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Daytona Beach - A Day of Water Views

July 5, 2016

As a local you will appreciate how much you get out of visiting all the famous and most popular places around Daytona. You will also know that the fantastic enjoyment that you get from this experience is something you appreciate so much but did you know that there are some Florida locals that haven’t a clue what they are missing…

This is for the locals that didn’t know that in Daytona the famous 23 miles of white sandy beaches with huge waves of the Atlantic crashing along the shoreline is THE place to surf boogie board. Or you can spend the day relaxing in the glorious Florida sun with a cool drink or two and watch the excitement as surfer after surfer rides on in; and to think it’s also a very relaxing way to spend the day.

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Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Concert Series

August 5, 2009

jacksonville-beachCool Sounds of Hot Summer Nights
Time:  Sundays during summer – 5 PM - 9 PM
Location:  Sea Walk Pavilion

7:30 pm   Headliner:     Brian Simpson and
Special Guest Jackiem Joyner
6:00 pm   Headliner:     Michael Lington
5:00 pm   Opening Act: Lin Roundtree

Clearwater Beach Volleyball East Coast Nationals

July 30, 2009

clearwater-beach-volleyballCome see the Clearwater Beach Volleyball East Coast Nationals on Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 7:30 AM and Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 8:00 AM local time!

The Dig the Beach Series has partnered with USAV to bring a national event to the east coast. Now there is no need to head out west… Stay home and play against the best. We have some of the best talent in the country. This is a premiere national invitational event which will ensure top level competition. Teams from around the country will eventually have to come and want to compete for the East Coast Beach Nationals Championship! If we build it they will come! Lets make them come here and lets defend our sand!!!
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Panama City Beach Summer Concert Series

July 27, 2009

panama-city-beachBring your chairs or blankets, a cooler and snacks or purchase refreshments from one of the local vendors, sit back and enjoy!

“Groovin’ on the Green” Presented by Carillon Beach Institute
Date: 07/27/2009
Weekly concert series featuring musical stylings including bluegrass, Top 40’s, Beach, Reggae, Country, Blues and Jazz.
Contact Number: 850-234-7819
Location: The Village Green
115 Carillon Market Street Suite 212
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413

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Fourth Of July Weekend Kicks Off Clean Beaches Week

July 1, 2009

~State’s beaches provide environmental, recreational and economic value~

florida-beachTALLAHASSEE - Recognizing the importance of beaches to Florida’s marine environment, tourism industry and the economy, Florida Governor Charlie Crist is recognizing July 1 through July 7 as Clean Beaches Week. Florida is home to 825 miles of sandy beaches making the Sunshine State one of the top travel destinations in the world. Approximately 85 million tourists contribute $65 billion to the state’s economy each year, many of them enjoying the beautiful beach environments.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is also reminding Floridians to do their part to keep our beaches clean so Floridians and tourists alike can enjoy one of our most precious natural resources. Read the rest of this entry »

Governor Crist And State Agencies Encourage RIP Current Awareness

June 8, 2009

Tools like surf zone forecasts and rip current educational signs advise beach visitors about surf hazards

TALLAHASSEE - Recognizing June 7-13 as Rip Current Awareness Week, Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a proclamation to promote awareness and reduce the dangers of rip currents in Florida’s coastal waters. The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that rip currents cause more than 100 deaths each year, as well as accounting for more than 80 percent of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards.

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Clearwater Beach Holiday Inn & Suites

February 16, 2009

For Valentine’s Day weekend I booked a 2-room suite at The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Clearwater Beach. When I told Laura, she replied, “Holiday Inn?” I knew what she was thinking. She was thinking of the motel-like locations.

Luckily, the Holiday Inn on Gulfview Blvd. is more along the lines of a resort hotel. We arrived Friday evening just as the sun was setting. I captured some shots from the 4th floor balcony just in time.

Sunset onClearwater Beach Florida

Sunset on Clearwater Beach Florida

The Sun Kisses the Gulf of Mexico

The Sun Kisses the Gulf of Mexico

In addition to a great view of the Gulf of Mexico, we also could easily be pool voyeurs.

Poll at the Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach FL

Pool at the Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach FL

No tropical beach resort experience would be complete without a Tiki Bar.

Tiki Bar

Tiki Bar

Some more sunset as the “Little Toot” sails by …

The Little Toot Sails Past Sunset on Clearwater Beach

The Little Toot Sails Past Sunset on Clearwater Beach

Suns Sinks into the Ocean on Clearwater Beach

Suns Sinks into the Ocean on Clearwater Beach

The Original Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is fun for both children and adults. You can see the “Pirate’s Ransom” sailing by Clearwater Beach day and night, firing their cannons at the beach as dolphins jump from the water.

The Pirates Ransom sails along the Clearwater Beach shoreline

The "Pirate's Ransom" sails along the Clearwater Beach shoreline

The daytime cruises depart at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm. Champagne Evening / Sunset Cruises are scheduled as well.  Times vary depending on the season.  More information is available at:

After we unpacked, we headed downstairs to Jimmy’s Fish House and Iguana Bar right on the water where you can see and hear the water lap up on the shore as well as see all different types of birds swoop down and glide through the air close to the water looking for their dinner. Obtaining our dinner was much easier.

My Lovely Valentine

My Lovely Valentine

Here’s Laura. I rarely ever call her by her name though. I think she inherits a new pet name from me every day, but I am not allowed to talk about that if I want to live.

The food at Jimmy’s Fish House and Iguana Bar was absolutely superb. We started with the Trio Sampler - a sampling of grouper nuggets, coconut shrimp and fish spread. Even though that was already quite an appetizer, I couldn’t resist the Buffalo Gater Bites. Then we ordered our entrees of fresh Grouper and Mahimahi. The fish was fresh, flavorful and fulfilling. As a matter of fact, the portions were huge. You can get any of the fresh fish grilled, jerked, or pan seared with any of the specialty sauces; Caribbean BBQ, Citrus Hollandaise, Mango Salsa, Garlic Cream Sauce or Lemon Butter.

Both Worlds Performs at Jimmys at the Holiday Inn

Both Worlds Performs at Jimmy's at the Holiday Inn

We enjoyed entertainment from the duo Both Worlds from 7 - 11 pm. These guys are extremely talented playing all types of pop, rock and tropical caribbean favorites like the obligatory Jimmy Buffet. They switch off on several different instruments and vocals and put a good funky beat on everything they play.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach
521 S Gulfview Boulevard
Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767
Local: (727) 447-6461 - Toll Free: (800) 770-6461

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