Breakfast at Salt Cracker Fish Camp (8:30am – 9:45am)
Wake up and get dressed for a day on the water. Make sure to pack your tote bag accordingly with plenty of water and snacks, along with your sunblock and sun shirts.
The Salt Cracker restaurant makes for an awesome (and very reasonably priced) start to the day. After feasting on the Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes and knocking back your coffee of choice, make your way over to Totally Tubular Watersports just around the corner.
Totally Tubular Watersports (10am – 11am/12pm)
The best way to experience Florida is by getting on the water and doing some active sports, and you can choose from a range of super fun water activities over at Totally Tubular. Arrive at 10 and select either one or two-hours tubing, water-skiing or wakeboarding.
The one-hour option is $199, and the two-hour option is $379, so you do save a little by going for the two-hour option, and honestly, it is really worth it. If you select the one-hour option, you’ll find that just as you are beginning to have fun, you will have to head back to the docks.
We suggest that you go for the tubing, if you are new and have never tubed, water-skied or wake boarded. It is foolproof easy – you basically just lay down and get pulled by a boat, whereas water-skiing or wakeboarding definitely do require some prior knowledge and is for the more experienced people.
Lunch at Pearly’s (11am/12pm – 1:15pm)
It’s time to recharge the batteries over at Pearly’s Beach Eats after all this action. Pearly’s is a casual beach shack serving up some tasty Gulf Coast grub in a really chilled atmosphere, and is one of the most affordable options on the beach. They have a very varied menu with something for everyone – including yummy burritos, some of the best French fries ever, corn dogs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Finish off your meal with some key lime pie with your toes in the sand.
Return to hotel (1:30 – 3:30pm)
Return to the hotel to chill out after you’re done eating lunch. Take this time to recover from the sun and salt and regroup because you will be heading back out for the evening to Honeymoon Island for some shell hunting and to catch the gorgeous sunset.
Shell-hunting & Sunset at Honeymoon Island (3:30pm – 7pm*)
The award-winning Honeymoon Island is a fantastic beach famous for its natural beauty. It is also where all us locals go. Make sure to park on the northern point of Honeymoon Island – aptly called North Beach. This is the best area to go when you are visiting Honeymoon Island, ideal for trawling the beach for exotic shells.
Bring a bucket along with you so you can bring your finds back home with you as a souvenir. And bring some chairs with you so you can get comfortable, as this is one of the best places to watch the sunset.
*Just remember that the time for the sunset varies according to season, so adjust your time accordingly. A quick Google search will tell you the sunset on any given day!
Dinner at Frenchy’s Outpost (7:30 – 9:00pm)
Once you have admired the breathtaking sunset, leave the park and head towards Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill, which is on the same road as the entrance to Honeymoon Island. (You’ll see it on the left-hand side as you are exiting.) We bet that you’ve seen any of the other Frenchy’s around Clearwater Beach already by now, and this is one of the best options, in our opinion. The little ones will have a choice from tasty chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers, and mini-shrimp baskets and service is fast, so your kids will get their meals quickly.
Stop by Strachan’s Ice Cream in downtown Dunedin on your way home (which you tried out during Day 2), to get some delicious ice cream before heading back to the hotel.
Return to hotel (8:30pm)
Head back to your hotel with a belly full of ice-cream and laughter and rest up, as tomorrow will be action-packed as well.