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Clearwater Beach Valentine’s Day

Clearwater Beach Valentine's Day

If Valentine’s Day is during your winter vacation to Clearwater Beach, you don’t need to worry. There are many great ways to surprise your significant other ranging from a sweet surprise to an extravagant date night. If you’re in need of Clearwater Beach Valentine’s day ideas, we are here to help!

Clearwater Beach Valentine’s Day Ideas

If you’re staying in a Clearwater Beach condominium that features a full kitchen, surprise your significant other with a delicious homemade meal. Clearwater Beach has a large grocery store nearby that will have everything you need! Surprise your significant other with their favorite breakfast and enjoy a beautiful beach day together.

If you don’t have a full kitchen, take your significant other out for lunch or dinner at some the best Clearwater Beach date night locations. Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber Restaurant and Sea Guini are two fantastic places for Valentine’s Day featuring delicious food and handcrafted desserts!

If you’re looking for an extravagant Clearwater Beach Valentine’s Day, find a whole new way to gaze over the beautiful beach. Head out on the water for a romantic sailboat cruise or a full Valentine’s Day dining cruise.

If you’re looking to take the Valentine’s Day celebration even higher, book a romantic helicopter tour for two: with beautiful sunset views in the air over Clearwater Beach, champagne, gourmet chocolate covered strawberries, and roses!

Clearwater Beach Desserts

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Clearwater Beach Desserts - The Mint Fox Cookies & Ice Cream

Whether you have a sweet tooth, you’re planning a great Clearwater Beach date night or a Valentine’s Day surprise, sometimes we just NEED some delicious sweets. Here are places to get some delicious Clearwater Beach desserts!

The Mint Fox Cookies & Ice Cream

#114, 483 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Serious Cookie Sundae – 1/2 pound warm cookie topped with 2 scoops of ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream
Personal Favorite: Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

Spiralz Creamery

472 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767

Known For: Handcrafted Ice Cream Rolls
Personal Favorite: Creme Brulee Ice Cream Roll

Ice&Cream Creamery

460 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Ice Cream is freshly made with locally sourced ingredients
Personal Favorite: Dulce De Leche

Kilwins

391 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Tuttles
Personal Favorite: Mackinac Island Fudge

Gelato Bello

490 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Homemade Gelato from a 150+-year-old family recipe
Personal Favorite: Yogurt Fragola

Frenchy’s Original Cafe

41 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Key Lime Pie
Personal Favorite: Key Lime Pie

Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber Restaurant

447 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Known For: Freshly Baked Pies / Coconut Cream Pie
Personal Favorite: Alaska Meringue Ice Cream Pie

Sea Guini (Opal Sands Resort)

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

Known For: Zeppole – cinnamon and sugar, dark chocolate filling, Kahlua anglaise
Personal Favorite: Budino – dark chocolate and hazelnut mousse, chocolate sponge, sea salt, caramel crisp

Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2019

Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2019

Spring Break will be here before we know it! If you do not have plans yet, it is time to start planning your Clearwater Beach Spring Break trip! Clearwater Beach is an award-winning location for Spring Break and places to stay fill up quickly. Reserve a Clearwater Beach beachfront condo today!

Clearwater Beach Spring Break: Where To Stay

All beachfront condos and hotels on Clearwater Beach can be reached quickly from the nearby airports.

Beachfront Condos

Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach are family-friendly, beachfront condos on North Clearwater Beach. Both Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach have 3 bed/2 bath and 2 bed/2 bath condos available. Each condo features private balconies directly overlooking Clearwater Beach, fully equipped kitchens, individual heating and cooling controls, laundry facilities inside each condo, bed linens, bath linens, hair blow dryer, cable TV & WiFi, beach towels and chairs, private / reserved parking spot and access to the heated swimming pool at each building.

Premium units also come with new 60″ HD flat screen TVs in the living rooms with added HD channels, new windows and doors which reduces exterior noise and new flooring, and remodeled kitchens and bathrooms.

Clearwater Beach Hotels

Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach rent for a full week or longer. If you’re looking for a short Clearwater Beach Spring Break trip, check out these beautiful Clearwater Beach Hotels.

