Long Weekend in Clearwater FL

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by FootballFan, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    We had a few days so went to the boat.

    Just 3 nights, so decided to stay in the Clearwater area. Moved the boat over to the city marina - then did our boating on the dinghy.

    Wow, what an awesome area. So much to do within the local area.

    We like leaving mid day, riding around and finding a place we can pull into to eat. Everyone seems to like pictures so including a few.

    Day 1

    Wound up over near the beach marina. Ate at the place on the end - Salt Cracker - something like that. Definite return - probably. I say probably since there are probably 8-10 places near by that we want to try.

    City docks with free day docking. Tied up and explored.
    Day 2

    Went 3-4 miles north on the GICW to Dunedin. Once again free day docks. Ate at a place called Bon Appetite. Walked a couple of blocks into town. Downtown area full of shops, restaurants, and Brew Houses. Will take multiple trips to exhaust the options. Found an ice cream shop for desert.

    Day 3

    Back across to the beach side, under the causeway and up the channel. Frenchy's has docks there that you can tie up for free (as long as you visit one of their places). Left there went around and out the Clearwater pass to the end of the jetty's. Had Grouper Nuggets.

    Cruised around the area a bit.

    Back to the boat for some work. Admiral was worried the fenders were getting dirty.


    Dinner one night at Clear Sky. We have eaten there before - fantastic food. (I have no idea who the guy is in the picture).


    We are really falling in love with the west coast of FL. After a couple of years of urban boating in the Lauderdale/Miami area this is a great change of pace.

    Posting this in case anyone finds themselves in the area on a boat, there are a lot of places to go.

    Fun area.
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  2. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Looks good from Port Clinton, Ohio (20 degrees F).
  3. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    nice trip! thanks for sharing!

    i love the west coast... now you need to come down to my area in Sarasota down to Boca Grande for some beautiful water!
  4. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Looks amazing. We love that area for sure. we will be there in March/April but not with the boat this year.

    Keep the pics coming

  5. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    That area looks pretty familiar ;)

    Glad you enjoyed your time here in Clearwater!
  6. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    We were in Sarasota and Longboat earlier in the month. First time in either area, caught the New Years fireworks on a mooring ball at Marina Jacks.

    Headed through there going south for a few days end of Feb.
  7. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    We love it every trip, that's where we are currently keeping the boat - at least through May/June.
  8. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 6, 2006
    Cape Canaveral, Florida
    Sea Ray 18CC Laguna
    if it burns, it turns
    You bringing that hot lady who let's you hang around her, over to South Beach for Valentine's Day weekend Capt.?

    sure like to see ya!

  9. Blkbird

    Blkbird Active Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1997 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer
    Twin 3126 CATS
    Meanwhile in Atlanta it continues to rain....
  10. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Not going to make it to Miami this year. We have almost two weeks on the schedule early March on the west coast of FL.

    Besides spent way too much money at the Fort Lauderdale show last fall.

    Wish I was, we would both love to see you.
  11. Ken Wolkens

    Ken Wolkens Member

    May 22, 2014
    Melbourne, FL.
    My wife and I were just talking about a Clearwater trip. Not by boat for us but I can throw the new dinghy in the back of our pickup.

    Not sure if it still goes on but the Pier has an event one Saturday per month. Vendors and entertainers everywhere. We had a blast few years back.

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