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Florida Gulf Coast of Pinellas County

Where the Heck is Pinellas County and Why Should I Care?

Pinellas County Is the Florida Central Gulf Coast

Clearwater BeachPinellas County is home to some of the best tourist destinations in the United States. We are pointing out Pinellas County in this blog for that very good reason. According to HomeAway.com, a general understanding a location is one of a traveler’s top concerns. Vacationers want to know where they are going!

A term has recently appeared labeling our coastline the Florida Central Gulf Coast. The area has become famous for its white sand beaches and growing number of tourist attractions. Within this region you will find Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Treasure Island, St Pete Beach, Fort Desoto State Park, Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, Tarpon Springs, Lake Tarpon,  and St Petersburg.

The area boasts such attractions as Pier 60 Sunset Festivals, Winter the dolphin from the Dolphin Tale movies, the Dali Museum, and John’s Pass. The on-the-water attractions in the area are truly endless. They include dolphin sighting tours, dinner cruises, sunset cruises, pirate ship cruises, deep sea fishing, and more.

 

Where is Pinellas County?

We could write a thousand words explaining the location of Pinellas County, Florida but why not just show you some maps?

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Pinellas County Florida Map

 

Pinellas County is for Everyone

WClearwater Beach, Oct 1, 2013 (5)hy is Pinellas County a premier vacation destination? The answer is that Pinellas County has beaches that fit every taste.

If you like a beachfront resort hotel with fine dining, beachfront bar and grill, a swimming pool, sun deck, and umbrellas on the beach, you will find them here in Pinellas County, Florida.

If you want a vacation home or vacation cottage on or near the beach, you will find them for rent throughout our beach communities. If you like natural beaches with miles of untouched coastline that you can walk at your leisure, we have those too.

IMG_4918The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico are ready to explore regardless of your tastes. You can take a dinner cruise across Clearwater Harbor, or take in the sunset on a fun-loving pirate ship. Booze cruises and dolphin sighting excursions are available as well. If you want a less structured way to get out on the water, you can rent jet skis, stand up paddle boards, power boats, or a kayaks.

You will find developed beaches or areas where Ma and Pa rentals are king. State and county parks deliver wildlife experiences as well as looks into Florida’s History.

Pier 60 Clearwater BeachYou can dive into dynamic beachfront activities or just disappear into a calm beach paradise. The choice of vacation types is endless but all of them include the white sand beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. You might want to add this vacation destination to your wish list. Pinellas County has it all!

 

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Pet vacation

3 Essential Rules for Taking Your Pet on Vacation

Control Your Pet while on Vacation

Dogs on beachIt is not always easy to find a vacation rental that will accept pets. Once you do, it is definitely in your best interest to have your pet under control. You don’t want your little pal to chew up something you have to pay for, and you certainly don’t want him or her to piddle in the vacation rental. Two obvious ways to prevent problems with pet control are pet crates and leashes. Yes, even cats can be put on leashes. If your cat reacts poorly to a collar then a crate is definitely something you should consider. An animal on the loose and one in a crate make two very different impressions on property owners. Good control of your pet should extend through the time of your stay. If you are in a vacation condo, you will encounter your neighbors while walking your pet. If your pet is loose while outside, this could cause a number of problems. Dogs can frighten people, especially if the animal is large. Your very friendly pooch might just want to say hello, but if the incident scares your neighbor, you might wind up with a complaint. A leash that can be kept at six feet is advisable while leaving the building. Only let your pet greet people who show interest in meeting him or her. Only allow your pet off the leash in approved areas. Check the Internet for local dog parks near your vacation rental.

