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How Big is your Vacation Activity Zone?

How Close do you stay to your Vacation Rental?

beach vacation rentalWhen you go on vacation, do you stay near your vacation rental or do you strike out to explore everything in the region around you? Some folks are happy to sit on the porch or balcony of their vacation rental and look out onto the world from the shade, comfort, and air conditioning of their unit. Others will keep within a zone in which they can walk. Others might take a single trip in the car during their stay, while still others might head out into the region surrounding their vacation rental each and every day. Which type of vacation goer are you?

 

Making the most of your Vacation Rental

beachfront rental condoHanging out in your vacation rental is not all that bad! Many of the vacation condos and vacation homes on Clearwater Beach and the other beaches of the Central Gulf Coast have large interiors with comfortable amenities. Vacation rentals will usually have some type of kitchen as well as televisions, cable service, and Wifi. If your rental comes with a pool, you might have all you need to keep you happy. If you have a beach view, then you really are at the beach when you sit out on your balcony. If long walks aren’t your thing, then a holiday spent inside your vacation rental might be the perfect getaway. And, if you are looking to relax in peace and quiet, sitting out on a patio or reclining by a pool is a great way to go.

 

Using your Vacation Rental as Beach Vacation Headquarters

Beach vacationWhen you rent a vacation rental on the beach it’s because you want to be at the beach! That’s fairly sound logic. Once you have arrived at your beach rental, it is sometimes hard to take the time to put away your luggage before heading out to the shore. The beach has soothing qualities that few people can deny. The sound of the waves and the feel of the sand combine with the beauty of the beach and water to create a sensation people will travel quite far to experience. So is it wrong to plant yourself on the beach and enjoy the sun and sand and sea every day of your vacation? Of course not! The beach is a favorite travel destination for very good reason. Enjoying your vacation to the fullest is easy to do at the beach, even if you do no more than walk from your vacation rental to the sand each day.

 

Choosing a Favorite Day Trip from your Vacation Rental

Lowry ZooSpending your days sunning and swimming at the beach is hard to beat, but once in a while, it is nice to break up a vacation with a day trip to an interesting nearby location. That is easy to do on the Central Gulf Coast of Florida. A drive or a trolley ride up and down the coastline will take you past a host of other beaches. You will pass from major resorts to ma-and-pa style beaches and back again in a very short amount of time. Each beach community seems to have its own personality, so you can choose the one that suites you.  You could also visit one of the many tourist towns nearby for a dinner or a stroll down the main street. The one-day trip is a popular distraction for those who want to see nearby theme parks like Homosassa Springs, Dinosaur World, the Lowry Park Zoo, or Busch Gardens in Tampa. When your one day diversion is over, feel free to relax in your vacation rental or on the nearby sands of the beach.

 

Seeing it all on your Florida Beach Vacation

Great blue heron The dynamic, action packed beach vacation is often the choice of the adventurous souls among us. After you have walked the nearby beaches of Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island it might be time to get into the car and head out to nearby tourists stops. How else can you see it all? You can choose tourist areas such as the St Petersburg museums, John’s Pass tourist shops and restaurants, the Florida Botanical Gardens, downtown Dundein, or the Tarpons Springs Sponge Docks. But if those aren’t enough, you should know that the region surrounding Clearwater Beach and Central Gulf Coast of Florida have more nature parks than you might think possible. Give the parks a try, if you enjoy hiking on wilderness trails or seeing the diverse wildlife of Florida, including the amazing variety of birds. If you choose to have a dynamic vacation touring the region surrounding the beaches, be warned, there is more to do than you can achieve in a single vacation. And please, Clearwater Beach and the Florida Gulf Coast have some of the best beaches in the world, so make sure you spend some time enjoying them too!

 

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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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5 Most Exciting Beach Activity Rentals at Clearwater Beach

Beach Activity Rentals at Clearwater Beach

The number of different items you can rent on Clearwater Beach is amazing. Among them are bicycles, scooters, all terrain wheel chairs, beach chairs, umbrellas, jet skis, and more. The list below was compiled after grueling hours of casual observation while beachcombing, strolling, and catching sun on the shores of Clearwater Beach.

