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Where to Eat Dinner in Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Clearwater Beach Dinner at The Bait House Tackle & Tavern

If you’re searching for where to go for a Clearwater Beach Dinner, look no further. Clearwater Beach is filled with amazing restaurants. I’ve highlighted some of the best below and sorted them into Clearwater Beach Dinner with great views, places for an upscale Clearwater Beach dinner, and my personal favorites!

Clearwater Beach Dinner with a Great View

Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Sitting directly on the beach! A great place for live music, great food and drinks and a beautiful view of the Clearwater Beach sunset! Well known for their seafood such as grouper sandwiches, fish tacos, and coconut shrimp! A surprising find on the menu for the non-seafood fans; St. Louis BBQ Smoked Ribs!

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill

7 Rockaway Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Also sitting directly on the beach, and next door to Palm Pavilion! They also offer live music, great food, and drinks, the same beautiful view of Clearwater Beach but also include pool tables and two bars!

The menu features delicious Garlic Grab Fries, Frenchy’s She Crab Soup, and many variations of “Frenchy’s World Famous Grouper Sandwich”!

Tate Island Grill

500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Located at the Sand Pearl Resort, Tate Island Grill features a pub food and a great view right on the sand of Clearwater Beach!

The Bait House Tackle & Tavern

45 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

The Bait House Tackle & Tavern has a great view, but it’s not of the beach. The Bait House sits right on the edge of the Clearwater Marina and even has dock space for boats to park in for lunch. The entire restaurant sits on the docks over the water and has a great view for passing the boats passing by. (The Bait House Tackle & Tavern is the featured image at the top of this post.)

They have a variety of local beers, wine and more. Their red sangria is my favorite sangria in the Clearwater area – it goes well with the relaxing views! They have a great menu filled with great seafood of course! But they also have some great burgers! If you stop in at Bait House, be sure to try their Drunked Shrimp! Since trying it, I haven’t been Bait House without order it!

Jimmy’s Crows Nest

101 Coronado Dr, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Jimmy’s Crows Nest has a small menu, but a huge view! They’re located at the top of the building. Giving you views over the Clearwater Beach Marina, the round-a-bout, and out to the waves of the Gulf of Mexico washing onto the shores of Clearwater Beach! It’s a great view to see the sunset, see over the daily sunset festival at Pier 60, and watch boats cruise in and out of the area.

Sandbar

430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

A fancy tiki bar tucked right at the south side of Clearwater Beach and a part of Opal Sands Resort. The food is great, the views are even better! You’re right on the Gulf of Mexico and only steps from the soft sand of Clearwater Beach!

Jimmy’s Fish House & Iguana Bar

521 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Jimmy’s Fish House sits on the water of Clearwater Pass, providing great views of boats cruising in and out to the Gulf of Mexico. Live music, great food, many drinks including free daily sunset shots to celebrate the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunset!

Shephard’s Ocean Flame

619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Shephard’s Ocean Flame offers indoor and outdoor seating with views of Clearwater Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. They offer a large buffet featuring a prime rib, a raw bar, sushi and more!

Clearwater Beach Dinner Cruise

Enjoy great food, music, and unique views of Clearwater Beach while cruising around on the water!

StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht
25 Causeway Blvd Slip, Clearwater, FL 33767

Calypso Queen Tropical Buffet Cruise
Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Clearwater Beach Upscale Dining

Sea-Guini

430 S Gulfview Blvd #100, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Sea-Guini is located inside Opal Sands Report. It’s a fantastic Italian inspired seafood restaurant with views over the Gulf of Mexico. No matter what day of the week you are going, I would suggest calling for a reservation at least earlier in the day if not the day before.

Caretta on the Gulf

1738, 500 Mandalay Ave, Suite 100, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Located inside Sandpearl Resort, “Caretta on the Gulf invites guests to experience Clearwater’s only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico are complemented by fresh, seasonally-inspired cuisine.”

Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber

447 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

“Longtime restaurant with multiple rooms, popular for its fried chicken, seafood & old Florida charm.”

Ocean Hai

100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

“A chic, trendy Asian hotel restaurant offering fusion fare, shaded patio tables & Scenic ocean views.”

Island Way Grill

20 Island Way, Clearwater, FL 33767

“Grill offering some Asian twists on seafood classics, plus a sushi bar, water views & Sunday brunch.”

