Clearwater Beach Activities

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!

Clearwater Beach Shells


Clearwater Beach Shells

Despite the picture above, the best Clearwater Beach shells don’t grow on trees!

Searching for Clearwater Beach Shells

If you’re searching for seashells down by the Clearwater Beach seashore, you’ll definitely find some! But to find the best Clearwater Beach seashells, you’ll have to know where to search!

If you’re walking along Clearwater Beach with your toes in the water, you’ll find some shells. But to find larger shells and unique shells, it’s best to head towards North Clearwater Beach. South Clearwater Beach is where the majority of large hotels and resorts are located. This makes south beach more crowded and more people are picking up the same shells you’re looking for.

So if you’re searching for shells, walk north past Pier 60 and head past the area of the beach that has all the Clearwater Beach Lifeguard Towers. You’ll walk past the beachfront restaurants, hotels, resorts, and beachfront condominiums. Once you’re passed this area, you’ll be walking in front of some beautiful beachfront homes. This area of Clearwater Beach the sand doesn’t stretch as far back. It becomes more narrow and much less crowded! This area of North Clearwater Beach will be less populated increasing your chance of finding some truly beautiful and unique shells.

The further north you walk, the truer this becomes! You can actually walk all the way to Caladesi Island State Park! You’re guaranteed to find some unique shells here! This is the area where the photo of the shells hanging in the tree came from! It is a long walk though. If you’re not up for the long walk, you can also drive through Dunedin and out to Honeymoon Island. Honeymoon Island is also a great beach for finding shells, and there’s a ferry that will take you from Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island.

Another great location for finding Clearwater Beach shells is actually just across the Sand Key Bridge. If you take Gulf Boulevard from South Clearwater Beach towards Sand Key, you’ll find Sand Key Park on your right side just after crossing over Clearwater Pass.

Combine searching for seashells with visiting Winter the dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium! In addition to the aquarium, you can take a Sea Life Safari Boat Tour! During this tour you’ll cruise through the intracoastal waters surrounding Clearwater Beach, learning about dolphins, sea birds and other marine life as you go! The boat will also stop at a shell island providing a great opportunity to find some Clearwater Beach seashells!

Clearwater Beach Labor Day Weekend 2019

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Clearwater Beach Labor Day Weekend 2019

Clearwater Beach Labor Day weekend events featuring live music, festivals, sporting events and more!

Shephard’s Labor Day Live Beach House 2019

Shephard’s Beach Resort
619 S. Gulfivew Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Friday, August 30, 2019 through Monday September 2, 2019.

The largest Electronic music event on the Gulf! Enjoy Shephard’s Beach Resort’s private beaches, pools, cabanas, and live music featuring Sam Feldt and Nervo! (21+)

GeckoFest in Gulfport, Florida

19th Annual GeckoFest
3101 Beach Blvd, Gulfport, FL 33707
Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 10 AM – 10 PM

“Celebrate the end of summer with Gulfport’s most amphibious tradition — GeckoFest! This all-day street party epitomizes what it means to be Gulfportian, so make plans to visit. Who knows — you may even decide to stay!” This year’s theme is “Gecko’s of the Round Table”!

Tampa Bay Rays

MLB – Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field
1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Friday, August 30, 2019 at 7:10 PM – Rays vs. Indians
Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 6:10 PM – Rays vs. Indians
Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 1:10 PM – Rays vs. Indians
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 1:10 PM – Rays vs. Orioles

Purchase tickets here!

Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Nashville SC
230 1st Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
August 31, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Head to Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg to watch the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on Nashville SC! Kickoff is at 7:30 PM and tickets start at $10!

Post 7 Labor Day BBQ

American Legion Post 7 Clearwater, Florida
1760 Turner Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
Monday, September 2, 2019 starting at 1 PM

“Grilled chicken, beans, bread, n fixings.”

Summer of Rum Festival

Summer of Rum Festival in Downtown Tampa
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
August 31, 2019 from 12 PM to 11 PM.

“Listen to live music while enjoying a variety of rum drinks from the featured rum bars.  Whether it’s a Frozen Daiquiri, Pina Colada, Rum Runner, Cuba Libré, or even an Exotic Tiki Drink, the Summer of Rum Festival will have it all for you and your friends to enjoy!” Featuring live performances of Sublime with Rome, The Expendables, and Inner Circle! The festival is also filled with delicious Caribbean food and ends with a fireworks display!

Rock the Yacht!

