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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – May 2018

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Clearwater Beach Weather May 2018

Clearwater Beach Weather – May 2018

May is one of the best months to visit Clearwater Beach, Florida. The high temperatures for Clearwater Beach in May usually average between the mid 70°s and low 80°s. The Clearwater Beach Weather for May 2018 is looking to be a little bit warmer than usual. The first half of the month will have high temperatures in the low to mid 80°s and the second half of the month will have high temperatures in the mid to high 80°s. The warm weather will be joined by the beautiful sun! There are usually only 4 days with rain in May for Clearwater Beach, and the longterm forecast for May 2018 is looking to match that.

Clearwater Beach Events – May 2018

Clearwater Beach Taste Fest: The 9th annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest will be held on May 4, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Come on down to Pier 60 and enjoy tasting foods from over 30 local restaurants, premium wines, craft beers, live entertainment, and fireworks! Purchase tickets now!

AAC Baseball Championship: The American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship will be returning to Clearwater, Florida! The AAC Baseball Championship will be taking place at Clearwater’s Spectrum Field from May 22nd through May 27th. View more information here.

Clearwater Beach Sunset Festivals at Pier 60: Every day all year long! Celebrate the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunsets at the daily sunset festivals!

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Enjoy a free movie at Pier 60 under the stars!

5/5/2018: Coco (PG)
5/11/2018: The Incredibles (PG)
5/12/2018: Mother’s Day (PG-13)
5/18/2018: Smurfs: The Lost Village (PG-13)
5/19/2018: The Goonies (PG)
5/25/2018: Paddington 3 (PG)
5/26/2018: Meagan Leavey (PG-13)

Clearwater Farmers Market: Every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM! Click here for more information.

Events Near Clearwater Beach – May 2018

Gulfport Tuesday Morning Fresh Mark: Every Tuesday Morning at 3000 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, Florida 33707.

Florida CraftArt Presents: “Dia de los Muertos – A celebration of Life”:5/1/2018 – 5/29/2018. Monday – Saturday; 10 AM – 5:30 PM. Visit www.FloridaCraftArt.org or call (727) 821-7391. Admission is free.

Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann: 5/1/2018 through 7/15/2018.

Pinellas Ale Works presents Fifty Shades of Color: The Art of Anne Walker: 5/1/2018 – 5/24/2018. Free and open to the public! Sip on brews and walk through the solo exhibit of Anne Walker.

Shayna Leib: Into the Deep: 5/1/2018 – 5/13/2018. Art exhibition at Chihuly Collection features Shayna Leib, an artist, diver and underwater photographer.

American Stage in the Park: The Producers: Mel Brooks’ classic comedy! Weekly on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5/1/2018 through 5/13/2018.

Dali/Duchamp Exhibit: 5/1/2018 through 5/27/2018.

Cuatro de Mayo First Friday at Locale Market: 5/4/2018 from 6 PM to 9 PM. Enjoy an authentic Mexican feast for $19.99! ($19.99 if purchased before, $24.99 if purchased at the door.)

Mountainfilm Festival: 5/4/2018 through 5/5/2018 at The Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach.

Kentucky Derby Day Formal at Intermezzo: 5/5/2018. Watch the Kentucky Derby live and enjoy Mint Juleps, Bloody Mary’s, Oyster Raw Bar and more!

May Day Race: 5/5/2018. Choose from a 10k, 5k, or a kids’ dash and stay after for food, stretching, vendors and music!

Old Crowe Medicine Show at Jannus Live: 5/6/2018. Doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. Buy tickets today!

Screening of Lea and Mira and Holocaust Survivor Talk: 5/10/2018. The screening of ‘Lea and Mira,’ a story of two elderly Polish Jewish women who as children were taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Following the film, local Holocaust Survivor Pieter Kohnstam will share his personal experience of escaping Nazi Europe to Argentina. To reserve your seat, call 727.820.0100 ext. 301. Free and open to the public!

St. Pete Beach Beer Festival: 5/12/2018. Sample over 50 beers from national and local craft breweries!

St. Pete Taco & Beer Fiesta: 5/18/2018. Over 20 food trucks featuring delicious South American dishes.

Free Yoga at Sundial St. Pete: 5/19/2018. Free outdoor yoga at the courtyard at Sundial St. Pete. Check-in starts at 8:30 AM and yoga begins at 9 AM.

97x Barbecue & Music Festival: 5/28/2018. A day full of live music, art exhibits and delicious barbecue! This year’s lineup features Dirty Heads, Awolnation, Judah & The Lion, AJR and more!

Worth The Drive – Crystal River, Florida

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Crystal River, Florida Kayaking

While there are many things to do when visiting Clearwater Beach, there are also other parts of Florida worth experiencing. Many of these places are just a relatively short distance from Clearwater Beach and can make a great day trip! Crystal River, Florida definitely makes the list of places to go if you’re looking for a fun day trip location.

