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Clearwater Beach SPF Shirt

Clearwater Beach SPF Shirt

I recently mentioned wearing a Clearwater Beach SPF Shirt when Paddleboarding to a small island near Clearwater Beach. This shirt was worn when paddleboarding to help keep my skin safe from the sun, allow me to move around easily, and dry quickly.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This term is often used when talking about sunscreen, clothing, and other sun protection gear. When looking at the clothing you may see SPF or UPF, Ultraviolet Protection Factor. Both SPF and UPF clothing will protect you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but there is a slight difference in what the label means. SPF means the clothing was measured for the UVB rays. UPF clothing was measured for both UVA and UVB rays.

Here’s a quick summary of what that really means…

Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) are both found in sunlight. UVA is a longer wavelength ultraviolet light that causes skin aging. UVB is a shorter wavelength of ultraviolet light and it is what causes sunburns. While SPF clothing may provide some protection from both UVA and UVB, they have only been checked for UVB – to help protect from sunburns. Clothing with the UPF label has been checked to provide protection for both UVA and UVB.

You may see labels that say things such as SPF 15. This is saying the product with the SPF 15 label will protect you from a sunburn 15 times longer than you would be without the product. SPF 30 means 30 times longer and so on.

If you’re in the Clearwater Beach area and need some more than sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, check out these shops to buy your own Clearwater Beach SPF shirt.

Where to Buy a Clearwater Beach SPF Shirt

Clearwater Beach Paddle Board Rental

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Clearwater Beach Paddle Board Rental 4

I’ve previously written about standup paddle board rental locations in Clearwater Beach, but I wanted to share some more information with you. Here’s my first-hand experience of paddle boarding in the Clearwater Beach area.

Paddle Board Rental

My wife and I rented paddle boards from Clearwater Beach Paddleboard & Rental Co. We waited to book our paddle board rental until we were in Clearwater Beach and made sure we rented on a day with good weather. We wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t rain, but we also wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be too windy or have choppy water. We called Clearwater Beach Paddleboard & Rental Co to make a reservation the day before our rental. If you’re visiting Clearwater Beach during a busy time of year, you may want to call further in advance. Their number: (727) 444-0441

Clearwater Beach Paddleboard & Rental Co is located at 439 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767. Their storefront is not on the water, but don’t worry you do not need to carry the paddle board around. The rental company will take care of it for you. We showed up at the shop the morning of our rental, checked in, signed some paperwork, and were ready to go in minutes! We chose to paddle board in the Intracoastal of Clearwater Beach and they had us set up to leave from their dock just down the street from them. They walked us down to the dock, helped us get set up with lifevests, paddles, and boards. They took the time to show us how to properly set the paddle length to match our height and give us some tips on using the paddle boards before we headed out.

Where We Went

Clearwater Beach Paddle Board Rental 2

I’ve been wanting to paddle board the Intracoastal of Clearwater Beach for a while so I had a plan on where to go before I was on the paddle board. I knew there were some fun islands to visit between Island Estates and Clearwater (mainland Clearwater, not Clearwater Beach). These islands can be seen when looking north when driving across the causeway bridge.

There are a few small islands in this area. I used either Google Maps or Apple Maps to get a visual of what the islands. I looked to see what they were like and which would be easiest to get to on a paddle board. Using the satellite images, I found an island that had small sand beaches and wasn’t too far. My wife and I decided on that island and started mapping out how we would get there.

Paddle Boarding to the Island

We left from the dock attached with Frenchy’s Seafood Company. From the docks, you can see all the boats at the Island Yacht Club directly across the water. We started off heading towards the north side of the Island Yacht Club. Paddling all the way around Island Estates would take a long time, so we planned a shortcut.

This was the part of the trip I wasn’t sure would work, but thankfully it did. We counted three inlets north of Island Yacht Club and paddled into the third inlet. At this inlet, there’s a small bridge that we were able to paddle under. It’s a very small bridge, and it happened to be high tide during our adventure. This made the road really low to the water.  We dropped down onto our stomachs and paddled with our arms like a surfboard to get under the bridge. It was tight! Thankfully it was also short. We were on the other side within a minute to two minutes.

From there, we paddled out past the homes on the other side of Island Estates. When we reached the edges of the Intracoastal waterway. The island we were looking for could easily be seen in the center of the Intracoastal waterway, just a little south of us.

Our paddle board adventure to and from the island can be seen below. The red line is the route we took to get from the paddle board rental dock to the island and back. It is about 1.25 miles from the dock to the island, two and a half miles there and back.

Clearwater Beach Paddle Board Rental Map

What We Brought

What did we bring with us? Not much! We each had our board, paddle, and life vest provided by the Clearwater Beach paddle board rental company. Nicki and I put sunscreen on right before heading out. We each wore a baseball cap, SPF shirts, and sunglasses. Nicki tossed her phone into a watertight bag to keep it safe. I tossed my GoPro that floats into my pocket. That’s all we headed out with.

