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Clearwater Beach - Excellent West Coast Beach - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Clearwater Beach is located on the west coast of Florida and provides white, sandy and serene beaches combined with the gentle, silky waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Clearwater Beach has been designated as the "Best City Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, and USATODAY readers ranked Clearwater Beach in their Top 10 list of best beaches from Maine to Hawaii.” It is an ideal place to visit and relax, and it provides the perfect beach for children with a very gentle slope to the water’s edge.

In addition, Clearwater is very proud to have been designated a Blue Wave Beach. This designation identifies the nation's best beaches and the program is overseen by the Clean Beaches Council which promotes beaches managed to protect their natural assets, insuring excellence in the areas of water quality, cleanliness, safety, habitat conservation and erosion management.

Clearwater Beach is a very special place, and has also received the Clean Water, Clean Sand designation from the Healthy Beaches Campaign, a project of the Laboratory for Coastal Research. This designation recognizes beaches that preserve their natural resources, including wildlife, maintain EPA standards and reduce pollution. Clearwater Beach is also the only beach in Pinellas County with year-round lifeguards.

The calm waters provides an excellent please to take out a sail boat or catamaran, and is ideal for snorkelling, jet skiing, water bikes, parasailing or boating. If you want to rent a boat for a relaxing sail or book a deep sea fishing excursion, you can do so from the Beach Marina or you may want to consider booking a hot air balloon ride for an early morning excursion over the city?

The Clearwater Marine lets you enjoy watching dolphins, otters, sea turtles and learn about the many ways of protect them. More than 300 species of fish populate the waters of Clearwater Beach and fishing is a popular activity in the area.

Clearwater is gaining both national and international recognition for its eco-tourism and environmental management. Various ecosystems can be found in local parks, providing opportunities for hiking, biking, bird watching and other nature based activities. Pinellas County Recreational Trail is a superb area for walkers, bikers, joggers and skaters and stretches 47 beautiful miles from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. There are also plenty of opportunities to shop or play golf in Clearwater.

Restaurants are plentiful and offer an excellent choice of dishes from Italian pizzerias to Greek to fish restaurants and more; many with breathtaking views. In the evening you can visit one of the nightclubs or tiki bars to dance and enjoy your favourite music or you can take in an outdoor concert or local festival in downtown Clearwater or see theatre and orchestra performances at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall. Every October, Clearwater hosts its Jazz Festival, a free, four day event with local artists and performers.

Clearwater is located about 90 minutes from Orlando’s many theme parks and is a wonderful alternative to the busy city of Orlando Florida.

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