You’ve flown thousands of miles to Clearwater, Florida to relax on some of the finest beaches the Sunshine State has to offer—escaping either the snows of the north, the hustle and bustle of southwestern USA’s big cities, or the landlocked interior of the US heartland. The sun is warm and so is the water; the sugar sand is bright and spectacular, the resort hotel you’re staying in is top notch, and the surfside tiki bars are everything you hoped they’d be.
What more could you want?
For starters, you had hoped for a little less traffic. That’s something, especially if you’re coming from So Cal, you had hoped to escape. Traffic in Clearwater can be bad, especially during the morning and evening rush hours and on weekends.
With bad traffic, of course, you know what comes next: hard-to-find or expensive parking—and that’s particularly true in the Clearwater area when you’re looking for dining. Sure, if you’re staying at one of the resorts, you can make your way to the hotel restaurant. But who wants to dine in-hotel night after night when there are so many good local eateries available?
Luckily, there are ways to avoid the traffic snarls and scavenger hunts for elusive parking spaces. Whether you’re driving or flying into the Clearwater area, you can take your OYAMA folding electric bike (eBike) along for the ride, such as the OYAMA CX E8D or CX E8D Version II. Just toss it into the back of your pick-up or car trunk or check it through to your flight’s destination—you won’t be disappointed you did. At about 42 pounds, the bike folds up small and can go on vacation pretty much anywhere you go.
People flock from around the world to Clearwater to enjoy it’s famous beach, which features miles of soft white “sugar” sand and clear, turquoise-colored waters. Much of the miles-long beach are accessible for guests of any number of beach-front hotels, while public access is permitted primarily in and around the Pier 60/south beach area, including the City’s famous Beachwalk, which features a winding promenade along the beach where bicyclists, rollerbladers, and pedestrian visitors can access the surf, nearby parks and attractions, restaurants, shops, and more.
Clearwater’s Pier 60 features a 1,080-foot fishing pier and recreational park, with a bait house, telescopes and six covered pavilions. If you’re just visiting and you’re into fishing, this is the place to be, day or night. The Pier 60 bait house can set you up right with tackle and gear to catch snook, snapper, Spanish mackerel, and many other varieties of fish. If you just want to sightsee, that’s OK too. Take a walk out on the pier for breathtaking views of the beach, surrounding areas, and sunsets. T-shirts, souvenirs, drinks, and snacks, and beach rental equipment can be found in a number of nearby shops and pavilions.
When it comes to dining, morning, noon, and night, there is no shortage of great places to enjoy in Clearwater. Here are a few recommendations.
- Crabbys Dockside offers fresh Florida grouper and a wide range of other seafood and American cuisine—not to mention a panoramic view of the beach.
- Cork N Brew offers unique beers and wines both domestic and imported, plus a variety of appetizers, small plates, and lava rock cooked selections.
- Live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, plus an all-day, every-day “2-for-1” happy hour makes the Rumba Island Bar & Grill a preferred destination for drinks and authentic island cuisine.
- Lenny’s Restaurant has been a Clearwater tradition and landmark since at least 1958. This family-owned, sports-themed restaurant is one of the area’s top spots for breakfast and lunch.
- The Columbia Restaurant has been a Florida mainstay since 1905 with locations in St. Augustine, Clearwater, Tampa, and others. This location features waterfront views (indoor or outdoor deck) and award-winning Spanish-Cuban cuisine, including tapas.
MAKE MORE OF YOUR STAY WITH OYAMA
So after a day of fun in the sun on Clearwater’s beach, you can leave your car or truck back at the hotel and take your OYAMA eBike out on the town. It’s the perfect micro mobility solution for those who want to extend their days outdoors by experiencing the freedom of biking in and around their vacation spot, knowing that an electronic pedal assist to get them where they want to go is never very far away (but the hassles of traffic and parking are).
You can leave your eBike parked (and locked) in a designated bike parking space, or you can fold it up and bring it into the restaurant or shop with you—much as you would a child’s stroller. That way, after a relaxing meal or a bit of shopping, you can unfold it and be on your way to your next great adventure. And all models come with a set of rear racks, so you can easily bike that special collectible or memento back to where you’re staying.
Check an OYAMA bike out today . . . and let your dreams unfold!