Now that I’ve done it once. Next time, I’ll bring a water bottle and extra sunscreen with me. If I plan on staying on the island for a while, I’d add a small snack as well.

Was It Difficult?

Many people have never been paddle boarding and have asked if it was difficult. Paddle boarding is easier than I thought it would be. Paddle boarding to the island wasn’t my first time though. I’m from Missouri and have been paddle boarding on lakes for a couple of years. I had at least a little bit of experience with balancing on the board and knowing how it feels.

When starting out, it’s best to stay on your knees. It’s safer to keep lower to the board and easier to balance. I would always recommend staying on your knees when in shallow water or leaving a dock. Wait to stand up until you are away from docks and in deeper water. This was if you fall, you won’t hit a hard surface and the water will be deep enough to not hit the bottom.

The distance wasn’t too challenging, but it did take a while. It’s very common to have some wind on large water areas and paddling into the wind is more difficult. When we were paddling to the island, we were paddling into the wind. It took us twice as long to get to the island than it did to get back. The trip there was tiring at times with going into the wind. The way back was really enjoyable and smooth.

The day we went paddle boarding, the water was fairly smooth and there weren’t many boats out to leave wakes. This made it easier to stay on the board with relatively smooth water. When a boat would go past us, we’d quickly turn our board and head toward the boat’s wake. When on a paddle board, it’s best to paddle with the front of your board directly into the boat’s wake.

Clearwater Beach Paddle Boarding Adventure

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – April 2022

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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events - April 2022

Clearwater Beach Weather – April 2022

April is the second half of the Clearwater Beach spring break season, and the weather just keeps getting better! In April, the warm sun heats the Clearwater Beach area into the upper 70°s, and at night it only drops into the upper 60°s. Best of all, the ocean keeps warming up too and reaches an average of 73° each April.

 Clearwater Beach Events – April 2022

Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival

Celebrate the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunsets each day on Pier 60. The festival starts two hours before sunset and stays open until two hours after sunset. The daily festival includes artisans, crafters, street performers, and a beautiful sunset view on Clearwater Beach – America’s #1 Beach!

Events Hosted by Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience – April 2022

Events are hosted at different venues managed by Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience. Please check the Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience website for more information on each performance.

  • April 1, 2022: Girl Named Tom at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 2, 2022: Chase Bryant & Drew Baldridge at REH on the Road (7:00 PM)
  • April 2, 2022: Henry Winkler at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 3, 2022: One Night in Memphis at Ruth Eckerd Hall (1:00 PM)
  • April 3, 2022: Night Ranger at Chasco Fiesta at REH on the Road (7:00 PM)
  • April 3, 2022: TFO: Milos-Concierto deAranjuez at Ruth Eckerd Hall (7:30 PM)
  • April 3, 2022: Livingston Taylor & Tom Chapin at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 5, 2022: REH Chorus Spring Concert at Murray Theatre (7:30 PM)
  • April 5, 2022: The Zombies at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 5, 2022: Postmodern Jukebox at Ruth Eckerd Hall (8:00 PM)
  • April 6, 2022: Henry Rollins at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 8, 2022: Kenny G at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 9, 2022: Kristin Chenoweth at Ruth Eckerd Hall (8:00 PM)
  • April 9, 2022: Larry Fleet at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 10, 2022: Golden Boys at Ruth Eckerd Hall (1:00 PM)
  • April 10, 2022: TFO: Broadway Pops at Ruth Eckerd Hall (7:30 PM)
  • April 10, 2022: Jon Anderson with Paul Green at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 12, 2022 – April 13, 2022: STOMP at Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • April 14, 2022: Pillows and Beer Live at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 15, 2022: Don Felder at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 15, 2022: Todrick Hall at REH on the Road (8:00 PM)
  • April 16, 2022: South Pacific at Ruth Eckerd Hall (7:30 PM)
  • April 16, 2022: CAL Led Zeppelin I at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 18, 2022: Fiddler on the Roof at Ruth Eckerd Hall (7:00 PM)
  • April 20, 2022: Dave Rubin at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (7:30 PM)
  • April 20, 2022 – April 21, 2022: Van Morrison at Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • April 21, 2022: Colin Hay of Men at Work at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)
  • April 22, 2022: Steve Hackett at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (7:30 PM)
  • April 22, 2022: Diana Krall at Ruth Eckerd Hall (8:00 PM)
  • April 23, 2022: The Piano Guys at Ruth Eckerd Hall (8:00 PM)
  • April 27, 2022: TFO: Changing Seasons at Ruth Eckerd Hall (11:00 AM)
  • April 27, 2022: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (8:00 PM)

Clearwater Market Marie: April 9, 2022

Enjoy the Clearwater community and support local vendors at The Market Marie, an outdoor marketplace. The Market Marie is located at 710 Court Street in Downtown Clearwater, Florida – at the intersection of Court & Myrtle. The Market Marie is open on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM until 2 PM.

