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Sailing Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Clearwater Beach Sailing

Clearwater Beach is more than soft white sand and beautiful sunsets. The calm, warm ocean waters of the Gulf of Mexico makes Clearwater Beach a great place to set sail. Sailing Clearwater Beach is a great way to relax and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the area.

Schooner Clearwater

Enjoy “a true sailing experience on Clearwater Beach”. The Schooner Clearwater is a 52-foot long sailboat built in 2016. The beautiful boat can sail around Clearwater Beach with up to 50 people, but limits reservations to 22 passengers to keep the boat open and always promise a fun, relaxing experience.

The Schooner Clearwater offers a Clearwater Beach sailing cruise each day and a sunset sail in the evening. Each cruise is two hours long and leaves from the Clearwater Beach Marina. The direction and total distance of each sail are determined based on weather and wind speeds.

For larger events, the Schooner Clearwater is also open for private charters. Private charters can even include a small catering and beverage service as you are sailing Clearwater Beach.

Kai Lani Catamaran

Sail around Clearwater Beach and feel a light spray of the ocean through the open netting of the Kai Lani Catamaran. The Kai Lani Catamaran is a performance catamaran capable of reaching speeds of 20 knots. The Kai Lani Catamaran offers daily cruises and evening sunset cruises. These cruises can hold up to 41 passengers and serve beer and wine while sailing Clearwater Beach.

Clearwater Community Sailing Center

Instead of just enjoying a relaxing Clearwater Beach sailboat cruise, learn to sail yourself! Just across the bridge headed towards Sand Key, you’ll find the Clearwater Community Sailing Center. The Clearwater Community Sailing Center offers a one hour cruise with an instructor to teach you how to sail. The one-hour sailing lesson costs $100 for a group of 4 or smaller.

Private sailing lessons are also available. Private lessons cost $75/hour for a single person ($35/hour for any additional participants). The instructors at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center are fantastic and can quickly teach you to sail. The instructors feel most individuals feel comfortable sailing on their own within two to three hours.

Outside of learning to sail, you can learn how to windsurf, paddleboard, and more! You can also rent kayaks, stand up paddleboards, windsurfers and small sailboats and catamarans!

Sail Honeymoon Kayak & SUP Rentals

Sail the north side of Clearwater Beach by renting sailboats and trimarans from Sail Honeymoon Kayak & SUP Rentals. As the name says, they are more than just sailboats. Sail, kayak or paddle the water surrounding the north side of Clearwater Beach, Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island. After enjoying the beautiful area on the water, stop and taste the great food and drinks found in Dunedin, the town you drive through right before reaching the causeway to Honeymoon Island where Sail, Honeymoon Kayak & SUP Rentals is located.

Best Clearwater Beach Grouper Sandwich

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Clearwater Beach, the Best Beach in America, is known for its soft white sand, beautiful sunsets, and delicious food! Being on the Gulf of Mexico, one of the best things to order is the grouper sandwich.

1. Frenchy’s Original Cafe

Best Clearwater Beach Grouper Sandwich

41 Baymont Street, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-446-3607

Frenchy’s Original Cafe opened in 1981 and quickly became known for their fresh grouper sandwiches. Frenchy’s doesn’t just offer a great Grouper Sandwich, it offers a variety of types. The Original Grouper Sandwich, a fresh grouper filet friend in a seasoned batter. Super Grouper Sandwich, just as delicious just even more! You can also choose from grouper sandwiches, grilled, Cajun, Buffalo or even a unique Grouper Reuben! Frenchy’s grouper sandwich is the delicious food that built Frenchy’s Clearwater Beach empire.

2. Palm Pavillion Beachside Grill & Bar

10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-446-2642

Head to Palm Pavillion Beachside Grill & Bar and enjoy a grouper sandwich directly on Clearwater Beach – not just the island, sitting on the beach itself! You’ll find a lot of grouper on the menu including three different grouper sandwiches.

“The Palm Grouper Sandwich: Fresh Gulf-caught grouper lightly breaded and fried. Served on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, red onion, lemon wedges and house-made tartar sauce.”

“The Beach Grouper Sandwich: Grilled or blackened fresh Gulf-caught grouper, guacamole, sprouts and house-made tartar sauce on a toasted brioche bun.”

“The Classic Grouper Sandwich: Fresh Gulf-caught grouper grilled or blackened and served with lettuce, tomato, house-made tartar sauce on a toasted brioche bun.”

3. Cooters Restaurant & Bar

423 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-462-2668

“Super Grouper Sandwich: ‘The Best on the Beach!’ 6oz Filet of Fresh Florida Grouper. Served blackened, grilled or fried, with lettuce & tomato. We recommend lightly blackened for best flavor!”

I almost always order my grouper sandwich fried, except at Cooters. I’ve tried it every way and had to agree with them – the blackened grouper sandwich had the best flavor at Cooters.

4. Crabby’s Dockside

37 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-210-1313

Crabby’s Dockside, located across the street from Pier 60, has a delicious grouper sandwich. Choose how you’d like yours made; fried, grilled, blackened, or broiled!

5. Clear Sky Cafe

490 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-442-3684

Clear Sky Cafe is known for their delicious Clearwater Beach breakfasts and Bloody Mary Bar. They also have delicious dinner food including their grouper on brioche. Choose from grilled, blackened, fried or even piccata.

