Clearwater Beach: Sunshine State

By Amy Bielby on February 16, 2018

Clearwater Beach. You really don’t have to venture further than Florida’s Gulf Coast to experience a tropical getaway.

To start, the beach is truly unbelievable and was recently named America’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor. You know that soft, white sand that everyone wants to sink their toes in? Well this sand goes above and beyond. Picture how your toes would feel in flour. Plus, it is immaculate, with grounds crews working hard at sunrise to remove debris, rake the sand and set up lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Hotels along the beach are plentiful, all with spectacular views of the famous Clearwater sunsets. The new Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach is one of these properties, with beach or marina views from each of its 343 rooms. Inside the hotel is Clearwater’s only Asian-fusion (Asian-French!) restaurant: Ocean Hai. Try the sushi; you won’t be disappointed.

The Wyndham Grand is located right at Pier 60, which is an attraction in itself. Take a stroll on the pier and then visit the Sunsets at Pier 60 daily festival, which features artisans, street performers and crafters. Check the pier’s sunset cinema schedule to enjoy a movie under the stars

There are plenty of water activities to enjoy – float along the coast by parasail, hit the waves on a Jet Ski, charter a fishing boat or take a dolphin watching tour. Or, enjoy a romantic dinner cruise. After dinner, head to Marina Cantina for a margarita or two. The restaurant has a heated rooftop that allows you to soak in the marina atmosphere as you toast your married life!

5 Things to Know About Clearwater

  1. You can tour the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter the dolphin (from the movie Dolphin Tale)

  2. Florida is a golfer’s paradise. Pack your clubs.

  3. Indoor surfing is a thing. Check out FlowRider Indoor Surfing, which makes it easier to ride the perfect wave

  4. The local favourite seafood is grouper (they actually have “grouper week”).

  5. The St.Pete/Clearwater craft beer trail includes 30+ craft breweries.

By Amy Bielby| February 16, 2018

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