Rock the Yacht – Yacht StarShip
603 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602
August 31, 2019 from 9 PM to 11:30 PM

Finish up the last of the Rock the Yacht’s 2019 summer series on Saturday night! Live music from Stormbringer, dancing, and great views of Tampa! (21+)

Worth The Drive – The Dali Museum


Some of the most popular day trips for Clearwater Beach visitors are to places such as Walt Disney World and Crystal River, but not all day trips involve leaving the Tampa Bay area. You can visit places like Tarpon Springs, Dunedin and Caladesi Island all with a short drink, boat ride or even a long walk. While these areas are best visited on beautiful sunny days, where do you go on a rainy day? You can visit Salvador Dali himself at The Dali Museum!

Salvador Dali - The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum is located 45 minutes from the beachfront condos in Clearwater Beach. The Museum sits on the edge of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida. The building itself is a beautiful structure. The large strict lines of the concrete structure are split by large glass windows known as the Enigma. “This geodesic sculpture constructed of 1,062 separate panes provides a kaleidoscopic view and summons you to explore Dali’s key philosophy: view the world from every possible perspective.” Beyond making the building beautiful, the glass windows provide an amazing view from within of Tampa Bay and the outside gardens that are filled with artwork matching Dali’s artistic vision.

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.

You’ll also have an extremely unique opportunity to see and hear Dali share his observations on current events and sharing insight on what motivated his work through the Dali Lives exhibition, a truly amazing experience developed through artificial intelligence. Learn more about this amazing opportunity, including getting a selfie taken by Dali himself in the video below.

In addition to Dali Lives, if you choose to visit The Dali Museum on a weekend you’ll have a chance to enjoy Little Surrealist Tour for children ages 4-11 on Saturdays. On Sunday mornings you can experience Yoga at The Dali and Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at The Dali.

If you don’t have time to for a day trip to The Dali Museum, you can experience the Dreams of Dali Pop Up in Downtown Clearwater! The Pop Up only lasts until June 20, 2019. The goal is to fully immerse you in Dali’s views through VR.

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – June 2019

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Clearwater Beach Weather and Events 2019

Clearwater Beach Weather June 2019

Clearwater Beach summer vacation time is here! The weather is in the 80°s and so is the water temperature! The warm weather mixed with the warm water makes it a great time of year to get out and play in the ocean! Swim around, rent a jet ski from the beach or head out for a sail! If playing in the ocean isn’t for you; enjoy relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun in the warm weather. The average Clearwater Beach temperature in June is a beautiful 84°, but the direct sun may make it feel much warmer. Be sure to protect your skin, stay hydrated, and cool off in the pool!

Clearwater Beach Events June 2019

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

Enjoy a movie under the stars! Head to Pier 60’s sunset festival and stay for a free movie after sunset on these days!

June 1, 2019: On the Basis of Sex (PG-13)
June 7, 2019: Mulan (G)
June 8, 2019: Second Act (PG-13)
June 14, 2019: Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
June 15, 2019: Holmes and Watson (PG-13)
June 21, 2019: Bumblebee (PG-13)
June 22, 2019: The Upside (PG-13)

Clearwater Farmers Market: featuring local vendors, fresh produce and more! The Clearwater Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 1 PM to 4 PM.

Dreams of Dali Virtual Reality Experience: Now through June 30th.

“This immersive experience will transport you into Salvador Dalí’s surrealist painting Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus.” Come get a sneak peek of the fantastical and surreal experiences The Dalí Museum has to offer as you go inside – and beyond – one of Salvador Dalí’s masterpieces.” Learn more!

Free and open on… Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11 AM – 7 PM Fridays: 12 PM – 9 PM Saturdays and Sundays: 10 AM – 5 PM

TNBA Championship & Convention: May 23, 2019 through June 2, 2019

ICB Baseball State Championship: June 1, 2019 through June 2, 2019.

NSA West Coast Regionals: June 1, 2019 through June 2, 2019.

Game Ready Scout Day Summer Classic HS Showcase: June 21, 2019 through June 23, 2019.

Global Sports Alliance World Series: June 26, 2019 through June 30, 2019.

Events Near Clearwater Beach – June 2019

A Feast for the Eyes Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete: Now – July 28, 2019.

Brocante Market: June 1, 2019 – November 2019.

CVST Tampa Bay Swim Classic: May 31, 2019 – June 2, 2019.

Grand Central District Beer Day: June 1, 2019.

