There is no shortage of great things to do on your visit to Clearwater Beach, Florida. Here, we break down how to spend a day exclusively on-property at Opal Sands Resort, and another entirely spent exploring the sights and sands around Clearwater.
Day On at Opal Sands Resort
Just a short walk down a dune from your room, the hotel’s beach cabanas are a great place to set up basecamp for a morning spent lounging on “America’s Best Beach” according to TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Eventually, be sure to take a stroll down the beach’s Pier 60. You will know you are there when you can hear the sounds of the buskers putting on animated performances for the passersby.
Lunch at Sandbar
After enjoying some time in the sun, walk over to the Sandbar for a casual lunch. Cover-ups and flip flops are welcome at this beachfront Tiki Bar, where you’ll be greeted with a menu teeming with fresh seafood and refreshing cocktails like the blueberry mojito. This is the place to relax your lunch hour away.
A Journey to the Spa
The spa at Opal Sands Resort is not home to your average mud bath and facial. Their unique offerings take you on a journey of healing with the AromaSoul Mind | Body Ritual spa treatment where an aromatherapy blend and technique is selected based on your desired type of relaxation. The “Mediterranean Journey” uses orange and basil essential oils to promote renewal and release, dissipating tension through gentle movements.
Dinner and a Nightcap at the Sea Guini
The resort’s signature restaurant, Sea Guini, perfectly blends their access to fresh, local seafood and produce with an ode to Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant interior is modern and plays with the colors that you see in the Gulf right outside their windows with vibrant blues and greens. Whether you choose a Neapolitan-style pizza fresh off the wood-fired oven or a classic of the Italian seacoast, octopus carpaccio, you can always expect the freshest of ingredients in every dish. After, head over to the lounge patio to take in the beauty of the Gulf after dark with a post-dinner drink.
Day Off in Clearwater
Breakfast at Another Broken Egg Cafe
When you are ready to start your day out on the town, head over to this great breakfast joint in the heart of Clearwater Beach. If you lean more toward the healthy, they offer a menu full of nutritious options like the salmon power bowl, packed with greens and topped with a honey jalapeno vinaigrette. If not, go for one of their sweet selections, like the lemon blueberry goat cheese pancakes.
Paddle Away on the Intracoastal
Head to the Clearwater Beach Boat Ramp set in the Intracoastal to rent either a stand-up paddleboard or kayak from Tampa Bay SUP. The waterway boasts extremely calm waters, ideal for scouring for dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles that call this place home.
Cool Down at Ice&Cream Creamery
Dive into the nautical ambiance at Ice&Cream Creamery, with wood-paneled walls and a mermaid mural behind the counter. Along with the fun atmosphere, the establishment serves up 36 specialty flavors of ice cream, made fresh in small batches using the best locally sourced ingredients that Florida has to offer.
Sunset Drinks and Music
Watch the sun stain the skies over Clearwater Beach while you enjoy a drink on Palm Pavilion’s laidback beachfront open deck. With live music almost every day of the week, the venue is the perfect way to wind down from a day with a specialty frozen cocktails or a local craft beer.
Dinner at Marina Cantina
Hailed as the “Best New Restaurant” in Florida Trend’s 2018 Golden Spoon Awards, this tequila bar with marina views and roof-deck seating does not disappoint. All their menu offerings, from ceviche to short ribs, feature a fresh spin on Mexican cuisine. Finish the meal off with a homemade churro or – better yet – a tequila flight if you are headed out for a taste of the Clearwater nightlife.
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