My Personal Favorite Clearwater Beach Restaurants

Frenchy’s Original Cafe

41 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Frenchy’s Original Cafe is almost always my first stop when visiting Clearwater Beach. This small restaurant is where Frenchy started his Florida empire. It’s a great atmosphere with the best Grouper sandwiches around, delicious buffalo shrimp, and much more!

Bait House Tackle & Tavern

45 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

If my first stop isn’t Frenchy’s Original Cafe, then you’ll find me at Bait House. These are my top two favorite restaurants in Clearwater Beach.  The food is great, but my favorite part of this location is the atmosphere, cold drinks and a great view of the water.

Pearly’s Beach Eats

45 Papaya Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Easily the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. Fast, delicious, can’t beat it!

Sea-Guini

430 S Gulfview Blvd #100, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

This place holds a place in my heart because I celebrated an anniversary there, and have tried to take my wife there for a Clearwater Beach date night on every Clearwater Beach trip we make.

Cooter’s Restaurant & Bar

423 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

“Chill, sports-themed locale for seafood including all-you-can-eat- crab legs plus wings & spirits.” Crab legs, check! And their wings are delicious!

Hellas Restaurant and Bakery

785 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Hellas isn’t actually located in Clearwater Beach, but it is just a short drive away in Tarpon Springs. The authentic Greek food and pastries are so delicious! From their greek salad, saganaki, gyros, K-bobs, stuffed grouper or stuffed shrimp — everything is amazing! After a full dinner, it’s great to grab some baklava or other delicious Greek pastries for dessert!

Clearwater Beach Lightning Season

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Clearwater Beach Thunderstorm - Clearwater Beach Lightning Season

It’s the middle of summer, many families are enjoying their Clearwater Beach summer vacations. You’re having fun playing on the soft white sand, building sandcastles, cooling off in the calm waves of the Gulf of Mexico and making memories as a family. In the middle of all the fun, you hear a rumble and clouds start to darken the sky. The hot sunny summer day is interrupted with darker skies, rain, thunder, and lightning. It’s time to get off the beach and stay safe! Not only is it summer, but it’s Florida Thunderstorm season. Also known as Clearwater Beach lightning season.

Florida Thunderstorm Season

If you’re visiting Clearwater Beach during the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll see some rain because summer is Florida’s thunderstorm season. The rain kicks off in June with an average of 10 days with rain in the month but increases even more in July and August. July having an average of 15 days with rain and August an average of 14 days with rain. Don’t worry though, it’s mostly popup storms and showers, not full days of rain. You’ll still have plenty of beach time for fun in the sun, and there are some great Clearwater Beach rainy day activities if you’re caught with a full day of rain.

These popup thunderstorms most often occur in the late afternoon and often are out of the way before sunset. Florida thunderstorms are caused by hot, humid air pushing towards an area of unstable atmosphere that’s often found near the Florida coasts on hot summer days. Robert Molleda, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Miami described why Florida sees so many thunderstorms in Kim Millers news story, “Florida’s summer thunderstorms are unique, deadly”.

“Land heats faster than water, creating a temperature difference that can be as much as 10 degrees. The warmer, lighter air over land rises and flows toward the sea creating areas of low pressure along the coast. The atmosphere compensates by sending in the cooler, moist sea breeze. It’s replacing the hot air over land but in the act of replacing it’s forcing it to rise. So you get hot juicy air over the peninsula to rise quickly and the leading edge of the sea breeze will act as a trigger for storms to form.”

These frequently forming thunderstorms are often packed with lightning, making them dangerous! Florida has more lightning strikes each year than any other state within the United States. Most of these lightning strikes coming during summer. While all of Florida has a large number of thunderstorms packing lightning during the Florida Thunderstorm season, the area from Clearwater Beach to Orlando and just south of this stretch towards Fort Myers has the highest amount of thunderstorms each year.

The combination of outdoor activities in Florida and the frequent lightning during Florida’s thunderstorm season result in a dangerous situation. When visiting Clearwater Beach or any part of Florida during the summer always keep an eye on the weather and respect the strength of mother nature. Lightning is dangerous. Florida has more lightning-caused deaths each year than any other state. Be sure to stay safe.