 

Clean Up After Your Pet while on Vacation

Tarpon Springs catThe last thing you want to do while on vacation with your pet is to leave a mess behind. The terrain surrounding your vacation rental will be new to you. You will not know by looking whether someone will mind if you leave pet droppings behind. Even in the middle of a forest you should clean up your pet’s droppings to protect the local wildlife. Of course, at a beach rental, you are dealing with some of the most valued real estate in the region. Picking up after your pet is essential. Never leave droppings on the beach, and don’t bury it under the sand! The other key feature of cleaning up after your pet has to do with odor. You must keep in mind that someone will be staying in the same unit when you leave. While you might be able to make a pet “accident” disappear to the eye, the cleaning crew should know about it so they can sanitize the floor at that location. The other big no-no is to allow your pet’s odor to wind up in the fabric of sofas or beds. If your pet is of the opinion that he or she is too good for the floor, then use a blanket or towel to protect the permanent fabrics of the unit. And, be absolutely sure to wash the cloths your pet slept on. Nothing is more off-putting than to pull a blanket to your chin and smell the last tenant’s pet. You can prevent your pet deposit from being used for clean up by protecting your vacation rental from pet odors

 

Never Try to Hide Your Pet at a Vacation Rental

Big dogHiding your pet at a vacation rental might seem like a good idea, but really, it’s not. When you consider that some vacation rentals might actually evict you, it’s just not worth the risk. The other penalty you might face is added fees. A vacation rental office has every right to charge a pet deposit fee once they have found out you have an animal in your unit. You could also face additional cleaning fees. But money is not the only thing you might lose. You also damage your reputation with the vacation rental office. You have committed deception and now the rental office won’t trust you. Will they be as willing to rent to you next time? You never know. If you bring your four-footed family member into a location that does not allow pets, especially a condominium complex, you might upset the neighbors. That’s not a situation a vacation rental company wants. Ordinarily, pet deposits are not very much money compared to the trouble you could get into by sneaking in your pet. In the long run, it pays to be up front about your furry friends. When you stay at a pet friendly vacation rental, you will have nothing to worry about but planning your next day of fun.

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5 Best Places to Escape at Clearwater Beach

5. Go Fishing at Pier 60:

Fishing pierThose who enjoy fishing from a pier love the fishing experience from Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach. What makes the location so unique is that in order to reach the fishing area of the pier, you have to pay a one dollar entrance fee. While some people pay the dollar to walk to the end of the pier to sightsee, for the most part, it is used exclusively by fishermen. This is a place a fisherman can be understood!

 

4. Sand Key:

Wide beach at Sand KeyMost people do not realize that Sand Key is in fact part of Clearwater. It is across the inlet to the harbor and you must use a bridge to access it. It is a very deep swath of sand with ample parking, picnic tables, shade trees. Aside from the sandy beach, visitors can also walk along the harbor inlet. While popular beach days will find a crowd at Sand Key, it is more often a quieter stretch of beach. Because of that, it is popular for families, picnics, and kite flying.

 

3. Clearwater Causeway Bridge:

Clearwater Beach causewayThe bridge to Clearwater Beach, properly known as the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge, is a great place to get away from it all. The walk from the nearby parking lot to the apex of the bridge is a steep enough incline to get your heart pounding. It is a popular trek for those on foot and on bicycles. However, at any given time of the day, it is relatively uncrowded, if not empty. This s a good place to get away from it all while enjoying the elevated view of Clearwater Harbor and all its going-ons.

 

2. Walking the North End of Clearwater Beach:

Clearwater BeachA less known but rather obvious place to escape at Clearwater Beach is to walk northward along the shore. The further you go, the few people you will encounter. You will also find more shells! This peaceful walk is a favorite among locals and vacation treasure when discovered by visitors.

 

 

1. Your Own Private Island:

You can reach your own private island from Clearwater Beach. It’s true. Dotting the length of Clearwater Harbor you will find a series of tiny islands. The islands are not off limits and anyone can land on them and tour their shores and interiors. Jet Skis, kayaks, power boats visit the islands regularly. You can find these islands on the map, or you can view them from the causeway listed in number three above. Chances are, that when you land, you will have the island to yourself. Related Posts: The Best Beaches in America Gulf Coast Sand Bar Hangouts Caladesi Island Kayak Trail  Islands at Clearwater harbor

 

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Beach community vacation rental witha pool

St Pete Beach Pool House

Gulf Coast Vacation Rental Is a Charmer

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You know you are near the beach just by the feel of this vacation rental. While you will need to drive out to the shore, it’s not far off. This charming house is a great for a base camp for a Gulf Coast vacation. The interior has charming beach décor and is unarguably in keeping with the Florida lifestyle, with its two screened porches and swimming pool.

