I've never really considered visiting the Clearwater area before, but my DD has told me that after this next Disney visit, she would like to do a beach vacation. She was thinking Hawaii or Jamaica ($$$$$ ) but what she really wants is the white sand beach and Carribean blue waters. We're thinking about taking one day to go to the beach during our next vacation, and I think Clearwater is our destination. If we like it enough (and so far I haven't seen anything to not like!) I could probably persuade her to do a beach vacation in FL instead of the islands. But, as always, the budget is a big factor even if we save the travel costs to the islands (we can drive to FL - in fact, we're driving this next time!) So, are there places you would recommend we stay that are close to the beach, at a reasonable price? I've seen that October and November are still pretty nice weather (especially for us Canadians!) so that's likely when we would go.