Clearwater Beach Lightning Safety

Always check the weather before you head out on the beach. If there’s a storm already building, it’s best to be safe and just stay indoors. If you’re out on the beach, watch for forming clouds. If you’re not sure, ask a lifeguard or watch the Clearwater Beach lifeguard towers. The lifeguard towers fly different colored flags on them to inform people of the conditions. Clearwater Beach Lifeguard Rachel Lersch discussed the flags and what they mean…

“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.”

Listening to the lifeguards is always important, especially when there’s a thunderstorm in the area. If there’s a storm coming in. Get off the beach, and especially stay out of the water. Lightning doesn’t have it strike you directly if you’re in the ocean lighting striking the water can cause you severe harm and potential death. Water is a good conductor of electricity, stay out of the ocean when storms are in the area.

The safest place to be during a thunderstorm is inside a nearby building. When a storm blows in, take a break from the beach and head back to your Clearwater Beach condo or hotel. If you’re not staying on the island visit some of the nearby shops, restaurants and wait for the storm to pass over. It usually doesn’t take long. If you need to get around during the storm, do not walk from one place to the other. Call Free Beach Rides in the Clearwater Beach area or use a taxi or rideshare service to help you safely travel around during the storm!

Stay safe during thunderstorms and have a wonderful time in Clearwater Beach!

Clearwater Beach July 4th 2019

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Clearwater Beach July 4th 2019

Come to Clearwater Beach to celebrate July 4th! Enjoy the soft white sand, warm ocean waters and the largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area!

Clearwater Beach July 4th Events

Fireworks at the Clearwater Threshers Game
July 3, 2019 – Game starts at 7:00 PM.

The Clearwater Threshers will take on Fort Myers Miracle for an evening game right in Clearwater, Florida. After the game, stick around for an Independence Day Fireworks show! Buy tickets now.

2019 Clearwater 4th Of July Apple Pie Run
July 4, 2019, at 9 AM (check-in opens at 8 AM)

A 5K run that is electrically timed and open to all age groups! The course is all paved and stroller friendly. All finishing runners will receive Apple Pie Finisher’s medals, Race Local t-shirts, and free samples of food and beer (for those 21+). The first 10 men and first 10 women to finish the race will be presented with awards!

Clearwater Celebrates America

Clearwater Beach has amazing views of the largest 4th of July fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area! Join in the fun of Clearwater Celebrates America at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. The free family-friendly July 4th event starts at 6 PM and includes live entertainment, local vendors, food trucks and a fun kids zone! The largest fireworks show in the Tampa Bay area begins at 9:30 PM!

Starlite Majesty Dining Yacht – Clearwater Beach 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

Get an amazing view Fireworks view on the water with Starlite Majesty’s dinner cruise on the 4th of July. This formal dining cruise features restaurant-style menu, live entertainment, drinks including a full bar and more!

Calypso Queen – Clearwater Beach 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

Jump on the Calypso Queen for a casual cruise featuring a tropical island buffet, drinks, dancing and great views of the Clearwater Beach 4th of July firework show!

July 4th Events Near Clearwater Beach

4th of July Fireworks on Redington Shores

Fireworks Across the Bay Celebration in St. Pete

Fourth of July Picnic in Craig Park

Gulfport’s July Fourth Celebration

Largo’s 4th of July Celebration

Safety Harbor Fourth of July Celebrations

Treasure Island 4th of July Fireworks

St. Pete Pride 2019

The month of June is known as Pride Month! St. Pete Pride is Tampa Bay’s LGBT Pride celebration and the largest pride celebration in Florida! St. Pete Pride has events all throughout the month across the Tampa Bay area! Come join over two hundred and fifty thousand others in celebrating Pride Month!

