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The Amazing Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival at Clearwater Beach

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival 2014

TSugar Sand Festival sculpturehe Sugar Sand Festival made its second appearance at Clearwater Beach this April. The show ran from April 5th through the 13th. A large tent went up long before the event opened, getting the folks at the beach a heads up the festival was coming. The artisans got busy sculpting, all with the show’s theme in mind. This year, cinema was the theme, with the title of “Beach Walk of Fame.” Inside the tent, sculpted figures from Hollywood history were found along a ribbon of film also crafted from sand. Visitors viewed images from the very beginning of cinema, like Charlie Chaplin, through the most recent movies, including Dolphin Tale.

 

Sugar Sand Festival Extras

Sand sofas at beach restaurantThe sand sculptures were at the heart of the event, but surrounding the tent were a host of additional activities that had the beach buzzing with activity. Sand artists held special shows and contests for beach visitors, including speed sculpting. Directly surrounding the tent were a number of other fun attractions. The Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa, one of the event sponsors, had a kid’s sand sculpting area, complete with umbrellas and chairs for the parents. Frenchy’s restaurant hosted a “Sand Bar” right on the beach, with a fenced off area set up as pub. Area restaurants sponsored a restaurant setting behind the show tent with sand sculpted sofas for restaurant guests, with the sand sofas right on the beach. The attractions surrounding the tent were a success, with plenty of attendees joining into the extra fun.

 

Sugar Sand Festival Pier 60 Entertainment

Pier 60 Sugar Sand FestivalPier 60 is a Clearwater Beach attraction every evening, two hours before and after sunset. For the Sugar Sand Festival, however, the vendors and street performers showed up every day, all day long. The usual Pier 60 fun was in overdrive. Clearwater Beach visitors were treated to non-stop entertainment. The pier was lined with vendors selling every manner of souvenir, while the street performers spread across a wider area than usual to accommodate the extra visitors. With a larger amount of people at the beach for the festival, Pier 60 was a hub of activity.

 

A Successful Clearwater Beach Sugar Sand Festival

Sand sculpture Willows in the WindIf the number of visitors to Clearwater Beach last week was any indication, then the 2014 Sugar Sand Festival was a success. The beach enjoyed lively crowds and, each time we checked in, the Pier 60 shows were running. The line leading into the sand sculpture tent enjoyed a constant flow. If you are considering a Clearwater Beach vacation, be sure to check this one out for 2015. Judging by the turnout for this one, the Clearwater Beach Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival will back again next year.

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Pier 60 Is at the Heart of Clearwater Beach

Pier 60 Clearwater BeachIt is impossible to walk the white sand shores of Clearwater Beach without noticing Pier 60. The pier derives its name from Highway 60, which is the route that leads from the city of Tampa all the way across the city of Clearwater and onto Clearwater Beach. The pier is in a direct line with the highway, an easy landmark to find. Pier 60 is the central hub of beach activities and is visible from all of the beachfront hotels, condos and cottages of Clearwater Beach.

 

Pier 60 Gift Shop and Fishing Pier

Pier 60 fishermen Clearwater BeachThe Pier 60 gift shop and fishing area might not be the pier’s best known features, but they are still very popular. Midway along the pier you will find a building and a gate. To pass the gate to the fishing section of the pier you need to pay a dollar. While this might not seem like much money, in fact, so many fishermen use pier each year that it makes a surprising amount of revenue. It also leaves the fishing end of Pier 60 mostly to the fishermen. The building at mid-pier is a tackle and gift shop. You can buy fishing bait or vacation souvenirs, such as T-shirts or seashells. The division in Pier 60 makes it a great multi use location at Clearwater Beach.

 

Pier 60 Nightly Sunset Festival

Pier 60 sunset festivalThe nightly festival at Pier 60 is one of the main tourist attractions at Clearwater Beach. From two hours before sunset to two hours after sunset the pier hosts a nightly festival. Artisans and craftsmen of all types set up tables and booths at the pier to sell their wares or their talents. You will find seashells, paintings of seascapes, jewelry, and a large variety of other assorted crafts for sale. You will also find face painting, hair braiding, hand drawn portraits, and other unique trades. The craftsmen at the sunset festival make Pier 60 a perfect tourist destination for anyone vacationing at Clearwater Beach.

 

Friday and Saturday Night at Pier 60

Clearwater Beach Pier 60 acrobatsThe weekend at the Pier 60 nightly festival is a prime entertainment event at Clearwater Beach. On the weekend nights, street performers join the festivities. You will find jugglers, fire breathers, sword jugglers, magicians, acrobats, or break-dancers putting on their shows at the pier. The entertainment always varies, which means you never know which show you will catch. If you are on vacation at Clearwater Beach, the weekend sunset festival at Pier 60 is not an event you want to miss.

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7. Clearwater Beach Causeway

Clearwater Beach CausewayThe causeway to the beach is a long stretch between open waterways of Clearwater Harbor. The wide walking and biking path makes the trek a pleasure. A relatively tall bridge marks the border between downtown Clearwater and the Clearwater Beach causeway. Watching the boats go by from the bridge is a favorite past time. The causeway will also take you past Clearwater Marine Aquarium the home of Winter the dolphin from the Dolphin Tale movies.

6. Clearwater Marina

Clearwater Beach MarinaAnother short but enjoyable walk is at the Clearwater Marina. The docks host all types of charter boats, harbor tours, dinner cruises, party cruises, fishing excursions, and boat rentals. The atmosphere is lively on weekends and even those not looking for a boat ride will find the goings-on entertaining.

 

5. Mandalay Avenue

Mandalay Avenue Clearwater BeachThe northern end of Clearwater Beach begins with a treasure trove of gift shops, cafes, restaurants, bistros, and novelty shops located along Mandalay Avenue. Walking this relatively short stretch is always a pleasure, especially for those seeking the vacation-town experience.

4. Pier 60

Pier 60 Clearwater BeachWhile Pier 60 doesn’t make for a long walk, it is still a good one. Centrally located on Clearwater Beach, it provides excellent views of the beach from an elevated position. A gift shop sits mid pier where visitors can buy T-shirts, seashells, or other vacation souvenirs. The real treat comes at sunset, when Pier 60 hosts a four hour festival in which vendors offer every type of knick knack imaginable. On weekends, street performers join the sunset festival.

3. Beach Walk

Beach Walk at Clearwater BeachBeach Walk is a boardwalk-style sidewalk that runs along the beach and beachfront shops of Clearwater Beach. It is located on the southern half of Clearwater Beach, referred to locally as South Beach. It takes visitors past some of the best stretches of sand Clearwater Beach has to offer, as well as some of the best gift shops and restaurants.

2. Caladesi Island walk

Walking to Caladesi IslandThe walk northward on Clearwater beach is the stuff vacation memories are made of. The long stretch of beach is a peaceful white sand paradise. The further you go, the fewer people you will see, until finally you reach the remarkable powdery white sands at the tip of Caladesi Island. This is a long walk with water bottle recommended, especially in the summer months.

1. Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach FloridaWalking along the shoreline of Clearwater Beach is the perfect activity for locals and visitors alike. Collecting shells, dipping your toes into the gentle surf, and experiencing the sensation of the soft white sands on your feet are the highlights of this fantastic walk.

 

 

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