Some things we did during our visit in August........our days start with a walk on the beach. Sometimes when we walk south we stop in and visit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary which is located just after the first pier. They have a sign on the beach showing the location of the entrance.
One day we drove to Fort De Soto State Park which is south about 20 miles. It was rated the #1 beach in America in 2005. The beach sand was fine and white, almost like sugar.
One evening we went over to the beach and enjoyed the sunset, then came over to the resort and went for a swim. With the stars out, lights around the pool area and warm water it was really enjoyable.
Another evening we went to John's pass and ate at Dockside Dave's. We were seated outside and had a great Grouper sandwich. We highly recommend as the grouper is caught locally and is fresh. We then spent some time walking on the boardwalk and going in and out of the stores.
On Saturday we drove to Clearwater which is only 7 miles north on Gulf Boulevard. It was a great evening and we ate at Crabby Bill's (another good place). We were seated outside where they had a guitarist playing and singing songs from the 70's and 80's. The meal was great and we finished in time to walk to Pier 60 and enjoy the sunset. We found a lot going on at the pier with many local artists' selling crafts on the pier, mimes, fire dancers on the beach and a band playing Beach Boy songs.