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Secrets of the Fall at Clearwater Beach

Gorgeous Autumn Weather at Clearwater Beach

Clearwater BeachClearwater Beach has seasonal weather just like anywhere else. While you will never find snow here, it can dip down to perhaps the 40’s in the winter time. However, we are fortunate enough to not see those extremes very often. The fall in Clearwater Beach is never so cold. The weather is warm and the sun is most often shining. The subtropical rainstorms of summer afternoons are fading away and all that is left to replace them is warm air and sandy beaches. While autumn might not seem like prime time to take a beach vacation, you might be surprised how much fun you can have here at Clearwater Beach from September to November.

 

Fantastic Fall Festivals at Clearwater Beach

Stone Crab Fest Clearwater BeachOne of the best parts about autumn at Clearwater Beach is the festivals. You will find some of the best events hidden in the last third of the year. Among the best known festivities are the various stone crab festivals, the Chalk Walk festival, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, the Super Boat Races, the TriRock Triathlon, and the Dunedin Celtic Music festival. Coming to Clearwater beach after summer has Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk 3013ended can definitely have its advantages. All the above events draw great, upbeat crowds, all those attending enjoying the setting of the Florida Gulf Coast. Clearwater Beach comes alive during many of these events, adding an exciting buzz to the air in addition to the natural beauty of the beach.

 

Find Cheaper Vacation Rentals at Clearwater Beach

Vacation rental with beach viewOne of the most popular things about coming to Clearwater Beach in the autumn months is the price. While the cheapest time to come is still November and December, you will find that the rates you search for online for autumn are going to be less expensive than spring and summer.

 

Cleawater Beach in Autumn

Clearwater harbor lightsIf the tourism high season of spring or the traditional beach days of summer aren’t for you, then consider a trip to Clearwater Beach in the fall. You will find warm days with good weather, an abundance of festivals to attend, and rates that might put a smile on your face. Clearwater Beach in the fall is a great vacation idea.

 

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Clearwater Beach TriRock Triathlon 2013

Clearwater Beach Stone Crab Festival 2013

 

TriRock Triathlon at Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach TriRock Triathlon 2013

TriRock Triathlon at Clearwater Beach

TriRock triathletes at Clearwater BeachThe TriRock Triathlon hit Clearwater Beach last week on Sunday November 10th. The normal routes north and south on Clearwater Beach were closed down and the streets filled with participants and spectators. The racers gathered in the dark hours of the morning with a good showing of spectators braving the early hours to get a view of the race. The spectators gathered on Pier 60, overlooking the swimming course, while the racers and their supporters formed a large crowd on the beach below. The sunrise was beautiful and, not long after, the starting gun sounded.

 

Clearwater Beach TriRock Triathlon Race Course

TriRock triathletes Clearwater BeachThe Gulf of Mexico was the scene for the swimming course, with large, orange course markers easy to see in the rising sun. The swimmers emerged to cheers and headed for the transition area. The bike route headed over the Clearwater Beach causeway and through the city of Clearwater, Florida. Bikers headed south to the next beach bridge at Belleair Beach where they headed back north again. The running portion of the race took the racers around South Beach of Clearwater Beach and back onto the causeway. The finish line waited for the racers on the lawn in front of Pier 60, where a female announcer in a tutu peeled off quips for the arriving racers.

 

Great Location for TriRock at Clearwater Beach

TriRock Clearwater Beach triathlete bicyclesFantastic weather graced the racers of the Clearwater Beach TriRock event. The weather was mild and fairly dry, providing some of the best exercise weather of the year for the hard working participants. Aside from the beautiful Gulf Shores of Clearwater Beach, the racers were treated to well-maintained Pier 60 area, Beach Walk and the beautiful beach causeway. The bicycle route looping south to the Belleaire Causeway was easy on the eyes as well. Spectator opportunities were endless, with the race course wide open and accessible. The Pier 60 staging area, with its MulitSport Expo, had plenty of space for both racers and spectators to gather at the end of the race.

 

TriRock triathlon Clearwater BeachTriRock Clearwater Beach Triathlon Winners

The Clearwater Beach TriRock triathlon had three divisions; Intermediate, Sprint, and Relay. You can see the winners for the Sprint here, the Intermediate race winners here, and the Relay team winners here.

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Volleyball at Clearwater Beach

Volleyball at Clearwater BeachWhat could be better than playing volleyball on Clearwater Beach? Two organizations have recently visited the soft white sands of America’s favorite beach. The tournaments are held on the public beach, providing great entertainment for fans or casual beach-goers. While permanent nets exist at Clearwater Beach, like the one behind Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, the organizations need a multitude of nets to accommodate the number of players.  Following the clubs is fun, and a very good excuse to come to the beach.