Kayaking in Crystal River, Florida

Crystal River, Florida is located on the Gulf Coast just an hour and forty-five minutes north of Clearwater Beach. (Click here for directions.) Crystal River, Florida has become known as the “Home of the Manatee”. Manatees flock to Crystal River, Florida each fall and spend the winter enjoying the warm water in the area. As the water temperature of the Gulf of Mexico drops, the Three Sisters Springs of Crystal River, Florida keeps the water in the area much warmer. The Three Sisters Springs maintain a water temperature of 72 degrees throughout the entire year! The springs also keep the water crystal clear, hence the name – Crystal River.

The clear and warm waters of Three Sisters Springs not only attracts manatees but also makes the Crystal River area an amazing location for kayaking!

The ideal time to go to kayaking at Crystal River is during late September, through the winter, and into March. This is when the water of the Gulf of Mexico is much cooler, and the warm waters of Three Sisters Springs attract manatees to the area. Three Sisters Springs is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and the King’s Bay Manatee Refuge. During the cooler months of the year, this area becomes home to the largest population of manatees in the world! While the coolers months are when you’re most likely to see manatees, the Crystal River area is a beautiful area for kayaking no matter what time of year it is.

You can bring your own kayaks, or you can rent kayaks in the Crystal River area. When I went kayaking in Crystal River, Florida, I rented from Hunter Springs Kayaks. Hunter Springs Kayaks offers guided tours, kayak rentals, paddle board rentals and kayak/paddle board hybrids for those who are new to standup paddle boarding. Hunter Springs Kayaks is located just a few blocks from the water. This provides plenty of free parking and a very short walk to the water. Don’t worry about carrying your kayak or paddleboard. All rented equipment is transported down to the water for you!

While I haven’t been kayaking in Crystal River, Florida during the Manatee Season (Late September through early April), I still had a great time kayaking through the beautiful area. I was able to see a few manatees and dolphins as I kayaked around the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The entire area truly is beautiful!

After kayaking in Crystal River, Florida, I drove a slower way back to Clearwater Beach. I stayed off the major highway and drove south on 19, giving me the opportunity to stop at one of my favorite places for dinner, Hellas Restaurant, in Tarpon Springs.

 

North Clearwater Beach

North Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is a small barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The beautiful sunset views and soft white sand have made Clearwater Beach an award-winning vacation location. The white sand beaches stretch two and a half miles from the south side of the island to North Clearwater Beach.

Why I love staying on North Clearwater Beach

There are many places to stay on Clearwater Beach. One decision that is often overlooked is the difference between staying on North Clearwater Beach or on the south side of the island. I personally love staying on North Clearwater Beach.

The beach on North Clearwater Beach is less crowded

One of the best parts of North Clearwater Beach is that the actual beach is less crowded. While Clearwater Beach is a public beach, the most crowded areas of the beach are South Beach and the areas near Pier 60. As you head further north, the beach will become less crowded. Giving you more room to choose a relaxing spot near the calm ocean or a larger area to toss a football or frisbee around.

Restaurants in walking distance

While North Beach is much quieter and less crowded, there are still many fabulous restaurants within walking distance. Some of the best restaurants on Clearwater Beach are close by including Frenchy’s Original Cafe, Palm Pavilion Grill & Bar, Clear Sky Beachside Cafe, and many others!

And if you’re looking for an extremely short walk or even a delivery, check out Angelo’s Pizza on the corner of Mandalay Avenue and Idlewild Street. This is on the same block of Surfside Condominiums or just around the corner from The Villas of Clearwater Beach.

Party areas, bars and nightclubs

…are located on South Beach. Leaving North Clearwater Beach quieter and more relaxing at night.

If you are on a family vacation with young kids, you’ll enjoy having a quieter area, especially at night. Even if you don’t have young children with you, you’ll enjoy being able to sit on the balcony at night, star gaze and hear the waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

North Clearwater Beach has a few bars with more relaxed atmospheres, all within a very short walking distance. If you’re wanting to check out the busier bars and nightclubs on South Beach, it is walkable but may be further than you’d like to walk. Some of the bars and nightclubs on South Beach may offer free shuttles (usually large golf carts), but even if they don’t offer rides they are all just a short Uber ride away. Uber will make getting to South Beach Clearwater quick and inexpensive.

…and when you’re ready to call it a night, it’ll be nice to be able to get back to a quiet bed on North Clearwater Beach.

North Clearwater Beach Vacation Rentals

Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach both offer North Clearwater Beach Vacation Rentals with beachfront oceanviews on private balconies, multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, and swimming pools.