Clearwater

clearwater1Clearwater’s sugar-white sands and warm Gulf of Mexico waters have made it a popular vacation destination – and an incredible place to live. Overlooking the Gulf and connected with its famous beach by a scenic, two-mile causeway, Clearwater offers the perfect combination of work and play.

The Beach
Clearwater Beach has been named the “Best City Beach on the Gulf of Mexico” by USA Today readers. USA Today and 10Best readers also named it the #1 Best Place to Watch a Sunset. Three miles of beachfront – all public – offer some of the best shelling, sunning and sailing opportunities anywhere, with fun shops and restaurants dotting the landscape. One of the highlights of Clearwater Beach is the  3,000-ft. BeachWalk.

clearwater2The Clearwater Marina houses the largest recreational fleet of fishing boats on Florida’s west coast, while the nearby located Clearwater Marine Aquarium introduces visitors to the dolphins, stingrays and sea turtles that populate the area’s waters. The city is working on a total of 126 boat slips with easy access to downtown. The south basin section of the City of Clearwater Downtown Boat Slips are now open. Pier 60 hosts a nightly family-oriented festival celebrating the sunset with outdoor art, music and entertainment.

In Clearwater, vacation starts every Friday.

Lots to do Inland
Coachman’s Park hosts popular community events, including the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Ruth Eckerd Hall is the city’s cultural treasure, the only performing arts center in the state to be designated a Major Cultural Institution.

Multitude of Home Styles
Clearwater’s 107,685 residents enjoy a wide selection of homes, from a golf front villa in a master-planned community to a gulf front condo in an elegant high-rise. Many single-family homes, ranging from modest bungalows to upscale luxury residences serve the city’s diverse population. Many residents opt for homes with boat slips to take advantage of Clearwater’s waterfront location.

The city’s size offers a large variety of public and private school choices and its own police and fire departments.

“Clearwater is already a great place to live and in five years when the new downtown marina is complete it’s going to be even better – for residents and tourists alike. It’s a continually improving community.Frank Dane, seven-year resident.


Factoids:

Population: 107,685 according to the 2010 U.S. Census
Land Area: 25.3 Sq. Miles
 

Points of Interest: Public Beaches – offers some of the best shelling, sunning and sailing opportunities anywhere, 3,000-ft. BeachWalk, The Clearwater Marina, The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Pier 60, Coachman’s Park, The annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Golfing.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday

clearwaterjazzholidayNew Orleans has its Jazz Fest. Montreux has its Jazz Festival. In NYC, it’s the JVC. In Pinellas County we gather for our own world-class musical celebration held every October at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in the city’s downtown area.

What started as a 10-day series of jazz concerts staged from the back of a flatbed truck has evolved into a major regional jazz festival. For three decades now, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has brought together some of the greatest jazz talents in the world in front of a large and appreciative crowd of fans. And there’s been a lot to appreciate.

clearwaterjazzholiday2Through the years the Clearwater Jazz Holiday stage has been graced by legends: Herbie Mann, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Woody Herman and the Count Basie Orchestra only to name a few. The festival has also showcased contemporary jazz stars such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Bela Fleck, Buckwheat Zydeco, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Natalie Cole and many more.

Against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico, intense sunsets vie with the music for your attention. Most spectacular of all, the event is free to the public. The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is no doubt one of the most magical musical events in the world. And, it’s only in Pinellas.