 

East End Volleyball Hits Clearwater Beach

East End Volleyball Clearwater BeachThe recent Spalding Volley America Nationals tournament held by East End Volleyball at Clearwater Beach was a large event. The nets set up by event organizers stretched a fair span down the sand to the south of Pier 60. The matches went on October 26-27, giving dedicated spectators and beach visitors plenty to see. Beach Walk and Pier 60 provided excellent views of the action. The East End Volleyball web site places the entrance of the association into the public domain in the 1980’s. From the looks of the activity at Clearwater Beach recently, they are still going strong.

 

Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association at Clearwater Beach

Volleyball at Clearwater BeachSSOVA came to Clearwater Beach again the first weekend of November. The weather was very kind, giving the players plenty of sunshine combined with mild temperatures. Open to the public, SSOVA allowed couples to sign up and play impromptu at the event. The competition was open to both young and old, the kids putting on some surprising displays of talent. According to their web site, the Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association is run by the players for the players. While they do accept sponsors, the site states that funding for the group comes largely from its members. Why else do we like SSOVA? Because they love Clearwater Beach too! Their tournaments are held south of Pier 60, on America’s favorite beach.

 

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Remember, you can find volleyball nets on Clearwater Beach anytime. Just take a volleyball, something to drink, and your friends and you are ready to play.

 

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The Chalk Walk Festival Hits Clearwater Beach Again

Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk 3013The Chalk Walk Festival came to Clearwater Beach last weekend, running October 25th through the 27th. We headed down, not sure what to expect. Few times have we seen so many people roaming the streets along the new Beach Walk sidewalks. The crowds filed through all weekend, bolstered by the Stone Crab Festival at area restaurants just up the street to the north. The crowds were wowed by the incredible artwork.

Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk 2013

Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk FestivalThe Chalk Walk Festival in Clearwater Beach was a great success this year. A lot of great artwork appeared over the three days. We had fun watching the images evolve over several visits. Much of the art was related to shore-fronts and beaches, or underwater settings, perfect for the location at Clearwater Beach. The weather was perfect, not to hot and not too cool, with beautiful sunsets and mild evenings.

 

Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk Artists

Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk Festival 2013We talked to quite a few of the chalk artists. They all had smiles on their faces and seemed be truly enjoying their weekend. We noticed the artists interacted with the passersby quite often, making the show a personable event for visitors. At the end of the evening on Saturday, we had talked to so many of the chalk artists that one of them pulled us in to help her cover her artwork for the night. We were glad to help.

 

Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk Festival Weekend

Clearwater Beach Chalk Walk FestivalIt was a fantastic weekend at Clearwater Beach with both the Chalk Walk Festival and the Stone Crab Festival in full swing. Pier 60 had a great crowd, giving the vendors, artists and performers plenty of visitors to entertain. The sidewalks were filled with people from end to end of the small and very walkable business district of Clearwater Beach. The restaurants were well stocked with diners and live musicians were playing at nearly every establishment. It was a great time. If you are planning a fall trip to the area, be sure to check the October schedule for Clearwater Beach when you are making your reservations.

 

 

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Clearwater Beach just celebrated Stone Crab Weekend with the help of some great hosting by area restaurants Friday, October 25th through Sunday the 27th. The stone crabs were devoured by large happy crowds, along with some other great seafood and regular treats from the restaurants.

Enjoying the Stone Crab Weekend at Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach Stone Crab Festival tentA few members of our staff visited the Stone Crab Festival at Frenchy’s Original Café, Cooter’s Restaurant and Bar, and Frenchy’s Saltwater Café. Each location had live music, tents to shelter visitors from the midday sun, and lots of food and drinks to go around. During the sunlight hours, the area had plenty of visitors and lots of activity. When the sun went down, the enclosed areas for the festival swelled wall to wall with happy beach-goers.

Clearwater Beach Stone Crab Weekend Success

Clearwater Beach sunsetEven outside the event areas, the streets were filled with people. Pelican Plaza, Crabby Bill’s Seafood Co., and some other locations also had live musicians, filling the air at Clearwater Beach with sound. The crowds at Pier 60 were large, and just down the street was the second annual Chalk Walk Art Fest, which drew a large number of onlookers. In addition to the lively crowds and plenty of entertainment, the weather was perfect, with fantastic sunsets. If you are considering visiting the beach during autumn, take a look at next year’s October line up of events. It is a very good time to vacation at Clearwater Beach.

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