Clearwater Beach is racking up the awards! With several 'best beach' awards in previous years, they've been given their next title of "#1 Beach in the South in 2023" by USA Today!
Clearwater Beach, Florida, is a slice of paradise nestled along the Gulf of Mexico. With its pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and a myriad of attractions, it's no wonder that Clearwater Beach is a favorite destination for day-trippers and vacationers seeking sun, fun, and relaxation.
Here's how we would spend ONE DAY at the #1 beach in the South!
1. Start Your Day with Sunrise on the Beach
Kickstart your day trip with an awe-inspiring view of the sunrise over Clearwater Beach. Head to Pier 60, one of the best vantage points, to witness the sun's golden rays paint the sky with vibrant hues. As the day begins, take a leisurely stroll along the beach, feel the warm sand beneath your feet, and soak in the serenity of the early morning.
2. Embrace the Beach Life
Clearwater Beach is renowned for its pristine, powdery sand and inviting waters. Spend the morning basking in the sun and take a refreshing dip in the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you're sunbathing, building sandcastles, or collecting seashells, the beach offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.
3. Explore Clearwater Marine Aquarium
For a unique wildlife encounter, head to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to Winter, the famous dolphin from the movie "Dolphin Tale." Discover a variety of marine animals, including dolphins, sea turtles, and otters, and learn about the conservation efforts that make this aquarium a special place for marine life enthusiasts.
4. Savor Local Flavors
As lunchtime approaches, treat your taste buds to the delightful flavors of Clearwater Beach. Explore the beachfront restaurants and cafes, where you can indulge in fresh seafood dishes and tropical beverages, while savoring stunning ocean views.
5. Enjoy Water Activities
For adventure seekers, the afternoon is the perfect time to try out thrilling water activities. Rent a jet ski, paddleboard, or kayak and explore the coastline from a different perspective. Parasailing is also a popular option for those seeking an adrenaline rush and a bird's-eye view of the beautiful Gulf waters. Just remember that afternoon's in Florida are the hottest part of the day so make sure you hydrate and protect your skin!
6. Sunset Celebration at Pier 60
As the day winds down, head back to Pier 60 for the Sunset Celebration. Join the lively atmosphere filled with street performers, craft vendors, and live music. The vibrant ambiance sets the stage for a magical sunset, casting a picturesque glow over Clearwater Beach.
Some say "If you've seen one beach, you've seen them all" but each of our gulf beaches offers something different. It could be the color of the sand, the color of the water, how much sandy beach space is available or just a vibe that each town gives off. Clearwater Beach certainly has something unique to offer and you could read about it for days but I suggest just going to see for yourself!
Oh... and then make sure to share all your memories in your Pen Pal Adventure Book!
NOTE: They don't call this the 'SUNSHINE STATE' for nothin'! I snapped all these photos on my phone without being able to see the screen at all because it was so bright, even with an afternoon storm about to roll in. Had no idea what shots I got until getting back in my vehicle. It's literally 'THAT' sunny here!