I see that you've been down near Clearwater beach Florida. I think we're about to head down that way in about two weeks! What can you tell me about the area? I found your photos on Google earth when I was just searching through the blue dots for various different views! I was like, RYAN CALHOUN? I know that guy from Panoramio! :) How cool!
I'm searching for a good hotel. Any suggestions?
All of your beach pictures are amazing!
Hi Mary Alice!
I've been down there a couple times, to Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands. Never been to Clearwater proper, but it looks like you can just walk along the beach from Clearwater all the way up to Caladesi, which is a state park. Honeymoon has a causeway, just like Clearwater, both from 19 near Dunedin. You can rent kayaks along the Dunedin causeway and get over to Caladesi that way, or even Clearwater if you're ambitious.
The inland sides of the islands have lots of mangroves and the interiors have some sandy trails. You have to watch out for potential rattlesnakes and alligators (all I saw were some snake tracks in the sand). Honeymoon and Caladesi both have little snackbar-type places with fish sandwiches and hotdogs, and little beach shower and changing facilities. Caladesi has a marina. Since Clearwater is more like a resort, I guess there's probably lots of more stuff down that way. Depending on the season, Clearwater is crowded enough that the crowds spill down to the Caladesi and Honeymoon beaches as well, usually in the afternoons.
The gulf side of the islands is where the best beaches are. I think both Honeymoon and Caladesi beaches have been rated in the top 1 and 2 in the country a couple of times. You need sandals because it's not pure white sand. In some places you're walking on a bed of seashells, and a lot of them will still be in perfect condition (on Clearwater, since it's so much more crowded, I imagine the seashells get crushed much faster). I don't know what the rules are on Caladesi, but on Honeymoon you can take as many as you like. At low tide you have to watch out for crabs and jellies. There were lots and lots of horseshoe crabs on the gulf side beaches, and little gooey jellies and barnacles on the inland side tidal sandbars.
As far as hotels, I can't offer any information, sorry. :) My grandparents live in Spring Hill, which is just a couple hours from most of central Florida. The only time I've stayed in a hotel in Florida was in Melbourne on the Atlantic side, on my way to Kennedy Space Center. The only thing I know for sure is the farther east you stay, the cheaper it will be, maybe by half.
Have fun on your vacation!
You are a wealth of information! Wow! I can't thank you enough! I am so excited!
I am stuck at work right now, but as soon as I can get home and review this better, I am going to look at all of your cool links/photos! :)
Thank you sincerely for taking the time to share all of this with me!
You're the bomb! :)
Have a great day,
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Photo taken in Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Boulevard, Dunedin, FL 34698, USA
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