 

11. Dining room 6-24-13Vacation House Floor Plan

This home has seen additions, all of which add to its charm. The kitchen area is a great space for kids as well as a place to dine. The kitchen is centrally located for easy access from the rest of the house as well as making the kids easy to watch. A front screen room lets sandy feet enter the house without the mess, while the screened back porch allows you to relax in the shade by the pool.

 

Coffee Nook on the Florida Gulf Coast

24. Front patio room 6-24-13Does this vacation rental have a great place to relax with your coffee? No. It has several.

Let’s start with the screen room on the front of the home. This converted garage space couldn’t have more Florida appeal. Enjoy your joe here while watching the world go by.

The dining room is remarkably relaxed if you enjoy your coffee with breakfast. Roll up the shades and take in the sun.

If not the dining room then go right outside to sit on the patio furniture in the back porch screen room. This setting gives a great feeling of space, aside from being right next to the pool and shady palms.

Last but not least, why not go outside and sit in the shade of one those palms, with your feet in the pool? Really. Why not?

 

2. Swimming poolBeautiful Poolside Rental

The gem of this Gulf Coast vacation rental is the pool. The setting is beautiful, with a waterfall spilling into the pool and tall palms waving overhead. The wood fence gives the setting a sense of privacy.

 

 

Beachy Neighborhood with Nearby Attractions

27. Upham Beach 6-24-13

This neighborhood has a beachy feel as it is near the bottom of the peninsula. Though it is close to shopping areas, the immediate streets are calm and pleasant for walks. The beach is not too far off and a neighborhood pool with fun water fountains for the kids is close by. Fort De Soto Park is within easy driving distance and is repeatedly voted one of the best beaches in America. Be sure to look into nearby theme parks like Busch Gardens or even Disney World.

 

 

7. Florida RoomEntertain Your Friends or Family

This house is great for weekend bar-b-ques. Why not have a get together around the pool while serving up burgers for your guests? This vacation rental is well equipped for anyone who likes to relax and play before even leaving the house.

 

 Why I Would Stay at The Saint Pete Beach Pool House

This house has everything vacationers needs to enjoy their stay without ever leaving the house. Florida atmosphere permeates this rental, making it a great place to feel like you are on vacation every minute of the day. Despite the comforts, the area has plenty of attractions to draw you out of the house. The community is very much about the beach, and nearby public beaches are fantastic.

23. 2nd bedroom 20. Master bedroom 6-24-13

 

 

 

 

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Dunedin Celtic Music and Craft Beer Festival

Celtic Music on the Florida Gulf Coast

Dunedin Celtic Music Festival Florida Gulf CoastThe Dunedin Celtic Music and Craft Beer Festival was a very lively event. When you think of bagpipes, you might imagine green fields with a handful of men in kilts playing a tune. If you attended the Dunedin, Florida Celitc music event, you might never think of bagpipes the same way again. We arrived after dark to the sound of wailing bagpipes from the high school band. The effect was a good one right from the start. Even from deep within the large parking lot we could see the activity on the stage was not static. Hands were waiving in the air while the sound of deep drum beats thumped into the sky.

 

Dunedin Hosts Celtic Music Event on the Florida Gulf Coast

Dunedin FloridaDunedin occupies a fair stretch of the best coastline the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer. Situated between the tourist destinations of Tarpon Springs and Clearwater Beach, Dunedin boasts an active uptown section on Main St., several beautiful city parks, and world famous Honeymoon Island. It also runs along the inland side of Saint Joseph Sound, a waterway named Clearwater Harbor to the south. The pristine white sand beaches of Honeymoon Island and some of the best nightlife activities and festivals in the region makes Dunedin a name visitors should note. With a great history of successful events, it is no surprise that Dunedin put on a good show with the Celtic Music Festival. With great bands and a good selection of local vendors, including craft beer sales, the event was well-rounded entertainment.

