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Spoil Your Vacation at Clearwater Beach

Defining Spoiled

The word spoil has a list of different definitions. While they all follow a common theme, they are not all alike.

The common modern usage of the word spoil means to ruin or degrade, such as

  • 1. A spoiled child, 2. Spoiled fruit, 3. Spoiled plans.

The word spoil comes from an older usage however, originating in the days of attacking and looting cities. It means to loot the valuables from a location, such as a city or town. It is synonymous to despoil, as in

  • 1. Spoils of war, 2. A spoiled city, 3 spoiling enemy villages
great blue heron

Great blue heron on a spoil pile

Another definition comes from the byproducts of construction or mining. Waste materials created from drilling or digging are called spoil. An example would be spoils from a basement excavation being used for landscaping.

  • 1. A large spoil pile

So what does all of that have to do with a Clearwater Beach vacation? Let’s see!

 

Pirate Spoils at Clearwater Beach

Pirate ship

Captain Memo Pirate Cruise

Did you know the Florida Gulf Coast has a pirate history? It’s true. Tampa Bay area is no stranger to pirates. In fact, the modern Gasparilla Invasion celebrates a pirate who sailed the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gasparilla treasure, along with some others, is rumored to be hidden along our shores. Many of those pirate spoils, taken from victories over merchant ships, have never been found! Have they sifted down deeper into the sands of the beach? Has the landscape shifted and put the pirate spoils under waters of the Gulf of Mexico? While you walk the sands of the beach on your Florida Gulf Coast vacation, will you inadvertently walk several feet above the long lost treasure of pirate spoils? It’s possible! Rumor has it that, after large storms on the Gulf, coins from pirate conquests might wash up on the shore. None of our guests have discovered pirate treasure yet (that we know of), but it is fun to imagine coming across a coin poking out of the sand.

 

Spoil Islands of Clearwater

Spoil island

View from one island to the next

The harbor that runs between the City of Clearwater and Clearwater Beach is very shallow. Navigating a boat through the waters requires staying within the marked channels or having a sonar to check the depth under your boat. The boating channels that run the length of Clearwater Harbor were created in the 1950’s. The waste material from dredging, called spoil, was dumped in piles at regular intervals. The spoil piles collected vegetation and local wildlife quickly, becoming established islands in a very short time. The islands soon became a playgrounds for local boaters, an attraction the islands maintain to this day. The small islands, wrapped in shallow vegetation or covered with small forests of pines, palms, or oaks, are open to boaters and campers. The spoil islands are property of the State of Florida that has no plans to develop the islands or charge for their use. The islands make great stopovers while cruising the waters of the harbor on a motor boat, kayak, or paddle board. They are great places to relax or walk the shore.  Taking a picnic basket or beach chairs to the islands is a popular past time for those who know this local secret. If you are planning on boating the harbor on your Clearwater Beach vacation, be sure to check them out!

 

Go ahead and spoil your Clearwater Beach vacation

Clearwater BeachWhen we say spoil your Clearwater Beach vacation, we are talking about having fun.

Walking our shores under the Florida sun, you can imagine our pirate history. Is there a pirate chest of gold somewhere beneath your feet? Are the spoils of a pirate raid buried under your vacation rental unit? Will you find pirate gold underneath a seashell on the beach?

While boating our beautiful turquoise harbors, look to one of the tiny spoil islands. The small islands are usually empty, ready for you to land and claim the territory for your own –at least for a little while. Occupying your own island for a few hours of your vacation might give you some fun vacation memories for you to treasure.

So go ahead. It’s okay. Have some fun and spoil your Clearwater Beach vacation.

 

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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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