Another episode of “Being a Tourist on the Beach”

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I rarely go to Clearwater Beach anymore.  It’s very crowded and cost a fortune to park, if you can get a parking spot. Although, it is fun to go over every once in while to see what’s going on.  Right after I picked up my sister from the airport we headed over to the beach to walk around. She had not been in several years.  We were hoping to get a good sunset but dark clouds had moved in.  I guess the weather had kept most people indoors because it wasn’t too crowded the Tuesday before Christmas. It was fun walking around the beach and marina.

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Being a tourist on the beach

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Clearwater Beach sure has changed since we moved down to the area almost 15 years ago. The beach was still mostly Mom & Pop motels and now it’s all high-rise hotels and condos. Traffic and parking are insane so we rarely go over there.  On Christmas afternoon we wanted to get out for a walk so we went to Sand Key beach which is just across the bridge from Clearwater beach. It was such a beautiful day that all of the beaches were crowded. All of the above were taken from Sand Key Park looking across at Clearwater beach and downtown Clearwater.

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A few of the fun finds at the beach.

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Christmas night sunset

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We headed over to the beach for a sunset walk on Christmas night.  Clearwater beach was so packed that we didn’t stay long. We drove past the beach after a walk on Sand Key beach and then stopped along the causeway to take some pictures before heading home.

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It was a beautiful night. Yes, that’s you standing in front of the water taking a picture Debbie.

 

Clearwater Beach – Skywatch Friday

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Heading toward the fishing pier on Clearwater Beach.

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Colorful way to block the wind in the winter.

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We walked out to the pier right at noon so the sun was up high. It was a little chilly but still a lot of tourist on the beach.

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Looking the other way, this is as close to a white Christmas as I was going to get.

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I took this from far out on the pier. Clearwater Beach is a beautiful beach but usually pretty crowded during tourist seasons (spring breaks and summer holidays) so Hubby and I don’t come here often.

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When you’re in Florida the day after Christmas, you don’t head to the mall. You head to the beach. It’s a great place to walk off all of that Christmas eating. When I was little and my family used to come down to Clearwater (from Alabama) for Christmas to visit the grandparents, we went to the beach almost every day. Some years we had on shorts and t-shirts and some years we had on coats. Later, when I was in college, we stopped coming down since everyone was working. My older sisters had jobs and couldn’t get away. We still went out to a park and walked around either Christmas day or the day after.

The beach was busy with visitors. The Outback Bowl was coming up so both college teams were here. There’s usually a big pep rally for the teams on the beach the day before the game. The pier has vendors selling jewelry and nick-nacks. The sidewalks are full of street entertainers so there’s a lot going on. It was a fun afternoon just hanging out.

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