St. Pete Pride Events

City of St. Pete – Pride Flag Raising
June 1, 2019 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
St. Pete City Hall, 175 5th Street, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

SWIM’s Annual Pre-Pride Women’s White Party
June 2, 2019 | 3:00 pm
Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Annual Luncheon & Expo 2019
June 6, 2019 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Centre Club, 123 S West Shore Blvd, 8th Floor, Tampa, FL 33609

Appearance by Florida State Rep. Jennifer Webb
June 6, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave South, Gulfport, FL 33707

Welcome to Florida: LGBT Attorneys Need Not Apply
June 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave South, Gulfport, FL 33707

STONEWALL Uprising Film Screening
June 13, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave South, Gulfport, FL 33707

Pride Night with the Tampa Bay Rays
June 14, 2019 | 7:10 pm
Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Bear Pride Blacklight Glow Party
June 14, 2019 | 9:30 pm
Quench Lounge, 13284 66th St N, Largo, FL 33773

Drag Queen Bingo Benefiting EPIC
June 18, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Punky’s Bar & Grill, 3063 Central Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

St. Pete Pride Kick-off Party
June 19, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Fifth Annual Interfaith Pride Service
June 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Metro Inclusive Health, 3251 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Stonewall St. Pete Pride Reception
June 20, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The Scott & Patti Show Comes to Gulfport!
June 20, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave S, Gulfport, FL 33707

“The Gay District”
June 21, 2019
Grand Central District, 2227 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Pride Celebration at Engima St. Pete
June 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm through June 23, 2019 at 3:00 am
Engima, 1110 Central Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Drag Queen Docent Tour
June 21, 2019 | 4:00 pm
Chihuly Collection, 720 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Transtastic – TransPride March Pre-Party
June 21, 2019 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Flying Boat Brewing Company, 1776 11th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

SP2 Concert featuring Jennifer Real, Divine AF, and Lisa Loeb
June 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Street Food and Craft Beer Festival
June 21, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Pride WOD
June 21, 2019 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
CrossFit St. Pete, 3120 44th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33714

4th Annual Pride Shabbat
June 21, 2019 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg, 300 58th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Pride Gayla at Red Mesa
June 21, 2019 | 8:00 pm – 1:00am
Red Mesa Cantina, 128 3rd Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

3rd Annual One Love Prom in Wonderland
June 21, 2019 | 9:00 pm – 2:00 am
Flamingo Resort, 4601 34th St S, St. Petersburg, 33711

Tech Data St. Pete Pride Parade
June 22, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
St. Petersburg Waterfront, 375 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

2019 Glamstands
June 22, 2019 | 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
St. Petersburg Waterfront, 375 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

2019 St. Pete Pride TransPride March
June 22, 2019 | 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
St. Petersburg Waterfront, 375 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

St. Pete Pride After Party
June 22, 2019 | 9:00 pm
Quench Lounge, 13284 66th St N, Largo, FL 33773

Iberian Rooster After Parade Party
June 22, 2019 | 9:00 pm – 3:00 am
Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue North #100, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

NEW After Parade Concert Featuring Rita Ora
June 22, 2019 | 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg FL 33701

Pride Closer
June 22, 2019 | 10:00 pm – 3:00 am
Morph, 1833 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

St. Pete Pride Festival
June 23, 2019 | 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Grand Central District, 2227 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Best Little Whorehouse on Central
June 23, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Punky’s Bar & Grill, 3063 Central Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

BranchOut!
June 27, 2019 | 7:00 am
Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave S, Gulfport, 33707

70’s Themed Stonewall 50th Anniversary and World Pride Day
June 28, 2019 | 9:00 pm
Quench Lounge, 13284 66th St N, Largo, FL 33773

Pride Night with the Rowdies
June 29, 2019 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

Pride Night with the Clearwater Threshers
July 27, 2019 | 6:30 pm
Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, 800 Phillies Drive, Clearwater, FL 33755

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.

Traveling Around Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach, Florida, is known as the best beach in the United States. With that title, it can be a busy area – especially during peak travel seasons. Traffic can back up getting on the island, and parking can become challenging to find, but don’t worry, there are many great ways to travel around Clearwater Beach!

Getting Around Clearwater Beach


Personal Vehicle – Owned or Rented

Whether you’re driving to Florida in your car or flying into the Tampa Bay area and renting a car, you’ll soon be headed towards Clearwater Beach with a vehicle full of family and luggage. Sometimes the best way to get there is in your private vehicle, even if you have to be patient with traffic. The most challenging part may be finding a place to park! If you’re staying with us in a beachfront condo, you’ll find a reserved parking spot available just for you.

