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St. Pete Beach: 20 miles SW of Tampa; 289 miles NW of Miami; 84 miles SW of Orlando. Clearwater Beach: 90 miles W of Orlando; 20 miles W of Tampa; 20 miles N of St. Petersburg.
If you're looking for sun and sand, you'll find plenty on the 28 miles of slim barrier islands that skirt the Gulf shore of the Pinellas Peninsula. With some one million visitors every year, don't be surprised if you have lots of company. But you'll also discover quieter neighborhoods and some of the nation's finest beaches, including some protected from development by parks and nature preserves.
At the southern end of the strip, St. Pete Beach is the granddaddy of the area's resorts: Visitors started coming here a century ago, and they haven't quit. Today St. Pete Beach is heavily developed and often overcrowded during the winter season. If you like high-rises and mile-a-minute action (albeit before 9pm, when things start to slow down a bit), St. Pete Beach is for you. But even here, Pass-a-Grille, on the island's southern end, is a quiet residential enclave with eclectic shops and a fine, though crowded, public beach.
A more gentle lifestyle begins to the north on the 3 1/2-mile-long Treasure Island. From here, you cross John's Pass to Sand Key, a 12-mile-long island occupied primarily by residential Madeira Beach, Redington Shores, Indian Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, and Belleair Beach. The road crosses a soaring bridge to Clearwater Beach, whose sands attract active families and couples.
If you like your great outdoors unfettered by development, the jewels here are Fort DeSoto Park, south of St. Pete Beach at the mouth of Tampa Bay, and Caladesi Island State Park, north of Clearwater Beach. They are consistently rated among America's top beaches. Sand Key Park, on the southern shores of Little Pass (which separates Clearwater Beach from Belleair Beach), is one of Florida's finest local beach parks.
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|Clearwater Film Festival||Sep 2013 (annual)||Largo Cultural Center|
|Bright House Clearwater Super Boat National Championship Festival||Sep 2013 (annual)||St. Pete and Clearwater Beaches|
|Clearwater Jazz Holiday||Oct 2013 (annual)||Coachman Park|
|Frenchy's Stone Crab Festival||Oct 2013 (annual)||Frenchy's Cafe|
|Blast Friday Clearwater||25 Nov 2013 - 25 Apr 2014; Fri only (monthly)||Cleveland Street|
|Blast Friday Clearwater||Nov 2013 - Apr 2014; Fri only (monthly)||Cleveland Street|
|Blast Friday Clearwater||Dec 2013 - May 2014; Fri only (monthly)||Cleveland Street|
|Blast Friday Clearwater||Jan - Jul 2014; Fri only (monthly)||Cleveland Street|
|Blast Friday Clearwater||Mar - Aug 2014; Fri only (monthly)||Cleveland Street|
|Blast Friday Clearwater||Apr - Sep 2014; Fri only (monthly)||Cleveland Street|
|Blast Friday Clearwater||May - Oct 2014; Fri only (monthly)||Cleveland Street|
|Bob Heilman's Beachcomber||American||Clearwater Beach||3||2|
|Bobby's Bistro & Wine Bar||Seafood||Clearwater Beach||2||3|
|Crabby Bill's||Seafood||St Pete Beach||2||1|
|Frenchy's Original Cafe||Seafood||Clearwater Beach||1||1|
|Guppy's on the Beach Grill & Bar||Seafood||Indian Rocks Beach||2||3|
|Hurricane||Seafood||St Pete Beach||2||1|
|Island Way Grill||Seafood||Clearwater Beach||3||3|
|Lobster Pot||Seafood||Indian Rocks Beach||3||4|
|Maritana Grille||Seafood||St Pete Beach||3||3|
|Ted Peter's Famous Smoked Fish||Seafood||St Pete Beach||2||2|
|The Salt Rock Grill||Seafood||Indian Rocks Beach||2||3|
|Wildwood BBQ & Burger||Chicken/BBQ/Grill||St Pete Beach||2||2|
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