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Clearwater Beach Earns Two More Top Rankings

The Best Beaches in America

Fort DeSoto

Fort DeSoto State Park

In mid December we posted a blog entitled The Best Beaches in America. In it we described that the Florida Central Gulf Coast had secured a winning place on four different Best Of lists. In two short weeks before the year could end Clearwater Beach won two more top spots. Although 2013 has come to an end, people discovering the wonders of our area will surely continue onward into 2014.


Best WiFi Beach in the World

WiFi at Clearwater BeachIn a contest for the best WiFi beach in the world, Clearwater Beach was listed first on Geekabout.com. The reason Geekabout gave was the large number of access sites relative to the size of the beach. This is true. Popular Clearwater Beach is located on a small barrier island on the Florida Gulf Coast. With such a small space, it is not hard to imagine getting good access to the Internet from just about anywhere. Open air bars, bistros, coffee shops, pizza diners, and ice cream shops all have great places to sit and enjoy the use of a hand held device or a lap top. If you take your gadget onto the sand, you can even sit under a sun umbrella or catch a tan while surfing the net or checking your email.


Winter the Dolphin Earns Clearwater Marine Aquarium the Top Florida Attraction

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Dolphin Tale 2 film crew at work

Winter the Dolphin has put Clearwater Beach on the map for many people across the globe. Youngsters everywhere know about Clearwater Beach and our favorite marine mammals, the bottlenose dolphin. Dolphin Tale was a hit at the box office, inspiring a sequel that boasts a return of the complete cast of Hollywood elites. With the new dolphin, Hope, costarring in the sequel, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium certainly will continue to draw in new visitors from near and far. The aquarium recently won the number one spot in the USA Today poll of top Florida attractions. With the white sands of Clearwater Beach so near to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the allure of the area as a Florida vacation destination has been bumped up yet another notch.


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7 best days in Clearwater Beach Families

Day 1 Arrive at Clearwater Beach

Arrive in town. Enjoy your ride from the airport across the beautiful causeway!

Check in with Florida Beach Rentals.

Introduce yourselves to Clearwater Beach with a stroll on the sand

Find your way off the sand at Jimmy’s Fish House. The Bang Bang Shrimp is a Florida Beach Rentals staff favorite!

Enjoy sunset from the restaurant or stroll back onto the sand to dip your toes in the surf.

Relax at your beautiful rental to charge up for a great beach vacation at Clearwater Beach. Sneak in a nightcap on the patio after the kids are asleep!


Day 2 Sightseeing at Clearwater Beach

Breakfast at the Clear Sky Beachside Café. Great breakfast specials!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sea Life Safari for the kids. Home of Winter the dolphin from the movie Dolphin Tale. Hint-watch the movie before you go!

Optional road trip to area theme parks like Busch Gardens, Legoland, Lowry Zoo or Dinosaur World. Kids go crazy for these!

Live music and dinner at Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill and Bar. Right at one of the most popular and active areas of the beach!

Sunset at the beach. Take beach chairs, towels, or just stroll along. A football for the kids is a smart move!

After the sun goes down, why not head out for some local putt putt golf at Congo River, Smugglers Cove, or Captain Bligh’s Landing. The local courses have great themes!


Day 3 Dolphin Sightings

Breakfast out at the Beach Shanty restaurant. Great reviews online!

Make the most of the beach with a morning in the sun and surf. Some of the best beach weather is in the morning!

Grab lunch at the original Frenchy’s Café. A great little diner just off of Mandalay Ave!

Grab a dolphin sighting tour with Little Toot, The Tropics, or Sea Screamer. Take your camera!

Dinner at the lively Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill. Indoor and outdoor dining right off the sand!

Catch Pier 60 nightly sunset festival for live music, live shows, artists, souvenirs, and much more.


Day 4 on Mandalay Avenue

Try coffee for you and pastries for the kids from Starbucks in the Sand Pearl Hotel. Right next door to Florida Beach Rentals!

Stroll and shop on Mandalay Ave. Take the kids to Four Monkeys Candy Connection- if you dare!

Lunch at Gondolier Pizza.

Afternoon under a beach umbrella with beach or water craft rentals for the kids. Splurge with a jet ski or be surprised at how much fun the kids can have with a 5 dollar inflatable raft!

A finer dining experience at Island Way Grill. Enjoy the pleasant interior or beautiful outdoor deck overlooking Clearwater Harbor. Check out the kids menu and early bird special!

Sunset watch or sit down at the beach. Hint-area hotels rent chairs and umbrellas!


Day 5 Day Trip

Breakfast snacks on the beach. A sandy stroll is a great way to start the day!

Optional day trip to Tarpon Springs sponge docks and shops, including the Tarpon Springs Aquarium and playroom. Kids love this!

Grab a famous Tarpon Springs Greek lunch, followed by mouthwatering desert. Watch your kids’ eyes when they see these deserts!

Take a sunset cruise on Clearwater Harbor with pirate Captain Memo or on board the Calypso Queen. These are must-do cruises for Clearwater Beach vacations!

Grab a unique seaside dinner at the Bait House. On the pier, not far from cruise rentals!


Day 6 Vacation Paradise

You’ve been here five days. Day number six belongs to you. It’s time to check into all those places you’ve spotted along the way.

Coffee at that local breakfast diner you spied the other day.

Rent bicycles or something else to tour the beach.

Lunch at that beach diner you’ve had your eye on.

Rent your favorite watercraft at the beach.

Dinner at that restaurant you passed up earlier in the week.

One last sunset at Pier 60 where you buy that souvenir you wish you’d picked up the first time. Catch the Pier 60 outdoor movies which play Friday and Saturday nights!

Grab a final evening stroll along Mandalay Avenue’s gift shops. You can’t go home without that T-shirt that says you were here!


Day 7 Farewell

Farewell sunrise walk.

Check out with Florida Beach Rentals.