 

1. Parasailing at Clearwater Beach:

Clearwater Beach parasailingWhat rental option at Clearwater Beach could be more exciting than parasailing? Numerous companies offer parasailing excursions along the local Gulf Coast shores. While this is one of the pricier options for fun, you will be challenged to find one more exhilarating. Enjoying this unique experience guarantees you have great stories to tell when you get back home.

2. Watercraft Rentals at Clearwater Beach:

Clearwater Beach jet ski rentalsComing in next for good times at Clearwater Beach are the watercraft rentals. The options are so varied, we had to go online to find out what some of them they were called. However, we do know that if you want to get out onto the water, you merely need to choose how. The three most common craft are Jet Skis, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. To find these rental craft, simply walk down sands of Clearwater Beach, or walk down the docks of the Clearwater Marina. Both locations have multiple options to make your vacation one to remember.

3. Motorized Street Transportation at Clearwater Beach:

Scoot Coup at Clearwater Beach

Scoot Coup at Fun Ride Rentals

Perhaps we might have come up with a simpler way to describe this rental option at Clearwater Beach. Once again, however, the modes of transportation at the beach are numerous, and some are so odd, we had to look up the names for them too! Scooters are a hit but coming in with a strong influence are the mini three-wheeled cars called Scoot Coups. Both these options can be used on the streets of Clearwater Beach.

4. Beach Bikes and Sidewalk Vehicles:

Segways on Clearwater Beach causeway

The Segway Adventure

Bicycles are an easy and time honored choice for locomotion at Clearwater Beach. Added to the mix is a four wheeled pedal craft that seats four, named a Surrey. No, really, we looked it up. Both options are a popular and affordable rental option at the beach. One thing we noticed about this mode of transportation is that the people always seem to be smiling. You and your party can also rent the two-wheeled stand up Segways, which are popular for cruising the beach causeway.

5. Beach Chairs and Umbrellas:

Clearwater Beach umbrellasProbably the most frequently rented items on Clearwater Beach are the beach chairs, umbrellas, and beach cabanas. On busy days you can find colorful arrays of chairs and shade equipment lined up for your use along the sandy Gulf shores. Nothing sets the stage better for a relaxing day at the beach than a cozy chair with a matching umbrella. Many fond vacation memories have been created by those who have rented these items. While sitting at the beach might not raise your pulse, plenty of folks get excited at the prospect of spending the day relaxing on the sands of Clearwater Beach.

 

Clearwater Beach kayak rentalsSome options:

 

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Regatta

What Is a Regatta?

Dunedin, Hurricane Pass (13)A regatta is a series of boat races but the word also refers to the activities that accompany the races. Perhaps it could be seen as a boat race surrounded by race excitement and activities. This conjures up a pleasant picture when one considers going to see a regatta or perhaps to join one. While the term may conjure images of sailboats, the word originally comes from Italian, referring to gondola races.

Regatta Beach Club

1. Regatta Beach Club Front ElivationDo sailboat or gondola races launch from the Regatta Beach Club? Well, no. While nearby Tampa Bay and Saint Joseph Sound host many sailboat races a year, the Regatta Beach Club is named for its beach access and shorefront theme. It is the most northern high rise condominium complex on Clearwater Beach with breathtaking views of America’s number one beach. The sands are white and very soft on bare feet. Sunsets are spectacular from Regatta Beach Club balconies.

Looking Out for Regattas

18. View of the pool areaWhile you may not see a regatta launch from the Regatta Beach Club, you just might catch glimpses of races that pass by your section of shoreline. You could always check the racing schedules in the area. In the meantime, why not imagine boats pushing off from the Regatta Beach Club dock or racing flags flying on the rooftop.

 

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16. Balcony with table and chairs 6. Master Bedroom with King  size bed

 

 

 

 

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Sand Dollar Clearwater Beach Cottage

We had a chance to personally experience what the SanDollar Clearwater Beach Cottage had to offer while on the photo shoot for this rental. The Florida Beach Rental unit is in the heart of the Clearwater Beach community and has some really great features.

