I’m a night owl. I love staying up late. Sunsets are beautiful and don’t mean the end of my day. It’s just a lovely break before a fun night. Clearwater Beach is known for its beautiful sunsets, but did you know there is also a gorgeous Clearwater Beach Sunrise?
I didn’t… until my daughter was born.
She’s just under two years old, and she loves spending time at the beach! It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. She’s ready to run and play when on vacation. She’s up late, happy, and having fun then out like a light that night but back up, excited, and ready to play sometimes as early as 4 AM. I’m tired! …but enjoying every minute of it.
Now that my daughter has me up to enjoy the sunrise, I realized how much I was missing. The early mornings in Clearwater Beach are beautiful. We go for walks in the early mornings. It’s quite. There’s barely a single car driving down the dark but well-lit streets in the early morning. Other than the very occasional car driving by, we’ll see a few early morning runners to say hi to. Clearwater Beach is full of friendly faces, even at 5 AM. Well, not FULL of friendly faces at 5 AM… but there are a few other people awake, and they’re all friendly. Later in the day, the sidewalks become full.
Our early morning walks consist of walking and looking at the colorful glowing lights of the different signs as we walk towards the intercoastal waterway. That’s where we watch the sun start to come up. It’s beautiful to see the warm and color lights begin to appear behind the buildings on Island Way Estates, downtown Clearwater and Dunedin. The backlight buildings often reflect perfectly in the calm waters. It’s beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. Usually, the only thing to be heard is a few birds and the giggles of my daughter as they fly by.
I’m still far from a morning person, but if you are (or if your kids are), take a walk and enjoy the Clearwater Beach sunrise on the intercoastal side of the island. Our two favorite areas are by the boat docks next to the Clearwater Beach Library & Recreation Complex or off the Papaya Street Plaza at the c0rner of Papaya Street and East Shore Drive.
After the sunrises, we head back to the beach. My daughter is similar to all kids and hates sunscreen. So she gets to enjoy that first early part of the day building sandcastles and playing in the Gulf of Mexico sans sunscreen… all before breakfast.
If you’re a morning person, where’s your favorite morning spot?
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