When I was a kid, I used to visit my great-Aunt Eleanor in Clearwater and sometimes we’d go from her downtown apartment and head to the beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
It’s been quite awhile since I’d been to that part of the state and I was pleasantly surprised that Clearwater Beach still looked like I would’ve recognized it as a ten-year-old. It’s kind of frozen in time, almost. There were an amazing number of people on the beach near Pier 60; but not just there – they were walking up and down Coronado Drive and Mandalay Avenue and by the marina checking out fishing charters and sightseeing tours, dropping into beach shops and picking up beach toys and clothing, and dining at legendary seafood restaurants like Frenchy’s (FYI: My fellow Insider, Rachelle Lucas shot a great video about Frenchy’s that you can see through this link).
For a large place, it was nice to see that what attracted folks in the 1960s – sea, sun, sand – are the still the same things that attract folks today. If you’re looking for a beach retreat (and in Florida you’ve got about 1,100 miles of coastline to choose from), from what I could tell it looks like Clearwater Beach will have everything you’re looking for.