Category Archives: Florida

Indian Rocks Beach – 26th October

Guesthouse best described as “quirky” but not┬ánecessarily┬áin a bad way. Owner found out the back weeding the garden. Assortment of beach items available for use Checked in and headed across road to beach, armed with deckchairs and body board. Windy, surf looked good but was crap, waves dying too quickly.

Dinner at Guppys, looked like a shack but posh inside. Busy, had to wait for table.

Next day cloudy, wandered down to Red Lion to try to watch football, wasn’t on but owner was a decent chap and managed to tune it in. Shit game though but not his fault. Ordered BLT and a pint of Smithwicks. It was the second largest bacon sandwich I have ever had (will struggle to beat Miami 2004) but managed to finish. Side order of fries was not required after all though.

Mexican for dinner. Also huge. Long walk back to burn it off though.

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Clearwater Beach – 19th October

Turtle statues on beach. Free can of Monster. Day by the pool and day on beach. Shopping (involuntary).

Went to Hulk Hogan’s gym. Hulk not present so unable to show him up. Hot inside but broke personal best. Shoulders hurting for next 3 days.

Day trip on trolley / local bus to St Pete’s municipal beach (lunch), Pas-a-Grille (beachside beer), Treasure Island (kite festival & beachside beer), Sand Key (knackered, too much walking!).

Day trip to Caladesi Island, long walk up a great beach. Attempted nature trail on Honeymoon Island, turned back after about 30 secs with multiple mosquito bites. Travel Tip: Do not attempt without plenty of high strength Deet!

Double lobster special at Toucans. Made a hell of a mess.

Mini golf on last day as it was cloudy.

Orlando – 17th October

Arrived after a slightly bumpy flight, but had decent seats. Through immigration without any serious troubles with the visas.

Shocked both the staff at National car rental who had never seen a 6 month rental before, and their computer system which couldn’t deal with any longer than a month. All sorted though. Given choice of cars, opted for Mitsubishi. Arrived at hotel after unintended detour due to a crap navigator.

Good food at Miller Ale House. Next day bought a GPS, so no more crappy navigation from now on! Wandered round Florida Mall. Evening, back to the Ale House. Checked out and headed for I-4 and 90 min drive to Clearwater.