Clearwater Beach Spring Break: Things To Do:

Clearwater Beach is known for its soft white sand, and calm ocean waves. Enjoy it all with the beautiful Clearwater Beach weather! If you’re taking an early Spring Break trip to Clearwater Beach you’ll enjoy the beautiful March temperatures in the mid to upper 70°s. If you’re taking a later Spring Break trip in April, you’ll reach into the upper 70°s and low 80°s. It’s the perfect weather to lounge in the warm sun, play in the ocean or pool, or even walk to Caladesi Island.

There’s a small chance of rain in March in April. If you catch a rainy day on your Clearwater Beach Spring Break trip don’t worry. There are plenty of fun indoor activities in the area including visiting Winter The Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa.

Spring Break matches MLB’s Spring Training. Catch a game right in Clearwater, Florida! Clearwater hosts the Spring Training for the Philadelphia Phillies!

After a warm day in the sun, cool down and enjoy a beautiful Clearwater Beach Sunset. There are gorgeous sunset views all over the area, including a daily Sunset Festival at Pier 60 featuring local artists, crafts, street performers, and even free outdoor movies after sunset!

More Nearby Events:

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: March 8 – 10, 2019

Valspar Championship: March 18 – 24, 2019

Grand Prix of Gulfport: March 29 – 31, 2019

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: April 12 – 28, 2019

Tampa Bay Blues Festival: April 12 – 14, 2019

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – January 2019

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Clearwater Beach January 2019

Clearwater Beach Weather January 2019

It’s early winter in Clearwater Beach and January is the coldest month for Clearwater Beach, Florida. The January weather in Clearwater Beach has an average high temperature of 66 °s and an average low of 56 °s. Not bad for the coldest month of the year!

Clearwater Beach Events January 2019

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

Enjoy a movie under the stars! Head down to Pier 60’s daily sunset festival and stay for a free movie after sunset. This January you’ll get a chance to see…

January 4th: Smallfoot (PG)
January 5th: Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13)
January 11th: Incredible’s 2 (PG-13)
January 12: Midnight Sun (PG-13)
January 18th: Sherlock Gnomes (PG)
January 19th: A House With The Clock In The Walls (PG)
January 25th: (No Movie Scheduled)
January 26th: Christopher Robin (PG)

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

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA: January 1, 2019 – January 6, 2019.

Events Near Clearwater Beach – January 2019

James Michaels: An American Pop Life Exhibition: January 1, 2019 – March 3, 2019

Jewels of Imagination Exhibition at MFA St. Pete: January 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Magritte and Dali: January 1, 2019 – May 19, 2019

Outback Bowl: January 1, 2019

Rock & Roll Exhibition at The Florida Holocaust Museum: January 1, 2019 – February 10, 2019

St. Pete Beach Drive Dine & Wine Tour: January 1, 2019 – June 4, 2019

Royal Palm Market: Every Thursday, January 1, 2019 – October 10, 2019

Dunedin Food Tour: Every Saturday, January 1, 2019 – May 25, 2019

Tarpon Springs Epiphany: January 6, 2019

Guy Harvey Outpost Lightning Watch Party: January 12, 2019

Tampa Bay Beer Week: Almost There: January 12, 2019

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing: Second Sunday of each month, January 13, 2019 – October 13, 2019

East/West Shrine Game: January 19, 2019

MLK National Parade & Family Fun Day: January 21, 2019

Beautiful Clearwater Beach Views

Beautiful Clearwater Beach Views

Clearwater Beach is an award-winning location for fun family vacations. It’s packed full of soft white sand, great restaurants, spectacular sunsets and amazing views all around the area! Here are some places to go and things to do to experience the best Clearwater Beach views.

Clearwater Beach Beachfront Condos and Hotels

Clearwater Beach Views - Clearwater Beach Beachfront Condos - Surfside Condominiums

Beachfront condos on Clearwater Beach provide beautiful views and privacy! Relax on a private balcony overlooking the beach in these wonderful condominiums and hotels.

Clearwater Beach Restaurants with Great Views

Clearwater Beach Views - Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

Pair a delicious meal with beautiful views at these Clearwater Beach restaurants!

