There are lovely beaches further south around Clearwater. One of these, Caladesi Island State Park, has nature trails and pristine sands.
Another excellent beach is Fort de Soto Park, a state park of palm groves and immaculate shoreline.

Clearwater Beach has lots to offer. It takes just over an hour, using the Suncoast Parkway, turning off at SR 60 at Jct 2A. An alternative is
US 19 (slow route but toll-free). If you’re returning on 19 North, at Palm Harbor you’ll find Sweet Tomatoes, offering amazing value;
it’s a chain in Florida and one of the best places for delicious soups, salads, and pasta - our absolute favourite and ideal for vegetarians.

One of the best attractions at Clearwater Marina is ‘The Little Toot’, a forty-foot tugboat, for an exciting dolphin watching adventure in the
Gulf and Clearwater Harbour. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed, ‘or your next trip is free’!

Photo: Clearwater

Other places of interest

30 miles to the south, off US 19, is Tarpon Springs, where Greek eateries line the waterfront; a legacy of the Greek sponge divers who settled
there in the early 1900s.

Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa is less than an hour away via the Suncoast Parkway. Cruise ships go to Caribbean destinations from the
Port of Tampa. One of the joys of leaving from Tampa is that the ship passes under the Sunshine Skyway bridge – a wonderful sight!

Disney theme parks are around two hours away. Take Cortez/SR 50 east, US 27 south, then east on the 192. For Kennedy Space Centre
(a truly awesome experience) go east on the SR 50, south on the Florida Turnpike, east on the SR 528 Beachline Expressway, then take the
407 and the 405.