A Florida Vacation Off the Beaten Path

The Pier at Clearwater

When it comes to vacationing in Florida, many are concerned about the crowds and the expense of staying there. However, by taking a Clearwater vacation you will be saving yourself money and losing the crowds of other destination and trading them in for a beautiful beach town with everything you could want from a Florida getaway. There is so much to experience; you may never want to leave.

The Nature

For the nature-lovers, you will be pleased to learn that Clearwater has one of the most-diverse eco-systems in the area. It is estimated that there are more than 300 different species of fish that can be found in the town’s waters. There are also many parks in the area that are perfect for such activities as bird watching, hiking, and biking. There is a great aquarium, Marine Aquarium, located in downtown Clearwater that boasts dolphins, otters, and sea turtles. While you are down there, be sure to visit the Ruth Eckerd Hall where you can watch a theatrical performance or orchestra concert.

The Shopping

Then there is the shopping. There is a large mall, Countryside Mall, located in Clearwater. Aside from the more obvious activities there, you can experience something you never planned on doing while on a Florida vacation—ice-skating. That’s right, there is an ice-skating rink located inside of the mall.

Enjoy the Beach and More. Without the Crowds

Despite lower popularity than other Florida destinations, Clearwater is actually regarded as having some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. While the beaches are great, there is so much more to do and see while on your Clearwater vacation.

Annual Clearwater Events

There are many events that take place annually in Clearwater, consider planning your vacation around the time that one of them is taking place:

  • Imagine International Film Festival (Events year-round)
  • Fun N Sun Festival (April – May)
  • Hispanic Heritage Festival (October)
  • Clearwater Celebrates America (Fourth of July)
  • Clearwater Jazz Holiday (October)

The Pier

One of the best things offered in Clearwater is the breathtaking sunset at Pier 60. Each evening, the pier comes alive with music, street performers, local artists and vendors, and of course the amazing sunset. The perfect end to your exciting, fun-filled day is heading down to the Pier and taking in the sights and sounds as the sun sinks over the Gulf waters.

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