Clearwater Beach Views Worth Walking To

Clearwater Beach Views - Walk to Caladesi Island

If you’re wanting to exercise while on vacation, talk a walk to some truly stunning areas. Walking anywhere on the beach is beautiful, especially if you walk north to Caladesi Island State Park.

  • Walk to Caladesi Island
  • Walk across Golf Boulevard towards Sand Key: crossing over Clearwater Pass
  • Walk across Clearwater Memorial Causeway: beautiful views of Clearwater Beach from the top of the bridge

Clearwater Beach Views from the Water

Clearwater Beach Views - Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise

The beauty of Clearwater Beach can also be seen by water!

Clearwater Beach Views from the Air

 

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Explore the beauty of Clearwater Beach by land, sea or air!

Frenchy’s on Clearwater Beach

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Frenchy's Clearwater Beach Grouper Sandwich

If you are traveling to Clearwater Beach, you’ll soon begin to see the name “Frenchy’s” everywhere! Clearwater Beach is a small island, but Frenchy has businesses in several different industries operating on the island.

Who is Frenchy?

Despite seeing “Frenchy’s” signs all around the Clearwater Beach, Florida area; he isn’t originally from the area! Michael Preston (“Frenchy”) was born in Canada and grew up speaking both French and English. Michael and his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he quickly received the nickname “Frenchy” from his new friends.

Frenchy first stepped foot on Clearwater Beach for a vacation shortly after high school. He loved the beautiful area and warm weather and quickly decided not to leave. Frenchy began working at a local Clearwater Beach restaurant as a dishwasher. Over the next several years, he learned the ins and outs of every part of operating a restaurant. Soon, he would be opening his own restaurant.

Frenchy’s Original Cafe

In 1981, Frenchy opened his first restaurant – Frenchy’s Cafe (now called Frenchy’s Original Cafe). Located at 41 Baymont Street on Clearwater Beach, Frenchy’s Original Cafe is still open today and known for the exact same thing that made them popular in 1981: Friendly atmosphere, cold drinks, and fresh seafood – specifically the grouper sandwich. The restaurant quickly became popular enough to have lines out the door and struggled to find a large enough local seafood provider to keep their kitchen full. Needing more local fresh fish and seeing a growing demand for fresh fish in the Clearwater Beach area, Frenchy started another business on Clearwater Beach.

Frenchy’s Seafood Company

Frenchy bought his first fishing boat in 1983 and opened Frenchy’s Seafood Company. The focus was to supply continuously, fresh and high-quality seafood to his restaurant and other restaurants in the Clearwater Beach area. As the desire for fresh local seafood increased, he purchased more fishing boats and grew his fleet. The fish are line caught, then weighed, cut and prepared on Clearwater Beach docks. The fresh fish is delivered to local restaurants, including Frenchy’s restaurants, every day.

Frenchy’s Continued Growth

Frenchy has a love for restaurants and Clearwater Beach, so he kept opening restaurants on Clearwater Beach. He opened Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe, located on 419 Poinsettia Avenue on Clearwater Beach in 1989. In 1991 he opened the very popular, beachfront Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille. In 2003, Frenchy expanded south of the circle on Clearwater Beach and opened Frenchy’s South Beach.

After opening his fourth restaurant on Clearwater Beach, he took a break from restaurants and purchased the Olympia Motel on Clearwater Beach. After strong renovations, Frenchy opened a retro 60’s style beach motel featuring 15 units with waterfront views of the intercoastal. The retro hotel was named Frenchy’s Oasis Motel and opened in 2010.

In 2013, Frenchy expanded his name off the island. He opened Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill. “Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill is an open-air Key West Style restaurant situated near the causeway to beautiful Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.”


If you’re in the Clearwater Beach area, be sure to grab lunch or dinner at one of Frenchy’s restaurants. My personal favorite is Frenchy’s Original Cafe. I love their buffalo shrimp and the original grouper sandwich and it’s only blocks from Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach.

If I catch a late flight to Clearwater Beach, Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille is one of my favorite late-night eats on Clearwater Beach. Not only is it a very short walk from Surfside Condos and The Villas of Clearwater Beach – but a great way to get there is a quick and beautiful walk on the beach!

