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Top things to See and Do in Clearwater
The golden coast
This little Florida nugget's famed for its wash of soft sands and shimmering waters – a sunbather's haven. The Guinness Book of World Records even clocked up the longest-running number of blue-sky days in this 'hood, so if you're all about the beach, you'll be nicely set up here.
The big beach
Clearwater beach's well worth rolling out of bed early for – you'll want to beat the crowds to the best sunlounger. You'll find thrilling watersports like parasailing along the shore, while younger visitors can bop around the bouncy castle at Pier 60.
The secret beach
When kicking back and chilling out is the order of the day, pitch up on Caladesi Island. Slightly off the beaten track, it's much more laidback compared to Clearwater. Trek around the nature trails and you might be able to snap pics of the resident turtles and armadillos.
Sprouts Farmer's Market attracts quite the crowd after its vegan goodies, homemade hot sauces and organic produce. Pinky's near Indian Rocks beach is a 20-minute drive from Clearwater, where you can stock up on American candy and get a scoop of the best ice-cream around.
If your getaway revolves around hitting the waves, you can pick up well-made watersports gear at Ron Jon Surf Shop. Wander in and out of the other stores around to pick up unique hand-made treasures for your bookcase back home.
Westfield Countryside Mall's where you'll spend the most dosh, with plenty of premium labels like Pandora and Victoria's Secret. After your spree, you can catch a movie, have an ice-skate and chow down on some tasty tacos.
For a relaxed evening, head to the Pier 60 docks for a cheeky cocktail or two while the sun goes down. The local breweries are a big hit with visitors, too. Walk along the strip to choose a bar with your entertainment of choice – there's often live music and acts by local magicians.
Whether you're down for hula or want to bust out your break-dancing moves, Clearwater's got plenty of world-class party venues. The Sports Shack is where you can catch an American football game and a slice of pizza before rocking the dancefloor at Amoroma night club.
Hearty grills at Frenchy's
A visit to Frenchy's Original Café is a definite must on your Clearwater list. From chicken wings drenched in homemade habanero sauce to peppered cheesesteaks, this joint's about as all-American as you can get. Finish off with key lime pie to make the visit even sweeter.
Brekkie at Lenny's
With some of the most scrumptious bacon, sunny-side eggs and syrupy pancakes in town, Lenny's rustles up a seriously good brunch. Try the legendary 'The Lenny' burger to get your patty smothered in melted cheese, fried onions and a dollop of mayo.
Wings from a buffalo
When in the US of A, it's basically a rite of passage to eat buffalo chicken wings. The original Hooters serves up a mean basket of the crispy, saucy goodies – dunk 'em in blue cheese to do as Americans do.
Pizza at Gondoliers
Gondoliers racks up points for being one of the best pizza places in Clearwater. The calzone's a firm favourite, and you can't go wrong with a classic pepperoni pie. The portions are super generous so they're great for sharing – or not.
Steak at Bascom's
Bascom's Chop House will lure you in with the aromas alone. Whether you're a rib-eye or rump lover, the grass-fed meat's sizzled to perfection. Grab some fried calamari before the main event.