I feel very lucky to have been raised in such a beautiful place! I grew up in paradise and have actually never seen real snow, imagine that! I think it's safe to say I have quite a few reasons why this is a great place to live, but here are my top 10 reasons to live on Clearwater Beach:

  1. Weather: Imagine a winter with low temps barely below 40 at night! And when it does get "cold" it's only for a few nights and then we are back to the warmer temps that Florida is known for, mid 60s and 70s.
  2. Location: We are half way to Naples from Georgia, middle of the state which makes a driving commute easy if you're heading south to Miami or Key West or North to Tallahassee. Pinellas County
  3. Attractions: We are less than an hour away from 2 International airports, Tampa International and St. Pete Clearwater Airport, and adventure parks like Busch Gardens, Adventure Island (water park) and Lowry Park Zoo. Less than 2 hours away from Orlando with many adventure parks, most well known is Disney World, Sea World, Aquatica, Dolphin Cove, Universal Orlando and Universal City Walk.
  4. Sports galore! We are home to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Clearwater Phillies, Dunedin Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Rowdie's soccer and Tampa Yankees.
  5. Shopping: The closest mall is 20 minutes away, Westfield Countryside with a new Cobb movie theater with action packed D-Box seats and 3D movies, and fantastic restaurants like BJ's Brewhouse, Bar Louie, PF Changs, Grimaldi Gourmet Pizza, and Red Robin. Almost forgot, there is an ice skating rink inside open all year!
  6. Sea breeze: "You don't know what you have till it's gone." Wow, what a difference the ever constant sea breeze makes during the summer and the winter. It keeps us cool during the summer and warm during the winter because of the gulf waters.
  7. Boating: Clearwater Beach and Island Estates are the BEST location for boaters because we have the highest bridges in the area until you go all the way south to St Pete Beach. Both the Clearwater Memorial Causeway and the Sand Key Causeway are over 70' high. No draw bridges to wait for, keep on cruising. There are many small islands to go explore.
  8. Active communities: Every morning you will see the sidewalks and causeways bustling with people out for a bide ride, walk or jog. Trust me the challenge of going up the tall Clearwater Memorial Causeway attracts tourists and locals alike. The hike is well worth the reward, the view from the top is spectacular. There is a viewing area with a bench for your enjoyment.
  9. Beaches: The main reason people chose to live here, the beaches! These are the most unique beaches in Florida and Clearwater has won its share of awards - Best Beach Town 2013 by USA Today and Best Beach in the nation 2 years in a row by Tripadvisor. The sands are sugary white and like powder in your toes.
  10. Sunset Festivals: Every night Pier 60 transforms into entertainment central with street performers, dancers, magic shows and crafters with booths set up along the pier. You might even get to see Bumble Bee from transformers or Spider Man. Family-friendly movies play on the weekends, click here for the schedule and more information.