Theo Wujcik: Cantos Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete: Now through June 2, 2019.

Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at the Dali: Weekly on Sundays.

Sunday Z-Brunch at Castile Restaurant: Weekly on Sundays.

$10 Tuesday at the James Museum: Weekly on Tuesdays.

Royal Palm Market: Weekly on Thursdays.

First Friday St. Pete: First Friday of each month.

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay: Weekly on Fridays.

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club: Weekly on Fridays.

Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk: First Friday and Third Saturday of each month.

Nerf Battle Tournament: June 8, 2019.

Second Saturday’s at Sirata: Second Saturday of each month.

St. Pete Brunch Crawl: June 8, 2019.

St. Pete Second Saturday Artwalk: Second Saturday of each month.

RumFish Beach Resort Rays Watch Party: June 9, 2019.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing: Second Saturday of each month.

2nd Friday’s in Dunedin: Second Saturday of each month.

Moonlight Canopy Tours: June 14, 2019 through December 14, 2019.

Opa! Palooza: June 14, 2019 through June 15, 2019.

Sun til Moon Clash Soccer Tournament: June 14, 2019 through June 16, 2019.

Free Yoga at Sundial St. Pete: Third Saturday of each month.

Powerboat P1 Races at St. Pete Beach: June 15, 2019 through June 16, 2019.

St. Pete Pride Kick-off Party: June 19, 2019.

Cocktails & Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts: Third Thursday of each month.

Stonewall St. Pete Pride Reception: June 20, 2019.

Beach Blonde Block Party at 3 Daughters Brewing: June 21, 2019.

Chris McCarty Largo Live Concert Series: June 21, 2019.

Safety Harbor’s 3rd Friday Music Series: Third Friday of each month.

St. Pete Pride SP2 Concert: June 21, 2019.

St. Pete Street Food & Craft Beer Fest: June 21, 2019.

LGBTQ+ St. Pete Pride Parade: June 22, 2019.

Post-Pride Parade Concert: June 22, 2019.

Splash & Dash Youth Biathlon: June 22, 2019.

Arkane Aleworks 3 Year Anniversary: June 29, 2019.

Tarpon Springs ‘Night in the Island’: June 29, 2019.

Clearwater Beach Lifeguard

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Clearwater Beach is known as a family-friendly beach. It is beautiful. The soft white sand and the typically calm waves of the Gulf of Mexico make a wonderful place for families of all ages to relax and play. As you walk the beach, you’ll see the Clearwater Beach lifeguard towers frequently placed both on the south and north sides of Pier 60.

During my last trip to Clearwater Beach, I was walking past the lifeguard towers on the beach and wondered “Do the lifeguards here love it as much as I do?”

So I decided to ask…

Interview with a Clearwater Beach Lifeguard

I spoke with Rachel Lersch, a Clearwater Beach Lifeguard. Rachel grew up as a Clearwater Beach local but recently moved to Fort Myers to work full time as an Assistant Project Manager for a civil engineering company.

Rachel: “I come back to Clearwater almost every weekend to work. Usually, when I share with people that I drive two hours to work my weekend job, everyone is shocked. I was born and raised in Clearwater so not only do I come home (to my first home) to work but I also use my off time to see my friends and family that live here… It’s a win, win for me! I truly love being a Clearwater Beach lifeguard and the distance does not bother me.

What I love about being a Clearwater Beach lifeguard is not just my job as a lifeguard but my co-workers that have turned into family. My boss is one of a kind. He is the type of boss that loves what he does and it shows through his hard-working employees. He has taught me so much! I know I can always count on my Clearwater Beach family to have my back no matter what and that type of work environment cannot be beaten! It is the number one reason I am not leaving Clearwater to lifeguard the beaches in Fort Myers. I know nothing can compare!”

Brad: Clearwater Beach is known as a wonderful, family-friendly beach. Do you have any advice for parents bringing their kids to the beach? What they should bring or not bring, any safety tips?

Rachel: Clearwater Beach is a great family beach with over a mile of a lifeguarded swim area. There are rental cabanas, umbrellas, and chairs set up for public use. There are activities for children near Pier 60, inflatable slides, concessions, playground area, ice cream shop, and outdoor showers. You are allowed to bring your own cooler, umbrellas, and tents, as long as the tents are not too close to the water and blocking the lifeguards’ view of the shoreline.

What to bring: towels, sand & water toys, drinks & snacks, chairs… don’t worry if you forget anything there are shops nearby that offer all the things I listed. What not to bring: alcohol, glass, dogs, and drones.