Rideshare / Taxi

If you fly into the Tampa Bay area and you’re planning on staying in the Clearwater Beach (no day trips) you can save some money by not renting a car. Without a rental car, you won’t have to worry about parking, and there are many ways to get around Clearwater Beach without having your car. You just need to get from the airport to Clearwater Beach and back to the airport at the end of the trip. Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft and even classic taxis are available at the nearby airports.

Clearwater Beach Ferry

Avoid the traffic and park for free! You can catch the Clearwater Beach Ferry from downtown Clearwater to the Clearwater Beach Marina, North Clearwater Beach, Island Estates and even Dunedin! Check out the routes, schedule, and purchase tickets here.

Jolley Trolley

If you don’t have a car but still want to take some trips just off the island, you can take the Jolley Trolley! The Jolley Trolley can help you travel around Clearwater Beach from north beach to south beach and even off the island to many of the nearby communities – even as far as Tarpon Springs!

Free Beach Ride

In many restaurants, bars, and shops in the Clearwater Beach area, you’ll see cards for Free Beach Ride. Free Beach Ride will pick you up and take you anywhere in the Pinellas County area! You’ll be picked up by an easily identifiable Free Beach Ride’s minivan. They offer free rides in the Clearwater Beach area from 8 am to midnight. All you need is cash to tip your driver!

Walk

No cost and no parking fees! Clearwater Beach is a beautiful, safe community. Almost everything is close by and won’t take long to walk to. The only time you may want a vehicle is for a trip to the grocery store. It’s a bit further away, located on Island Estates, and you may not want to carry all the groceries back by hand. If you don’t have a car, trips to the grocery store can be quickly managed by Free Beach Rides or Rideshare / Taxi services.

Bike

While walking the area is easy, riding a bike is more fun! Clearwater Beach Paddleboard & Rental Company offers several different bikes to cruise around the beach with – even some electric bicycles!

Surrey Bike

If you like the bike idea but have several people and want to stay together (or maybe you don’t have a great balance) check out a Surrey Bike for the day! They can fit up to 6 adults and 3 kids!

Scooter

Not looking to pedal around town? Scooters are available for rent too! All you need is a valid drivers license. Rent by the hour or by the day!

Scoot Coupe

Scoot Coupes are available by the hour and full day as well! These three-wheeled, two passenger rides are a fun, street legal, way to cruise around Clearwater Beach!

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!”

Clearwater Beach Love Bugs

Clearwater Beach Florida Love Bugs

Unexpected guests are showing up in Florida. These unexpected guests tend to travel everywhere in pairs, but also show up millions at a time! They’re known as Love Bugs!

Love Bugs sometimes spelled as one word – Lovebugs, are an insect also known as Honeymoon Flies or Double-Headed Flies. Love Bugs are a specific species of March Flies that can be found in Central America and throughout the South Eastern United States, especially on the edges of the Gulf of Mexico.

The names Love Bugs, Honeymoon Flies and Double-Headed Flies all come from the fact that you can’t keep them apart. You’ll rarely see one by itself. They are almost always attached to another even when flying.

The good news is, they are simply an annoyance. Love Bugs do not bite, sting or harm humans in any way. They are an annoyance because there are so many of them together. The most annoying part of them is that your car windshield and all over the front of your car will become covered in them. Not only are they tough to get off if you leave them on even longer than a single day, but they can damage your paint! Love Bugs have an acidic body chemistry that will start damaging the paint on your car if they are not removed quickly.

If you see a bunch of them while on vacation, don’t worry. While Love Bugs may be annoying, there’s nothing to fear. They won’t hurt you. Just remember to wash your car, and they’ll be gone soon. Love Bugs are only around for a few weeks in spring, and a few weeks in the fall.

Worth The Drive – Disney World

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Clearwater Beach to Disney World

Clearwater Beach, Florida is a wonderful place for family-friendly summer vacations. Kids will love playing on the beach, in the warm ocean water, at the pool and even having the chance to meet Winter the dolphin and learning all about the local marine life at the Clearwater Aquarium. While there’s more than enough to do directly on Clearwater Beach, your kids may be asking about another Florida activity – Walt Disney World!

Clearwater Beach to Disney World

Disney World isn’t a quick half day trip, but it can easily be added on as an additional day for your family vacation. You can step out of the sand on Clearwater Beach and be at Disney World in less than two hours! Clearwater Beach to Disney World is only an hour and 40-minute drive!

