Clearwater Florida

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Clearwater in Pinellas County is a happy combination of a progressive city with a rich cultural heritage and exquisite landscape. This tropical paradise on the highest coastal bluff in central Florida's western coast covers a large part of the Western border of the Pinellas Peninsula, and is nestled between the Gulf of Mexico on the west and Tampa Bay on the east. The area was named for its abundant fresh springs along the shore- Clear Water is the translation of the native Indian "Pocotopaug". It was settled by colonists in the mid-1830s and was popular as a resort community by 1890s. People who came for the fun and sun discovered it was an even better place to live. The result is a rich multi-cultural medley of over 108 thousand residents with varying talents, interests, dedication to education, and commitment to community.

Clearwater and its island beaches offer something for everybody, round the year: arts and museums, historic buildings, special events and more traditional attractions. It has the largest recreational fishing fleet on the West Coast of Florida. Enjoy exciting festivals like the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Taste of Clearwater, and Fun-in-Sun along with some of the best beaches in the country, with miles of soft white sand and sparkling waterways. Pier 60, Clearwater's famed promenade and fishing pier are the focal points of the beach. It has a covered children's playground on the sand. Sunsets at Pier 60, a "street" celebrates the setting of the sun with weekend musical entertainment. Every evening, for two hours before sunset and two hours after, artists, craftsmen, street performers and musicians take over the activity center of Clearwater Beach.

Clearwater's accommodations fit every lifestyle and budget, from historical resorts and chain hotels to Superior Small Lodgings, which are properties with fewer than fifty rooms known for their friendly ambience and personalized service. You can live in cottages and efficiency apartments or cozy, wooded campgrounds close to the beach. Green Gables Bed & Breakfast is a magical oasis that is close to everything and yet so far away. Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa built in 1897, is the oldest occupied wooden building. Old Florida Home is nestled in a lovely garden near Clearwater Bay and the Pinellas Trail, a dedicated nature path for bikers and runners. The City of Clearwater offers conference and exhibition facilities at the Harborview Center situated on the bluff. Clearwater has many wonderful restaurants, walking distance from the beach.

Clearwater marine aquarium is a unique natural attraction to view and touch bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, river otters, sting rays, coral reefs, mangroves and more. At Moccasin Lake Nature Park one can see the plant and animal species - birds, insects, amphibians, mammals and reptiles- native to the area. It is home to rescued and rehabilitated birds, with nature trails through a diversity of natural Florida habitats. Stroll through historic Clearwater and beautiful Harbor Oaks with its early 20th century homes. The Historic Village is living museum where men and women dress in period costume. Climb the batteries at the Spanish American war fort, DeSoto. Every Wednesday Clearwater's City Hall area is pitched with colorful tents and booths filled with farm fresh produce, delicious cheeses, fresh baked goods, glorious cut flowers and plants and fresh seafood. The fountain area features live entertainment creating an alluring ambience.

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