Drive highlights - Gulf Boulevard, Indian Shores, Florida


Must say that this part of the gulf coast, is where I enjoy the most for our snowbird season. Favorite beach, favorite bars, favorite restaurants and even favorite lodging.

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Gulf Boulevard Drive - Indian Shores, Florida


The Story behind the pictures
The Clearwater beach area always has busy times but here at Indian Shores the pace is a little bit slower and quieter. Makes for a more enjoyable time for seniors, yet it is close to Clearwater Beach where there is non stop entertainment.

Stops along the way
------Click for Video Clip highlights of Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary - 1.8 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Black Skimmers nesting on the Beach - 1.3 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Mahuffer`s Bar - 1.5 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Salt Rock Cafe - 1 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Barefoot Beach Resort - 1.5 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Indian Shores Beach - 3.5 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Indian Shores Sunsets - 3.4 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Xmas Sand Sculpture Greetings - 34 sec


John`s Comments
Driving north on Gulf Boulevard provides an opportunity to view many of the local highlights in Indian Shores.


John`s Recollections
Spent a winter snowbird stay at Barefoot Beach and the area soon became a favorite as it provided or exceeded most of our requirements for a winter in Paradise.


Continuing the Drive
------Click for Video Clip highlights Driving North to Indian Rocks- 3.5 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights Driving Southern section of Indian Rocks - 2.1 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights Driving Northern section of Indian Rocks - 3.6 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights Driving thru Belleair Beach - 3.9 min

Dania Beach & Pier

Dania, while not publicized like Hollywood or Fort Lauderdale, has a flavor of it`s own. The Beach and Pier are quite popular, and the town has kept the water area available to the most part for it"s citizens.

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Dania Beach & Pier - Florida


The Story behind the picture

Good Parking availability makes the a popular place for many. Much quieter area, yet great park system brings many to picnic and swim in the Atlantic Ocean waters.

Near the Beach
------Click for Ann Kolb Nature Center - 30 sec ------Click for Atlantic Ocean Waves - 1.4 min

  
John`s Comments
If you want to fish, there are many locations here, from Deep Sea to Ocean Piers. The Dania Pier juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and there is a rather nice state park on the northern side. Great place for the family where one can fish and others may just like the beach and sand. Quiet compared to most of the other major beaches in the area.


John`s Recollections
One beach in the area that is quite quieter than others nearby. Also there is a large state park to the north where picnics facilities and barbeque pits are available. The Dania fishing pier is used by many in search of catching their favorite sea food.

Hollywood Beach, Florida

With only a boardwalk between you and the beach, this has become one of my favorites. Bars, restaurants and shopping give one a total beach experience within steps of each other. For snowbirds this is a great area, as surrounding accommodation is quite reasonable and entertainment is available free of charge most nights during the winter months. Many of the smaller family owned restaurants have reasonable charges and the bars usually overlook the boardwalk and beach.

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Hollywood Beach - Florida


The Story behind the picture

Hollywood Beach & The Boardwalk. Built in 1923, the Hollywood Broadwalk is over two-miles long, featuring a thirty-foot wide landmark pedestrian promenade that combines dramatic coastal views of Hollywood Beach with the nostalgic feel of a Main Street thoroughfare.
Boardwalk became my friend, not just for the Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  There were many days when bicycling became a very good pastime,  or where walking helped to make up for so, so many delicious meals & drinks at the mostly French-Canadian restaurants along the Boardwalk.  Prior to walking home, it was quite easy to watch the entertainment at the Bandshell.


Near the Beach
------Click for Video Clip highlights of Giorgio`s Grille & Restaurant - 43 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Le Tub Saloon - 23 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Beach Hotels - 22 sec

In the Area
------Click for Video Clip highlights of Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood Review - 45 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Atlantic Sunrise - 1 min 23 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Diplomat Resort - 38 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Intercoastal Waterway - 57 sec

  
John`s Comments
Now here is a place for the average person, great sightseeing, great beach, shopping and dining. More for a crowd that stays for a while but the comfortable level is for most. The "Boardwalk" or walkway (sometimes bikepath) is next to the beach, with many family orientated restaurants and smaller hotels right beside you. Half the fun here, is being able to watch the beach traffic, while you are grabbing a bite to eat or snack, or even enjoying a drink at an outside bar facility


John`s Recollections
A favorite of ours and for many others. We have walked or biked this boardwalk many times, with many stops along the way for lunch, dinner or drinks. Prices seem quite reasonable, and many of the snowbirds attend the daily functions at the entertainment pavilion beside the beach.

Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida

Everything in it`s place. Much effort and time is spent to ensure that the beach and surrounding area is maintained to provide tourists with a great clean place to sun and relax. The beach is terrific and the wind is constant yet not overbearing. One can spend the afternoon here easily and then cross the street for a great evening dinner or lunch.

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Ft Lauderdale Beach - Florida


The Story behind the picture

Year round, world class family resort destination that has helped draw in the tourists for decades.