In no time at all you will be having fun and enjoying classic rides such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, It’s a Small World and amazing experiences like Avatar Flight of Passage and Jurassic Park River Adventure! With the parks so full of so many fun rides and attractions, it can be very tough to get to everything your family wants to do. TouringPlans is here to help!

TouringPlans offers trip planning tools to Walt Disney World to “show you the least crowded park to visit every day, customized touring plans for visiting Disney’s best rides, honest restaurant reviews, how to save on Disney tickets, the best hotel rooms to ask for, and so much more.” If you’re only able to get to Disney World for a single day, having a plan before you go will make the day less stressful, and a lot more fun by cutting down on time spent waiting in lines.

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – May 2019

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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events - May 2019

Clearwater Beach Weather May 2019

May is a beautiful time to visit Clearwater Beach, Florida! The weather reaches into the 80°s during the day and only drops into the 70°s in the evening. Beautiful warm weather with very little rain makes for a great day at the beach and beautiful sunsets.

The warm air temperature is matched with warming ocean waters. The average May sea temperature in Clearwater Beach is in the upper 70°s. Take a swim to cool off from the warm sun. Remember to shuffle your feet to avoid stingrays hanging out in the shallow water as it warms up!

Clearwater Beach Events May 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!

May 4, 2019: Coco (PG)
May 10, 2019: Brave (PG)
May 11, 2019: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (PG-13)
May 17, 2019: A Dog’s Way Home (PG)
May 18, 2019: Welcome to Marwen: PG-13)
May 24, 2019: Aquaman (NR)
May 25, 2019: Isn’t It Romantic? (PG-13)
May 31, 2019: Solo: A Star Wars Story

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

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest: May 3, 2019

Come down to Pier 60 and celebrate the 10th annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest! From 6 PM to 9 PM enjoy tasting the fine cuisine from many of the local restaurants, craft beer and wine all with live entertainment right on the beach!

Clearwater Music and Arts Festival: May 25, 2019 through May 26, 2019

Head into downtown Clearwater and enjoy Outlaw Nation’s Clearwater Music & Arts Festival! Admission is free with music from national recording artists, professional artists, classic cars, muscle car and trucks, custom motorcycles, fireworks and more!

NSA Iron Women Tournament: May 4, 2019 through May 5, 2019

USA Water Polo Clearwater Beach Challenge: May 17, 2019 through May 19, 2019

AAC Baseball Championship: May 21, 2019 through May 26, 2019

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

USA Softball Clearwater Memorial Qualifier: May 25, 2019 through May 26, 2019

Events Near Clearwater Beach – May 2019

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

American Stage in the Park: Mamma Mia!: Now through May 12, 2019.

Magritte and Dali: Now through May 19, 2019.

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

Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament: May 2, 2019 through May 4, 2019.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration & Free Museum Admission: May 2, 2019.

First Friday St. Pete: May 3, 2019 (First Friday of each month).

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club: Every Friday.

Dunedin Food Tour: Every Saturday.

Free Yoga in the Park: May 4, 2019 (First Saturday of each month).

Kentucky Derby Formal at Intermezzo: May 4, 2019.

Salsa Cinco de Mayo: May 4, 2019.

Mimosas & Masterpieces – Brunch at the Dali: Every Sunday.

Sunday Z-Brunch at Castile Restaurant: Every Sunday.

$10 Tuesday at the James Museum: Every Tuesday.

Movies in the Park – Groundhog Day: May 9, 2019.

Avenue Q: May 10, 2019 through May 19, 2019.

Pints & Poses at Crooked Thumb: Every second and fourth Saturday.

Second Saturday’s at Sirata: Every second Saturday.

Mother’s Day Beach Yoga & Mimosas: May 12, 2019.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing: May 12, 2019 (Every second Sunday).

Cocktails & Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts: Every third Thursday.

Movies in the Park – Ghost: May 16, 2019.

Soul Circus Cowboys: May 17, 2019.

Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi: May 17, 2019 through May 21, 2019.

Free Yoga at Sundial St. Pete: Every third Saturday.

Tarpon Springs ‘Night in the Islands’: May 18, 2019.

Movies in the Park – La La Land: May 23, 2019.

Movies in the Park – The Lorax: May 30, 2019.