Sand Key, Florida Area Attractions

Sand Key, Florida Area Attractions
Sand Key, Florida, is part of the City of Clearwater, situated just south of Clearwater Beach on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Sand Key is a barrier island along Florida's west coast, and the area features attractions like boating, fishing, hunting for seashells and swimming or sitting by the beach. White sand beaches, the waters of the Gulf and Clearwater Pass and state parks in and around Sand Key provide plenty of chances for sun and fun.

Clearwater Community Sailing Center

The Clearwater Community Sailing Center offers annual and seasonal memberships for area residents, and daily membership for visitors interested in renting one of the more than 40 boats in the fleet. Annual and seasonal members receive boat usage with their membership, while daily visitors pay a membership fee plus an hourly rental rate that varies depending on the type of rental.

Available rentals include kayaks, prams, Sunfish, a 13-foot Hobie Wave Catamaran and others. Some of the watercraft require a skills test before rental. Special packages are available that include 10-hour rentals that can be used over the course of several days.

Clearwater Community Sailing Center
1001 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater, Florida 33767-2702
(727) 517-7776
(866) 289-7039

Sand Key Park and Preserve

Sand Key Park features both a park and a separate beach area. The park section offers facilities for picnicking along the Gulf, including grills and tables. The site also has a dog park, but dogs are allowed only in the park and not on the beach. The beach recreation area features cabana rentals, bath houses with changing facilities and beach showers. Lifeguards are on duty at this beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the months of March through September.

The preserved areas of Sand Key Park feature sea turtle nesting sites and salt marshes that provide opportunities for bird watching. Native Floridian waterfowl residing in the marsh include heron, roseate spoonbill, anhinga, moorhen and great horned owl. The park opens every day of the year from 7 a.m. until sunset.

Sand Key Park and Preserve
1060 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater, Florida 33767
(727) 588-4852

Starlite Cruises - Calypso Queen

The Calypso Queen is one of five sailing vessels operated by Starlite Cruises. The Calypso offers both afternoon and evening cruises, some offering dining options. The daily sightseeing cruises feature a narrated tour of the Florida coastline that frequently includes dolphin watching in the waters of the Intracoastal. Lunch cruises also sail the waters of Clearwater Pass. Nighttime brings both sunset cruises and party cruises that can include dinner, drinks and a DJ. Sailing times vary depending on the season, and cruise times go from 1 1/2 hours to more than 2 hours.

Starlite Cruises
25 Causeway Blvd.
Clearwater, Florida 33767-2064
(727) 462-2628

Calypso Queen
25 Causeway Blvd., Slip #18
(727) 461-3113

Article Written By Lisa Jay

Lisa Jay began writing professionally in 2002. She has written for "Focus" magazine and "The Orlando Sentinel" as well as travel websites in the Central Florida area. She served as executive editor of "The Valencia Source." Jay earned an Associate of Arts in journalism from Valencia Community College. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in writing at Columbia University.

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