6. Blinkers Beachside Steakhouse and Lounge

476 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-754-1757

Blinkers Beachside Steakhouse and Lounge offer a great combo of Steak and Seafood. Their grouper sandwich comes lightly breaded with lettuce, tomato, preserved lemon tartar, toasted bun and a side of fries.

7. Salt Cracker Fish Camp

25 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-442-6910

“Just Caught Grouper Sandwich fried, grilled or blackened, shredded lettuce, tomato, red onion, tartar sauce.”

8. Sandbar

430 S. Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-450-6238

Sandbar, located in Opal Sands Resort, is known for its absolutely delicious fish tacos right on the edge of the Clearwater Pass. They offer more than just fish tacos, they have a fantastic menu that includes a great grouper sandwich.

9. Shark Beach Grill

411 S. Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-303-3000

Sparky’s, a great beach bar on South Clearwater Beach, has a great menu including a grouper sandwich that can be made grilled or blackened and served with lettuce, tomato, onions and tartar sauce.

10. Tate Island Grill

500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
727-441-2425

Tate Island Grill is located on the edge of the Sandpearl Resort touching the white sand of Clearwater Beach. They have a large menu featuring appetizers, salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches including a traditional grouper sandwich and more!

How to Build a Sandcastle

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How to Build a Sandcastle - Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, the Best Beach in the United States (and the 6th Best Beach in the world!), is known for its soft white sand beaches. The sand, as soft as sugar, makes the perfect environment for walking on the beach, lounging in the warm sun and building sandcastles!

Sandcastle Building Tips

Bring Needed Tools

  • Bucket
  • Shovel
  • Offset Spatula

These three items, or similar items, are needed. The bucket will be used for moving both water and sand. If you have an option to bring more than one bucket, do so. Variable sizes of the buckets may also be helpful.

A shovel will be needed to dig and pack sand. A small shovel is okay, but if you are building a very large sandcastle you’ll be able to save time with a large shovel.

An offset spatula can be replaced with many other small items. It will be used to help trim, smooth and add decorated detail to the sand castle.

If you have other tools that may be helpful, bring them with you. If you’re just getting started with building sandcastles, the classic sandcastle buckets can be a great starting place to quickly build small, fun, sandcastles like the picture above.

Step One: Foundation

The first thing you need to do is to select a location and build a strong foundation for the sandcastle. You’ll want to be near the water. This will provide shorter trips for water and more dense sand to build on. Be careful not to build too close to the water that a larger wave could wash away your structure before it’s even finished! You may also want to keep an eye on when the tides are shifting. A rising tide may quickly bring those waves closer and closer to your sandcastle.

Once you have a location chosen, start digging a large circle. It will serve as a backup moat to protect the castle from any surprise waves. The sand removed should be tossed into a large pile in the center of the circle.

Once you have a large pile of sand in the center of the circle, you’ll turn the pile into a volcano shape. Pack the sand together tightly with an edged crater at the top. Slowly pour water into the crater and wait for it to drain down through the pile of sand. Patting the “volcano” on all sides, including through the water on the top, to form a dense sand base.

Step Two: Structure

With the base formed, it’s time to start building the overall structure of your sandcastle. Grab your bucket and fill it almost full of water. Then start adding sand to the bucket of water. You always want to add sand to water, not water to sand. Adding sand to water puts you in control of the density needed. As you add more sand, the water will start flowing over the top of the bucket and that is fine. Continue adding sand. As you add sand, lightly shake and the bucket and tap on the sides of the bucket. This will force any air bubbles out and help improve the density of the sand.

Once the bucket is full of dense wet sand, flip it over and position it on the foundation. Let sit for a few moments and then slowly pull the bucket away. If you’re adding multiple layers of foundations. Use the largest buckets at the bottom and then smaller bucket ontop of the large bucket.

If you only have one bucket. Put two or more “towers” right next to each other. Then add in sloppy wet sand by hand in between the towers, connecting them. Then add another bucket ontop of these to form another layer.

Step Three: Carve and Detail

Begin carving your design into the structure. Removing large amounts first and moving from the top down. Then begin adding in more features including designs from the top down. Start with a roof, then walls, and finish with the base. Then do the same process again focusing on smaller details each time you move from the top to the bottom so the sand does not fill in small areas below it as you work.

Step Four: Clean and Perfect

The last step is to clean any major errors. Cleaning major messes and leaving some small design mistakes can help it look like it is made of stone and has a few cracks. Continue moving from the top down, leaving flaws is okay but down leave large piles of soft sand where they don’t belong.

Look at the base of the sandcastle and make any adjustments there as well. One way to finish the sandcastle is to flatten the surrounding area and then lightly dust the area with soft sand.

The most important thing!

Have fun! Mistakes happen, take your time and enjoy the beautiful day.

As a VERY amateur sandcastle creator, these are the best tips I can give you. If you happen to be in Clearwater Beach in April, check out all the amazing, large and professional sand castles and sculptures at The Sugar Sand Festival located at Pier 60. Pier 60’s Sugar Sand Festival includes a 21,000 square foot event space on the beach filled with sand castles and sculptures. The celebration of Clearwater Beach’s soft sand continues outside the event space with live music, fireworks, kid’s play zones, sand sculpting classes and more!

If you have any tips for building sandcastles, please leave them in a comment below!