What’s your favorite of Frenchy’s restaurant?

Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve 2018

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Clearwater Beach New Year's Eve 2018

New Year’s Eve is almost here and it’s time to start choosing where to celebrate. Join the Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve events including midnight fireworks!

Need some food on NYE? Check out these great late nights eats on Clearwater Beach.

Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve Events


Light It Up – NYE Fireworks Celebration on Clearwater Beach

There’s a lot of options for where to go for a great Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration. No matter where you choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve, enjoy a fantastic Midnight Fireworks Show to ring in the New Year!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

“Say “Bon Voyage” to 2018 on a Yacht StarShip New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise! This festive cruise is the best way to celebrate NYE on the water. Dine on gourmet food, sip on delicious cocktails and dance the night away under the stars. Yacht StarShip will also provide party favors and a champagne toast at midnight for guests to ring in the New Year with a fireworks show over the water.”

The Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise boards at 10PM and returns at 12:30AM, but the party contines dockside until 1AM. The New Year’s Eve cruise includes: fireworks show and a champagne toast at midnight, open bar, Hor d’oeuvres, gourmet food stations, carving stations, desserts, party favors, DJ entertainment, and dancing.

Check out the dinner menu and purchase tickets now.

New Year’s Eve Grand Glow Funk Party

Dance your way into 2019 at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach! Doors open at 8PM and the party goes until 1AM. Purchase tickets now.

New Year’s Eve Party at Shephard’s

“Shephard’s annual New Years Party is a sell out every year and this year won’t be any different. Your ticket will get you in to the biggest party on Clearwater Beach! One ticket gets you in to the Soak Pool Lounge, Salt Tequila Bar and Tap Room, The Wave Nightclub, and Tiki Beach. There will be live music from New Divide featuring Cutty Jones. Dj Ray and Brandon James will be spinning top 40 and some of your favorite songs from previous years. This is sure to be the party to attend to kick of 2019.”

21+ Buy tickets now.

Jimmy’s 2018 New Years Celebration

Join Jimmy’s on Clearwater Beach for live music, complimentary party hats and noisemakers, a champagne toast and great views of the midnight fireworks show! Secure seats by purchasing advanced seating of the 10PM dinner time, featuring Filet Mignon and Lobster for $124.94 per couple.

Jimmy’s on the Edge and 505 at the Edge

This rooftop bar features amazing views for the midnight fireworks show, live DJ from 9PM – 1AM, food available until 11PM, and a Champagne Toast. $20 cover.

Marina Cantina Tequila Bar and Grille

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Marina Cantina Tequila Bar and Grille featuring entree specials and a limited dinner menu from 4PM to 11PM. The DJ dance party starts at 9PM and will end with a Champagne toast and a rooftop view of the NYE fireworks.

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – December 2018

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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events - December 2018

Clearwater Beach Weather December 2018

It may be winter in Clearwater Beach but the weather is still beautiful! The Clearwater Beach Weather in December has average highs in the 70°s! At night it may drop into the upper 50°s – making it a great time to enjoy some delicious cool weather beach foods.

Relax in the warm sun during the day, and enjoy watching some great holiday events or movies filmed in Clearwater Beach during the cool nights!

Clearwater Beach Events December 2018

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!

(No movies scheduled on December 1st due to “Feast on the Beach” Food & Wine Festival)

December 7th: A Christmas Story (PG)
December 8th: The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG)
December 14th: Beauty and the Beast – 2017 (PG)
December 15th: White Christmas – 1954
December 21st: Elf (PG)
December 22nd: Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG)
December 26th: Trolls Movie (PG)
December 27th: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (PG-13)
December 28th: The Little Mermaid – 2018 (PG)
December 29th: Mamma Mia! Here WE Go Again (PG-13)
December 30th: Finding Dory (PG)
December 31st: Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

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.