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: April 8 – April 24, 2022

This year the Sugar Sand Festival’s theme is “SANDimals: an animal adventure.” Head down to the daily sunset festival at Pier 60 and check out these unique sand sculptures created by world-renowned sand sculpturists. The sand sculptures are on the beach but inside a 21,000 square foot cover to keep them safe from any wind or rain. There’s more than just sand sculptures to look at! Come join the festival for live music, sand sculpturing classes, fireworks, and kids’ play areas!

Tickets are available to be purchased in person, or you can buy tickets online.

Tampa Bay Sporting Events – April 2022

Tampa Bay Lightning Home Games (NHL)

  • April 1, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7:00 PM ET)
  • April 2, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens (7:00 PM ET)
  • April 4, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 PM ET)
  • April 8, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins (7:00 PM ET)
  • April 10, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres (5:00 PM ET)
  • April 14, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Anaheim Ducks (7:00 PM ET)
  • April 16, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Winnipeg Jets (7:00 PM ET)
  • April 19, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detriot Red Wings (7:00 PM ET)
  • April 21, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8:00 PM ET)
  • April 23, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators (7:00 PM ET)
  • April 26, 2022: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7:00 PM ET)

Philadelphia Phillies – Spring Training Games in Clearwater Beach (MLB)

  • April 3, 2022: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Detroit Tigers (1:05 PM EDT)
  • April 5, 2022: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12:05 PM EDT)

Tampa Bay Rays Home Games (MLB)

  • April 6, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Tropicana Field (12:35 PM EDT) – Spring Training Game
  • April 8, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles (3:10 PM EDT) – Home Opener!
  • April 9, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles (1:10 PM EDT)
  • April 10, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles (1:10 PM EDT)
  • April 11, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics (6:40 PM EDT)
  • April 12, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics (6:40 PM EDT)
  • April 13, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics (6:40 PM EDT)
  • April 14, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Oakland Athletics (1:10 PM EDT)
  • April 22, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox (7:10 PM EDT)
  • April 23, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox (6:10 PM EDT)
  • April 24, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox (1:10 PM EDT)
  • April 26, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners (6:40 PM EDT)
  • April 27, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners (6:40 PM EDT)
  • April 28, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners (1:10 PM EDT)
  • April 29, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins (7:10 PM EDT)
  • April 30, 2022: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins (4:10 PM EDT)

Tampa Bay Rowdies Home Games (USL Championship)

  • April 9, 2022: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Miami FC (7:30 PM ET)
  • April 16, 2022: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. FC Tulsa (7:30 PM ET)
  • April 30, 2022: Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. San Diego Loyal SC (7:30 PM ET)

Events Near Clearwater Beach – April 2022

Picasso and the Allure of the South at The Dali Museum: Now – May 22, 2022

James Playdate: Now – December 1, 2023

PCI Second Sunday Big Gay Pool Party: Now – October 14, 2022

Sensory Saturdays: Now – December 9, 2022

Zubrick Magic Theatre: Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: Every Saturday

Safety Harbor’s Market on Main: Every Sunday

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

The Afro Exchange Market: Last Sunday of each month

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay: Every Friday

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

Treasure Island Friday Morning Market: Every Friday

Tarpon Springs First Friday: First Friday of the month

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: Every Tuesday

Second Friday at Downtown Oldsmar: Second Friday of each month

Safety Harbor Third Friday Music Series: Every Third Friday

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing: Every Third Sunday

Yoga at The Dali: Every third Sunday of the month

SPCA Tampa Bay’s 31st Annual Pet Walk: April 2, 2022

Vintage Marché Monthly Vintage Market: April 2 – October 7, 2022

Florida Botanical Gardens Spring Orchid Sale: April 2 – April 3, 2022

Dunedin Highland Games & Festival: April 2, 2022

First Mondays Presented by American Stage and Creative Pinellas: April 4, 2022, through February 5, 2024

Sketching In The Galleries: Now through April 5, 2022

American Stage in the Park presents ‘Footloose – the Musical’: April 6 – May 8, 2022

30th Annual Spring Suncoast Kingfish Classic: April 7 – April 9, 2022

Tampa Bay Blues Festival: April 8 – April 10, 2022

Family Day – Earth As Art: April 9, 2022

Advanced Painting – Shawn Dell Joyce: April 9, 2022

Leon Majcen at The James Museum: April 12, 2022

Happy Hour with the Historian: April 14 – December 8, 2022

Poetry at the Dali: April 14 – October 12, 2022

Mainsail Art Festival: April 16 and 17, 2022

Beer and Burger Throwdown: April 16, 2022

Earth Day at the Florida Botanical Gardens: April 22, 2022

A River Runs Through It (1992) at The James Museum: April 16, 2022

Sunscreen Film Festival: April 28 – May 1, 2022

Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament: April 28 – April 30, 2022

St. Anthony’s Triathlon: April 30 – May 1, 2022