 

1. Front elevationBeach Cottage Appeal

This beach community rental home has a great seaside feel starting right from the curb appeal. A collection of shells greets you at the door while on the inside, the furniture and color schemes are all in keeping with what you would expect from a beach cottage. Pinks, blues and greens keep the spaces lively and carry you away to the beach even when you are indoors.

 

11. Family roomCozy Cottage near the Beach

The floor plan makes staying this seaside cottage a breeze. The kitchen forms the central hub from where you can travel easily to the living room, family room and kids’ room. This beach style rental will make an easy to use launch pad for getting out to the nearby beach whenever you want.

 

16. Master bedroomCottage Decor Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is reminiscent of the sea with its blue color scheme and oversize jars of seashells collected from the shores nearby. The en suite bathroom is decorated to never let you forget you are enjoying the sunny shores of Florida.

 

Poolside Coffee in the Shade at this Clearwater Beach Rental

The opportunities available to enjoy the morning coffee at this beach cottage are fantastic. Enjoy your brew in the family room while looking out through the wall of windows or sit on the patio set just outside within the screened porch that enjoys shade all day long. If you’d like some sun, head out to the exterior patio table or get comfortable on a poolside recliner. Even the front porch offers a space to unwind while you watch the world go by.

 

7. KitchenBright Kitchen with Beach Cottage Appeal

The kitchen enjoys the bright beachy feel spread throughout the rest of the rental. Parents can keep an eye on things from this central room with a view of the living room, family room, kids room and the swimming pool! The wide floor also has some space to accommodate that extra cook.

The Amenities You Need

This three bedroom rental is equipped with two bathrooms, a garage, and a screen room. Towels for the pool are on-site and you will find a washer and dryer in the garage.

 

26. Screened patioRelaxing Cottage Patio in Sun or Shade

The backyard has great shade trees for reclining in the breeze as well as open spaces to catch some sun. Plenty of chairs of various styles wait for you around the pool. If a towel is more your style, lay yours out on the spacious, decorator-brick patio.

 

Safe and Upscale Living

This beach community is prime living space in Clearwater. Enjoy a well maintained street where you can take morning and evening walks to take in some air. A bike ride can take you right down to the beach!

 

30. PoolsideBeach Cottage Poolside

This backyard pool at this beach cottage rental has some great extras. Aside the spacious yard, this pool is surrounded by chairs, recliners, a patio dinging set and a hammock. An enclosed, outdoor shower awaits you to rinse off after your swim. The bar-b-que brill is not far off. What more could you ask for?

 

Vacation Cottage for the Kids

This beach rental is great for kids. Aside from ample sleeping arrangements, it has TVs in both the living room and the spacious family room. The pool is a favorite for kids and the low traffic neighborhood is kid friendly.

 

29. PoolsideGreat for Get Togethers

This beachy rental has lots of seating in the family room and outside on the patio furniture. A wicker bar occupies one corner of the screen room while outside seating and the bar-b-que grill are just asking for a get together.

 

Why I Would Stay at the Sandollar Vacation Rental Cottage

This beach house is just plain great. It has lots of room, two TV rooms, and looks like it would be a blast to hang out in. The Florida sun can’t get too hot when you have a pool to jump into. The neighborhood is prime beach community, a fun place to live or vacation. This Gulf Coast vacation rental is close to the hot spots of Clearwater Beach but far enough away to let you completely unwind when that’s what you want.

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Marina House Vacation Rental

Easy Beach Access

Clearwater Beach signThe first two things that will strike you about the Marina House vacation rental are the ease of access and the wide open parking lot. You are at the beach, so parking is assigned, but the rental comes with a parking space. The lot is right off one of the main back roads along the beach strip, making coming and going from the beach or local attractions very easy. The Marina House has easy access to either of the bridges that lead to the island.

 

Great View of Clearwater Harbor

Harbor view from Marina vacation rental

The second striking thing about the Marina House vacation rental is the view. Sliding glass doors occupy the wall facing northeast, giving an encompassing view of Clearwater Harbor. You will have a front row view of the 4th of July fireworks from this unit, with the harbor to reflect the lights. You don’t have to wait for a holiday to see a good light show, however. You will see Clearwater City lights reflected on the water every night.

