018: Coco (PG)
5/11/2018: The Incredibles (PG)
5/12/2018: Mother’s Day (PG-13)
5/18/2018: Smurfs: The Lost Village (PG-13)
5/19/2018: The Goonies (PG)
5/25/2018: Paddington 3 (PG)
5/26/2018: Meagan Leavey (PG-13)

Clearwater Farmers Market: Every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM! Click here for more information.

Events Near Clearwater Beach – May 2018

Gulfport Tuesday Morning Fresh Mark: Every Tuesday Morning at 3000 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, Florida 33707.

Florida CraftArt Presents: “Dia de los Muertos – A celebration of Life”:5/1/2018 – 5/29/2018. Monday – Saturday; 10 AM – 5:30 PM. Visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391. Admission is free.

Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann: 5/1/2018 through 7/15/2018.

Pinellas Ale Works presents Fifty Shades of Color: The Art of Anne Walker: 5/1/2018 – 5/24/2018. Free and open to the public! Sip on brews and walk through the solo exhibit of Anne Walker.

Shayna Leib: Into the Deep: 5/1/2018 – 5/13/2018. Art exhibition at Chihuly Collection features Shayna Leib, an artist, diver and underwater photographer.

American Stage in the Park: The Producers: Mel Brooks’ classic comedy! Weekly on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5/1/2018 through 5/13/2018.

Dali/Duchamp Exhibit: 5/1/2018 through 5/27/2018.

Cuatro de Mayo First Friday at Locale Market: 5/4/2018 from 6 PM to 9 PM. Enjoy an authentic Mexican feast for $19.99! ($19.99 if purchased before, $24.99 if purchased at the door.)

Mountainfilm Festival: 5/4/2018 through 5/5/2018 at The Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach.

Kentucky Derby Day Formal at Intermezzo: 5/5/2018. Watch the Kentucky Derby live and enjoy Mint Juleps, Bloody Mary’s, Oyster Raw Bar and more!

May Day Race: 5/5/2018. Choose from a 10k, 5k, or a kids’ dash and stay after for food, stretching, vendors and music!

Old Crowe Medicine Show at Jannus Live: 5/6/2018. Doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. Buy tickets today!

Screening of Lea and Mira and Holocaust Survivor Talk: 5/10/2018. The screening of ‘Lea and Mira,’ a story of two elderly Polish Jewish women who as children were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Following the film, local Holocaust Survivor Pieter Kohnstam will share his personal experience of escaping Nazi Europe to Argentina. To reserve your seat, call 727.820.0100 ext. 301. Free and open to the public!

St. Pete Beach Beer Festival: 5/12/2018. Sample over 50 beers from national and local craft breweries!

St. Pete Taco & Beer Fiesta: 5/18/2018. Over 20 food trucks featuring delicious South American dishes.

Free Yoga at Sundial St. Pete: 5/19/2018. Free outdoor yoga at the courtyard at Sundial St. Pete. Check-in starts at 8:30 AM and yoga begins at 9 AM.

97x Barbecue & Music Festival: 5/28/2018. A day full of live music, art exhibits and delicious barbecue! This year’s lineup features Dirty Heads, Awolnation, Judah & The Lion, AJR and more!

Worth The Drive – Crystal River, Florida

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Crystal River, Florida Kayaking

While there are many things to do when visiting Clearwater Beach, there are also other parts of Florida worth experiencing. Many of these places are just a relatively short distance from Clearwater Beach and can make a great day trip! Crystal River, Florida definitely makes the list of places to go if you’re looking for a fun day trip location.

Kayaking in Crystal River, Florida

Crystal River, Florida is located on the Gulf Coast just an hour and forty-five minutes north of Clearwater Beach. (Click here for directions.) Crystal River, Florida has become known as the “Home of the Manatee”. Manatees flock to Crystal River, Florida each fall and spend the winter enjoying the warm water in the area. As the water temperature of the Gulf of Mexico drops, the Three Sisters Springs of Crystal River, Florida keeps the water in the area much warmer. The Three Sisters Springs maintain a water temperature of 72 degrees throughout the entire year! The springs also keep the water crystal clear, hence the name – Crystal River.

The clear and warm waters of Three Sisters Springs not only attracts manatees but also makes the Crystal River area an amazing location for kayaking!

