Mar 3 2024

Sand Key Park

1060 Gulf Boulevard
Clearwater, Florida 33767

… more pix and videos on Google Maps, Yelp n TA.

This 95 acre park is at the northern most part of the Sand Key barrier island, a short hop through Sand Key Bridge up to Clearwater Beach, and 21 miles west of Tampa airport TPA.

The parking at the park is $5 for the day. The amenity (list) includes outdoor showers @ Boardwalk #3, and #4 which is behind the bathroom and changing room.

I’m here for the 1.2 mile open water swim: it was fantastic!!! Our event has 167 swimmers. I car pooled with my friend. At 7am on this Saturday, the parking lot looks vacant. But by the time we leave, at 11am, there are still many parking spots. Not sure it has anything to do with the water temp hovering around 69°F.

Some swimmers say they saw dolphins. I see plenty pelicans, and a few other water birds: willets, Laughing Gull in breeding plumage, and American Oyster Catchers.

… more pelicans



Mar 3 2024

Hibachi Buffet

2456 Gulf to Bay Blvd,
Clearwater, FL 33765

… more pix on Google Maps, Yelp and TA

Will return – my friend and I are up since 5:30 and done 1.2 miles open water swimming by 9:30 at Sand Key park. After the medal ceremony at 10:30, we’re hungry 😋 … thanks to my friend who picked this place!

They have a main hall where the foods are. There is a smaller one at the back.

The food is decent. I particularly enjoyed the green string beans! I think their cheese cream spinach – the spinach is bit sweet – my friend tried and said NO.

Most serving staff are Chinese. They’re cheerful and quick on their feet. They take Apple Pay – yup, forgot my wallet. Thank you!

The waterfall by the entrance is nice.