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Clearwater Beach, Belleair Beach or Indian Rocks Beach

Old Jan 16th, 2006, 08:14 PM
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Beach06, nothing to do in the immediate Indian Rocks area except the beach. However, you will be on the trolley route (there are actually a couple different trolley systems) between Clearwater (very close to you) and St. Pete (a little farther from you to the south).

Clearwater has Pier 66 with lots of stuff (parasailing, boat rides, arcade, rides, lots of other teens). St. John's Pass near St. Pete is a cute place to go for an afternoon. I don't think the pier at St. Pete has much to offer teens.
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 09:37 AM
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Sand Key, in my opinion, is not within walking distance to Pier 60. However, I'm a little lazier than some. Seriously, the Clearwater Pass Bridge (connects Sand Key to Clearwater Beach proper) is a fixed span bridge and it's a pretty big bridge, big enough that to allow the sailboats through. I suppose you could walk over the bridge once as an adventure, but if you're carrying beach chairs or souvenirs, I would forget it. Although during spring break, it may be quicker to walk than to drive. Cut and paste this link to see a picture of the bridge. http://www.volkert.com/spring98%20Clearwater%20Pass.htm
Sand Key is towards the bottom of the picture, you can barely make out Pier 60 up at the upper left corner of the picture.
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 09:46 AM
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I don't want to talk you out of the condo, but I really think you may be disapointed with Sand Key. Well, your kids might be. Sand Key Park is beautiful, but quiet. The rest of Sand Key is condos. There are no fast food places, no shopping centers, only two or three restaurants, it's not really a place to go for entertainment. There may be a bike rental place at the Sheraton or Radisson, but you would have to check with them.

I would instead recommend St. Pete Beach where there will be less spring break madness, but plenty of things for your kids to do. Treasure Island or Maderia Beach would also be better choices. By better, I just mean places with more activites within walking distance. Except for one strip mall, Sand Key is nothing but condos, and depending on the status of the neverending beach renourishment project, there may not even be much of a beach in front of your condo. While Sand Key Park has a huge beach, some of the condos are basically right on the water at high tide.
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 09:53 AM
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Sorry to keep topping this but I needed to make a correction to my last post. The beach has been completely renourished at Sand Key, so no worries about water hitting your seawall anymore.
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