20 of the best Tampa Bay beaches you have to visit to call yourself a local

Summer is here, and while these beaches stay hot year round, it's time to kick back and stick your toes into the…

By Max Steele

Caladesi Island State Park
    Pinellas County
    Ranked No. 2 on Dr. Beach’s 2022 nationwide list, this offshore island can only be accessed via boat or ferry, a large reason as to why the getaway spot remains peaceful and pristine. The state park features a bayside marina for docking, hiking trails, fishing docks, picnic tables, restrooms, showers and cafe. Pets must be leashed in the park and are not allowed on the beach or ferry. No alcohol permitted.
    Photo via Florida State Parks/website
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25 can't-miss restaurants in Clearwater

From surf-and-turf to pizza and beer, Clearwater has an extensive offering of unique restaurants. Pair your beach day with a meal at…

By Sofía García Vargas

Big Storm Brewing Co.
12707 49th St N, Clearwater, 727-201-4186
As one of Tampa Bay’s most prolific breweries, you will try unique and local flavors at Big Storm Brewing Co. Pair your beer with bar food, including chicken wings, tacos and handhelds. The brewery also hosts trivia nights on Mondays and live music on Fridays.
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20 Tampa Bay tourist attractions that are actually worth the struggle

Like most of Florida, there’s a lot of touristy crap in Tampa Bay. And frankly, some of it can be, well... not…

By CL Staff

Grab a cold beer on the Tampa Riverwalk
    Tampa’s latest downtown attraction is, well, pretty much the coolest part of downtown. From the Channelside District up along the east side of the Hillsborough River to Tampa Heights and the very hip restaurants and event spaces of the old Armitage Works building, this pedestrian thoroughfare ties together everything from public art and retail to parks, culture and dining. Park the car and get culture all around downtown (The Straz! The Tampa Museum of Art! The library!) on foot, rental bike or water taxi, popping in here or there to cool off. It’s a day well spent.
    Downtown Tampa along the eastern shore of the Hillsborough River.
    Photo via Visit Tampa Bay
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Everything we saw at Clearwater's Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

Clearwater's annual Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival was in full swing this weekend, and we send Chris over to the beach to…

By CL Staff

Everything we saw at Clearwater's Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival
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Restaurant review: Crabby? Not a bit at Crabby's Dockside

Crabby's Dockside 3 out of 5 stars 37 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater Beach. Appetizers: $6-$17; entrees: $10-$32; desserts: $5; beer, wine and cocktails:…

At Crabby's Dockside, steamed bairdi crab is a house favorite, served with seasonal veggies and hush puppies.
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