If you are looking for white sandy beaches and truly clear water, Clearwater Beach is the perfect place to visit. Clearwater Beach is located just past Tampa on the Gulf Coast side of Florida. Since the movie “A Dolphin’s Tale”, this area of Florida has become a real hotspot off of the Florida Coast. You can visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where the famous “Winter” dolphin is kept along with many other dolphins and wonderful creatures of the sea. After your time at the Aquarium you can take a boat or trolley ride over to the museum where they have a number of props from the movie. Watch a documentary on how they filmed the movie and also learn how they designed the prosthesis for Winter and how this has been a benefit to thousands of other amputee’s in the process. It really is a great time for the whole family to enjoy.

After your time at this exhibit, get back on the Trolley and ride through all of the beautiful areas in Clearwater. Even though you will see some really big resorts and hotels the area still has the feel of not being overcrowded. The beaches are pristine and the water is warm. Since you are on the Gulf Coast it seems like you can walk forever in the ocean before you ever lose your footing and have to swim. If you stay for the day, you might want to check out Pier 60 and enjoy the many different street performers and artisans from around the area. This happens nightly from around 6:30 to 10:30 as long as the weather is good. Enjoy some good food around the Pier as well. There are a number of really good local restaurants to select from.

If you are interested in taking in more of the beaches in the area, you are able to catch a ride on the local bus transportation and it will take you down the coast making stops along the way to enjoy many different areas. You can get bus and trolley information from the information station right in front of Pier 60. Take the family and enjoy your day at Clearwater beach.

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