 

Celtic Music Rocks the Florida Gulf Coast

Dunedin Florida Celtic Music FestivalWhen the Dunedin High School band left the stage, the KIlldares took over, showing the crowd that bagpipes have come a long way. With a lively fiddle player, they drew a crowd to the stage with some great modern music –Celtic style. Following the Killdares came Celtica, a Mohawk wearing band that showed the crowd that bagpipes could truly take part in a rock and roll band. The crowd-pleasing tunes rattled our rib cages, and inspired the crowd to sing along. They ended off to shouts and applauding of a happy crowd.

 

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Florida Beach Rentals Review of Coastal Cabanas

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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An Interview with Calvin of Florida Beach Rentals

I recently sat down with Calvin of Florida Beach rentals to ask him some questions about his job. This is how our interview went.

Q. So, you’re a dog.

A. Is that a question?

Q. Sorry. Are you the official dog of Florida Beach Rentals?

A. Yes. There are no other dogs at Florida Beach Rentals.

Q. What is your post here?

A. Officially, I’m the Office Ambassador.

Florida Beach Rentals (1)x900Q. And unofficially?

A. Well, I suppose I just sit around a lot. I prefer employee laps when that option is available. I also eat the last bite of most lunches.

Q. What can you tell me about Florida Beach Rentals?

A. Officially, we book some of the best vacation rentals available along the Central Coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Q. And unofficially?

A. Okay, that’s pretty much what we do.

La Visitana balcony viewQ. Why do you say they’re the best rentals?

A. All of our rentals are either on the beach or have proximity to it. I’m sure you know that reviewers place Central Gulf Coast beaches in the top ten position year after year. Just this year, USA Today named Clearwater Beach America’s number one beach.

Q. What about the East coast of Florida?

A. Seriously? You see, the beaches of the Central Gulf Coast of Florida have soft white sand that feels like talcum powder under your paws. The weather is warm, and we are close to a large number of famous attractions. A vacation here is truly a vacation in paradise.

21 Calvin x500pxQ. I see. How do you help out at Florida Beach Rentals? I mean, what is an Office Ambassador?

A. An Office Ambassador is the post wherein you handle greetings in the lobby and at the door, and sometimes right through the front window. If I do my job right, people will come in right off the street.  I put a face on Florida Beach Rentals. If people remember me, then they’ll remember Florida Beach Rentals. When that happens, I’ve done my job.

7 best days in Clearwater Beach for Couples

Looking for a great way to spend a fun and romantic week at Clearwater Beach? Here are some suggestions from Florida Beach Rentals.

 

Day 1 Arrive at Clearwater Beach

Arrive in town. Enjoy the scenery while you drive across the causeway toward the coast.

Check in

Locate the beach and take a stroll to unwind from your travels

Enjoy a casual dinner at Jimmy’s Fish House. Be sure to try the Bang Bang Shrimp.

Enjoy a nightcap while watching the sun set over the beach.

 

Day 2 Sightseeing at Clearwater Beach

Grab breakfast and coffee at local favorite Beach Shanty Café. Great breakfast specials.

Shop Mandalay Avenue for a beach dress for her and a lightweight beach shirt for him. Sunglasses are a good idea too.

Optional day trip to a beautiful Gulf Coast park like the Lowry Zoo or Homosassa Springs.

Dinner at the Island Way Grill. Enjoy fine dining while overlooking Clearwater Harbor.

Sunset stroll along the powder-soft sands of Clearwater Beach. Be sure to take off your shoes.

 

Day 3 Dolphin Sightings

Grab breakfast at the original Frenchy’s Café. A great beach experience.

Tour Clearwater Harbor aboard Little Toot, The Tropics, or Sea Screamer. Catch a glimpse of dolphins at play.

Bask on the beach under an umbrellas. Grab lunch at your leisure along Mandalay Avenue.

Enjoy fine dining at the Columbia restaurant. Romantic harbor views.

Head down the strip to the Pier 60 nightly sunset festival. Live shows, artists, vendors and more.

 

Day 4 on Mandalay Avenue

Coffee and Danishes for breakfast from Starbucks in the beautiful Sand Pearl Hotel.