Near the Beach
------Click for Video Clip highlights of Beach Restaurants - 43 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Yankee Clipper Resort - 30 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Bed and Breakfast Inn - 42 sec

In the Area
------Click for Video Clip highlights of Hyatt Hotel - 38 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Riverfront entertainment - 1 min 47 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Lago Mar Resort - 26 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Las Olas Boulevard - 57 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Canal Motels - 46 sec

  
John`s Comments
One of the most famous beaches in the USA. Made for enjoyment. A1A, the Intercoastal Highway, is immediately beside the beach, and in most cases there are hotels and major restaurants on the other side. At least 300 feet of beautiful white sand between the ocean and highway provide an excellent beach atmosphere. It is not an everyday perspective, nor made for the average working class individual, but what the heck, it is gorgeous.


John`s Recollections
Everything here is just a bit better, cleaner, and well kept compared to most of the beaches in the area. From my perspective it seems more for a vacation rather than a winter snow-bird experience.
Must admit however, that we have visited every time we are in the area, rarely using the beach but rather walking on the sidewalk or using the many restaurant and shopping venues.

Drive Highlights - South Gulfview Blvd - Clearwater Beach, Florida (SUPERB)

Now this is a drive that provides you, as a visitor, an excellent recap of what is available in the Clearwater Beach area. It passes by many of Clearwater Beach landmark locations; accommodation sites, restaurants, and attractions like Clearwater Beach itself plus boating facilities that use the Intercoastal Waterway or the Gulf of Mexico.

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South Gulfview Drive - Clearwater Beach, Florida

The Story behind the pictures

This drive, to me, is a very good example of why so many tourists or snowbirds visit the area. For those that do not go to the beach on a regular schedule, their plans change when they have visitors as this is always high on the list for others. Myself, I always feel comfortable here.

Stops along South Gulfview
------Click for Video Clip highlights of Jimmy Iquana`s Restaurant - 30 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Shephard`s Beach Bar - 30 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Beach Restaurants & Inns - 1 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Hyatt Clearwater Resort - 31 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Pier House Hotel - 36 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Beach Activities - 43 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Sunset Pier on the Beach - 3.6 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Crabby bill`s Seafood - 43 sec


John`s Comments
Driving north from the bridge that links Sand Key to South Gulfview Blvd and then towards the Mandalay Circle turnabout. This would be considered the prime business portion of Clearwater Beach, although there is a still a northern section after the circle that has many business venues also.


John`s Recollections
A drive taken many times, and many times just to view the scenery. Views of the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater Beach and many of the beach activities are always available from the side windows of your cruise mobiles. Be careful though, as there are many that almost stop traffic to take that extra look.


Click for Video Clip highlights of Driving North on Mandalay Avenue - 2 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Hilton Resort Hotel - 30 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Sand Pearl Resort - 1.2 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Frenchy`s Rockaway Grille - 33 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Palm Pavilion Beach Bar & Restaurant - 43 sec

Click for Video Clip highlights of Driving East to Clearwater - 4 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights Clearwater Aquarium & Winter- 4 min

Click for Video Clip highlights of Clearwater to Dunedin - 5.8 min

Drive Highlights - Dunedin Main Street - Florida


Spend 3 minutes here and you will have the opportunity to view the favorite small town of Dunedin, Florida where visitors travel from near & far to partake in many of the festivities: Spring Training Baseball, Fabulous Restaurants, Shopping, Festivities (at least 10 different venues each year). One active small town that is made to entertain people.


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The Story behind the picture,
   At the end of the drive you reach the Dunedin pier and once while taking a short video clip, a pelican flew in and startled a group of tourists. Once in a lifetime shot. On links below.

Within walking distance ------Click for Video Clip highlights of Pinellas Trail - 2 min 19 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Dunedin Downtown - 30 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Pelican Arrival - 30 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Main & Highland Streets - 1 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Victoria Street (Historic) - 35 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Main & Douglas Streets - 29 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Holiday Inn Express - 17 sec

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Pinellas Trail - 2 min 19 sec


John`s Comments
Actually this drive is not that long, but there is so much to see along the way. Most difficult task is trying to get a spot to park.

John`s Recollections
Did not take that long to realize that I really did like this place. A place where you could call it home. During the many years spent in the area, this was somewhere that you felt comfortable.


Nearby highlights

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Edgewater Drive on Intercoastal - 3.5 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Douglas Dive into Dunedin - 3.4 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Honeymoon Island / Osprey - 2.4 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Blue Jays Spring Training - 1.6 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Intercoastal Walking Trail - 1.8 min

------Click for Video Clip highlights of Kally K`s Restaurant - 28 sec

Lake Superior - Harmony Beach, Superb scenery

Harmony Beach is a relatively small Hamlet located on Lake Superior some 25 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. A camping Resort with bar & restaurant is the only business location.  

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The Story behind the pictures
A very central location to view and travel to the many scenic loations in the area. Most are accessed via short auto rides and/or walking. Hiking is available in many areas which includes the Robertson Cliffs.

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