This evening we had dinner (at the Marriott World Center’s Makado) with a father and his two daughters. Locals from Clearwater, it was enjoyable chatting with them, learning about his work with the roads and bridges around Clearwater, and finding out that like the Chicago locals (where we come from originally) when you live somewhere you rarely do the things tourists do.
Too often we overlook our own backyards. In general, when I write Rori Travels Florida, I’m writing to those of you who’ll be traveling to Florida, are considering a vacation, or perhaps have bee here and just want to remember this beautiful state.
And while I love writing to people who’re just visiting, I also want to reach out to the locals, people from all over the state, to encourage you to try out what’s around you.
Ok, around Florida most locals have a favorite place they’ll escape to. Often those in Orlando dive over to either coast or in Miami the Florida Keys are a getaway, but don’t forget your own backyard.
Anyway… this very nice man told me he didn’t experience Clearwater all that much… so for him, for all those who live in Clearwater, for everyone in Florida, and for all of you out-of-staters, here’s some photos of Clearwater, Florida, one of our favorite (of many) places in Florida…
Captain Memo’s Pirate Ship was a favorite when my brother & I “discovered” it back 20 or so years ago. I was thrilled to find this rowdy bunch of roagues still sailing the high seas of Clearwater.
Who doesn’t want a photo of a Florida palm tree in the sand. Almost as exciting to see as the water itself, I always know I’m on the beach and by the shore when I spot my first palm tree of any coastal visit. Clearwater (and so much of Florida) offers plenty posing for a photo.
A favorite pass-time of most anyone who comes to Florida (not to mention the locals) is looking for shells (shelling). While Clearwater doesn’t have as many as other parts of the state, you’re still going to fund something special to bring home. And its a fun way to spend a little time as you wait for the sun to set.
Don’t miss taking a photo or two – bring your camera, have plenty of flash card space and battery life, because as the sun sets and the colors change, a Clearwater sunset is a spectacular show to behold.
Another great place in Clearwater is our very special, Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Home of the star of the movie Dolphin Tale staring Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr, Winter the Dolphin (on who’s life the movie is based) calls CMA home. She inspires people from around the globe to overcome their challenges and live a full, happy, productive life. She’s awfully cute too.
The Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic are home to sea turtles. Too many are hurt by boaters not paying attention, fishing lines left in the water, and cold stress. CMA and other Florida bodies work together to rescue and rehabilitate as many as they can. Those that cannot return to the wild will find forever homes on land. (Marine Mammal Conservancy)
As the sun sets deeper, the crowds are gathering along the shore. Photos are being taken, shells found and sunset peeping is occurring. A Clearwater evening is underway.
And in the distance a single pirate ship chases the day over the horizon. Another day settles into night and Clearwater readies for a beautiful tomorrow…