Clearwater Basics

I’ve been visiting Clearwater ever since my cousins moved there permanently from New York. It’s changed dramatically over the years, from a sleepier low-key destination to a place with huge expensive hotels lining the white sand beach. Honestly, I think it’s been ruined with all the development, but there have been a few positive changes.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach

 

Airport

Clearwater is served by Tampa International Airport, which can be reached from pretty much every major city in the US. It’s about a 45 minute drive to Clearwater Beach from there.

 

Chart House

As far as hotels go, I really haven’t had to use any because I usually stay with my cousins. When we did need a hotel, we would stay at the Chart House, a three star suite hotel. The prices have gone up as expected, so it’s now roughly US$170-200 a night (as of February 2018). The rooms are large and clean, and the location is good.

 

Post Corner Pizza

Several restaurants have come and gone in Clearwater Beach, but Post Corner Pizza has always been a staple for my family. We visit at least once on every trip because the owner was a family friend of my cousins. He has since passed away, and the quality has decreased, but the food is still decent. The pizza, of course, is good, and it’s worth trying any of the Greek meals.

Post Corner Pizza in Clearwater, Florida

Post Corner Pizza

Post Corner Pizza in Clearwater, Florida

Post Corner Pizza

 

Jimmy’s Fish House

Also on Clearwater Beach is Jimmy’s Fish House. Located inside the Holiday Inn, this Key West-themed restaurant serves seafood specialties as well as pastas, burgers, sandwiches, and more. There is often live music on the outdoor deck with views of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

La Pollera Colorada

Away from the beach in Clearwater is La Pollera Colorada. This small and friendly restaurant serves traditional dishes from Colombia.

La Pollera Colorada in Clearwater, Florida

La Pollera Colorada

La Pollera Colorada in Clearwater, Florida

La Pollera Colorada

Marisol was craving some food from her homeland, so we went to breakfast one morning and had calentao, which was very good. The only negative was the sliced processed cheese melted onto the arepa, which is typically served plain.

Calentao at La Pollera Colorada in Clearwater, Florida

Calentao

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