Stroll Mandalay Ave again for souvenirs amid the fantastic gift shops.

Check out lunch at the unique Bait House restaurant. A unique dining experience.

Afternoon under a beach umbrella

Dinner at Crabby Bill’s seafood restaurant. Another great beach experience.

Catch the sunset while sitting or strolling on the beach

 

Day 5 Day Trip

Breakfast at the Clear Sky Beachside Café

Day trip to Tarpon Springs sponge docks. Great tourist shops and multiple boat cruises on the Anclote River.

Grab a famous Tarpon Springs Greek lunch. Be sure to check out the locally famous desserts!

Head back to Clearwater Beach for live music and dinner at Clearwater Beach Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill and Bar.

Stroll onto the sand from the Palm Pavilion to watch the sunset. A nightcap on the shore?

 

Day 6 Vacation Paradise

Breakfast at a Florida Beach Rentals favorite, Lenny’s. Don’t miss the Danish plate.

Head north for a stroll along the remarkable beaches of Honeymoon Island.

Enjoy a fantastic lunch at Shor American Seafood Grill. We recommend the lobster sandwich.

Rent jet skis or a boat to cruise the harbor on your own.

One last sunset at Pier 60 where you can buy that souvenir you’ve had your eye on

Dinner at Bobby’s Bistro and Wine Bar. A great way to cap off the week.

 

Day 7 Farewell

Farewell sunrise walk

Check out

 

Super Boat Races at Clearwater Beach

Super Boat Races Return to Clearwater Beach

super boat picSuper Boat Races at Clearwater Beach brings one of the best crowd pleasing events of the year. Moving in excess of 150mph, these sleek race craft of varying designs streak across the turquoise waters just off the shore of Clearwater Beach. With as many as eight different classes of boats using various hull designs, spectators will be able to enjoy days of racing along the spectacular Florida Gulf Coast. Clearwater Beach is fantastic destination any time of the year. With an exciting event like super boat racing, it is certain to make the best beach in America even more dynamic.

Watching Super Boat Races at Clearwater Beach

super boats racing picWhat could be more fun than watching Super Boat Races at Clearwater Beach? Not much. The white, powder-soft sands of Clearwater Beach, as well as loads of tourist attractions like gift shops, dining, day cruises, and other dynamic activities have earned our beach the number one rating in America from USA Today. The perfect environment for fun, with Super Boat Races added in, just can’t be beat. Spectators line the section of beach near Pier 60, or pay $20 to stand on the pier for the event. Other locals and visitors take a more adventurous approach by going out onto the water in boats. Countless private craft surround the race course along with charters and Clearwater Beach harbor cruise boats. Beautiful Florida September weather adds the final touch.

Come See the Super Boat Races at Clearwater Beach

Join us here at Florida Beach Rentals as we celebrate the Super Boat Races at Clearwater Beach. Our check in offices are just down the beach from the races and you can be we will be stepping out to watch a few of the races as the three days of racing in September go by. Race event dates are September 26th through the 29th. Choose your favorite boat class or your favorite team and then join the beach goers and recreational boaters to see who winds up on top. We’ll see you there!

Tampa Bay Area Activities

Central Gulf Coast Activities

Florida Beach Rentals vacation lodgings are primarily along the beachfront. However, the Central Gulf Coast has some great activities just a short distance inland. All the activities listed below are within an hour of most our rentals.

AMC Theaters, Woodland Square, Palm Harbor

Armed Forces Military Museum, Largo

Barnes and Noble bookstore, Clearwater

Celebration Station arcade and go karts, Clearwater

Cobb Theaters, Countryside Mall, Clearwater

Congo River Putt Putt, Clearwater

Countryside Mall, Clearwater

Dali Musuem, St Petersburg

Downtown Saint Petersburg

Florida Craftsmen, St Petersburg

Heritage Village, Largo

Leepa Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs

Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg

Roberts Christmas Wonderland, Clearwater

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, Palm Harbor

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, Pinellas Park

Tampa Bay Grand Prix go karts, Clearwater

Tampa Bay Stand Up Paddle Board, Safety Harbor