Clearwater Beach Voted Best in US

Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the United States in TripAdvisor’s 2018 Traveler’s Choice Awards.

Being the best beach isn’t anything new for Clearwater. The beach was also ranked #1 on TripAdvisor’s list in 2016. In 2015, Clearwater Beach was the only beach from the U.S. to be ranked in the World’s Top 25 Beaches category on TripAdvisor.

The beach was also named in the Top 10 Best Family Beach in 2018 according to Family Vacation Critic.

Clearwater Beach is known for its white sand and sparkling water. The beach about 2.5 miles long of never-ending beach activities, such as jet skiing and beach volleyball.

Florida locals are not very surprised that the beach was ranked so high. Amanda Carlton moved to Tampa, Florida five years ago. She was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Clearwater Beach was the first beach she discovered in the area.

“Clearwater being the No. 1 beach doesn’t really surprise me at all,” Carlton said. “There’s a bunch of people here and everybody loves it.”

In the middle of the beach there is Pier 60, where people can get great views.

The beach is perfect for any occasion and any group of people. There is a playground to entertain children, and live music and local vendors for adults.

“I definitely think this beach is very energetic.” Carlton said. “There is so many activities for you to do. You got the pier, you got beach volleyball, jet skiing, there’s music and games, and all of that going on at all times.”

The great thing about Clearwater Beach is it is located on the west coast of Florida. It makes it a perfect spot to watch the famous Florida sunset on a nightly basis. Whether it’s cloudy or not, it is still a great view.

Clearwater Beach isn’t only just the ocean and sand. It is a must-see beach town, filled with culture from the Tampa Bay Area.

“If you are visiting for the first time this is a great tourist attraction,” Carlton said.




Seminole Heights Tile Shop On HGTV


A family-owned business in Seminole Heights is getting national exposure. The Cement Tile Shop was featured on HGTV’s shows “Property Brothers” and “Fixer Upper.” The product has also been featured on HGTV’s magazine.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Jamie Addison, Cement Tile Shop’s Customer Service Manager. “Especially when you get to work with the designers, and again see it come to fruition on TV.”

The shop sells encaustic cement tiles that are handmade with naturally pigmented colors and designs. They are extremely durable and can be used for indoor and outdoor use.

“It’s all about the pattern and the colors,” Addison said. “It just really makes a statement.

The business started in Lutz, Florida. When they outgrew the location, they moved to Seminole Heights. Addison believes that the tile fits in well in the neighborhood.

“It’s an excellent location, a lot of development happening,” Addison said. “A lot of our tile going around in the neighborhood. It’s a fun, kind of funky product, which there is a lot of that in this neighborhood as well.”

The shop gains a lot of their exposure through social media. They have over 130,000 followers on Instagram.

The company continues to expand. They recently opened a second showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona.

They offer shipping all throughout the United States and internationally. The easiest way to purchase tiles is on their website, but they are also available via phone or email to help customers place orders.