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Clearwater Beach Sunset Cruise

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Clearwater Beach Sunset Cruise - Captain Memos Pirate Ship 2

Clearwater Beach is known for its soft white sand beaches, family-friendly atmosphere and beautiful sunsets! While there are many great locations to view the sunsets on Clearwater Beach, some of the best views come from just off the beach – on a Clearwater Beach Sunset Cruise! The Clearwater Beach Marina is full of fun activities ranging from jet ski rentals, sailboat cruises, deep sea fishing, dolphin sighting adventures and more! Many include sunset cruises so you can enjoy the fun and a beautiful sunset!

Schooner Clearwater

Set sail on the Schooner Clearwater! The custom built 52-foot schooner provides a relaxing Clearwater Beach sunset cruise for up to 36 passengers. The destinations of the 2-hour sunset cruise will be dictated by wherever and wind and tide will take the Schooner Clearwater!

Kai Lani Catamaran

Sit back, relax and sip a cool drink of your choice as you sail towards the beautiful sunset on the Kai Lani Catamaran! The Kai Lani Catamaran is a custom built 50-foot catamaran with a spacious sundeck featuring abundant seating.

Little Toot

Clearwater Beach has beautiful sunsets. But if you’re looking to see more than a sunset on your sunset cruise, check out Little Toot! Little Toot offers guaranteed dolphin sightings or the next trip is free! The tugboat shape of Little Toot creates a large wake that dolphins love to jump and play in! The boat’s deck sits low, providing close up sightings of the dolphins. Soft drinks, water and beer are available on Little Toot!

Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship

If you’re looking for one of the most family-friendly activities Clearwater Beach has to offer, embark on Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship! Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship offers a sunset cruise that’s fun for all ages! The two-hour sunset cruise includes a treasure hunt, face painting, water gun games, stories and dancing for all ages – kids love it! A sunset cruise on Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship provides the kids with fun activities, drinks for adults and a beautiful sunset view for all!

Calypso Queen

The Calypso Queen sunset cruise offers a breathtaking view of the Clearwater Beach sunset and a party full of dancing, tropical drinks and a Tropical Island Style Dinner Buffet! The dinner buffet includes mango glazed chicken, beef teriyaki and chilled steamed shrimp. The sunset cruise includes soft drinks, beer, wine, and rum punch!

StarLite Majesty

Looking for a romantic Clearwater Beach sunset cruise? The StarLite Majesty dining yacht offers great dining, live entertainment and dancing on their two and a half to three-hour sunset cruises. The dining service includes a full, restaurant-style menu featuring continental cuisine prepared fresh on board. The entertainment is a mix of live selections and a wide variety of recorded songs to satisfy any musical request. The StarLite Majesty also features a full bar and a large outdoor deck to provide beautiful views of the Clearwater Beach sunset.

Walk to Caladesi Island State Park

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Walk to Caladesi Island State Park

One of the reasons I love staying on the North Beach side of Clearwater Beach, Florida is that it makes it easier to walk to Caladesi Island State Park. Caladesi Island State Park is one of the completely natural islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The pristine Gulf Coast island is filled with mangroves, peaceful hiking trails and quiet, soft, white beaches with palm trees even touching the calm waves of the ocean.

There are only two ways to get to Caladesi Island. You can take a 20-minute ferry ride from Honeymoon Island or you can walk to Caladesi Island from Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Yes, you can walk from Clearwater Beach to Caladesi Island. The two islands weren’t always connected, but they are now. The islands used to be separated by Dunedin Pass. In the 1980’s sand began to accumulate, narrowing the pass. Then in 1985, Hurricane Elena rolled up the Gulf Coast of Florida, sealing the pass completely. With Dunedin Pass sealed, Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island became connected, making it possible to walk from Clearwater Beach to Caladesi Island.

The walk to Caladesi Island State Park from Clearwater Beach is beautiful, but it isn’t a short walk. Before setting out to walk from Clearwater to Caladesi Island, you should pack a small bag with water and a snack. If you’re staying on the North Side of Clearwater Beach (at or near Surfside Condominiums or the Villas of Clearwater Beach) the walk to Caladesi Island State Park is ~2.2 miles. That’s just the “entrance” of Caladesi Island State Park. I say “entrance” because it is only marked with a sign on the beach.

Caladesi Island State Park has public bathrooms and a small snack bar available towards the middle of the island. That area of Caladesi Island is just over a 3-mile walk. While the public bathrooms are always open, the snack bar may not be, so be sure to pack some water.

One of my favorite things about Caladesi Island is to walk to the end of the beach on the north side of the island. It is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful area. With all of Caladesi and Clearwater Beach behind you, you can sit in the soft sand and watch boats travel in and out of Hurricane Pass, the pass separating Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island. With Caladesi Island being so narrow, you can easily tell you’re sitting on the furthest north part of the island. The beautiful view will leave you with a strong sense of accomplishment since it’s a far walk, and you can’t walk any further. From the North Beach area of Clearwater Beach, it’s a ~4.5-mile walk to get there.

Tips for the Walk to Caladesi Island State Park

  • Pack some water and a snack.
  • Bring some sunscreen so you can reapply while you’re on the beach hike.
  • Check the weather before you go and avoid any pop-up rain showers.
  • Start the walk as it is transitioning from high tide to low tide. That way you’ll be able to make it there and back before it’s high tide. (I made this mistake once. One part of the walk to Caladesi Island involves walking past a small line of trees that touch the ocean waves even during low tide. Hit this area during high tide and instead of a cool wave washing across your toes, you may be knee deep. This short part can be avoided by following a trail that leaves the beach, but the trail can hold water after rains as well.)

Clearwater Beach Rainy Day Activities

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Clearwater Beach Rainy Day Activities

We all dream of relaxing on the beach, feeling the soft sand between our toes and the warm sun on our skin… but that’s not every day at the beach. Sometimes it rains. I love sitting on the balcony, drink in hand, watching the rain. During a light rain, it’s relaxing. During a thunderstorm, it can be beautiful. But for kids, it’s often a boring day, stuck inside wishing to be on the beach. Instead of playing in the sand, you’re just stuck staring at it. If your kids are needing a place to go (or if you’re still a kid at heart and need a place to go yourself) here are some fun Clearwater Beach rainy day activities.

My Favorite Clearwater Beach Rainy Day Activities


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 on location.

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. If the weather clears up while you’re at the museum, there’s also an outdoor ropes course and zip line!

AirHeads Trampoline Arena

If the rain 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 rain. 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.

 

These Clearwater Beach Rainy Day Activities will keep you moving and entertained during those cloudy and rainy days. I hope the sun comes out soon so you’ll back on the beach and won’t miss another beautiful Clearwater Beach sunset! If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Clearwater, check out: Clearwater Beach Family Activities.