Girls Weekend in Clearwater/St. Pete
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that over the weekend, I took a weekend trip over to Clearwater with Katie!
We both wanted to take some time to just relax and have some time away from the hustle and bustle of our lives back in Orlando.
I've lived in Florida all my life and I'm more of a theme park person than a beach person, but I've heard nothing but good things about Clearwater Beach, so I figured we should go check it out. Apparently everyone else had the same idea because it took us over an hour to get to Clearwater Beach from our hotel that was 20 minutes away. Katie and I were looking forward to relaxing next to the ocean after being confined to a car for that long.
There were these blue cabana things and umbrellas lining the beach as far as we could see. We didn't do much research before arriving at the beach, as in, where was the best place to relax. Our Uber driver wasn't overly familiar with the area either, so we had him drop us off. We stayed for about an hour and a half before the heat really got to us. We decided to go get our nails done then find a place to eat for dinner.
For dinner, we wanted to eat someone on the beach to watch the sunset, but considering it took us an hour to get to the beach, we decided to find a local place inland. Our Uber driver suggested we drive down to St. Pete since he said they have a better local nightlife. So we found a local seafood restaurant and traveled 20 minutes south to visit downtown St. Pete.
For dinner, we visited 400 Beach Seafood + Tap House. The atmosphere was very upscale and clean. For drinks, we both ordered a white sangria. We also ordered an appetizer of fried calamari (my first time trying it) and for my main course, I ordered the salmon with vegetables and garlic roasted mashed potatoes.
After dinner, we walked around downtown a bit. We found the cutest chocolate shop, Sweet Divas Chocolates, where we bought some sweet treats to indulge our sweet tooth (both Katie and I have an extreme sweet tooth). After enjoying our chocolate, we walked around for a few blocks, taking in the nightlife. On our way back, we stumbled upon a St. Pete mural.
The next day, we took a trip back toward Clearwater Beach to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter & Hope from Dolphin Tale.
After spending time with the dolphins, otters and turtles, we drove back to the mainland to downtown Tampa. We found a cable car that went around downtown Tampa, so for $5, we took a roundtrip tour. Honestly, it was such a cool experience and something I recommend checking out if you ever find yourself in downtown Tampa with an hour to kill. There are 11 stops along the way, starting in the heart of downtown and going up to Ybor City. If we had more time (and weren't trying to beat traffic back to Orlando) we would have explored Ybor City some more.
Once we finished our roundtrip ride, we went over to the Oxford Exchange, a restaurant, bookstore, lifestyle gift store, coworking space, design studio and event venue in Tampa. I've seen pictures on Instagram, so I really wanted to go check it out.
Honestly, it was such an aesthetically pleasing place. I can definitely see the appeal of it and would've spent more time soaking it all in.
I'm so excited for more travels and adventures around Florida. What is your favorite place to visit?