The ideal time to go to kayaking at Crystal River is during late September, through the winter, and into March. This is when the water of the Gulf of Mexico is much cooler, and the warm waters of Three Sisters Springs attract manatees to the area. Three Sisters Springs is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and the King’s Bay Manatee Refuge. During the cooler months of the year, this area becomes home to the largest population of manatees in the world! While the coolers months are when you’re most likely to see manatees, the Crystal River area is a beautiful area for kayaking no matter what time of year it is.

You can bring your own kayaks, or you can rent kayaks in the Crystal River area. When I went kayaking in Crystal River, Florida, I rented from Hunter Springs Kayaks. Hunter Springs Kayaks offers guided tours, kayak rentals, paddle board rentals and kayak/paddle board hybrids for those who are new to standup paddle boarding. Hunter Springs Kayaks is located just a few blocks from the water. This provides plenty of free parking and a very short walk to the water. Don’t worry about carrying your kayak or paddleboard. All rented equipment is transported down to the water for you!

While I haven’t been kayaking in Crystal River, Florida during the Manatee Season (Late September through early April), I still had a great time kayaking through the beautiful area. I was able to see a few manatees and dolphins as I kayaked around the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The entire area truly is beautiful!

After kayaking in Crystal River, Florida, I drove a slower way back to Clearwater Beach. I stayed off the major highway and drove south on 19, giving me the opportunity to stop at one of my favorite places for dinner, Hellas Restaurant, in Tarpon Springs.

 

Clearwater Beach Date Night

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Clearwater Beach Date Night Ideas

The soft sand and beautiful sunsets make Clearwater Beach a relaxing and romantic location. While looking over Clearwater Beach, you’ll often see couples walking hand in hand down the beach and even some beach weddings just before sunset. A Clearwater Beach date night is a great way to celebrate the love you share with another.

Clearwater Beach Date Night Ideas

Romantic Upscale Dinner

Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber
727-442-4144
447 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Sea-Guini
727-450-6236
430 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

SHOR American Seafood Grill
727-373-4780
301 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Island Way Grill
727-461-6617
20 Island Way, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

505 at the Edge
727-281-3200
505 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Ocean Hai
727-281-9500
100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Columbia Restaurant
727-596-8400
1241 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater, Florida 33767

Romantic Sunset Cruises

If you head to the Marina, you’ll find many different romantic sunset cruises for a perfect Clearwater Beach date night. Looking for a relaxing sunset sail? Check out the Schooner Clearwater or the Kai Lani Catamaran. If you’d like a romantic sunset cruise that includes a delicious dinner, live entertainment and dancing, the StarLite Majesty will be a perfect luxurious date night.

You may be wanting to take your significant other out on a Clearwater Beach date night, but need to bring the kids with you as well. Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship has you covered! This family-friendly sunset cruise is full of fun events for the kids during the entire cruise! Adults will be offered free drinks and can even escape the games and relax in the adults-only area on the top deck.

If you’d like to grab dinner or drinks after your sunset cruise, there are many restaurants in and near the Clearwater Marina.

Marina Cantina Tequila Bar and Grille
727-443-1750
25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

The Bait House Tackle & Tavern
727-446-8134
45 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Crabby’s Dockside
727-210-1313
37 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest
727-683-0002
101 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767

Fun and Less Expensive Clearwater Beach Date Nights

Planning a romantic date night while on vacation is incredibly sweet, but it may not be in the budget. Don’t worry! You can still have a perfect Clearwater Beach Date night without breaking the budget!

If you’re staying at Surfside Condominiums or The Villas of Clearwater Beach, each condominium comes with a full kitchen and outdoor grills next to the swimming pools. You’ll have everything you need to cook a delicious meal right in the condo!

After dinner, you can take a stroll on the beach. If you’re looking for a quiet walk, head north towards Caladesi Island. If you’re looking for more to do, head south towards Pier 60! Each night, Pier 60 has a sunset festival featuring artisans, crafters, street performers and beautiful views of the Clearwater Beach Sunset!

Once the sun goes down, you can even catch a free outdoor movie and Pier 60’s Sunset Cinema! Visit the Sunset Cinema website for a full schedule of what movies are playing on different nights. The schedule is updated each month.