relaxing in clearwater beach

Not exaggerating when I say it’s snowing in Rochester right now! Next week it’s May and it’s snowing! Needless to say, I needed a burst of sunshine so recapping our time in Florida last month before we took off on our cruise.

We have family and a lot of friends that live in Florida so we decided to extend our vacation a bit to see a lot of them. We stayed with my Uncle in beautiful Clearwater Beach. We’ve loved it every time we’ve visited so if you haven’t been then I highly recommend it.

It has a small-town vibe with one side of the main strip being quirky shops and hotels and the beach running parallel just on the other side.  The city has really palpable energy like people can’t help but be in a great mood and have fun when they’re in paradise! The beach has been ranked #1 in the country by Tripadvisor and for a reason. The sand is soft and smooth and the water is beautiful. Shells that don’t even look real wash ashore while boats slowly glide by in the water.

One of the best parts of traveling is learning the best places to go from the people that know it best – the ones that live there! There’s no way any single person can be an expert on everything so I always listen to the people that know a place better than anyone else. Here are some of the bests we did in Clearwater.

Where To Watch The Sunset

Opal – Another award-winning place! It’s a hotel that we could never afford to stay at but it sits right next to the public beach and has a beautiful restaurant. We watched the fire red sunset here and it was stunning. Plus, good food, drinks, and a great live band.

Where To Eat

Anywhere right on the beach-walk! Weekends get really crowded but most places can accommodate you quickly.

Crabby’s Bar and Grill had yummy fish tacos and seating directly on the walk which was great for people watching.

Frenchys is a staple! We didn’t eat there this time but have before because of their reputation. They serve fresh fish caught right from the Gulf and are a must-do when visiting the area.

Where To Drink

For a casual but fun night, we visited The Brown Boxer. The crowd skews a bit older though so we typically started our nights here rather than ending.

The Edge is such a beautiful rooftop restaurant and bar. The bar has beautiful fire-pits lit at night and a stunning view of the city.

Where To Shop

The strip has a ton of shops but we spent a lot of time getting lost in Surf Style. They have the best variety of beach clothing, swimsuits, and accessories which was a godsend because I had struggled to find items in chilly upstate, NY.

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