Best Of 2006

Best Place to Feel Superior to Tourists: Clearwater's Pier 60

Well, seriously, how many places do you go that are dependably thick with tourists? Clearwater Beach is one of those few Bay area attractions that regularly draw both lifetime locals and gawking aliens in comparable numbers. Even hometowners who hate the place inevitably end up there for some reason or other once or twice a year. When that happens, the only thing to do is sigh, order a beer and start counting pairs of black socks shoved into sandals or eavesdrop on the fisherman trying to tell the Danish couple that a dolphin is a mammal, not a fish. Hey, at least there’s plenty of sun, sand, surf and skin. It could be worse — you could be at Cypress Gardens.