 

Coffee nook

DSC_4727This vacation unit has two great places to enjoy your morning coffee. You can sit at the kitchen table, looking across the living room to the large picture windows. For a closer view, just stroll onto the patio to be surrounded by sights of the harbor. The balcony is enclosed by both screens and sliding windows, giving you a choice of how you enjoy this space.

 

Clearwater BeachA Vacation Rental Close to the Beach

The Marina House unit is close to all the bustling Clearwater Beach activities but is set back from the road, giving you peace and quiet whenever you want it. Beach shops are an easy walk away while pubic beaches are just a bit farther, although the kids won’t mind the walk.

 

Clearwater Point poolMore Than One Pool

The complex has several pools, one of them with a view of Clearwater Harbor. They are great for cooling off in the middle of a hot Florida day.

 

 

Clearwater Beach, Pier 60 (55)For the kids

This vacation rental has a master bedroom and a second bedroom with two twin beds that are great for the kids. Children and teens will love the pools and the older kids to walk right down to the beach on their own. Putt putt golf is very close by along with a lot of beach vacation gift shops where they can find a souvenir to take home.

 

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After the updates at this beach-community cottage, we took new photos so that we could give online visitors a look at the changes. Below is a review created based on that visit.

 

3. Livingroom & kitchenGulf Coast Cabana for the Family

This studio style vacation rental is brightly colored to remind you each day that you are on a Florida Gulf Coast getaway. With room for a family all in one studio, you will be set to launch your vacation at the Gulf Coast beaches of St. Petersburg and beyond.

 

10. Trundle bedGreat Family Setup to Cabana

This cabana vacation rental unit has more room for sleeping than it appears at first glance. A queen size Murphy bed folds down from one wall while the day bed has a slide out trundle mattress.

 

17. PatioCoffee Deck

The best place to have your cup of joe is on the open air patio out front. Wake up to the cooler morning air while you sit on the beachy deck furniture. The decking style is reminiscent of a seaside dock.

 

2. Front elevationBeach Neighborhood

This vacation rental is only two blocks from the beach and an even short walk will take you to a view of the intercostal waterway. It is easy to pick up the beach feel from the neighborhood anywhere you turn.

 

Fort De Soto (6)What Is Nearby?

The beach and the intercostal are close by but you can also take a short drive to the community pool with great poolside play fountain, a very popular feature at Gulf Coast parks and pools. Be sure to check into the nearby Fort De Soto park.

 

3. Livingroom & KitchenA Vacation Rental for Extended Family or Friends

This small unit fits a standard family but more room is next door if your group is larger. The two Costal Cabana vacation rentals are side by side and can be rented together, pending availability. Be sure to book early to grab both units for your party. Enjoy the units in the evening and then meet on the front porch for a family breakfast.

 

Why I Would Stay at the Coastal Cabana

This vacation rental appears set for a group to have fun. Return from your great day of sightseeing, wash off the sand, then hit the streets of this beach community for a fun filled night. This location brings back fond memories of family vacations spent on the beach.

 

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Florida beach rentals enjoys keeping our guests up to date on upgrades and improvements to our rentals. On a recent update photo shoot I had the opportunity to take in the accommodations for this beach front rental condominium.

 

Buildings FrontProfessional Seaside Charm

This tower condo is crisply decorated for the upscale guest or business professional. The modern decor blends well with the amenities such as an exercise room, rec room with pool table and sitting area, and the Gulf-side pool surrounded by a large deck.

 

2. Dining roomComfortable Floor Plan

The floor plan of this fifth floor condo couldn’t be simpler. Everything is within easy reach, including a serving window from the kitchen to the dining room that has the added bonus of providing a harbor view from the kitchen. The couches are cozy and the harbor view can’t be missed through floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors.

 

7. Master bedroomHarbor View Master bedroom

The master bedroom is large but the mirrored closets and en suite vanity and bathroom add even more to the space.

 

17. Patio viewCoffee Nook with a View

Aside from the dining room table with a view, the balcony is the most obvious coffee nook in this channelside beach rental. A seat on the patio furniture offers a view of both the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater Beach Inlet. When the sun is shining bright, the white sands on the bottom light up, giving the waters a turquoise hue. Watch Clearwater Harbor boat traffic go by with the shores of Sand Key just beyond.