Clearwater Sunset: Day 3

On our 3rd and final day in Florida (not counting the travel days), we took a trip to Clearwater Beach, the sheer opposite of the primitive and secluded Caladesi Island. It was just the tourist trap we were looking for! The beach was bumping, and Pier 60 was home to moon bouncing youth, fire jugglers and drunken teenagers. We bought handmade ice cream (delicious!) and sat down at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill on the beach for fresh stone crab and shrimp. We, and the other patio guests, watched the volleyball games and awaited a gorgeous sunset. After a light stroll back to the car on the beach, our eyes fixated on the pale lavender sky and the bright golden orb just falling below the ocean, we drove back inland for a gourmet dinner at Cafe Ponte. We gorged ourselves on amazing food (tuna tartare with watermelon radish, butternut squash ravioli, mixed greens, cheese plate...) and knocked back a $500 bottle of 1982 vintage Grange Hermitage, scored from Ron's father's personal cellar. Bon Appetit!
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