The Florida Gulf Coast beaches are a thing of beauty. The water is crystal clear in most areas and has that amazing light blue color that you would typically see only in the Caribbean.
The Clearwater Beach area offers so many ways to take advantage of the amazing waterfront views. There are numberous waterfront restaurants, bars, parks, beaches and navigable waterways.
Clearwater Beach Aquarium
One popular attraction is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The Aquarium is home to Winter the dolphin, from the recently released Dolphin Tale movie. The aquarium has benefited from a huge surge in visitors as a result of the popular movie and is undergoing a major expansion as a result.
Another dolphin related activity, that is a MUST-DO attraction, is the Sea Screamer Dolphin Encounter. On our last visit to the area we did this excursion and it was the highlight of our trip. You'll park at the Marina just across the street from the pier, climb aboard the "Worlds Largest Power Boat" and head out from the bay to the Gulf in search of dolphins. A truly amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Frenchys Rockaway Grill
After a full day of dolphin activities, you're going to want something to eat. If you're a fan of fish, you MUST go to Frenchys, they are famous for their Grouper sandwiches. Grouper is a very mild white fish and Frenchys has the best grouper sandwich that you'll ever experience.
They have several locations in Clearwater Beach and my recommendation would be to check out the Frenchys Rockaway Grill location just north of the pier on the beach side. It's a festive place and you will probably experience a wait during peak season, so go early.
The food is very reasonably priced, they have a great happy hour and I'd highly recommend choosing the Super Grouper Sandwich. I went Caribbean Jerk style, which has a sweet and spicy taste and it was so good. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Caladesi Island State Park - Kayak Trail
One last, off the beaten path suggestion would be to head just north of Clearwater Beach to Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin. The island is only accessible by boat and you can hop the ferry-boat from Honeymoon Island State Park. One piece of advice, we did not notice until we were leaving that you can rent kayaks and take the kayak trail right into the mangroves. That definitely looks like a very unique experience and one we will be sure to try on our next visit.