Day Trip: Clearwater Beach

The water really is crystal clear in Clearwater – it’s so beautiful! Clearwater is located about 2 hours west of Orlando, FL so it is certainly doable to do it as a day trip, although there is a strip along the beach of amazing hotels and motels you can stay the night in if you wanted to stay a little longer. For us, we thought one day in Clearwater was enough but I am sure there is much more to see!

Getting There

Again, the trip is about two hours west of Orlando. The traffic gets really congested between Tampa and Clearwater and you need to take a fairly long bridge to get into Clearwater. Also, FUN FACT: Hooters Restaurant was founded right in Clearwater, FL in 1983. There is also limited parking close to the beach, so you’ll want to arrive early to ensure you can get a spot. Otherwise, you’ll need to park far or pay for parking at one of the hotels in the area (if there are some free spots available).

The Beach

The beach is very long and there are lots of good spots, but ideally, you’ll want to be relatively close to the pier (Pier 60) or at least be up for the trek to get there. It is super cool and definitely a highlight of a trip to Clearwater Beach. You can pay a fee to get access to sun huts/umbrellas, or you can just lay in the sand and soak up the sun! The sand is also super white, fine and soft. The photos don’t do it justice, but in person, it is absolutely beautiful. The water is also super clear! (They don’t call it Clearwater for no reason!) Clearwater is also situated on the Gulf of Mexico (day trip to Cancun, anyone?).

The Pier

Pier 60 is probably the main attraction to this beach, other than the beautiful sand and lovely waters. You can walk along the pier and even fish from it! There were these boards along the railings where people could cut their fish (yuck!) and there are a BUNCH of pelicans!!! By the way, pelicans are way larger in person than I had ever thought, they also look pretty mean. We didn’t have any bad luck with the pelicans, luckily. Aside from walking ON the pier, walking UNDER the pier is even cooler. You can get some pretty sweet shots under the bridge, some people even set up their picnic spots here for some shade!

The Wildlife

Honestly, there is MUCH wildlife at the beach aside from birds and fish. We’ve never seen pelicans before and the fish in the Gulf of Mexico are very different from those in Lake Ontario – so we found them pretty interesting. Along the pier, you can also use binoculars to check out sights in the distance like boats and such. We also saw two dolphins swimming around the end of the pier for a brief moment! Seeing a wild dolphin, even for a moment, was a really cool experience.

 

 

 

Disney World: Hollywood Studios

This post will conclude our Disney World trilogy of posts. Hollywood Studios was our third and final day at the Disney World parks and the weather was, well, iffy. The morning was sunny-ish and very hot, but the afternoon quickly turned grey and it started to rain. First lightly and then torrential downpour (yuck!). BUT – rain = less wait times for the rides so we took advantage of the crappy weather and had some fun!

The Park

The Hollywood Studios park is themed as – you guessed it – Hollywood! It has Sunset Boulevard and everything. The little shops, boutiques, restaurants and old-style theming really bring it to life and make you feel like you’re in the mini-real-deal. I cannot stress enough how well Disney theme’s their parks, rides, cue lines – everything! It really makes it special.

The Rides

To be honest, there isn’t a whole lot of rides here. There are two REALLY awesome rides, the Rockin’ Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror – but that’s about it. The other rides are more geared for children. With the exception of the Star Wars simulator ride, the other rides are pretty boring if the thrill is what you’re going for. That being said, the theme of the park, the atmosphere, and those two rides are worth the entrance fee.

The Scenery

A big part about going to Hollywood Studios is the gorgeous scenery, old-time style of the shops and the workers/actors & actresses that entertain there and just the feeling that you’re in Hollywood! They are working on new sections and new rides in the Toy Story area which should be completed sometime next year – so that may amp up this park a little bit, but other than the lack of thrill rides here, it’s an amazing park.

Side note: I wore pants in the morning in the first pic above because the bottom of my legs were sunburnt and I didn’t want to expose them to more sun – but it was so hot and humid I couldn’t stand it in my pants anymore and had to change into shorts!

 

 

 

1 Hour Excursion – At Home

Hello All! It’s been a while – again. We are TWO days away from heading to NYC for New Year’s Eve and we cannot be more excited. We took a little excursion into the woods the other day to take some pics and explore before the holidays began, see below the results!

Blowing Snow
Marco is quite the photographer! We took out the camera for about an hour. I shot some pics of him [even though he wasn’t a fan!], he shot some pics of me and the glorious 10-second-timer got some pics of both of us!

Being Silly
We got some good ones, some bloopers, some blurry ones – but at the end of the day, it was all about having some fun and making some memories. We will most likely get some of these developed for the family album!

Awesome Posts
I’ve posted some of these on our HastagTourists Insta page as well as my personal Insta page @BrixRoz. I’ve also begun a fashion/lifestyle blog webpage you should check out as well (don’t be surprised if you see some similar pics – no, nobody is stealing my pics, It’s just me!).

Take Away
Even though we froze out fingers (and our butts!) off, it was a good little escape for about an hour to get some fresh air, snap some pics and get away from it all. We cannot wait to snap some more pics in NYC – so stay tuned for those!

Have you taken any pics in the snow lately? Do you get snow where you currently live? I’d love to hear from you, so please drop us a comment below!