Miracle on Cleveland Street

“Macy’s presents Miracle on Cleveland Street, a Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience, in downtown Clearwater on Saturday, December 1 from 5 to 10 pm. […] This free holiday festival returns for the 12th year when the 400-600 blocks of downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District will be transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with falling snow, an ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus ($5 per photo). New this year, Mayor George Cretekos will be lighting the tree at Station Square Park. Festivities will also include a giant gingerbread house, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, a scavenger hunt with the chance to win a brand new child’s bicycle, courtesy of Baystar Restaurant Group and more. The following activities require a wristband, which can be purchased for $8: horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, inflatable bounce houses, Rockem Sockem Robots.”

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert Presented by The Florida Orchestra

“Ruth Eckerd Hall announces Star Wars Live In Concert with The Florida Orchestra performing Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores live to the film A New Hope on Saturday, December 1 at 8 pm. Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved Star Wars film in a live symphonic concert experience. ”

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA

Now through January 6th. Winter’s Wonderland presented by Clearwater Toyota. Join us for a splashingly great holiday celebration at Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

  • Experience Winter’s Wonderland with lights and decorations all around the aquarium.
  • See the holiday-themed habitats and wish happy holidays to our resident animals!
  • Watch Santa and his elves as they dive underwater in Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway!

Clearwater Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

“Watch the Island Estates Holiday Boat Parade from Coachman Park, waterfront restaurants, hotels and private homes along the route.”

Florida Orchestra Pops: Holiday Pops

“Pure holiday magic you can’t buy at the mall, featuring the velvet voice of American Idol star and St. Pete native Michael Lynche. A perfect gift for the whole family.”

A Rockapella Christmas

“Sprinkle your holiday season with vocal magic! Rockapella brings it’s exciting, internationally acclaimed, a cappella sound back to the Capitol Theatre with a night of holiday classics!”

Home Alone Presented by The Florida Orchestra

“A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by The Florida Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.  Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!”

Outback Bowl Beach Day

“Join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60. This fun day includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m”

Clearwater Beach New Years Eve Events

Light It Up – NYE Fireworks Celebration on Clearwater Beach

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

New Year’s Eve Grand Glow Funk Party

New Year’s Eve Party at Shephard’s

Events Near Clearwater Beach – December 2018

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens (Now through December 31st)

Crafty Fest Local Handmade & Vintage Market (December 1st-2nd and December 15th-16th)

Dunedin Food Tour (Every Saturday)

Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting (December 1st)

Free Train Weekends in Largo (December 1st and 2nd)

Holiday in the Park – Pinellas Park (December 1st)

Ghost Tours of Safety Harbor (Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)

Guy Harvey Outpost Lightning Watch Party (December 1st)

Holiday Boutique at the Florida CraftArt (Now through December 31st)

Holiday Lights in the Gardens (Now through December 30th)

Honeymoon Island Bluegrass Festival (December 1st)

Largo’s Annual Holiday Stroll: Rockin Lights Family Fun Night (December 1st)

Reindeer Run (December 1st)

Snowfest in Downtown St. Pete (Multiple events in December)

St. Pete Power Boat and Sailboat Show (November 29th – December 2nd)

St. Pete Beach Drive, Dine & Wine Tour (Now through December 18th)

There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs (December 7th)

Annual Tarpon Springs Boat Parade (December 7th)

Safety Harbor Tree Lighting (December 7th)

IBC Baseball Fall Nationals (November 30th – December 2nd)

Annual Festival of Lights Illuminated Boat Parade in Madeira Beach (December 8th)

Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach (December 8th)

Boley Centers’ 35th Annual Jingle Bell Run (December 13th)

Treasure Island’s Lighted Boat Parade (December 14th)

Candy Cane Hunt in Tarpon Springs (December 15th)

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 15th)

Largo’s Annual Holiday Stroll: Let It Snow (December 15th)

Magritte and Dali (December 15th – May 19th)

Safety Harbor Holiday Parade (December 15th)

Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade (December 15th)

Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade (December 16th)

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (December 20th)

“Toast by the Coast” New Year’s Eve Party (December 30th – January 1st)

First Night St. Pete (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve at Busch Gardens (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve at the MFA (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve Grand Tasting (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve with The Hip Abduction and Passafire (December 31st)

Rock N’ Play Masquerade Bash (December 31st)

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!