Sand Key Park
EXPERIENCE CLEARWATER 7
Consistently declared the #1 Beach in the
USA by Trip Advisor, Clearwater Beach
attracts nearly 400,000 visitors annually. As
soon as you lay eyes on this little slice of
paradise, you will understand why. Bright
sunshine watches over the clear waters
that gave the city its name. Water sports
enthusiasts jet ski, paddleboard, ski and
parasail taking full advantage of the myriad
of water-based adventures available.
Cruisers venture into the water in search
of dolphins. Meanwhile, on the soft white
sand, sunbathers soak up the warm rays as
children build sandcastles.
For those seeking active land pursuits, the
Beach Walk promenade walk winds along
the seashore drawing walkers, joggers,
rollerbladers and cyclists while beach
volleyball provides a little competition on the
angling for a catch. As the sun sets into the
sea, the pier becomes the epicenter of a
Beach cabanas and umbrellas are available
for rent on the public portions of Clearwater
Beach. Settle in at your favorite spot and
an attendant will stop by to collect the daily
rental fee of $30.00 for an umbrella and two
chairs or $40.00 for a cabana with two chairs.
Honeymoon Island and
Caladesi Island State Park
North of Clearwater Beach, Honeymoon
Island and Caladesi Island State Park bring
nature into focus on unspoiled wild beaches.
Honeymoon Island is accessible by car, ferry
or private boat. From there a ferry takes
beachgoers to Caladesi Island. Alternatively,
Caladesi Island can be reached by hiking just
over two miles from north Clearwater Beach.
sunbathing. Stroll the beach in search of
the perfect seashell or immerse yourself in
nature as you wander along the hiking trails.
For an up-close encounter with dolphins,
manatees and water birds, rent a kayak on
Honeymoon Island and paddle your way to
Caladesi Island where more serenity and
A barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico
and the Florida mainland, Sand Key occupies
95 acres of peaceful pristine paradise. Sand
and a park. On the park side, picnic shelters
with grills, a playground and a dog park make
for a fun afternoon. A salt marsh with viewing
benches provides an escape into nature as
you watch for herons, roseate spoonbill and
other exotic seabirds.
Sand Key Park’s natural communities include
a beach where endangered sea turtles
deposit eggs. The nearby Clearwater Marine
Aquarium takes responsibility for these nests
and keeps statistics.
and umbrella rentals and plentiful parking
along with stellar views. Beach wheelchairs
in the water are available for disabled
beachgoers free of charge.