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Pier 60, Clearwater, FL

Sunsets at Pier 60 is not only the name of their website, but also is home to (you guessed it) beautiful sunsets and so much more! Every night weather permitting, the Pier is host to an amazing array of activities including artisans showing and selling their wares, magic shows, street theater, fire-breathers, live music, and even movies shown on the weekends. For the brave, there is a pirate ship (www.captmemo.com) available for cruising, although the prices are beyond the scope of this blog.

Located at the west end of S.R. 60, the Clearwater pier stretches out over the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can walk most of the length for free, and for only 50 cents more, you can go to the very end. Fishing is allowed on the pier as well, but the fees are a bit more ranging from $5.25 for children to $8.00 to adults. There is a bait store located right there on the pier, so one only needs to bring their rod. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on the pier or the beach.

The location of the pier is also of interest. The wide, white sand beaches of Clearwater Beach are among the most beautiful sand beaches in the world and have a host of shopping and lodgings. My suggestion is to shop around carefully for your lodgings. Sometimes, if you don't mind a short walk to the center of activities, you can avoid the sky high prices of the chain hotels by considering one of the many private owned, small condos along Mandalay Avenue (running parallel to the beach). You may not have an ocean view right outside your window, but a 2 minute walk will put you right on the sand.

Parking can sometimes be difficult at Clearwater Beach, as much of it is reserved for hotel guests or are strict tow zones designated for shopping patrons only. My suggestion is to arrive early on a non-weekend day and bring along a lot of quarters for the meters.

Parking notwithstanding, but the experience of Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach is fantastic. Keep in mind, it can be very touristy and busy so try to plan your visit at an off peak time in order to maximize your enjoyment. One more tip: When you're in the water, shuffle your feet in the sand as you walk. This scares the sting rays away so you lessen your chances of being stung.  For more information on Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach, click the name or go to www.SunsetsAtPier60.com.

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