When getting in the water be sure to shuffle your feet to avoid stepping on stingrays. The stingray season is from April – October but they are occasionally present other months of the year. If you’re not sure of something, ask a lifeguard! We love answering questions and helping whenever we can. Safety and preventive safety is what we lifeguards live by. When at the beach, the best thing to do is to check what color flag is flying, be aware of what is going on around you and always listen to the lifeguards’ whistle and directions. We want everyone to have a fun, safe day at beautiful Clearwater Beach.”

Brad: What do the different flag colors mean?

Rachel: “Green: Low Hazard. Most of the time, on Clearwater Beach, we fly the Green flag. Conditions, for the most part, are good at Clearwater. Calm waters, sunny days!

Yellow: Medium Hazard. We will fly the yellow flag when there are possibilities of rip currents and rougher than normal waves. As a caution to the beachgoers to be prepared.

Red: High Hazard. We will fly the red flag when there are sever conditions. Rip currents, high surf, strong and rough waves are present.

Double Red: Water is closed. When the double red is flying we will whistle everyone to get out and stay out of the water!

Purple: Dangerous Marine Life. We will fly the purple flags if we know there are stingrays, jellyfish or other possible dangers present.

BradIs there a part of Clearwater Beach that is better for families?”

Rachel: “South of Pier 60 tends to be busier than North Beach but overall the whole beach is great for families or a beach day by yourself. During the month of March, Pier 60 and South Beach is usually full of spring breakers and it may not be an ideal beach day for the family during that time. My favorite part of Clearwater beach is North Beach, where it is usually much quieter. I have to say my all-time favorite spot is sitting in any of the 7 Lifeguard towers on Clearwater Beach!”

Brad: What are your favorite things about Clearwater Beach?

Rachel: “My favorite things about Clearwater beach is how beautiful it is and there are lots of things to do. Across from Pier 60 is the Marina where they have boat rides and Jet Ski rentals. There is also Jet Ski rentals and parasailing on the beach North of Pier 60 between towers 5 & 7. There are many places to eat and relax. They also have a Marine Aquarium not far from the beach. During the year they have various events held at the beach like the Sugar Sand Festival, Clearwater Super boat races, Taste Fest & Uncorked Food & Wine Festival to name a few. In my opinion, there is something for everyone on Clearwater Beach!”

Brad: What about a favorite place to eat?

Rachel: “If you ask any local on the beach this question… I’m pretty sure the first thing they will say is Frenchy’s. My number one answer to this question is Frenchy’s! Their food is awesome! I have been going to Frenchy’s since I was a kid. I absolutely love their “she crab soup”! If you are looking for a quieter place Pearly’s Beach Eats is my new favorite. I love the atmosphere, along with their yummy tacos and delicious ice cream that comes in a little coconut! It’s addicting.

If you’re looking for views with your food, Jimmy’s Crow’s Nest or Marina Cantina are my two favorites!

Breakfast… cannot forget breakfast! In my opinion… ClearSky Café has THE BEST breakfast in town. Seriously! They have something for everyone. Their selection is great! My personal favorite is any of their French Toasts… YUM!”

Brad: Thank you, Rachel, for taking the time to share your experience with us as a Clearwater Beach local and lifeguard!

Rachel: “Thank you for visiting the one and only Clearwater beach, the place we love to call our home. All of us that work the beach do it because we absolutely love being here. We care about public safety and keeping our waters safe. Working for Clearwater Beach has opened so many doors for me and I am blessed to work for a great city.”

Tampa Bay Frogman Swim

In addition to working as a full-time assistant project manager in Fort Myers and part-time Clearwater Beach lifeguard, Rachel also volunteers with the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim. “The Frogman Swim is a 5K open water swim in the Tampa Bay! We strive to bring awareness to the Navy Special Warfare community and support the Navy SEAL Foundation. People from all over raise money for this cause and swim 5K in freezing (Florida) January water for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Their mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. 100% of our proceeds go directly to the Foundation to help the families of our fallen heroes.

I love being a part of this organization, it is humbling to know I am doing a small part to help our service men and woman and their families when they sacrifice everything for our country’s freedom. This is special to my heart because my significant other is a proud member of the US Army and deployed to Iraq in 2016. Our support means more than words can explain to these families so if you feel in your heart you would like to contribute please reach out through the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim website or Facebook page!”